Isn’t Psychotherapy for People Who are Weak or Crazy?

Vlog Summary: Think about all the different consultants in our society. There are financial planners, lawyers, doctors, nutritionists, personal trainers, interior decorators, and so on. Going to see a psychotherapist for support and guidance in dealing with emotional or interpersonal issues is not much different than going to see one of these consultants for help in another area of your …

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How is Psychotherapy Different from Talking with Friends and Family?

Vlog Summary: Many people wonder what psychotherapists can offer them that their closest friends and family members cannot. There are many times when a good heart-to-heart talk with a friend can do wonders for cheering up one’s mood and can even bring a new perspective to a problem. You are truly lucky if you have people in your life with …

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No Cut Policy for Sports in Deaf Schools

Part One Part Two Vlog Summary: New research findings related to sports psychology and child development have resulted in more progressive-thinking schools adopting no-cut policies when it comes to their athletic programs. Deaf schools, with their unique responsibility of providing academic and athletic education opportunities to Deaf students, should follow suit and allow all interested students to participate in their …

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What is Psychotherapy?

Vlog Summary: Psychotherapy, also referred to as counseling or therapy, is a special process designed to help Deaf people work through any number of concerns or problems they may be experiencing in life. Some people go to therapy when they are dealing with a particular crisis, such as the end of a relationship or a death. Others seek therapy to …

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The Facts about Bipolar Disorder

Vlog Summary: Bipolar disorder is a term that is once again receiving a great deal of attention on television, in newspapers, and even in the Deaf community. Britney Spears’ behaviors of late, for example, have spurred rumors that she might have bipolar disorder. Although ASC does not endorse psychiatric labels, we do think it is important to clarify some misconceptions …

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In with Family, Out with Steps, Halves, & Adoptees

Vlog Summary: The holidays often mean families, and the words we use to describe our family relationships say a lot. Some families make a point of distinguishing between their biological children and their adopted children or their foster children. Even sisters and brothers may emphasize that so-and-so is a full sibling, while another family member is a half sibling. Sharon …

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Deficit Thinker vs. Deficit Thinking

Vlog Summary: The past week has seen a heated debate over the issue of deficit thinking, with many vlogs and blogs contributing to a healthy and thought-provoking discussion. A small, but intriguing, aspect of the discussion raises the question of what the difference is between “deficit thinker” and “deficit thinking”? As Candace A. McCullough explains, “deficit thinker” labels the whole …

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Understanding Panic Attacks

Vlog Summary: Candace A. McCullough explains the basics of panic attacks. Panic attacks can be very frightening experiences, with symptoms that may include some, but not necessarily all, of the following: a racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, sweating, feeling crazy or like you are about to die, feeling like you are choking, numbness, feeling paralyzed or unable to move, or feeling …

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We Don’t Need Group Punishment

Vlog Summary: Group punishment is still happening in some Deaf schools, in classrooms and on sports teams, even though research shows it is ineffective. Sharon Duchesneau explains how group punishment hurts those children who were not involved in inappropriate behaviors. Instead of adults expecting children to “discipline” their peers through disapproval, it is more appropriate for effective consequences to be …

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Hearing Researchers: Why Do They Study Deaf People?

Vlog Summary: Opening a dialogue in the Deaf community, Candace A. McCullough brings up several complex issues related to hearing researchers studying Deaf people (9:31 minutes). Whenever a member of a majority group studies a minority group, it is essential that social, cultural, and political issues are considered. Unfortunately, a number of hearing researchers’ motivation for studying Deaf people comes …

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