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What does “Black Lives Matter” mean? (A Panel Discussion) [Episode 46]

What does “Black Lives Matter” mean? (A Panel Discussion) [Episode 46]

June 6, 2020

What does “Black Lives Matter” mean? (A Panel Discussion)

Paul Krauss MA LPC hosts a panel discussion on Zoom with 3 of his friends, (Remahn, Chris, and James) who happen to be African-American males, to discuss the death of George Floyd and what “Black Lives Matter” mean and other related topics. If you are new to this topic or just curious, please remember to normalize changing your opinion on something after learning new information. It is ok. I promise. Evolution is natural. Denial is natural, but does not move you forward. I have personally changed my viewpoints on these issues as I evolved as a person. In fact, I learned new things and broadened my perspective during this conversation. I encourage you, whoever you are, to listen to this discussion and read through the sources and resources in the show notes.

On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.
By combining videos from bystanders and security cameras, reviewing official documents and consulting experts, The New York Times reconstructed in detail the minutes leading to Mr. Floyd’s death. Our video shows officers taking a series of actions that violated the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department and turned fatal, leaving Mr. Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and onlookers called out for help.
The day after Mr. Floyd’s death, the Police Department fired all four of the officers involved in the episode, and on Friday the Hennepin County attorney, Mike Freeman, announced murder and manslaughter charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be seen most clearly in witness videos pinning Mr. Floyd to the ground. Mr. Chauvin, who is white, kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. Our video shows that Mr. Chauvin did not remove his knee even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene.

Imagine your child dies prematurely and you are hosting the funeral and you are giving a eulogy explaining what your own child meant to you and how special your child was, and then someone grabs the mic and says “Actually all children are special…” That’s what “all lives matter” sounds like. Embarrassing.

The whole point of Black Lives Matters was to bring attention to multiple issues, but one of the most pressing is: police are killing unarmed African-Americans at a much higher rate than Caucasian Americans. This is an undisputed fact.

We said “Black Lives Matter.” We never said “Only Black Lives Matter.” We Know “All lives matter.” We just need your help with Black Lives Matter for Black Lives are currently in Danger.

Also Discussed: Police Murders of unarmed African-Americans, Billie Eilish, Journalists are being arrested, America is at a boiling point, protests, Black lives Matter, stress, Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment at an all time high, fear, Racism, It is not getting worse, it is just being filmed, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Minneapolis Police, unnecessary neck restraints, Joe Biden’s foot in his mouth, lack of empathy, showing “black death” on Facebook and youtube, this struggle of African-Americans speaking out against police brutality has been going on for decades, Trump as a reflection of what America was built on, the mask is off, Colin Kaepernick, Black Unity, Domestic Abuse Metaphors, White people not understanding, critical thought, cultural attitudes, cultural encapsulation, reforming the police, already having your mind mate up, identity politics, Qualified immunity, they used to hang African-American people after church, the murder of Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, Sandyhook, Cliven Bundy stand off with the US Government, caucasian Quarantine protestors in Michigan where protesters holding semi-automatic weapons yelled in the face of Police Officers—but were not harmed or arrested, cultural attitude collectives, many elder Caucasian Men in the United States in denial and dismissive of these concerns, institutional racism, having uncomfortable conversations, actually experiencing racism, it is easy to ignore racism when it isn’t happening to you, Know Justice - Know Peace, no Justice - No Peace, How can you combat racism as a white person? Education, History, Context, The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, White Allies, The History of the Black Panther Party, Government Assassinations of Fred Hampton and Martin Luther King Jr., The White House was actually built by slave labor—this is a fact.

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-investigation.html

https://www.aclumich.org/en/news/facing-terror-police-racism

https://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/criminal-justice/killed-police-black-men-likely-white-men/

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/05/mapping-police-killings-black-americans-200531105741757.html

https://www.vox.com/2016/7/11/12136140/black-all-lives-matter

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/minneapolis-police-rendered-44-people-unconscious-neck-restraints-five-years-n1220416

https://www.vox.com/identities/2020/5/6/21249202/ahmaud-arbery-jogger-killed-in-georgia-video-shooting-grand-jury

https://www.nytimes.com/article/breonna-taylor-police.html

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062397348/a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states/

Mentioned:

https://www.healthforlifegr.com/growing-up-black/

Mental Health Resources:

https://www.stevefund.org/crisistextline/
Are you a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed? Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond.

How you can learn more and help:

Regarding legislation: 

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

https://5calls.org/

Things to read:

• BACP article: "why we need to talk about race": https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/therapy-today/2018/october-2018/why-we-need-to-talk-about-race/

• ERACCE book list: http://www.eracce.org/resources

Supporting BIPOC-created mental health and activism groups:

https://www.baatn.org.uk/

http://www.eracce.org/

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

”Welcome to Jamrock" from Welcome to Jamrock by Damian Marley (Spotify)  

“Get Up Stand Up“ from Burnin’ by The Wailers (Spotify)

“A Change is Gonna Come“ from Otis Blue by Otis Redding (Spotify)    

“This is America” from This is America by Childish Gambino (Spotify)   

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For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing. -Simon Wiesenthal  

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These are the last words of George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who died as a US police officer pinned him down, kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes:
"It's my face man
I didn't do nothing serious man
please
please
please I can't breathe
please man
please somebody
please man
I can't breathe
I can't breathe
please
(inaudible)
man can't breathe, my face
just get up
I can't breathe
please, a knee on my neck
I can't breathe
shit
I will
I can't move
mama
mama
I can't
my knee
my neck
I'm through
I'm through
I'm claustrophobic
my stomach hurt
my neck hurts
everything hurts
some water or something
please
please
I can't breathe officer
don't kill me
they're gonna kill me, man
come on man
I cannot breathe
I cannot breathe
they're gonna kill me
they're gonna kill me
I can't breathe
I can't breathe
please sir
please
please
please I can't breathe"
Then, his eyes shut and the pleas stop. George Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after.’

The Loneliness Epidemic and Implications for Mental and Physical Health with J.W. Freiburg [Episode 45]

The Loneliness Epidemic and Implications for Mental and Physical Health with J.W. Freiburg [Episode 45]

May 30, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Dr. J.W. Freiberg about his work as a Social Psychologist and Lawyer and his expertise on the topic of loneliness. J.W. Freiberg defines the many different types of loneliness both within a relationship and outside of relationship. Further discussed, how the epidemic of the loneliness in the United States and around the world affects people’s mental and physical health alike. Paul and J.W. Freiberg discuss his recent book “Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone (A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness and Litigation).” J.W. Freiberg discusses the science of why loneliness and broken relationships affect human’s health so profoundly, yet he does so through the lens of highly entertaining true stories from his career. Listeners will be highly entertained by J.W. Freiberg’s interview, whether they are interested in the topics or not.

J.W. Freiberg studies chronic loneliness through the unique lens of a social psychologist (PhD, UCLA) turned lawyer (JD, Harvard). A former assistant professor in the department of social psychology at Boston University, he served for decades as general counsel to more than a dozen mental health and social service agencies in Boston, including The Home for Little Wanderers, the nation’s oldest child-welfare organization. In his just released book Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone (A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness and Litigation), Dr. Freiberg explores the impact of faulty connections in failing relationships, through the telling of case stories mined from his 30-years as an attorney. His award-winning book Four Seasons of Lonelinessexplored the chronic loneliness that comes to isolated, disconnected individuals. The papers presented at his 2018 symposium on childhood loneliness, are collected into his edited work Growing Up Lonely. Dr. Freiberg is a member of the MA state bar and the bar of the Supreme Court of the US. For more information about all of his books, visit www.thelonelinessbooks.com.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

"Memory Lane" from From a Basement on the Hill by Elliott Smith (Spotify)

"No World Like the World" from Below the Branches by Kelley Stoltz (Spotify)

 

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Exploring the Physiology of Trauma, Mental Health, and Dysautonomia with Dr. Robert Rhoton [Episode 44]

Exploring the Physiology of Trauma, Mental Health, and Dysautonomia with Dr. Robert Rhoton [Episode 44]

May 15, 2020

Dr. Robert Rhoton, Psy.D., LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S. and Paul Krauss MA LPC discuss the physiology of trauma, a broader definition of trauma and its effects on the nervous system (dysautonomia). Dr. Rhoton and Paul discuss toxic stress and the ways in which the body responds on a biological and physiological level. Following the science-heavy paradigm of understanding trauma / dysautonomia (when the autonomic nervous system is not functioning properly), Paul Krauss and Dr. Rhoton discuss the implications of that this science may have on modern psychotherapy, family systems, relationships, education, and our society. Paul Krauss and Dr. Rhoton discuss the importance of emotional regulation among mental health professionals and the difficulties faced if they are not focusing on their own mental health first. Dr. Rhoton discusses the idea of emotional and physiological arousal and how systems often do not recognize this as important. Dr. Rhoton is a gifted teacher and he shares his wisdom and experience working with people who have experienced trauma and how this all intersects with his experience in the fields of counseling, psychology, psychiatry, the child welfare system, education, etc. The dynamic conversation has implications for parenting, family relationships, and the many modalities of counseling and therapy. Dr. Rhoton discusses how to help people all over the world change their lives and communities through education on the physiology of trauma.

Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and programs, and child and family therapeutic services. Additionally, Dr. Rhoton has advanced training in child and adolescent trauma treatment, family therapy, and family trauma. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton also serves on the Arizona Department of Health Services Trauma Informed Care (TIC) task force as a community member.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“If you don’t know what to do (Do What You Love) from Music for Gloves (Banana & Louie) by Kelley Stoltz (Spotify)

“Motel” from Motel by PAWL/ttypes (Spotify)

 

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Balancing the darkness with the light during the virus outbreak and quarantine with Dr. Karthik Ramanan [Episode 43]

Balancing the darkness with the light during the virus outbreak and quarantine with Dr. Karthik Ramanan [Episode 43]

April 18, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC and Dr. Karthik Ramanan discuss the importance of maintaining mental health during the current quarantine situation due to COVID-19. Coronavirus anxiety and depression are on the rise along with a variety of mental health challenges as a result of the covid-19 pandemic and quarantine. In this discussion with Dr. Karthik Ramanan, we discuss grieving during this pandemic and quarantine along with coronavirus anxiety and coronavirus depression. We discuss the importance of caring for one's mental health during this challenging time, along with tips on to balance all that is being thrown at us.

Dr. Karthik Ramanan is a naturopathic medical doctor, inspirational speaker, and the host of the weekly online show, "The Dr. K Show." Dr. K specializes in everyday mental health and lifestyle medicine, and he helps ambitious individuals end self-criticism. He teaches the principles of everyday mental health through the lens of his personal health and psychological transformation and his education and experience as a physician. He inspires achievement-oriented individuals to get out of their own way, take intentional action, and create their ideal version of themselves to lead a purpose-driven life.

Dr. Ramanan graduated from Cornell University with dual BS degrees in Applied Economics & Management as well as Biological Sciences. After his undergraduate studies, he worked for Goldman Sachs in New York for eight years where he served in the Futures and Listed Derivatives businesses, sharpening his client relationship and communication skills while developing a deep understanding of human behavior and the stresses many Americans face while working in corporate America. During his final years in the finance industry, he discovered the power of plant-based nutrition, lost 100 pounds, and found himself called to naturopathic medicine. He moved to Tempe, Arizona to attend Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and graduated with his doctorate in 2017.

 Connect with Dr. K here:

Website - http://drkarthikramanan.com

YouTube - http://drknmd.video

Instagram - https://instagram.com/dr.karthikramanan

FaceBook - https://fb.me/dr.karthikramanan

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/drkarthikramanan/

 

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

"May You Be Born On Anarres" from Music For Public Access Television by ttypes  (Spotify)

“Newspaper Mountains” from Motel by PAWL/ ttypes (Spotify)

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Opening Your Heart and Awakening Your Soul to what Matters with Mark Nepo [Episode 42]

Opening Your Heart and Awakening Your Soul to what Matters with Mark Nepo [Episode 42]

April 11, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC had the privilege of speaking with Mark Nepo during the time of "Shelter in Place" in April 2020, thanks to the technology of ZOOM. 
Mark Nepo shares a number of powerful stories, anecdotes, and metaphors that aim straight for the heart and assist in breaking us open. Mark discusses his story of suffering through a near-death experience of beating cancer in a way that can inspire us all to awaken to our soul's purpose. Mark relates the wisdom of all the great spiritual traditions in a beautiful, clear, and life-affirming way that appeals to the universal nature of the human experience. During this hour discussion, Paul was constantly amazed at the way that Mark effortlessly related moving stories and quotes without any notes or script. Mark Nepo is a humble and true teacher of the human experience--and this episode will appeal to people from all walks of life.

You can learn more and follow Mark Nepo's work below:

With over a million copies sold, Mark Nepo has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening.  Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and "an eloquent spiritual teacher." His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages.  A bestselling author, he has published twenty-two books and recorded fifteen audio projects.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Alone in Kyoto” from Talkie Walkie by Air

“Vacant” from Motel by PAWL/ ttypes (Spotify)

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How to Cope with the Anxiety, Fear, Panic, Frustration, Disruption, and Stress from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (And a Meditation Exercise) [Episode 41]

How to Cope with the Anxiety, Fear, Panic, Frustration, Disruption, and Stress from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (And a Meditation Exercise) [Episode 41]

March 18, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC talks about how to Cope with the Anxiety, Fear,  Panic, Frustration, Disruption, and Stress from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then leads you through an exercise for Coronavirus Anxiety Relief (no matter where you are in the world).

All therapists and clinicians at Health for Life are accepting new clients — we can even get started online through secure video therapy. You can live anywhere in the State of Michigan and still get telehealth therapy from the counselors at Health for Life Grand Rapids at this time. During this difficult time, we are here for you. Call 616-200-4433 (9-5pm) or visit healthforlifegr.com for details 
Most insurance companies have made provisions to cover online counseling sessions at this time. We will advocate for you to make a plan for your counseling utilizing insurance or otherwise. We are answering the phone M-TH: 9-5pm. Let us know how we can serve you and family at this time. Or schedule online: healthforlifegr.com 

Updated information here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B94c89Sgffb/

 

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Alone in Kyoto” from Talkie Walkie by Air

“2020” from My Regime by Kelley Stoltz

“The Age of Miracles” from from Music for the Age of Miracles by The Clientele

Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association is working to increase the availability of quality mental health services statewide, increasing education, promoting best practices, and working to keep Licensed Professional Counselors and other professionals accessible by the public.
 
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Men in Therapy: What it means to be a Man and how it affects all of us with Rick Miller LICSW [Episode 40]

Men in Therapy: What it means to be a Man and how it affects all of us with Rick Miller LICSW [Episode 40]

March 15, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC speaks with Rick Miller LICSW about Men in Therapy: What it means to be a Man, and how perceptions of masculinity have a variety of effects on the larger culture. Rick Miller previews some of the ways in which he works with both gay and heterosexual men in therapy. Rick Miller and Paul Krauss discuss stereotypes of Men around “going to therapy” and how to make therapy more inviting to a diverse group of men. Rick Miller and Paul Krauss discuss the difficulties of Men learning how to communicate effectively and feel their feelings in a holistic way. Rick Miller discusses his personal experience of being a gay man and what that has meant to his personal and professional journey. Paul and Rick talk about how expectations from the greater cultural narrative can consciously and unconsciously affect a man’s sense of what it is to be a man. Paul and Rick further delve into the rewards and difficulties of engaging men in therapy. Rick Miller and Paul Krauss offer tips for men to improve themselves as well as therapists who are working with men. and much much more! Rick Miller and Paul Krauss hope that you enjoy this unedited conversation.

Rick Miller, psychotherapist and author, has served on the faculty for The International Society of Hypnosis, The Milton Erickson Foundation, The Brief Therapy Conference, The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, The American Group Psychotherapy Association, The Couples Conference and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of Unwrapped: Integrative Therapy With Gay Men… the Gift of Presence (Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 2014) and Mindfulness Tools for Gay Men In Therapy(PESI, 2016). His Psychology Today blog is Unwrapped: Mind Body Wisdom and the Modern Gay Man. He is also the Executive Director and Executive Producer for Gay Sons and Mothers, a nonprofit organization that explores and chronicles the complex bond between gay sons and their mothers. He was awarded The Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice by the MA chapter of National Association of Social Workers in 2018.

Learn more about Rick Miller’s work here:

www.rickmiller.biz  

www.gaysonsandmothers.org

Connect on Instagram:

www.instagram.com/rickmillerpsychotherapy

www.instagram.com/gaysonsandmothers

Connect on Facebook:

Rick Miller Psychotherapy +

https://www.facebook.com/Rick-Miller-Psychotherapy--623956084319997/

Gay Sons and Mothers

https://www.facebook.com/gaysonsandmothers/

 

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Polaris” from EP2 by Zero 7 

“In the Waiting Line” from In The Waiting Line by Zero 7

Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association is working to increase the availability of quality mental health services statewide, increasing education, promoting best practices, and working to keep Licensed Professional Counselors and other professionals accessible by the public.
 
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Humanizing the Voices of our Times with Cameron Blake [Episode 39]

Humanizing the Voices of our Times with Cameron Blake [Episode 39]

February 27, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC sits down with singer-songwriter Cameron Blake to discuss songwriting in a way that humanizes the voices and stories of the times we live in. Cameron and Paul discuss the universal appeal of music in our lives and how it can open us to new experiences and perspectives if allow our hearts to truly listen. Paul discusses his experiences hearing Cameron Blake perform his new album live in 2019 and how some of the stories that were told brought up both existential and emotional reactions. Cameron shares the story of his life in music as well as his composition of his new album, which was written during a week at a silent retreat and is rich with honest and raw human stories. Cameron shares about his writing process and lyrics and what inspires his writing. Many songs are also shared. If you like music and philosophy, you will love this episode!

Also Discussed: Saying things through art that you might not say from a podium, personal and collective inspiration for songwriting, feeling changed from music, writing from the perspective of a character, channeling emotions into songs, trauma, Woody Guthrie, Thomas Merton, silent retreat, not giving up your power, the recent Syrian conflict, talking about politics without polarizing people, Bob Dylan, humanizing stories and people, war, walking into the black, anesthetizing news, simple answers, complicated situations, the root of all war is fear, acceptance, Tolstoy, everyone wants to change the world but no one wants to change themselves, empathy, avoidance, reflection, Goya, learning violin, Michigan, Baltimore Maryland, folk tradition, music for the people, jazz musicians, classical musicians,——Greta Thunberg, reducing carbon emissions, the complicated issues of energy, changing perspectives, transformation, rebirth, climate change increasing global terrorism, Portugal, carpe diem, existential themes, six minutes and twenty seconds, Emma Gonzalez , Joan Baez, dissociation, little time to reflect, emotional maturity, Leonard Cohen, heavy metal, releasing a new album, using your voice, telling stories no matter where you are.

Michigan-born Cameron Blake is most passionate about engaging with the parts of us that are fragile and vulnerable. This is reflected most deeply in his songs, which have touched the hearts of people all over the world. Ranging from gospel-fired, high energy roots rock to introspective folk, Cameron’s music is as diverse as his personal story. He began composing and playing the violin at the age of twelve; a talent that would eventually culminate in a Master’s Degree from the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore. Compassion, curiosity and a fair share of burnout took him beyond the walls of the practice room and out on the street, where he regularly worked and communed with the poor. Sharing what he experienced was the starting point for a new career path as a singer-songwriter. He taught himself piano and guitar, quickly immersed himself in the Baltimore music scene and took his individual brand of chamber folk on the road.
After meeting the love of his life and moving back to Michigan to raise a family, Cameron’s artistry bloomed into full maturity with the release of Alone On The World Stage (2015). Recorded with nothing more than voice, guitar and occasional piano, the record garnered international acclaim for its subject matter; a heart-rending, poetic and poignant picture of the issues that face the world we live in today. His keen eye for detail and skill for getting inside of characters to reveal flesh and blood human lives continued with the release of Fear Not (2017); a lush, masterfully orchestrated album that tackles the complex subject of fear. The album has earned praise from the likes of The Huffington Post, No Depression and Paste in the US and was released throughout Europe on the Netherlands based record label Continental Song City in 2018.
If you’ve seen him before, you know that Cameron’s performances leave a lasting, emotional impact.  Whether it’s performing as a front man or a soloist, in a sold-out amphitheater or an intimate club, Cameron gives himself fully to his audience.  Described as “brilliant” (Baltimore City Paper), “impressive” (Local Spins) and “beautiful” (Washington Times), Cameron’s soulful baritone voice, powerful lyrics and physical presence make him one of Michigan’s most original and compelling live performers.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

Original Songs by Cameron Blake utilized in this episode:

After Sally from Fear Not (2017)
North Dakota from Alone on the World Stage (2015)
Queen Bee from Fear Not (2017)
How Dare You from the forthcoming album Walking Into the Black (2020)
Henny Penny from the forthcoming album Walking Into the Black (2020)
Wailing Wall from Fear Not (2017)
Fear Not from Fear Not (2017)
Sandtown from Fear Not (2017)

Check out Cameron Blake on Spotify

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Beyond Trauma Recovery: The Awareness Integration Model with Dr. Foojan Zeine [Episode 38]

Beyond Trauma Recovery: The Awareness Integration Model with Dr. Foojan Zeine [Episode 38]

February 8, 2020

Beyond Trauma Recovery: The Awareness Integration Model with Dr. Foojan Zeine.

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Dr. Foojan Zeine about how she developed her therapy model, how a person recovers from trauma, her personal story, and a program that she developed out of many different modalities of therapy. Dr. Foojan Zeine discussed working on moving from a "problem-oriented" approach to a more "growth-based" approach in counseling.  Dr. Foojan Zeine and Paul Krauss discuss their experiences with conducting psychotherapy as well as reflecting on what they have seen work in trauma recovery and how to help a person move beyond trauma recovery to a total transformation. Dr. Foojan Zeine is working on bringing her therapy program into educational settings in a way where one can "do it yourself." Later on Dr. Foojan Zeine and Paul Krauss discuss how to go beyond trauma recovery and work on dismantling core beliefs that can hold people back even if they have healed from the initial trauma.

Also discussed: Dan Siegel Ph.D., Mindfulness in Schools, Proactive Emotional Education, Students going through self-help books in college as a class, Addiction, Hypnotherapy, Existential Issues, How do we live our life well?, Self-Reflection, the value of therapy/ counseling, the value of reflection, examining our shadow, agendas, the value of participation in a process, the effectiveness of counseling (according to research), Trauma Recovery, co-creating reality, changing our behaviors. 

Dr. Foojan Zeine, Psy.D., LMFT is a Radio host, International Speaker, Psychotherapist, Life Coach, and the Author of Life Reset – The Awareness Integration Path to Create the Life You Want. She has her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She has a large private practice in Beverly Hills and San Clemente, California. Her expertise is in Intimate Relations and Addictive Behaviors. She has extensive experience in treating Depression, Anxiety, Traumas, and Domestic Violence.
Foojan is the originator and the author for “Awareness Integration” educational and psychological model, a multi-modality approach and intervention toward minimizing Depression, Anxiety while improving Self Esteem and Self Confidence.  Multiple research on this method has been published in international journals and has been presented at Harvard University.
Foojan presents internationally and is a leading expert in the field of Online Therapy, She is the Co- author of “Online Therapy: A Therapist's Guide to Expanding Your Practice”, published by W.W. Norton 2005.  She also has a chapter published titled “Life Coaching” in “A Practice that Works: Tips and Strategies for your Stand Alone Therapy Practice”, 2005.  She published an article titled “Moving Away, Moving Toward – Immigration & the Acculturation process” in “Family Therapy” Journal Jan/Feb 2008 pg.26-27. Foojan co-authored a psychological novel about intimate relationships and the self, name “MA”, 2014. Foojan is a contributor to YourTango.com, DivorceForce.com, yogajournal.com, Wholelife.com, Men’s Health, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and The Huffington Post.
Foojan hosts the “Inner Voice – A Heartfelt Chat with Dr. Foojan” show in KMET 1490AM/ ABC News Radio as a call in consulting show where she interviews experts.  She is a guest speaker in many universities including Harvard, MIT, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal State Long Beach. She has been a guest on the Dr. Phil show in CBS, Fox, Voice of America Television Programs; KPFK 90.7, KIRN 670AM.
 www.foojan.com

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

“All Your Yeahs” from Thank Your Lucky Stars by Beach House

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Authentic Masculinity and the Second Half of Life with Adam Nash LLPC [Episode 37]

Authentic Masculinity and the Second Half of Life with Adam Nash LLPC [Episode 37]

January 18, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Adam Nash MA LLPC about his own story of transition to adulthood as they discuss the difficulties of navigating the process of authenticity and understanding one’s own masculinity in the Western World. Adam and Paul discuss the work of Robert Bly, James Hillman, Richard Rohr, Carl Jung, and more regarding this important topic affecting males in the Western World. Paul and Adam talk about the cultural confusion surrounding the labels of “manhood” and the lack of mentorship among males. Paul and Adam discuss some of the pitfalls of males attempting to transition to adulthood without positive role models and guides. Paul and Adam talk about the ego and how important it is to tame the ego at some point in life, and how that relates to moving into the second half of life. Adam and Paul discuss the important work that men may dedicate themselves to in the second half of life—if they choose to. 

Also discussed: What does it mean to be a man? Postmodern issues related to masculinity. Confusing cultural messages for men. Rites of passage. Moving from childhood to adulthood. Looking for role models. How are men supposed to show up in relationships? Balancing the masculine and feminine. Over- Compensation. The importance and side effects of women filling in the gaps of the absent Father. Dealing with the Ego. Dealing with power and control. Breaking from the patterns of your mother and father. Working toward individuation. Getting stuck. How do we move out of stuckness? Going through difficult times. What can we learn from tough times both internally and externally? The importance of taking a risk in forming your identity. Breaking the mold of your culture. Moving from dualistic thinking to abstract thinking.

Adam Nash MA LLPC works with adult males and females as therapist at Health for Life Grand Rapids. Adam specializes in Men's work currently utilizing a variety of counseling techniques. Adam is accepting therapy clients at Health for Life Grand Rapids. In addition, Adam utilizes Mindfulness Based Cognitive Techniques and Trauma-Informed Counseling as well. You can schedule a complimentary consultation online here.

@themanlycounselor (instagram) and Themanlycounselor.com

Adam's profile on healthforlifegr.com

Contact Adam Here:

Call Adam on his direct line: 616-676-7081

You can email Adam as well: Adamn@healthforlifegr.com

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

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 Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

“U (Man Like)" from i,i by Bon Iver  
 
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On Anxiety, Control, Change, and the Unpredictability of the Future [Episode 36]

On Anxiety, Control, Change, and the Unpredictability of the Future [Episode 36]

December 16, 2019

Paul Krauss MA LPC shares his current thoughts on the concepts of anxiety, control, change, and the unpredictability of the Future. In this solo episode of the Intentional Clinician Podcast, Paul discusses the human experience and many practical ways to deal with anxiety, change, and unpredictability in life. Paul teaches about related global concepts as well as simple ways to work on thriving during unknown circumstances and unforeseen events. Paul talks about what to do when you are "free falling" and cannot imagine a future at all--and it feels as if "all will be lost." Paul gives some small pragmatic steps that a person can take, a few exercises that one can engage in to be able to tolerate ambiguity--especially when they are grappling with Anxiety, Control, Change, and the Unpredictability of the Future.

Also discussed: Existential Threats, Actual Threats, Narrative, Autonomic Nervous System, Perceptions, Stability, Instability, Multiple Solutions/ Not One, Dealing with Fear, the nature of life is Change, Impermanence, Smallness, The Big Picture, Awareness, The Taoist Story of "Maybe", Rushing to Judgement, Logic is a Coping Mechanism, Making up Stories, A Stance of Unknowing, Logistics, Attitude, 5 Self-Calming Strategies, Listening, Somatic Therapies, EMDR Therapy, Integrating your Emotional Experiences, How Memories Can Effect Our Behaviors, Participation in Therapy, Writing in a Journal, Self-Reflection, Response instead of a Reaction, Honesty, Saying the Truth, How Often We are Wrong, Our Judgemental Nature,  Mark Twain, Mental Health is an Active Process, Participation, Orientation, Music, The Release of a Free Album of Music by Paul (PAWL- Modified Demos 2010-2013). (Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a preview of songs from Modified Demos).

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

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Original Music:


”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

“Nice to be in Love” from Modified Demos (2010-2013) by PAWL

“The Fifth” from Modified Demos (2010-2013) by PAWL

“The Cost” from Modified Demos (2010-2013) by PAWL

“Metropolis” from Modified Demos (2010-2013) by PAWL
 
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Science, Love, and Infinite Mind with Stephen G. Post, PhD [Episode 35]

Science, Love, and Infinite Mind with Stephen G. Post, PhD [Episode 35]

November 23, 2019

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Stephen G. Post PhD about his life and work as both a leader in the field of science and participant in realm of spiritual seeking. Paul and Stephen also delve deep into exploring the hidden mystery of human connectedness in this podcast interview. God and Love on Route 80 is a recent book by Stephen G. Post where he tells the story of his life in terms of his search for meaning throughout his adolescence and into adulthood, as he listened to his dreams, pursued a spiritual life, and became an accomplished scientist. Stephen is a career scientist (he has contributed hundreds of scientific publications) and has demonstrated empirically that some of the great philosophies of giving to others and direct attention and love—stand up as best practices for patient care in the medical field among other findings. On the personal side, Stephen Post discusses how many chance meetings (synchronicities) shaped his personal life and career in huge ways. Stephen reflects that how his academic and scientific work led him to many unexpected places and eventually to heading multiple organizations including the institute for Bioethics at Stony Brook University—and how it led to a project with United Nations and some actual high profile threats. Stephen is a delight to speak with and listeners of all stripes should enjoy this interview which runs the gamut from personal narrative, to reflections on spirituality and philosophy, to discussions of scientific studies and publications, and much more.

Stephen G. Post, PhD, is the bestselling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House, 2008). The British Medical Journal designated his book, The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), a medical classic of the 20th century. Post is among a handful of individuals awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the national Alzheimer’s Association. In 2001 he founded the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which researches and distributes knowledge on kindness, giving, and spirituality. A frequent contributor to major magazines and newspapers including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine, Post has appeared on The Daily Show among other national television programs. Post served as a co-chair of the United Nations Population Fund conference on spirituality and global transformation. He is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University, and the founder and director of the Stony Brook Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. A leader in medicine, research and religion, Dr. Post’s latest book is a meditation on the meaning of life and the importance of spirituality. Visit him online at StephenGPost.com and UnlimitedLoveInstitute.org.

Check here to buy the book “Love and God on Route 80”

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

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Original Music:


”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

“Sister” from My Regime by Kelley Stoltz

“Leaf Off/ The Cave” from Vestiges & Claws by Jose Gonzalez
 
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How to Survive Teen Addiction (alcohol and drugs) with author Andrew Tennison [Episode 34]

How to Survive Teen Addiction (alcohol and drugs) with author Andrew Tennison [Episode 34]

November 1, 2019

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews author Andrew Tennison who tells his real-life story about how he almost lost his son to addiction, how he coped, and how his son ultimately was able to overcome his addiction. In addition to telling his true story, Andrew Tennison is a consummate mental health professional and excellent author. He shares best practices for parents and families facing the challenges of dealing with addiction, as well as important facts and wisdom from his career. Andrew Tennison is the author of an excellent book which is part memoir and part educational manual for parents entitled: Killing the Bear: Surviving Teen Addiction.

On Killing the Bear: "Over the past fifty years, the face of addiction has changed in America–it has become much younger. It is estimated that 90% of serious problems with alcohol and drugs in our country begin between the ages of 12 and 20. Unfortunately, our efforts toward the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug use by youth have not kept pace with this new reality. For parents who have found themselves dealing day to day with a teen caught in the grips of addiction, the gap between this new reality and the inadequate remedies is often overwhelming. Despite a successful career in the field of mental health, Andrew Tennison was one such parent. While he knew how to help children and teens who had suffered from abuse and neglect, he knew nothing about how to help his own son, Ian, as he slipped into the nether world of aggressive alcohol and drug use. Killing The Bear is his story about what it was like to be a parent of a teen struggling with addiction and what he did about it. Written for parents who are traveling a similar path or those who want to help such families, Killing The Bear provides both a personal account of living with teen addiction and practical ways of surviving it."

Click here to buy 'Killing the Bear' book.

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering distance consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL
“Good Boy Young” [DEMO Version] from Motel by ttypes/ PAWL (available everywhere in 2020)
 
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UPDATE: Michigan Counselors Jobs are Saved. HB4325 Passes Unianmously. Listen to the Story.

UPDATE: Michigan Counselors Jobs are Saved. HB4325 Passes Unianmously. Listen to the Story.

October 25, 2019

In this special episode of the Intentional Clinician Podcast, Paul Krauss MA LPC reports on the developments in the state of Michigan which almost led to the job loss of 10,000+ Counselors and almost resulted in 300,000+ patients losing access to mental health care (when the Licensing and Regulatory Authority (LARA) of Michigan overrode the wishes of the entire Michigan Board of Counseling (who was ironically appointed by LARA to be the experts on the field of Counseling) and declared that it was changing a 31 year old rule for 'clarification purposes' among other doublespeak--which would have rendered LPCs unable to practice in the State of Michigan--even though LARA denied that fact...). This caused a rush of advocacy led by the Michigan Mental Health Association and other Counselors to pass a bill to update the rules for LARA, so that the changes would be negated. The bill was HB4325, sponsored by Representative Aaron Miller. The bill had been around for years and was waiting for this moment.

The good news is that the Michigan Legislature listened to the 5000+ counselors that formed a coalition with the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association--with both the House and Senate passing HB4325 unanimously. The bill is to be signed by the Governor of Michigan on Oct 29, 2019.

Paul Krauss MA LPC comments on the happenings in Michigan. NOTE: There is much more to be said on this subject than is in the episode. Paul then plays a series of recordings by Counselors involved in the fight to oppose LARA's arbitrary rule changes and to pass HB4325 in Michigan.

Featured Speakers for this Special Episode:

Members of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association

Napoleon Harrington, LPC

LaNeisha Murphy, LPC

James Blundo, LPC

Actual Applause from when the Michigan Senate passed HB4325 Unanimously on October 17, 2019

Napoleon Harrington, LPC (part 2)

Dennille McIver LPC  

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering distance consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

Original music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

“Northern Sky” from Bryter Layter by Nick Drake

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URGENT: Michigan moving to stop Counselors from practicing. Michigan to lay off 10,000 LPCs. est 250,000-300,000 patients to lose their counselors (ACTION NEEDED)

URGENT: Michigan moving to stop Counselors from practicing. Michigan to lay off 10,000 LPCs. est 250,000-300,000 patients to lose their counselors (ACTION NEEDED)

September 18, 2019
Get involved with the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association now, and read their detailed article on this issue facing LPCs and their patients in the state of Michigan.
 
YOU can help save 300,000+ patients from losing their counselors this year in the State of Michigan.
YOU can help save the jobs of over 10,000 LPCs and LLPCs in the State of Michigan.
All it takes is a few minutes submitting comments to Michigan's LARA (Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs). If you are wanting to do more, please email and call the following addresses ( a sample letter is at the bottom of this page, or review the facts here and come up with your own statement.
 
Let's be clear, LARA's (Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) SUDDEN and URGENT move to change the rules that have been established since 1988, is not necessary, there is a House Bill 4325 that would update the 1988 bill and clear up any ambiguity in the language--but LARA is not waiting for that--they have called for a rushed hearing on Oct 4, 2019 to change the rules, which would nullify House Bill 4325 and the ability for LPCs to practice in the state of Michigan. LARA is attempting to push through an artificial restriction that would literally change the scope of practice that LPCs currently have--properly diagnosing and providing psychotherapy for over 30 years in the state of Michigan.
 
Submit Comments to this Email Address by October 4, 2019:
 
or come hang out with LPCs for the day:

A hearing will be held on these proposed Rules on October 4, 2019 at 9 am at the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium, 525 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, MI 48893.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE PRESENT TO TESTIFY AGAINST THESE RULES!!!

Click here for a document on Action Steps LPCs and their Allies can take (lots of great details!!!)

 

A few points we would like to make clear:

  1. If LARA's proposed rules go into effect before HB 4325 is signed by the governor, then LLPCs and LPCs will not be able to diagnose or use counseling techniques - it will be illegal for LLPCs and LPCs to diagnose and use counseling techniques.

 

  1. This means LLPCs and LPCs will not be able to bill under someone else (as has been done in the past) because you will not be able to use counseling techniques (conduct mental health therapy).

 

  1. If the legislature passes HB 4325 into law after LARA's proposed rules take effect it will nullify the rules.

 

  1. If HB 4325 is signed by the governor (before LARA's proposed rules go into effect), then law will clearly define our scope of practice among other things (supervision, etc.), and LLPCs and LPCs will be able to practice mental health therapy in the same way they have for decades (since 1989). Passing HB 4325 will negate the need for LARA's rules.

 

  1. Our focus now and over the coming weeks must be to influence legislators to move HB 4325 quickly to Governor Whitmer. Please be thoughtful/diplomatic about what you write on public sites. Stay focused on the goal of contacting legislators.

 

  1. If at all possible, attend and speak at the public hearing on LARA's proposed rules on October 4th. This is imperative. We want a large volume of testimony on record. IF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BE PRESENT, PLEASE SEND WRITTEN TESTIMONY. Written comments must be submitted by 5:00 pm on October 4th to the following email: BPL-BoardSupport@Michigan.gov   Tell the Board of Professional Licensing how this will hurt your clients, and the financial/career crisis this will cause you and your business or the business you work for. The hearing is being held at the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium, 525 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48893 and starts at 9am.

 

  1. Please join MMHCA - your memberships fund the essential lobbyist we have employed to help move HB 4325 through the system. MMHCA is the only organization funding a government relations professional who is working on HB 4325. Go to our mobile friendly website to donate and/or join. www.mmhca.org .

 

  1. Use this living excel document to easily access legislators' contact information and action steps all in one place. Tremendous thanks to Benjamin Reisterer for creating and maintaining it. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fkuYQciUwYXhj32iaK1e_75dFTxwYv1M2N8D8XssvAM/edit?usp=drivesdk&fbclid=IwAR1FCcxgdSz8XFOqJa4az0Lsuw837kPIBOas3i_U1wIibLzl3IJ0iI8bCUY

 

  1. Read MMHCA's September newsletter for more information and to access important documents via links.

 

  1. Many people still don't know about this dire situation. OUR ABILITY TO PRACTICE OUR PROFESSION IS AT STAKE! Tell every graduate student, LLPC and LPC you know about this information asap. Have them sign up to receive MMHCA emails like this one (go to mmhca.org/articles/and at the bottom of the September newsletter is a button to sign up to be on the mailing list).

 

  1. Dr. Sara Sue Schaefer will be presenting on October 1, 2019, at the Kalamazoo YWCA in their lower multi-purpose room. This is a very important meeting to attend from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The presentation will also be live streamed on the Facebook group Michigan LPCs for HB 4325 & Against LARA SOP Changes - Counselors & Allies.

 

   Dr. Sara Sue Schaefer has been instrumental in working on this issue for many years.     She will be presenting about what we can say and do at the hearing on October 4th to further our cause. The YWCA is located at 353 East Michigan in Kalamazoo.

10.MMHCA has a Facebook page you can follow as well. It's called Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association.

11.Please do the following (use the excel document link in #6 for contact information):

  1. Continue contacting Governor Whitmer and encourage support of HB 4325.

 

  1. The Ways and Means committee meets about HB 4325 on Wednesday, 10/2/19. Contact the committee members about how urgent it is to pass the bill out of committee asap so it can move to the House of Representatives for a vote.

 

  1. Contact Senate Majority leader Mike Shirkey via phone and email to respectfully request that he support HB 4325 and bring it to the Senate for a full vote as quickly as possible once the bill gets to the senate. Explain that HB 4325 does NOT expand LPCs' scope of practice, it only solidifies what we have already done for over three decades.

 

  1. Contact the Speaker of the House Representative Lee Chatfield and urge him to put the bill up for a vote WITHOUT AMENDMENTS as soon as possible.

 

  1. Keep the language simple when contacting legislators e.g. "HB 4325 puts into law what has been the practice for 30 years." Educate the senators about the current situation.

 

  1. Letters to the editor and news coverage are great and noticed by legislators.

 

  1. Remember - all the contact information you need is in the excel document here:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fkuYQciUwYXhj32iaK1e_75dFTxwYv1M2N8D8XssvAM/edit?usp=drivesdk&fbclid=IwAR1FCcxgdSz8XFOqJa4az0Lsuw837kPIBOas3i_U1wIibLzl3IJ0iI8bCUY

Keep up the outstanding advocacy for our license, our colleagues and our clients. It is an honor to be side by side with you in this effort.

 

James Blundo MMHCA Executive Director

Napoleon Harrington MMHCA President

MMHCA Public Policy Committee

Acuitas LLC, the MMHCA Retained Lobbyist

DONATE TO MMHCA

 

Next MMHCA Board Meeting

MMHCA Members are invited to attend the next MMHCA Board meeting on Friday, October 18th, at 10:00 am. Location is Ashland Theological Seminary in Southfield. Guest speaker includes Andrea Cascarilla from Acuitas LLC. Must RSVP to attend, contact jamesblundo@att.net.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

HB 4325 and LARA's Proposed Counseling Rule Changes

by

MMHCA Retained Lobbyist

Andrea Cascarilla

Legislative Director

What rules changes is LARA proposing?

The actual text of LARA's proposed rule changes may be found here. To be clear, some of the proposed rule changes are not contentious and make necessary and appropriate updates. Others related to R338.1751 and R338.1757 are a cause for serious concern.

First, LARA is recommending the repeal of virtually all the rules that define a licensed professional counselor's scope of practice under R338.1751. These are the current rules that have been recognized as part of a counselor's scope since they were first promulgated after the passage of the Licensed Professional Counselor statute in 1988. Instead the department insists these definitions should apply only to the educational preparation of counselors and not to counseling practice.

Second, LARA is also pursuing the repeal of the rules identifying the requirements for providing counseling supervision (R338.1757), one of which is specific training in supervision. This training is a national standard for professional counseling.

What would the impact of these changes be?

R338.1751:

Included in the repeal of the definitions in the rule is the practice of "counseling techniques" and the related ability to "diagnose and identify the problem". Without these and numerous other definitions, the counseling scope of practice will be severely restricted.

These changes in scope also put Michigan's LPCs in violation of the American Counseling Association's Code of Ethics (E.5.a. Proper Diagnosis), which requires the proper diagnosis of a client's mental disorder before treatment and could subject them to permanent expulsion from the profession.

Under Michigan's public health code, LPC's are legally required to comply with their professional code of ethics. They will be violation of this statute. Ultimately, these rule changes will prohibit Michigan's 10,000 licensed professional counselors from continuing to practice in the state and leave hundreds of thousands of residents without the treatment they need.

Additionally, insurance companies will no longer cover services of LPCs as a diagnosis is required for reimbursement.

R338.1757:

If this rule regarding counseling supervision requirements is rescinded, counselors who provide supervision without training would be practicing in violation of the ACA's Code of Ethics (F.2.a Supervisor Preparation).

Furthermore, LPCs who received their supervision in Michigan may not be eligible for licensure in other states because their supervisor would not be qualified in the state to which the counselor is moving.

Why is LARA proposing these changes?

The Attorney General's office raised concerns a few years ago as to whether the counseling rules were properly aligned with the counseling statute, questioning whether the rules exceed the statute. Since LARA only has the authority to promulgate rules, not change statute, they have proceeded with the only option available to resolve this concern: repeal the rules in question.

What is the status of the proposed rule changes?

Despite the unanimous objections by the Board of Counseling, on July 18, 2019, LARA filed a formal request for rule making and submitted its draft rules. The associated Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed rule changes was filed on August 28, 2019.

This action triggered the setting of the required public hearing, which is scheduled for Friday, October 4 at 9:00 am at the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium located at 525 W. Ottawa Street in Lansing, Michigan.

After this public hearing, the rules can be certified, and a report submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR, a legislative body, has just 15 session days to review the rules. Their only course of action if they object is to introduce legislation within another 15 days to repeal them. After the JCAR review is completed, the LARA Director can adopt the rules.

When would the proposed rules take effect?

The rules changes were written with immediate effect. Given the above timeline these proposed rule changes could be in effect as early as November of this year immediately rendering Michigan's 10,000 licensed professional counselors unable to diagnose and, therefore, unable to legally practice in our state.

What can be done to oppose the proposed rule changes?

Any member of the public may comment in opposition of the proposed rules changes at the October 4th hearing. Written comments may also be submitted electronically any time before 5:00 pm on October 4th to BPL-BoardSupport@Michigan.gov  

What organizations are opposing the proposed rule changes?

The following are some of the organizations that have expressed opposition to LARA's proposed rule changes:

MMHCA (Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association)

CMHAM (Community Mental Health Association of Michigan)

MHA (Michigan Hospital Association)

MPCA (MI Primary Care Association)

MATCP (MI Association of Treatment Court Professionals)

MPFFA (MI Professional Fire Fighters Association)

ACA (American Counseling Association)

MCA (Michigan Counseling Association)

NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)

MASW (MI Association of Social Workers)

MSCA (Middle School Counselors Association)

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Oakland University

Spring Arbor University

University of Detroit-Mercy

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Hope Network

Pine Rest

MI AFSCME

Oakland County

How do the proposed rule changes relate to HB 4325?

The proposed rules are the administrative response to the Attorney General's question as to whether the rules align with the statute. HB 4325 is the legislative response.

What does HB 4325 do?

HB 4325, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), would codify into statute the existing rules that have come into question instead of repealing them. This preferred solution allows counselors to maintain their ability to properly diagnose and treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders. The bill also makes a number of technical updates to the 30+ year old law.

Does HB 4325 change the scope of practice for licensed professional counselors?

No. It maintains the scope of practice that has been in placed since the Licensed Professional Counselor law was passed in 1988.

Does HB 4325 change who is eligible to be licensed as a professional counselor?

No. It maintains that only those with the education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and meet the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) are eligible for licensure.

What is the status of HB 4325?

HB 4325 (S-3) was passed unanimously out of the House Health Policy Committee on September 19, 2019. The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. A hearing and vote is expected on October 2. The bill will then be sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

How would the passage of HB 4325 affect the proposed rules?

HB 4325 negates altogether the need for LARA's proposed rule by resolving the Attorney General's question. It would nullify the proposed rules if they were to go into effect.

Who is supporting HB 4325?

To date the following organizations have formally taking a position supporting HB 4325, and many more are expected to as future opportunities in the legislative process allow:

MMHCA (Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association)

MPCA (MI Primary Care Association)

MATCP (MI Association of Treatment Court Professionals)

NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)

MASW (MI Association of Social Workers)

MSCA (Middle School Counselors Association)

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Oakland University

Spring Arbor University

University of Detroit-Mercy

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Hope Network

A few related other facts:

Our nation is facing a mental health crisis and there simply aren't enough counselors and other mental health professionals to meet the burgeoning demand for services, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).

HRSA estimates nationally we need to add 10,000 providers in each of seven separate mental healthcare professions by 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand.

In Michigan there are nearly 1.4 million adults with mental illness and 67,000 youth suffering from a major depressive episode. The majority of these individuals are not receiving the care they need.

Costs are the reason nearly half of the adults are not receiving the treatment they need. Mental health counselors are uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of providing high quality care in a cost-effective manner.

 

 

If you want to help beyond the initial email

 
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Office:
Phone: (517) 335-7858
https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx

Speaker of the House, Lee Chatfield's Office:

Phone: (517) 373-2629
Email: LeeChatfield@house.mi.gov

Senate Majority Leader, Mike Shirkey:
Phone: (517) 373-5932

 
To find your state rep by your address:
 
To find your state senator by your address:
 
A sample letter--but feel free to write from the heart:
 
The work of counselors is imperative in the socioeconomic health of the State of Michigan, and compromising an entire profession's ability to do the work they have been doing for decades is not only absurd but will render profound economic ramifications
 
There is an excellent bill waiting to pass to make sure the LPC scope of practice is solidified. It is called House Bill 4325 (proposed substitute H-3). We urge LARA and the Governmental Authorities of Michigan to focus on passing House Bill 4325 before attempting to cut an entire industry off at the knees. 
 
Highlighted points
1. Michigan already has a shortage of mental health professionals.
2. We are in the middle of a suicide epidemicopioid epidemic, and teen depression is at an all-time high. We need LPCs practicing independently as they have since 1988.
3. Over 10,000 LPC Counselors will not be able to practice if this passes.
4. These LPC Counselors will lose their private practices, and their financial life is at risk, as well as their dependents and support staff.
5. This proposed rule change is wrong for the people of Michigan.
 
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