There has been much written and spoken about domestic violence and child abuse recently due to incidents involving NFL players. It’s unfortunate that it takes a sensationalized incident to bring into view a chronic societal problem; but, that’s not surprising being that it hits very close to home for a lot of people. …
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Domestic violence and abuse is a world-wide epidemic that affects people in every community regardless of economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. It is a blight on society that results in serious physical, emotional and mental health problems with far-reaching consequences for all concerned.
The never-ending cycle of abuse is a threat to the health of every man, woman and child and should be considered a national health emergency. …
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The airstrikes against the Islamic State, a decidedly violent and oppressive group, are deeply unsettling, bringing forth memories of 9/ll and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, along with fears that America will never extract itself from this region of the world, or be safe from revengeful terrorist groups. At such times, it’s natural to become defensive, fearful, and even hopeless.
One of the things that makes America a wonderful place to live is that we feel entitled to freedom and safety and feel others are entitled to freedom and safety too. Yet rarely do airstrikes like the ones on Syria feel like a simple exercise in the protection of human rights. America has too many unresolved traumas, too many unspoken desires, for the public to trust a motive as simple as the preservation of freedom and safety.
In this blog post, I try to understand how unconscious dreams and unresolved traumas influence our defensive reactions to threat, much like the child that suffers chronic traumatization is altered by conditions of abuse and neglect. I believe we are at a time in our nation’s history when we must examine the disparity between what we have dreamed of becoming and deal with the reality of what we are: stressed, even traumatized, increasingly fragmented, yet also passionate, resourceful, and capable of honest evaluation. But first we have to let go of our defenses. Even during times of war….
Here is how a social worker would work with the Donald Sterlings or other offending athletes. I am addressing negative behaviors of the athletic community, but the same can be said of any community (celebrities, corporations, or CEO’s). Financial consequences and short bans from playing usually accompany misbehavior. Are these consequences effective? Social workers know they are not….
A gunman went on a drive by shooting spree on the night of Friday, May 23, 2014 at the University of Santa Barbara campus. These shootings left 7 people dead and another 8 injured. Many media outlets say that the answer to this is gun control; that banning guns, and changing the regulations connected to ……
Update, March 31, 2014: In reaction to the release of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which predicts threats not only to food supplies but also to security due to climate change, I repost this blog today as a cautionary reminder of the potential for human cruelty in the face of both real and imagined scarcity.