Work has eased up a bit, and I've got some online mojo going so now my plan is to complete all my CEs for 2014 and 2015 over the next couple of months. We can apply any APA approved CE hours earned in the two years previous to license renewal. I'm already well above what I need for 2014, so everything from now on spills over into 2015.
Singing on the remix of Flawless, Beyonce explains her sister's assault on husband, Jay Z:
“We escalate, up in this bitch like elevators/ Of course sometimes sh– go down, when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”
Ah yes, of course billionaire's sometimes have fistfights in elevators. Remember how Warren Buffet and his niece got into it in an elevator? Then there was Bill Gates punching out his sister-in-law. And don't even get me started on what Oprah did when I once found myself in an elevator with her.
The number of people who are counted as officially unemployed rose by 197,000, with most of the increase due to people rejoining the labor force or entering for the first time. Just 50% of the 9.67 million unemployed people are there because they lost a job; the rest are people who have started looking for work.
It’s a hopeful sign that so many people are beginning to look for work after so many years of discouragement. The fact that the economy has added 2.5 million nonfarm payrolls in the past year is luring some people back into the pool.
Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter to protest comments by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values," according to the Reuters news agency. [..]
Arinc, one of the co-founders of Erdogan's AK Party, said this week at a celebration of the end of Ramadan: "The woman should have chastity. ... She should not laugh in front of everyone and not be inviting in her behavior. She should protect her honor."
This morning I completed an online CE course to meet my ethics requirement. With this particular educational organization, participants can view the test before taking the course, so that's what I did. I answered 19 out of the 20 exam questions correctly before actually taking the course. The item I got wrong was this sort of question:
BabaLooey (2007) describes which leg of a three-legged stool as "perhaps the most important"?
Surprising new research on schizophrenia suggests, however, that people with mental illness may have stronger, stranger ties to their societies than we commonly assume. In a new article in the British Journal of Psychiatry, Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann explains that for schizophrenics experiencing auditory hallucinations, the cultures they live in shape the voices they hear in their minds. Most psychiatric research is conducted by scientists. Luhrmann argues, though, that the same psychiatric condition can express itself differently in different cultures, which is where anthropologists come in. For this study, she interviewed adults with schizophrenia who live in three different places: Chennai, India, Accra, Ghana, and San Mateo, California. She asked each person to describe his or her auditory hallucinations—how many voices they heard, what the voices said, where they felt the voices were coming from.
I wonder how they insured that they were really sampling comparable populations in these three places? I can't find a free version of the article online, but I'm a bit doubtful. Maybe people who have more persecutory hallucinations in Accra and Channai are dealt with in ways that kept them out of the study samples. As deficient as much of our treatment of psychotic disorders in the US is for so many people, consider what treatment could consist of for a person afflicted in Ghana. Perhaps those afflicted with more paranoid and persecutory hallucinations wind up in those settings.
Mind you, this isn't to dismiss the potential significance of the findings. If the differences they found reflect real differences in the broader populations of persons with schizophrenia, the implications are quite important and consistent with those who argue that we could be more helpful to patients experiencing auditory hallucinations by including innovative non-pharmacological therapies. I posted something on this subject a couple of years ago and, looking that post up, I see that I linked at that time to another article by Tanya Luhrmann, which is also worth a look.
By the time I was in graduate school, psychiatry had for the most part adopted a medication and minimalist supportive therapy approach, though my psychologist education still included introduction to non-pharm therapeutic approaches. Does anyone still read Ping-Nie Pao? The problem with non-pharm therapies that went beyond caseworker support was that they were lengthy and costly at a time when the insurance industry was rapidly moving toward a fast-and-cheap model.
Recently, Illinois passed legislation to put prescription pads in the hands of psychologists, so I imagine that will only lessen the interest in non-pharm, therapeutic intervention, at least among young psychologists around here who will no doubt gravitate toward more profitable prescription practice.
I posted this on Saturday, but somehow it unposted, so that's why the title refers to Friday.
Last night, I read a Trib article about Illinois high school students releasing alligator snapping turtles in Southern Illinois. I've never seen a snapping turtle in Illinois and, to be honest, I didn't know if we had snapping turtles in Illinois. Only time I ever saw them in the wild was in the South, most recently in Florida, in small golf course lakes at a resort.
Anyway, that got me reading about snapping turtles and I learned that Southern Illinois is the northern edge of the range for alligator snapping turtles, but the range for common snapping turtles extends to southern Canada. So we got 'em.
In fact, I've rarely seen turtles of any kind locally. Maybe only a half dozen times, all when I lived in the Northwest Burbs. I think they were all box turtles. Definitely not snapping turtles.
Today we were walking over a bridge above one the Chicago River branches, and what did we see swim to the surface? A big snapping turtle.