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by Lynn Marie Lumiere, author of Awakened Relating—coming in July 2018!

We are facing global challenges as we move into the 2018 New Year and our world becomes increasingly out of balance. Life is showing us that living within dualistic consciousness and the illusion of separation does not serve us. We are all being called to wake up to the non-dual truth of our shared being and find solutions in an infinite intelligence beyond our conditioned mind.

 

Here at New Harbinger, we strive to develop high quality, evidence-based, affordable tools for mental health, so that there is as little barrier to help as possible. We believe that mental healthcare is a human right, and for more than 40 years, our mission has always been to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Because we believe mental healthcare should be accessible to all, we decided to act. This month, we put up a Little Free Library outside our offices in Oakland, California, thereby offering free books to our local community.

Most cognitive behavioral therapy approaches focus on aversive symptoms and problematic behaviors. This emphasis can limit the attention that’s paid to experiences that focus on growth and prosperity, such as a client’s culture and faith. Acceptance and commitment therapy, however, has a marked focus on values-based living, which aims to increase functionality by using values as a compass to do so.

According to the DSM-5, symptoms of psychosis may include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, markedly illogical thinking, or behavior that is grossly disorga­nized or catatonic, as well as diminished emotional expression and avolition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

As a mental health professional, part of your practice may be helping people who have serious mental illness.

Editor's Note: Today's post is a contribution by Shelley Scammel, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist and co-author of Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice: Guidelines for Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals

A vast diversity of religious and spiritual traditions exists, and your clients may be affiliated with any of them. This diversity is increasing, even in communities that have previously been relatively homogeneous. Even within one denomination or tradition, there can be an enormous amount of variability in the beliefs, practices, and lived experience of indi­vidual participants. Taking the time to learn more about religious and spiritual tradi­tions that are important to your clients will increase your effectiveness as a therapist.

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