Last week, I was in beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia, facilitating workshops on “Motivation” and “Trauma and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.” The workshops were sponsored by Community Health Associates of British Columbia. This organization does a terrific job of bringing together, and training, skilled community health and addiction workers in First Nations communities within the pro
The word ‘resilience’ has been on my mind these last few days. In science, resilience is the ability of an object to spring back to shape; elasticity. In psychology, resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, to overcome personal setbacks. I’ve been hearing examples of resilience from many friends as of late. In southern Alberta, over 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes because o
One of the first theories that highlighted the relationship between thoughts and moods was cognitive theory, or CT. This theory was created by Dr. Aaron Beck back in the 1970’s and focused on how people could change how they felt. Beck noticed that all his depressed patients had similarities in how they viewed themselves, their world, and their future. Specifically, he noticed that depressed people all had a maladapt
We’ve all tried to change something about ourselves – perhaps it’s an addiction to something (e.g., smoking, drugs, video gaming), or simply a behaviour that we no longer wish to have in our lives. Change happens in stages The Stages of Change model was first created by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s. Initially, they wanted to understand the process that smokers went through a
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