Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The doctor will see you now: How the Internet and social media are changing healthcare

Good afternoon everyone!!

Today I want to share with you not only an interesting article, but something that I also find to be very relevant in today's world.  How many of you have ever started to feel sick, and immediately went to Google to look up your symptoms?

This article, from digitaltrends.com talks about the use of social media for hospitals and physicians. It argues both sides of the coin and how it can benefit patients or cause more harm. Plus, it talks about how doctors can utilize social media with all the HIPPA laws. Surveys have revealed that 1 in 3 Americans go to Google to look up symptoms before paying to visit a doctor anyways, so why not direct their concerns through social media if patients are going online anyways?

If you have some time, check out this article below and let me know what you think!

'You wake up feeling a slight tickle in your throat. You try and shake it off and drink lots of water. After a few hours, it’s still there. Instead of calling your mom or making a doctor appointment, you head to the Internet.  Today, anyone with a computer and a connection can get online and find a variety of results, ranging from simple sore throat to the more serious, like bronchitis and asthma.
But just because we can doesn’t mean we should. In a world where almost everyone is online and can easily find and provide medical solace, is it really, truly a good idea to consider social media and the Web a reliable source of healthcare?'


Monday, October 28, 2013

Experience Boundless Love, Compassion, Wisdom, and Grace

Happy Monday Bloggers!

I love this newsletter and wanted to share it with you all today! Especially the "Insights From the Edge" section! This week's interview is an excellent discussion of what's going on in the brain when we experience various emotions, including how and why we get "triggered", and how we can "rewire" our responses and reactivities, in order to experience more pleasure, well being and happiness.

Check out the online newsletter here: http://www.soundstrue.com/weeklywisdom/?agmepisode=8553&wwepisode=8557&pepisode=8547&ppepisode=1825&utm_source=soundstrue&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weeklywisdom-131025&_bta_tid=3.RM0._PQw.A1nA.Kpw6..eCbP.b..s.V-s.a.UmsbGA.UmsbGA.g1V2nw&_bta_c=dconermj1t7fkngyd2nigt7jntyxu


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Sharing an Experience With You!

Happy Monday Bloggers!

I wanted to share a piece of a wonderful experience with you all! Recently, I was privileged enough to be in the audience for "The Power of Emotion" workshop, with Susan Johnson and Kathryn Rheem. Not only did I learn a lot, but I feel that some of the information will be helpful to you as my clients. Attending workshops and seminars not only helps you, but they really help to push us to be able to learn in order to serve you better. Here is a brief clip from the seminar about 'Why Labeling Clients’ Emotions Isn't Enough'... enjoy!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Are Dogs Like People?!

On this Monday morning, I wanted to switch up the usual "human" blog topics and do something related to man's best friend, our dogs. Dogs can be great companions and help us get through the lowest points in our lives. But, do dogs have the same emotions as humans? Can they feel our pain? In a recent article trending on Psychology Today by  Hal Herzog, Ph.D., it talks about 'Are Dogs People?'

It's very interesting and brings up some different points about dogs emotions and how they are (or are NOT) related to us humans. Check it out here:


Monday, October 7, 2013

Almost a Month Away...Passages to Intimacy Workshop Weekend!!

Hello everyone!

Just a quick reminder this morning that the 'Passage to Intimacy Weekend Workshop' is coming up on November 15th at A Center for Relationships in Alexandria, Virginia.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a good relationship. Falling in love is the easy part. Staying married or in a committed relationship requires healthy relationship skills and practice.

While the original PAIRS Relationship Mastery course is taught over six months, several seminars have been developed to teach relationship skills in shorter segments. In the Passage to Intimacy weekend, couples and singles learn basic skills in communication and conflict resolution. This weekend workshop is excellent for couples and singles, in any stage of a relationship.

The PAIRS Courses focus on the “skills” of relating and the underlying dynamics for sustaining intimacy. The courses take place in a group setting and the format is psycho-education. There is no required sharing in the PAIRS group setting. The usual session includes a lecture on a particular communication or conflict relationship skill, a demonstration of the skill, and the time for couples to practice the skills in dyads. Participants learn that differences are natural in each partnership and can enhance rather than detract from relationships. Communication skills create a level playing field for partners who are unequal in ability to confront. The confronter learns to listen while the listener learns to have a voice. Couples are also taught skills to enhance trust and affection. Couples end the course feeling closer to each other and more aware of how to sustain a loving, connected relationship. Singles end the course feeling stronger in their ability to relate to others as well as themselves. Insurance applies.

We have discovered however, that many couples and singles need more than the PAIRS Passage to Intimacy weekend. We therefore offer PostPAIRS sessions as monthly meetings following attendance in a PAIRS workshop. These Wednesday evenings (last Wed of month) are devoted to learning some additional skills and to practicing the PAIRS tools.

To find out more information, you can visit: http://ac4r.com/  or contact me at: pauliann@starpower.net