Alan E. Smith on Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Are you sinking into the Quicksand of Pain?  Are you stranded in the Mountains of Misery or simply lost in a Forest of Symptoms?

Find your way to Hope with the new, second edition of the award-winning book UnBreak Your Health – Your Map to the World of Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Discover how your body, mind and energy/spirit can work together to produce better health.  Learn how to take charge of your health and find your path to the best health possible.

Trying to figure out where you are with your health problems, where you need to go and the best way to get there?  You need a map to find your way around the amazing world of complementary or alternative therapies!  Which therapies are right for you andyour health problems?  Find out in this easy-to-read guide to all of the therapies available outside the drugs-and-surgery world of mainstream medicine.  Uncover the latest scientific research that’s opening the door to therapies both ancient and modern that are available to help you improve your health.

  • ·  Discover health opportunities from Acupuncture to Zen Bodytherapy.
  • ·  Find out about the health benefits of Pilates, Yoga, and Massage.
  • ·  Learn about devices from Edgar Cayce’s Radiac to the newest cold lasers.
  • ·  Hear from real people who’ve experienced these therapies and products.
  • ·  Locate free podcasts on the therapies you want to learn more about.

Download the podcast here or use the listening app at the top of this post.

Diana Raab – on Breast Cancer

Diana Raab – Breast Cancer Survivor Q & A from Table Rock Productions on Vimeo.

Author Diana Raab with a special video message for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey is a compassionate and wry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse and poet, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS (early breast cancer) diagnosis and five years later by another, seemingly unrelated and incurable cancer–multiple myeloma. The book includes the author’s experiences, reflections, poetry and journal entries, in addition to writing prompts for readers to express their own personal story. Raab’s journals have provided a safe haven and platform to validate and express her feelings. Raab views journaling to be like a daily vitamin–in that it heals, detoxifies and is essential for optimal health.

George Doherty – Rural Disasters and Mental Health

Topics of conversation:

  • Mental health, crisis, stress and cross-cultural variables in rural areas
  • Culture and Rurality
  • Disaster and Crisis Impacts in Rural Areas
  • Rural medical doctors, medical staff, and mental health professionals
  • Changes needed in rural communities
  • Aftercare of first responders

George Doherty resides in Laramie, WY where he founded the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute, Inc. He is currently employed as the President/CEO of this organization and also serves as Clinical Coordinator of the Snowy Range Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He has been involved with disaster relief since 1995, serving as a Disaster Mental Health Specialist with such incidents as the UP train wreck in Laramie, Hurricane Fran in North Carolina, the Cincinnati floods in Falmouth, KY and Tropical Storm Allison in Southeast Texas. Doherty is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice and has been an adjunct instructor for a number of colleges, including Northern Nevada Community College, Warren National University and the University of Wyoming.

George Doherty
George Doherty

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Crisis In The American Heartland: Disasters & Mental Health in Rural Environments: An Introduction (Volume 1)
George W. Doherty, MS, LPC
Rocky Mountain DMH Institute Press (2011)
ISBN 9781615990757
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Synopsis: Who will step up to meet the challenge of the next rural crisis?
Rural practice presents important yet challenging issues for psychology, especially given uneven population distribution, high levels of need, limited availability of rural services, and ongoing migration to urban centers. It is critical that mental health professionals and first responders in rural areas become aware of recent research, training and approaches to crisis intervention, traumatology, compassion fatigue, disaster mental health, critical incident stress management, post-traumatic stress and related areas in rural environments. Critical issues facing rural areas include:

  • Physical issues such as land, air, and water resources, cheap food policy, chemicals and pesticides, animal rights, corruption in food marketing and distribution, and land appropriation for energy development.
  • Quality of life issues such as rural America’s declining share of national wealth, problems of hunger, education, and rural poverty among rural populations of farmers and ranchers.
  • Direct service issues include the need to accommodate a wide variety of mental health difficulties, client privacy and boundaries, and practical challenges.
  • Indirect service issues include the greater need for diverse professional activities, collaborative work with professionals having different orientations and beliefs, program development and evaluation, and conducting research with few mentors or peer collaborators.
  • Professional training and development issues include lack of specialized relevant courses and placements.
  • Personal issues include limited opportunities for recreation, culture, and lack of privacy.


Crisis In The American Heartland -- Disasters & Mental Health In Rural Environments
Crisis In The American Heartland -- Disasters & Mental Health In Rural Environments

Doherty’s first volume in this new series Crisis in the American Heartland explores these and many other issues. Each volume available in trade paper, hardcover, and eBook formats. Social Science: Disasters & Disaster Relief

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Jay S. Levy on helping the homeless

On any given night, there are over 643,000 homeless people residing in shelters and on the streets across America. What can we do to help? 

Social worker and author Jay S. Levy appeared on WMUA-FM 91.3 (Amherst Massachusetts) on the program Focus to talk about creating a better dialog with the homeless on getting their needs met for housing, safety, and health.

Jay S. Levy, LICSW has spent the last 20 years working with individuals who experience homelessness. He has developed new programs and provided clinical staff supervision. Jay is one of the architects to the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless Housing program (REACH). This was adopted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network as an innovative approach toward reducing chronic homelessness

Jay S. Levy
Jay S. Levy

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The reader will… 

  • Experience moving real life stories that demystify homeless outreach and its central
    objectives and challenges.
  • Learn about effective strategies of outreach & engagement with under-served
  • Understand and be able to utilize the stages of common language construction in
    your own practice.
  • Learn about pretreatment principles and their applications with persons experiencing
    untreated major mental illness, addiction, and medical issues.
  • Discover new interventions via outreach counseling, advocacy and case management
    with people experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness.
  • Understand how to better integrate policy, programs (e.g. Housing First), and supervision
    with homeless outreach initiatives.

Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: from Words to Housing
Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: from Words to Housing

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Awakening the Power Within – May 15th, 2010 in Ann Arbor

Special offer good only for readers of!  Bring a friend and you save $10 on the cost of TWO tickets! HURRY offer ends April 30th at midnite!  Click here to take advantage of this special offer or call tollfree 888-761-6268

Come join us for a day of inspiration, education, and renewal at the Awakening the Power Within conference at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 15th 2010 from 9am to 4pm.  Conference registration is only $25 and includes Weber’s fabulous sandwich buffet lunch. We’ll have a diverse selection of motivational and spiritual presenters:

Time Speaker Topic
9:00 Registration Coffee and networking
10:00 Robin Marvel Energize, Revitalize ~ ChakraCize!
10:55 Marian Volkman Practical Happiness
Noon — break — Lunch provided by Weber’s Inn
12:50pm Rick Ritter Reorganizing the Self: After it has been shattered
1:45pm Jane Saylor The Power of Self-Help:  What you accomplishin this lifetime is all up to you
2:40pm K.J.M. MacLean Consciousness, Feelings, and Self-Empowerment
3:30pm Networking Meet and greet presenters (until 4PM)

Our Amazing Presenters

  • Kenneth J.M. MacLean advocates applying spirituality in a practical, common sense manner to daily life for success and happiness. He’s the host of the Interview with Spirit Show and the author of eight books including The Vibrational Universe: Harness the power of thought to consciously create your life.
  • Robin Marvel is an inspirational speaker, spiritual workshop leader, and radio host. She is the Senior Editor of Marvelous Spirit Press and the author of the Awakening Consciousness series books for boys, girls, and women.
  • Rick Ritter MSW, LCSW is a trauma therapist in a small private practice, disabled vet of 40 years who works at practicing what he “preaches” toward his clients/audience. He is also a father, grandfather, organic gardener (3 acre garden), beekeeper, handcyclist who is extremely blessed. He is the author of Coping With Physical Loss and Disability
  • Jane Saylor is a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker. She is also the author of “The Road You’ve Traveled, How to Journal Your Life”.  Learn more at her new website
  • Marian Volkman has worked in the fields of trauma resolution and personal growth for more than 40 years. She teaches Applied Metapsychology, including Traumatic Incident Reduction in the US, Canada and Europe, and maintains a practice working with individuals. She is passionate about development of human potential, among other things. She is the author of Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life
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