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This is a collection of articles and books that have caught my attention and furthered my knowledge base for my work in the behavioral health Field.

Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews and exclusive sources and access, Sandy Hook tells the story of a school shooting and its aftermath, when a group of parents fought to rescue the truth of what happened to their children from a frenzy of online denial and conspiracizing.

Bias Interrupted: Creating Inclusion for Real and for Good

Companies spend billions of dollars annually on diversity efforts, with remarkably few results. Too often diversity efforts rest on the assumption that all that's needed is an earnest conversation about privilege. That's not enough. To truly make progress with diversity, equity and inclusion, we must focus less on documenting the problem and more on just stopping the transmission of it.

Fierce Self-Compassion

How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive 

Author: Kristin Neff

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Increasing the Human Capital Impact and
Financial ROI of Employee Assistance Programs
Cal Beyer, CWP, CSDZ; and Bernie Dyme, Perspectives, Ltd.

Sexual Violence in the Workplace:It Happens Here

This paper reviews some of the basic concepts and terminology around the nature of sexual violence and then highlights the role leadership plays in the workplace for prevention and treatment options.

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Coastal Inspirations
by Marissa and Peter O'Neil

Are You Fully Charged? 

The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life

Tom Ratch

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The Working Dad's Survival Guide

Helps dads understand they are not alone, and offers a series of concrete time and life management strategies that enable them to succeed in their careers while also being the present, involved fathers they always wanted to be. Through personal stories and interviews with dozens of working dads, as well as actionable advice and useful self-assessment exercises, Scott Behson will help you feel more confident in succeeding in both parts of your life.


EAP Critical Incident Response: 

A Multi-Systemic Resiliency Approach

Employee and organizational rebound from the impact of a critical incident, does not wait around for Employee Assistance Professionals to arrive onsite. The trajectory of resilience has already started. Actions designed to stabilize and restore safety have already commenced. EAP professionals must deliver their crisis intervention approach to complement these culturally sound, restorative actions. EAP CIR is a process that supports and respects these often fragile systems. It strengthens their interconnectivity and mobilizes one to draw upon their resilience building attributes. This book presents all the necessary components to deliver successful EAP Critical Incident Response based on the research in Resilience. Visit Website

The History of Addiction Counseling in the United States:

To celebrate its 40th Anniversary, NAADAC  announced the release of The History of Addiction Counseling in the United States: Promoting Personal, Family, and Community Recovery by William L. White, documenting the history of addiction counseling and NAADAC's role in the profession. Since its inception, addiction counseling has operated without a definitive history of its birth and evolution. Recognizing the need for such a history, NAADAC recruited William (“Bill”) White, the addiction field’s premier historian and author of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America and related historical texts, to use the NAADAC archives and voices from the field to construct the history of addiction counseling and NAADAC's role in that history.  LEARN MORE

You’re busy trying to lead a “full” life. But does it really feel full—or are you stretched too thin? Enter Stew Friedman, Wharton professor, adviser to leaders across the globe, and passionate advocate of replacing the misguided metaphor of “work/life balance” with something more realistic and sustainable. If you’re seeking “balance” you’ll never achieve it, argues Friedman. The idea that “work” competes with “life” ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanity—the interaction of four domains: work, home, community, and the private self. The goal is to create harmony among them instead of thinking only in terms of trade-offs. It can be done. LEARN MORE

Raw Coping Power

 From Stress to Thriving (in life and business) explores new ways to address the growing problem of stress in society and the workplace. It is both a practical guidebook and resource for anyone interested in mastering stress, including individuals, groups, workplaces, and those who serve them (such as coaches, counselors, trainers, and therapists). Each individual has an innate capacity to transform stress into an opportunity for thriving and flourishing. Stress is both a friend and teacher. We can tap into this truth through reminders, a certain vision, and practice of simple tools. And Raw Coping Power provides all of these with specific encouragement to use over 30 exercises in the tool section. Learn more

"This book will help you flourish." With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years?and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different?it?s about actually raising the bar for the human condition. Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman?s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life?for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about. While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn?t give life meaning. Seligman now asks, What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In a word, what is it that allows you to flourish? ?Well-being? takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or Positive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment?or PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment.  Buy Book Here

This is a series about the concept that the future of business is in pure chaos.  It is an attempt to help employees adapt to disruption and learn how to succeed in this new environment despite its constant flux and changing twists and turns.

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Great By Choice

Review by ALAN MURRAY ( WSJ)

'Great by Choice" is a sequel to Jim Collins's best-selling "Good to Great" (2001), which identified seven characteristics that enabled companies to become truly great over an extended period of time. Never mind that one of the 11 featured companies is now bankrupt (Circuit City) and another is in government receivership (Fannie Mae). Mr. Collins has a knack for analysis that business readers find compelling. Mr. Collins's new book tackles the question of how to steer a company to lasting success in an environment characterized by change, uncertainty and even chaos. Like his previous work, this book builds its conclusions on a framework of painstaking research, conducted over nine years and overseen by Mr. Collins and his co-author, Morten T. Hansen, a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

The data set that Messrs. Collins and Hansen examine so carefully ends in 2002, well ahead of the change, uncertainty and chaos of the 2008 financial meltdown. The intervening years were spent conducting their research. Still, the lessons of "Great by Choice" are not meant to apply to a particular moment of economic turbulence but to a continuous condition?a business world "full of rapid change and dramatic disruption."  Buy Book

Reality Is Broken - Jane McGonigal

Review by  ANDREW KLAVAN  ( WSJ)


Indeed, the rise of gaming in the past quarter-century is such a significant social and economic development that it has begun to attract the notice of those who make their living telling us What the Future Holds and What It All Means.  Jane McGonigal, Director of Games in Palo Alto sees in videogames nothing less than the path to a golden tomorrow. She has?. traveled back to the present to bestow upon usher observations in "Reality Is Broken."

The book's thesis is essentially that real life isn't as fun or rewarding as videogames, and so life should be "fixed" to be more like the games. This would be achieved by applying gaming scenarios and game logic to real-life interactions, ranging from doing the laundry to saving the world. She details cute-sounding phone-based and online games, for instance, that are intended to ease the boredom of airport waits or encourage families to share household chores. She also shows how communal, game-like approaches have been used to imagine new energy policies and investigate public records for proof of corruption.

All this is necessary, she says, because life just doesn't deliver the goods like a videogame does. "Gamers want to know: Where, in the real world, is that gamer sense of being fully alive, focused, and engaged in every moment?" she writes. "Where is the gamer feeling of power, heroic purpose and community? . . . While gamers may experience these pleasures occasionally in their real lives, they experience them almost constantly when they're playing their favorite games." Buy Book

The Healing of America, T.R. Reid

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.  Buy Book

Raising the Global Floor:  Dismantling the Myth That We Can't Afford Good

Working Conditions for Everyone

Jody Heymann & Alison Earle

This book reports landmark findings on improving the conditions women and men face at work. Central to the debate about whether countries can afford to improve working conditions has always been the question of whether they can do so without increasing their unemployment and decreasing their economic competitiveness. While the economic implications of guaranteeing decent work have always been important, they are particularly critical during the economic downturn that began in 2008 and that will likely affect countries around the world for years to come. This book presents results of unique analyses of the relationship between labor conditions and national competitiveness and unemployment rates. It also examines the impact of legislation on the improvement of working conditions in countries around the world. The findings of this global study dismissed many of the common contentions. Some of the nations with the best working conditions have the lowest unemployment rates, and some of the countries that were rated as the most competitive by global corporate leaders provide the best social support and protections for workers. Buy Book

Mind In The Making 

Ellen Galinsky
The latest book authored by Ellen Galinsky, President of Families and Work Institute.  This latest book is yet another testament to Ellen's incredible skill at taking rigorous data as well as many years in the Child Development Field and providing a very readable and incredible tool for all who care about the raising of our children to deal with the challenges of the 21st century.  In this book Ellen identifies Seven Essential Life Skills that all children need to acquire in order to survive and prosper in our society.  Today there are many books available giving parental advice on the raising of children.  The difference with this book is that it is actually based on an entire career of researching and consulting with all the leading researchers in the world on this issue of Childhood Development.  But I believe Ellen's real skill is in taking all this data and speaking directly to all parents about how to address the simple yet crucial aspects of the basic skills that all children need to grow into responsible, productive and confident citizens of this ever changing global world.Click here for the Families and Work Institute Web site to order this incredible gem.