Counseling Research

Keeping in touch with counseling research is an integral part of my professional responsibility as counselor.

Counseling research will keep me clued in to possibilities in my approach to every client issue.

Believe me when I say that there is no cookie cutter approach to any clients issue or issues, and I had better know some road maps and be ready to share them with my client.

For example, in my work with domestic violence clients, there are actually a number of researchers, including Michael Johnson, Ph.D. and Donald Dutton,Ph.D. whose work informs my approach to the domestic violence issue, and I like to look at what Daniel Sonkin does also.

So where does one find counseling research or at least a digest of counseling research?

Well, this page will serve that function I hope.

For example, as a domestic violence educator and a husband, the following information is very useful, and for my clients, it can serve the purpose of road map, to help them have an explanation for a behavior, and for you the reader, if you are not familiar with Scientific Daily, I hope you go there and start devouring the information.

Study Identifies Couples Underlying Concerns During a Fight

ScienceDaily (2010-06-24) -- A new study has found that there are two fundamental underlying concerns when partners in a committed relationship fight. Researchers have identified the first type of underlying concern as perceived threat, which involves a perception that one's partner is being hostile, critical, blaming or controlling. The second type of concern is called perceived neglect, which involves

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More Counseling Research...

Young men more vulnerable to relationship ups and downs than women.

ScienceDaily (2010-06-14) -- Contrary to popular belief, the ups and downs of romantic relationships have a greater effect on the mental health of young men than women. 

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Men Are From Mars -- Neuroscientists Find That Men And Women Respond Differently To Stress

ScienceDaily () -- Functional magnetic resonance imaging of men and women under stress showed neuroscientists how their brains differed in response to stressful situations. In men, increased blood flow to the left orbitofrontal cortex suggested activation of the "fight or flight" response. In women, stress activated the limbic system, which is associated with emotional responses.

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Tactile sensations influence social judgments and decisions

"ScienceDaily (2010-06-25) -- Psychologists report that interpersonal interactions can be shaped, profoundly yet unconsciously, by the physical attributes of incidental objects: Resumes reviewed on a heavy clipboard are judged to be more substantive, while a negotiator seated in a soft chair is less likely to drive a hard bargain. The work suggests physical touch -- the first of our senses to develop -- may continue throughout life as a scaffold upon which we build our social judgments and decisions."

So be sure to shake hands.

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Butterfly effect in the brain makes the brain intrinsically unreliable?

"ScienceDaily (2010-07-01) -- Next time your brain plays tricks on you, you have an excuse: according to new research, the brain is intrinsically unreliable."

On occasion folks have commented to me, usually my children or my beloved, that my brain is a bit on the unstable side. Now I can say to them that my brain is perfectly normal in its instability, and point to this article from Science Daily. I doubt that just one article will change their perceptions so I am calling for federal funding for some more research on noisy brains. Or perhaps you want to go in a different direction, and just work on your brains neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, because you like the feeling of your neurons tingling with noise? Well, start here then, with the excellent e-book by Simon Evans, Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt,Ph.D. called

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Cognitive Training Can Alter Biochemistry Of The Brain

"ScienceDaily (2009-02-09) -- Researchers have shown for the first time that the active training of the working memory brings about visible changes in the number of dopamine receptors in the human brain. The study, published in Science, was conducted with the help of PET scanning and provides deeper insight into the complex interplay between cognition and the brain’s biological structure."

What kind of cognitive training does this? I think Sharon Begley's book Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain speaks eloquently to what is required. You may not become a Buddhist meditator, but you may definitely become mindful or practice mindfullness, or perhaps try Heartmath heart rate variability biofeedback or Open Focus or Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro or the Posit Science Brain Fitness Program.

Brain's energy restored during sleep, suggests animal study

ScienceDaily (2010-07-07) -- In the initial stages of sleep, energy levels increase dramatically in brain regions found to be active during waking hours, according to new research. These results suggest that a surge of cellular energy may replenish brain processes needed to function normally while awake.

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