My Name is Brian and I Have an Identity Crisis

Yesterday’s mail included a notice from the local election board. They thanked me for casting my ballot in the recent primary but also issued a warning: “Unless I take corrective action, the election board will no longer be counting my vote.”

Our elections are via mail only and apparently the signature they have on file for me bore very little resemblance to the chicken-scratched name I scrawled on my ballot. My handwriting is jeopardizing my constitutional rights! Somewhere, Mrs. Moss, my 2nd grade teacher is wagging her finger in my direction and saying, “I told you so!”

PHOP's Behavioral Health Professionals Explore Technology-Based Resources

Dr. Stewart presents at PHOP seminar

Some morning lectures can be sleep-inducing, requiring frequent trips to the coffee-and-muffin table at the back of the conference room to stay awake. However, this wasn’t the case at the annual training event for the U.S. Navy and Marine Forces Reserve Psychological Health Outreach Program (PHOP) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on July 30, 2014.

Psychology Residents Experience Telehealth Frontiers

Professional workshops often include role-playing activities. But they usually don’t involve the workshop leader creating an image on a large screen of the vehicle in front of you being flipped by an IED blast as a volunteer describes a war-zone ambush. That kind of thing definitely makes an impression on an audience.

"People told me they were riveted," said Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, the workshop presenter who operated the virtual reality program while a volunteer psychologist wearing a head-mounted display role-played reliving memories of trauma.

A Smartphone App Offers Hope

When someone is discouraged, maintaining perspective can be difficult. Our new mobile app--the Virtual Hope Box (VHB)—can help with that. It’s based on a physical “hope box” that some clinicians use with their patients--an actual box where patients can collect things that are soothing, that remind them of good times and their achievements, that help them feel worthwhile or give them hope.


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