Spiritual Disciplines Reflection

By Martin S. II Grace is what God does, knowledge is what man (woman) does. The reason we are here (born) is to exhort ourselves into spiritual discipline. Spiritual disciplines are choices we make to grow, “in grace and knowledge of Christ” (The Holy Bible, King James Version, n.d., 2 Peter 3:18). Spiritual formation are … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines Reflection

Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change

By Martin S. II The present is always changing the past. Alan Watts Motivating a change is the hallmark of emotional intelligence (EI). It must be established in the mind as both a thought and feeling, requiring cultivation and nurturing. Thinking (objective) and feeling (subjective) make up the mind-body-spirit connection in us all. Motivational interviewing … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change

Spiritual Integration

by: Martin Santos "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." Dr. Carl Gustav Jung In the Bible, adversity is used as a catalyst for growth. Illness is a demand to grow spiritually with conflict (disorder). Fundamentally, we are born into fear, poverty, illiteracy, and superstition, … Continue reading Spiritual Integration

Balance

Sense of nonsense, not right and wrong, balances the mind. Balance can be perceptually misleading. Equilibrium, stability, and poise come to mind readily. In general terms, balance is mental and emotional steadiness. It is a result of soundness of mind‒clarity, in what is most important (values). We know that values are demonstrated through beliefs and … Continue reading Balance

Compare the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule

How can a mental health professional with Christian beliefs demonstrate the Platinum rule when working with clients who have diverse worldviews? Gold and platinum are elements. Rules are behavioral guides for conduct. Gold occurs pure in natural form, while Platinum is a catalyst. The earth being fragmental material composing part of the surface of the … Continue reading Compare the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule

Patient-Understand-Your-Instructions

The value of any relationship (client, patients, family, business, personal) is ensuring mutual understanding. An integral part of a patient’s understanding, is to be mindful (self-awareness). The health provider (professional) must be aware of a patient’s (health literacy); exercising patience, listening actively, and focusing on quality interactions. That means consciously leaving time in the discussion … Continue reading Patient-Understand-Your-Instructions

Bias Against Mental Health Professionals

Understanding that microaggressions (subtle racism) exist, along with discrimination, racism, prejudice, and stereotypes, I recognize that I must be aware of my own to comprehend them in others. As a client of a psychiatrist for many years, I was reluctant in the beginning to disclose all my fears, limitations, family matters (personal information) because I … Continue reading Bias Against Mental Health Professionals

Ethics and Cultural Diversity in America Today

The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of racial injustice and discrimination in the United States have a negative impact on mental health. This is concerning, given the already alarming prevalence rates of trauma exposure and adverse childhood experiences in the U.S. general population prior to the current pandemic, their immediate and long-lasting effects on human … Continue reading Ethics and Cultural Diversity in America Today

Equity and Equality of Outcomes

The late author (motivational speaker) Zig Ziglar (2019) said: “there is a vast difference in understanding something well enough to buy, as versus, understanding something well enough to sell.” This value statement is comparable to understanding equity (fairness) well enough to make it equal (outcomes) for all. Equality of outcomes varies between individual’s preferences (knowledge), … Continue reading Equity and Equality of Outcomes

12 Steps in Holistic Living

12 Steps include a variety of applicable principles that can help patients modify negative behaviors, prevent relapse, and maintain lasting recovery. In a study by Litchke et al., (2021) exploring changes in emotional well-being, they combined recreation therapy, complementary physical and creative arts activities, followed by a 12-step Christian meeting, twice a week for 2 … Continue reading 12 Steps in Holistic Living

Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change

Motivating a change is the hallmark of emotional intelligence (EI). It must be established in the mind as both a thought and feeling always requiring cultivation. Thinking (objective) and feeling (subjective) make up the mind-body-spirit connection in us all. Motivational interviewing (MI) is the process of discovering, recovering, and implementing solutions to problems (health issues) … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change