Do you feel depressed or anxious?

If so, please complete the following checklists prior to our session, for discussion:

Burns Depression Inventory

Burns Anxiety Inventory

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ACT HOME PAGE Surfing Stress: Kevin Polk

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Myers-Briggs Personality TYPE Inventory – MBTI

The Myers Briggs Personality Type Inventory is an inventory that will provide you with a quick insight into your personality style.

It can be used effectively in a relationships at home, work or in general relationships.  It is very non threatenting, readable and easy to interpret.

MYERS BRIGGS WEB PAGES  (Take the inventory)

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Workshop Topics

  • MBTI – Personality Inventory
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Enhancing Relationships/Intimacy
  • Family of Origin
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Sacramentalize Relationships
  • Marriage
  • Community Living
  • Staff Enrichment
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Eucharist
  • Penance
  • Confirmation
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  • Individuals and Families
  • Clergy/Members of Religious Congregations
  • Couples and Family Conflicts
  • Marital Infidelity
  • Relationship Enrichment
  • Parenting
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Diagnosis of Cancer
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Basic Overview of HIPAA

Lately many have received information in the mail or directly from doctors, pharmacists, or other treating providers concerning our right to privacy regarding Health Care. The following is a brief summary to help you to understand why this is taking place now and how this can directly effect you and anyone who may access services from the medical profession.  The following information is not meant to serve as legal advice but rather to introduce and provide some general information that may facilitate your understanding of federal regulations that are completely available on the internet.

There are some acronyms and definitions that you will need to know:

HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
PHI: Protected Health Information
TPO: Treatment, Payment, Operations

  • Treatment -(Health care providers may use and disclose PHI about you to provide health care TREATMENT to you.)
  • Payment -(Providers may use and disclose PHI about you to obtain PAYMENT for services.)
  • Operations -(Providers may use and disclose your PHI for health care OPERATIONS.)
PO: Privacy Officer (Every practice must name a person who is responsible to oversee and implement the HIPAA regulations.)
COVERED ENTITY: (Please note that NOT all providers are “Covered Entities.” )Covered entities are those providers whose practices, policies and procedures meet certain criteria that would subject them to follow the laws presented in the HIPAA regulations regarding privacy practices, etc.  (e.g. all practices that do electronic billing must be HIPAA compliant)
NPP: Notices of Privacy Practices (Each practice that is subject to HIPAA regulations must give their consumers a detailed notice (NPP) which describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

HIPPA became a federal regulation in 1996.  It began when healthcare providers began doing electronic billing to the insurance companies through the internet.  A concern grew that consumers’ information could be accessed if the provider and the insurance companies did not take proper measures to secure the information.  Thus, to protect the consumers’ privacy, a whole set of regulations have been evolving since that time.

One of these regulations states that each consumer should receive a notification from their provider stating (in readable and interpretable language) how HIPAA will be utilized in their particular health care setting.   The consumer should sign a form stating that they have been given the Privacy Policy from the provider and that signed form is filed in consumers’ charts.  The document that you receive should indicate how your PHI will be used.  Usually it is used for TPO.

The following is a sample of a section of one provider’s policy (NPP) notifying consumers of their rights.


You have the following rights regarding PHI we maintain about you.  To exercise any of these rights, please submit your request in writing to our Privacy Officer (___________)

  • Right of Access to Inspect and Copy. You have the right, which may be restricted only in exceptional circumstances, to inspect and copy PHI that may be used to make decisions about your care.  Your right to inspect and copy PHI will be restricted only in those situations where there is compelling evidence that access would cause serious harm to you.  We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee for copies.
  • Right to Amend. If you feel that the PHI we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information although we are not required to agree to the amendment.
  • Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an accounting of certain of the disclosures that we make of your PHI.  We may charge you a reasonable fee if you request more than one accounting in any 12-month period.
  • Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the use or disclosure of your PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations.  We are not required to agree to your request.
  • Right to Request Confidential Communication. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location.
  • Right to a Copy of this Notice. You have the right to a copy of this notice.


If you believe we have violated your privacy rights, you have the right to file a complaint in writing with our Privacy Officer at [Inserted Name and Contact Information] or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services at 200 Independence Avenue, S.W.  Washington, D.C. 20201 or by calling (202) 619-0257.  We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint .

If you have any questions, you could access more information at the following web sites:

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Enhancing Relationships

In dealing with conflicts that arise as people/groups/communities struggle to enhance their relationships, the suggestions of psychotherapist, John Gottman, Ph.D, are particularly noteworthy.   Dr. Gottman notes that there are four predictors of failures in relationships: criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling.

CRITICISM: Complaints are common and are to be expected in relationships.  A complaint will address a specific action of another person.  However, when a complaint becomes a judgment or condemnation, a negative attack on the personality or the character of another, the criticism contributes to a very unhappy and unproductive environment.  Individuals who are preoccupied with these destructive behaviors make it difficult for either party to feel love and friendship.  Criticism should be avoided realizing that it can potentially lead to the other three, more lethal liabilities.

CONTEMPT: Contempt, the most deadly of the four horsemen, serves only to fuel anger and hostility in a partner/group/community.  When contempt overpowers a person, it often conveys hatred, leaving no room in one’s heart for genuine love, tenderness and kindness.  According to Gottman, a conversation becomes contemptuous when a person uses hostile humor, sarcasm and cynicism.  Eye rolling, name-calling, mockery and sneering are typically contemptuous as they serve to demean the other person.  Contempt moves to an even more serious level when it becomes belligerence, an anger-induced threat or provocation intended to intimidate others.  In either case contempt or belligerence detracts from respect that is a foundation of a meaningful relationship.

DEFENSIVENESS: Research shows that defensiveness, a form of blaming the other person, merely serves to escalate a conflict. The parties step on a treadmill, and an attack/defend mode goes into motion unless one person is willing to accept responsibility for his/her piece in the problem.  Defensiveness surfaces when an individual is criticized or is feeling the partner’s contempt.  This type of negative attribution will detract from a fondness and admiration system that should prevail in meaningful relationship systems.

STONEWALLING: The fourth horseman develops as a result of the other three.  When these three become fixtures in the relationship, one party often distances or shuts down completely. The stonewaller often looks for an “out,” not just in the conflict but in the commitment to the partnership/community.  Gottman proposes the following to replace the horsemen:  Instead of criticizing, complain without suggesting that one’s partner is somehow defective.  Instead of defensiveness, accept responsibility for a part of the problem. Instead of contempt, create a culture of praise and pride.  Instead of stonewalling, self-soothe, give the listener feedback, and stay emotionally connected.

Refer to John Gottman’s The Seven Principles of Making a Marriage Work, and Clinical Manual for Marital Therapy

Submitted by:  Sharon White, SSJ, D.Min, LCSW

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The Keys to Mental Health

Settle for disorder in lesser things for the sake of order in greater things; and therefore be content to be discontent in many things. – Anonymous


The following sites are provided for your information, enrichment and healing.

Optimism and self-fulfillment

Anxiety tips: Seven keys to overcoming anxiety – Free publication

Quiz for OCD, Panic, Social Anxiety, PTSD, GAD

Using nature to reduce anxiety and other practical tips

Community support, information, friendship for Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Gender, Relationships, Chronic Pain and more

Information and support groups for ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, bipolar, depression,

Domestic Abuse, GAD, OCD, Phobias, PTSD, Schizophrenia and medications

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses

Bipolar information, ask the Psychologist, medication review

Register and receive free daily meditations for recovery and mental health

Help for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems

Abundant Spirituality + codependency recovery + inner child healing + Love = Joy2MeU

Psychology self-help resources including issues of aging

Health, Aging and Wellness with Disabilities

FlyLady teaches housecleaning and organizing tips with homespun humor, daily musings about life and love.

We are one.  Find your story to the rainbow.

Any information on these sites should NOT be used as a substitute for seeking professional care for the diagnosis and treatment of any medical/psychiatric disorder. We are not responsible for the content of material of sites that may be sited above. Check the policies and agreements on materials on the links sited.

Submitted by: Sharon White, SSJ, D.Min. LCSW

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