Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 3 Reasons You Can’t Ignore Trauma

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 3 Reasons You Can’t Ignore Trauma   When you face difficult times, you have two options: work through the difficulty you’ve encountered or try to avoid it. For many who have lived through a traumatic experience, going around or burying traumatic memories can feel like the only feasible […]

The Use of Positive Psychology in Addiction Treatment

This past week, I presented a paper at the 2nd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology. The paper was titled, “From Despondency to Hope: Ending Addiction for Good Using a Positive Psychological Approach.”   Positive Psychology is a relatively new field of psychological research and intervention. The University of Pennsylvania describes positive psychology in this way: […]

Jerusalem Neuroscience Conference

I have just arrived in Israel to participate in the Jerusalem International Conference on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability (June 2-5, 2013). This is a gathering of some of the world’s leading brain science scholars and researchers who will share new breakthroughs in the application of the principles of neuroplasticity and cognitive modifiability to various human […]

Leaving Japan

Is it possible to feel happy and sad simultaneously? That is my experience here in Osaka, Japan at the close of the International Academic Forum’s (IAFOR) conference on psychology and the behavioral sciences. As we gathered to take our closing photo, I looked at the faces of my colleagues who have enlivened my days with […]