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Miscellany July 2020

INPM Webinars The INPM is pleased to announce two free  webinars hosted by Dr. Paul T.P. Wong on growing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Webinar A explains: (a) Why we need to accept COVID-19 as an opportunity to develop existential courage to transcend suffering as a rock foundation to build a better life, and (b) Why […]

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Member: T. James Weibelzahl

Greetings INPM community!  I am a registered clinical counsellor practicing counselling and psychotherapy in the bucolic community of Langley, British Columbia, Canada.  I completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 1994, and I am near to completing a doctorate in Counselling and Clinical Psychology.  In my counselling therapy practice I work with a […]

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The Theory of Positive Disintegration

In the last INPM newsletter, I introduced Kazimierz Dąbrowski and briefly reviewed the positive psychology approach he used in defining mental health. The healthy personality is traditionally defined by adjustment to one’s social and cultural norms (how well one fits in) and, in today’s world, being happy by being able to satisfy one’s basic needs […]

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Boredom and Free Time During the Pandemic

Daniel Jordan

Posted Jun 27, 2020

Recent research has identified free time and boredom as contributors to deteriorating mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an April 27 poll by the Angus Reid Institute, half of Canadians reported a worsening of their mental health, with 1 in 10 reporting a significant worsening. The same study found that a significant portion […]

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Burnout Among Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jun 27, 2020

After months of the tedium, irritations, and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media and healthcare organizations are talking more about the pandemic’s mental health toll on healthcare workers. Burnout In addition to various stressor-related injuries, such as symptoms of acute stress, “burnout” is one of the most common complaints of healthcare workers. Freudenberger (1974) […]

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Learning to Listen

Jeri-Lyn Munro

Posted Jun 27, 2020

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Frontline workers keep us safe. Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services, emergency department teams, doctors, nurses, long-term care aides, outreach social workers and corrections staff work in risky settings, even without the added pressures that accompany a pandemic. Every day and every shift they may be called upon to deal with life-threatening dangers and injuries—and […]

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Descriptive Review of The Courage to Suffer

Van Tongeren, D. R., & Showalter Van Tongeren, S. A. (2020). The courage to suffer: A new clinical framework for life’s greatest crises. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press. This book provides an “existential positive psychology framework” (p. 3) for mental health clinicians whose clients are struggling with issues that have no solution or hope of […]

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