May 31, 2013

Please share your ideas as to what our inalienable rights are with respect to bereavement. If you just want to suggest a specific “right” with a brief explanatory phrase, make a Comment (below) — and put the Right in the subject line.

If you would like start a Discussion about a particular Question so that [read more...]

May 31, 2013

There should probably be 3-4 sentences at the outset which say briefly what this Bill of Rights is, how it is intended to be used and by whom, and why this could be needed; that is, an introduction and rationale.

Please contribute ideas, phrases, sentences and even paragraphs for this section. Use the Comments function. [read more...]

May 29, 2013

People who are grieving have very few advocates working on their behalf.  So at an emotionally vulnerable time, just when they are most in need of support, there is often little if any to be found.

This is why any systemic direction is so crucial — in the absence of any other guidance, many grieving people will do exactly what a medical authority suggests. And now, with DSM-5, the primary suggestion for people who are grieving and feeling sad will probably be antidepressant medication.

A Grievers’ Bill of Rights may be able to serve as an alternative source of advice and direction, a source to counteract the prescriptive tendencies of the dominant mental health manual.

In order to produce such a document, we have broken what is needed into three main parts — and created three “bins.” three areas where anyone who wants to contribute can easily place their ideas.

A Grievers’ Bill of Rights should have a Preamble, a rationale as to why the document is needed and what it intends to accomplish.

Next, it, like the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, would present an enumerated list of natural rights to be protected against encroachment by the State or by medical authorities.

Finally, we have created an area for your ideas as to how the document should be reviewed, validated and put into practice; that is, implementation strategies.

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May 27, 2013

What brings you to a Study Group about Practice Standards relative to Somatic Symptoms? How do you see yourself contributing?

May 17, 2013

Early this morning it already feels like a new chapter. Development was not frenzied but it was relentless and all-consuming. That’s over. I have my life back.

I’m interested in seeing what can happen and what I can help happen with the MOOC but I am [read more...]

May 16, 2013

An equivocal start-up, as usual. At 5am, a lot of the content was not visible. A sign of something? Something other than old bad Instances not cleared from my cache? It seemed to go away and be a non-issue. Mostly.

That set an internal tone for [read more...]

May 15, 2013

I’ve been leading or at least helping to lead groups of people for most of my so-called career. I’ve learned a lot about organizing resources and the right folks to use them to get things done.

None of it has anything to do with how [read more...]