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Do you know to lead your Community out of Crisis?

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Become a Certified Trained Crisis Responder!School Shooting, Co-Worker Suicide, Bombing, Terrorist Attack, Hurricane, Tornado, Fire, Flood, Multiple Car or Bus Fatality or Airline Disaster - when you hear about a major crisis do you know what to do to help someone? If a community shooting or disaster happened at your workplace, school, church or neighborhood would you know what to do? Would you know what to say? Would you know how to protect that person you cared about from developing PTSD? Would you know what do to protect yourself or those you care about from secondary trauma? This 2 day crisis certification course was designed by experts after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by the United States National Guard and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation as a rapid psychological response to community trauma. Continuing Education Credit is offered from the University of Maryland - Baltimore Campus and an official certificate showing your accomplishment is given for those …

Love 365 Days a Year

By: Cara Griffin-Locker

What is Love? Is it an action? A thought? Or maybe just a feeling? According to the Bible, “Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast and is not proud.Love does not dishonor others nor is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered or keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth.It always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres.” (1 Cor. 13:4-7) This is something to think about as we approach the famous Hallmark Holiday.For most of us, Valentine’s Day is a big day that includes the red carpet treatment. From flowers to cards, chocolates and dinner it is the one day to go above and beyond to show the one you love that you truly care, right? Wrong. Many of us have the wrong impression of love.Certainly it is nice to be showered with things on Valentine’s Day but what about the other 364 days? What about showing love without using material items? Now if you are a pessimist you will say that only people who lack Valentine…

Narcissist Sexual Abuse

By: Christine Hammond
Has sex become something you just do rather than enjoy? Do you feel pressured into having sex? Is it possible to be sexually abused in a marital relationship?
Sexual abuse can happen to both men and women in and out of a marital relationship. In a relationship with a narcissist, however, that abuse becomes magnified. For the narcissist, sexual abuse is used to control your behavior, elevate their feelings of superiority, reenact their fantasies (not yours), and paralyze you. Not all narcissists use sexual abuse as a means of domination. But if you are in a relationship with one, knowing even the subtle forms of sexual abuse can be freeing.
1.The Early Stage. A narcissist begins the abuse by grooming you. They do a mildly abusive act to see if you acquiesce. For instance, they might fondle you in front of your mother or demand sexting while you are at work. These unwanted or embarrassing sexual acts are designed to catch you off-guard and create a feeling of trepid…

What If Your Valentine's Days Have Become Boring? Here's 3 Way to Fight it

By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC

We’ve all seen enough movies to have a glamorous view of the heights of romantic love. And many of us have had that experience of falling into the heady swoon of being caught up in love. But then, you get married. I’m kidding, although there is sort of a ring of truth in that as well, isn’t there?
There are all kinds of reasons for this change, some good and some not so good. Some of the reasons are just due to stages of life, like having children for instance, and some are surely due to outside factors and stress level. Let’s take a look at some of the common causes and then review how you can combat then.
1.Life is really busy, and stressed filled and romance falls by the wayside, or I just don’t have the energy to pursue it.
2.We have small kids. Duh! We can barely make it through it each day.
3.There are resentments or disappointments between us.
4.Circumstances that interfere, like losing a job, dealing with an addiction, needing to help an aging or ill relati…