Let's Toss New Years Resolutions and Replace Them with A Willingness List
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Let's Toss New Years Resolutions and Replace Them with A Willingness List

One of the key concepts in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is to give up avoiding our painful feelings and learn to embrace them, while learning to make decisions based on what we value. As I was working up a topic for the final Fox 4 Morning Show of 2019, I realized how New Years resolutions…

Moving from Sex Talk to Sex Conversation
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Moving from Sex Talk to Sex Conversation

Here’s the material from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) I discussed on the air (listen to attached clip), with the annotations taken from our slowly forthcoming book Consent-Based Sex Education to be released in 2020 (finally!) Key Concept I: Human Development Goals: Help children[1] to appreciate their bodies. Provide information about…

ADD and Zombies: Fearless Medication Management, A Publication Update
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ADD and Zombies: Fearless Medication Management, A Publication Update

When I sent I Always Want to Be Where I’m Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD (IAW2BWIN) to press in 2014, I didn’t know what to expect. Nobody was more surprised than I, when tens of thousands of copies sold and I received substantial exposure to my thirteen principals in ADDitude Magazine and other outlets.…

Understanding How A Teen's Conflict in Gender Identity Can Come Out Pretty Great
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Understanding How A Teen's Conflict in Gender Identity Can Come Out Pretty Great

In this segment of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, I’m joined by Peter, a twenty-four-year-old transman who recently underwent top surgery–the removal of breast tissue to to confirm gender. I’ve known Peter for many years and have watched him on his journey from insecure and dysphoric teen to confident and hopeful young adult. As…

Let's Leave the Politics Behind in Understanding the Seriousness of #MeToo
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Let's Leave the Politics Behind in Understanding the Seriousness of #MeToo

I don’t care who you believe in the whole Kavenaugh and Blasey Ford situation. You’re entitled to your interpretation of the facts and your opinion of the various parties and the motives, and I’m entitled to mine. I’ve done forensic psychology long enough to have seen every side of cases like this. In the vast…

Teacher Salary and the Duty Day: Is It Really For the Kids?
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Teacher Salary and the Duty Day: Is It Really For the Kids?

As long as I’ve been married to a teacher (on our wedding day, Reagan was just starting his second term) I’ve heard about the duty day, and to be honest, I’ve never quite understood it. I mean I understand that teachers have a contract with their employer (the school district) and it says that they…

Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Nonconforming Teens: What a Difference Five Years Makes
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Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Nonconforming Teens: What a Difference Five Years Makes

I thought I’d post this blast from that past, from November 2013. While the Up to Date segment with Matt Rood of Lawrence High School and Casey, then a student at KU, is still great information for parents, it’s amazing how far we’ve come since then. To think that this was cutting edge stuff back…

New DBT Practice in Lawrence: An Update on KLWN
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New DBT Practice in Lawrence: An Update on KLWN

Here’s the latest I can discuss on DBT and Bert Nash. I think it is a hopeful situation. You can skip ahead to 6:38 on this clip to learn more and skip our concrete report!  I think information on the new DBT Center of Lawrence has it’s website up, but just barely. Clients who have…