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Don’t Let False Beliefs About Group Therapy Stop You From Participating

In psychology we say it’s easier to change your behavior than to change  your attitudes and beliefs. And when it comes to group therapy, negative attitudes and beliefs regarding the practice might be preventing you from giving it a try.

So let me put a positive spin on some beliefs that might stop you from joining a group.

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“In group therapy, I’ll have to listen to the others and not be heard myself.”

Unfortunately, this is too often the experience of some people in their families of origin. They are never truly seen or heard.

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BLM racism and scapegoating

Confronting Aggressive Scapegoating in the Family and Society

Scapegoating is always a group phenomenon. How do you stop it in your family and community?

It’s Happening in the Nation

There is a psychological and sociological phenomenon that is rife in our political, family, and social context today. Scapegoating is the process of social exclusion that begins with the projection of negative attributes and traits onto one person or a class of persons with the intent of rejecting their right of membership in the group. Such projection arouses fears of rejection and annihilation in those who are scapegoated.

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Depression Therapy

How Effective Group Therapy Leaders Help with Depression & Anxiety

The effective group therapist will help switch the focus from the self-absorption of being anxious or depressed to re-entry into the world of the living.

In these groups we practice using our sense of humor to activate ourselves—but not in a way that group members will feel put down or made fun of. The group therapist will help the group discuss how often we become anxious or depressed to avoid taking an important action or making a decision. Within the context of trust and safety, the group will encourage you to take the risk of being un-depressed and feeling calm—which may be a new and unfamiliar experience for you.

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insurance reimbursement therapist

Sweetheart Deal Between Insurance Companies and Hospital Systems Concerning Group Therapy Reimbursement

Today I want to draw attention to the sweetheart deal that seems to exist between insurance companies and hospital systems concerning reimbursement for group therapy treatment provided for patients. This fact came to my attention recently when a patient was treated in group therapy for one month at Herrick Hospital in Berkeley, a Sutter Health Affiliate.  Blue Shield of California was billed for 20 sessions of group therapy at a rate of $1400.00 per group session for a total of $28,000.00.  Blue Shield reimbursed the Sutter Affiliate at that rate.

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It’s Midnight in America – A book review

Here’s a review I wrote of Dan Ellsberg’s new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, published in Tikkun magazine.  The review’s title is “It’s Midnight in America”.

Read the review on Tikkun magazine here: https://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/daniel-ellsbergs-the-doomsday-machine.

There was a game that children in the southern Midwest played during the early days of the Cold War. It was called, “What Time is it Mr. Fox?”  It was a version of “tag” and went something like this.

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Video interview with Daniel Ellsberg

Interview with Dan Ellsberg Now Available on Vimeo

The interview that I conducted with Dan Ellsberg on April 22, 2018 concerning his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, is now available on Vimeo.

The man who revealed the Pentagon Papers now gives us a candid look inside the world of thermonuclear war planning from the perspective of one who in the early 1960’s helped develop the U.S strategy for using thermonuclear weapons.

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Doomsday Machine interview with Dan Ellsberg

The one hour interview with Dan Ellsberg will soon be available for viewing on YouTube once editing of the footage is complete. The photo below shows Bill Roller on the left and Dan Ellsberg on the right–immediately after the talk.  The event was part of the Hero Round Table sponsored by the Heroic Imagination Project.

 

Group Therapy Can Be a Solution for Over-Crowded Prisons Rather Than a Technique of Shame at California Corrections

Governor Brown and his Attorney General, Kamala Harris, have the opportunity to make some changes in California Corrections, including eliminating a costly and unethical practice. A well planned and managed program of group therapy for prisoners placed on probation can be part of the solution for overcrowded prisons in California instead of its current use as a technique of shame.

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ACTS OF COURAGE AT LIVE OAK THEATRE, SUNDAY, MAY 19TH AT 2 PM

Armand Volkas’ excellent improvisational troupe of players and musicians will present  a special fundraising performance for our film project, “Group Dynamics and the New Heroism”  on Sunday, May 19th at 2 PM, Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley. Call me directly for directions at (510) 525-9215.

Our film will insprire a new generation of ordinary people to act heroically and nonviolently.

The improvisational performance will take personal stories of courage from the audience and transform them into improvised theatrical pieces. Come and be a part of this exceptional program.

http://www.livingartscenter.org/Playback-Ensemble-Theatre/Event/ACTS-of-COURAGE:-ordinary-people-taking-extraordinary-action_196.htm

 

Bill Roller

Berkeley

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