‘If Liverpool actually sign this attacker I’ll dedicate my account to Fergie’

first_img1 Liverpool are the latest club to reportedly join the chase for Kylian Mbappe, and it’s been a source of great entertainment on social media.On Sunday night, the Daily Mail reported that Jurgen Klopp, the Reds manager, has made contact with the representatives of the Monaco sensation.The 18-year-old has been linked with almost all of Europe’s elite ahead of the summer transfer window, and the reaction to the latest rumour on his future shows just how far behind the big guns of football the Merseyside outfit are.So have a laugh at Liverpool’s expense by checking out how some responded to the Mbappe speculation below… Kylian Mbappe last_img read more

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The Power of Perspective

first_imgReferences:HAWKING (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2018, from http://www.pbs.org/program/hawking/SALTZ, GAIL M.D. POWER OF DIFFERENT: The Link between Disorder and Genius. FLATIRON BOOKS, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 23, 2018. Written by Caregiving Team Member Alicia Cassels, MALast week, something significant happened. We lost a gifted individual who has been called one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. His work, at the forefront of quantum mechanics and gravity has been truly revelatory, changing what we know about the very nature of our universe. Stephen Hawking was a scientific rock star in the truest sense, immensely respected by those in his field and by hordes of lay admirers around the world.Using Only His MindLike many, I have followed the work of Stephen Hawking in awe, but the evening of his passing provided me with the opportunity to watch a PBS documentary of his life, narrated by Dr. Hawking himself. I watched as, a brilliant, healthy young man was diagnosed with an illness predicted to take his life in two years. I watched as over time this young man lost his ability to move limbs, speak, write and physically care for himself. That Dr. Hawking was able to make and share any discoveries, scientific or otherwise given the physical challenges he faced is incredible.When completely unable to speak or write and before he received computer assisted communication support, it seemed unthinkable that Dr. Hawking would be able to continue his scientific work. Remarkably, rather than stopping Dr. Hawking persisted, mining an advantage that accompanied the physical setbacks he was experiencing. Unable to work through his thoughts and calculations on paper as he had always done, Dr. Hawking began to deeply explore concepts using only his mind, effectively visualizing problems and solutions. Later, in describing this response to completely losing his ability to write Dr. Hawking said, “By losing the dexterity of my hands I was forced to travel through the universe in my mind.”Dr. Hawking’s practice of traveling the universe, exploring, analyzing and solving problems in his mind eventually proved to be a great advantage in his work — one that he continued to employ throughout the duration of his exceptional career, even after computer technology provided him with the ability to communicate in voice and written form. There were no role models for making the greatest scientific discoveries of a generation while without the ability to engage direct speech or writing. Undeterred, Dr. Hawking built his own vision for what he could accomplish.Brain Differences – A Paradigm ShiftAs I watched the documentary of Dr. Hawking’s life, I was reminded of lessons in a book that I recently read. For me, The Power of Different, authored by Dr. Gail Saltz has one overarching motif. When it comes to diagnosis and prognosis, perspective is everything. In the book, Dr. Saltz, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of medicine and a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, provides a science-based examination of cognitive advantages that tend to accompany common behavioral health diagnoses. Dr. Saltz argues that reframing the way we think about mental health diagnosis and treatment has the potential to significantly impact life and career trajectories. The book provides detailed discussion of brain advantages that have been associated with, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Depression, ADD, Autism and a number of other common behavioral health diagnoses offering case studies of every day individuals to illustrate the achievements of those who have mined the cognitive advantages like greater empathy, creativity and strong cognitive abilities that have accompanied their diagnoses. Dr. Saltz also documents how some of the greatest thinkers, scientists and artists in history have employed strengths associated with their behavioral health symptoms to find advantage in achieving success in the face of very serious symptoms.Dr. Saltz boldly makes a case for re-labeling what psychiatrists now call mental disorders. Proposing instead that they should be called brain differences, a paradigm shift, that would allow for equal focus on symptom mitigation AND the identification of brain advantages that have been shown through research to be associated with various diagnoses. Dr. Saltz suggests that instead of thinking about an individual who has been diagnosed with a form of Anxiety as simply having symptoms of a disorder, we might begin to think about that individual as having a brain difference that has also been associated with greater accuracy in assessing emotion in others, performing to higher standards at work, and more accurately predicting outcomes.Mining AdvantagesAggressively mining advantages that accompany physical and behavioral health obstacles can be powerful. Imagine providing parents with a list of advantages that tend to accompany symptoms at the same time results of a child’s initial diagnosis are presented. Imagine school interventions focused in equal measure on mining areas of strength as well as symptom mitigation. When we see a child that has been diagnosed with Autism as having a brain difference that includes not only symptoms for mitigation but also cognitive advantages in need of mining, the difference in perspective means everything in terms of life trajectory and career prospects.Dr. Hawking provides evidence that how we think about and use our own potential, the potential of our children and the potential of individuals we encounter in our work and personal lives can have immeasurable impact on what we and they become. Obstacles, even those estimated by all conventional wisdom to be insurmountable have the potential to offer advantage when we understand how to mine, develop and employ the strengths that may be associated. Notwithstanding his incredible scientific teachings, I believe that one of the most powerful and enduring lessons Dr. Hawking has provided to us is about the human condition and the power of perspective. May his teaching inform our lives and professional practice.“However difficult life can seem. There is always something you can do to succeed at it.”-Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)last_img read more

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Resource Discovery| PsychArmor Institute

first_imgBy Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, & Kacy Mixon, PhDPixabay[Military Ranks by skeeze, February, 28, 2015, CC0]For an outsider, military culture and language can sometimes be difficult to navigate. There are all sorts of terms and lingo that carry great meaning for military personnel and their families, but don’t necessarily carry over to civilian life. This sheds light onto why it’s important for civilian professionals, such as educators, healthcare providers, and mental health professionals to become knowledgeable and aware of these differences. PsychArmor Institute, this month’s featured resource, provides training and information for civilians on military cultural competency.What is the PsychArmor Institute?The PsychArmor Institute is a national nonprofit organization that provides free online education courses for caregivers and professionals that work with military service members, veterans, and military families. Their courses are self-paced and their course library has topics specifically geared towards healthcare providers, employers, caregivers and families, volunteers, and educators, including K-12. Other courses focus primarily on understanding military culture. Along with their online educational resources, PsychArmor also provides a clinical support center, comprised of a team of clinicians and mental health professionals that can assist in many different situations.Want to Learn More?Be sure to check out the PsychArmor Institute and their full course library here: https://psycharmor.org/course-library/Find a course that can help bridge the gap between civilians and the military with courses on PTSD, depression, caregiving, couples and intimacy, stress, and many more!This post was written by Jason M. Jowers & Dr. Kacy Mixon of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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