Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Treatment for Tourette's & Tics

Psychological Health Roanoke now offers behavioral treatment for tics and Tourette’s.
Dr. Laura Ely provides Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), which involves education, habit reversal therapy (HRT), and environmental interventions.
Tim Howard - USA Soccer Goal Keeper & Tourette's sufferer
To watch a clip about the treatment:
Info on tics (Tourette’s Syndrome Association):

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Sport Parent

Dr. John Heil presented a seminar of Sport Parenting at the Bucks County Academy of Fencing in Lambertville, NJ on Saturday, Septembder 21.
As in all settings, effective parenting is a challenge.
For a look at 10 rules of effective sport parenting see the link below:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Laura Ely joins PHR

Laura Ely, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, has joined Psychological Health Roanoke. Her specialties include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Acceptance Enhanced Behavior Therapy (for hair pulling & skin picking), and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics.
 For more information on these treatments and disorders, check out the following sites:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): http://contextualscience.org/act_for_the_public
 Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania) & Excoriation Disorder (Skin Picking): http://www.trich.org/
Tic Disorders and Tourette’s Disorder: http://tsa-usa.org/



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ron Salzbach & Roanoke Chapter of VSCSW

Ron Salzbach, LCSW, helped to found the Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Society of Clinical Social Workers in the early 1990’s. Between 1994-2013, he has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Guild Chairman and Education/Conference Chairman.

Other PHR clinicians that have served in leadsership roles include:

Barbara Horton, LCSW, who is currently serving as Treasurer and has previously held the role of Vice-Chair

June Allder, PHD, LCSW, who was Vice-Chair with Barbara Horton

Alison Allsbrook, LCSW, is the current Conference Chairperson.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Humans Hardwired to Feel Others' Pain

Empathy is the ability to understand another person's feelings. "With familiarity, other people become part of ourselves," study author James Coan, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia, said in a university news release.

He and his colleagues used functional MRI to monitor the brain activity of 22 young adults while they, a friend or a stranger were under the threat of receiving a mild electrical shock. They saw that the same brain regions were activated when the participants were threatened with a shock or when a friend was under threat.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

SARA Board of Directors

Barbara Horton is beginning service as a board member of SARA - Sexual Assault Response and Awareness - in Roanoke. She joins John Heil, also of PHR who is an inaugural board member.

Monday, September 2, 2013

FDA & "Gluten Free" Labeling Standards

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that defines what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it "gluten- free." The rule also holds foods labeled "without gluten," "free of gluten," and "no gluten" to the same standard.

For more info:http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm363069.htm