Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays

Best wishes to all over the holiday season from PHR. This time of year has much meaning for all. For me it is about Christmas. I would like to share a story from long ago and far away.
My Favorite Christmas Tree
A Family Yuletide Tale
It was the dawn of the 60’s - the space age, where cars emulated rocket ships, dinners were made for TV, and baby formula was thought to outfox mothers’ milk. It was as if the future of the world rested on the shoulders of lab coats with pen pocket protectors. It was the era of better living through chemistry. As if technology would do all and save all. So why not an artificial christmas tree? No messy needles and sap, and at the end of one season it could be boxed and saved for the next. No pine smell: No problem, it could be replaced by a spray- you could have as much or as little as you say.
our tree was bright and shiny as could be. It was made of metal, you see.Its rotating light shined blue, green, red and white. But somehow it just wasn’t right. Perhaps it was how pathetic it looked in broad daylight.For mother, father, brother and I a silent uneasiness grew. Then on the eve of the Christmas celebration came a wondrous revelation.
We needed a real tree.
Mom fretted our opportunity was spent. But dad grabbed the keys, and off we went. There at the lot stood a large dump truck overflowing with tree, with busy men scurrying about, as if they had someplace better to be. To our hope, first the first, then the second harrumphed: “No! No! No!” Mom slumped. Dad was stumped. Then up in the truck among trees, appeared a man with a round belly and a jolly big grin. He pulled up one then another, to the joy of me and my brother.  As dad persisted, mom resisted as she went into a deepening state of embarrassment.
 Don and I watched and wondered, mouths wide enough ajar to catch a falling star. Then came a tree, straight and tall. To us (quite close to the ground) this tree upon trees seemed to reach up without bound. Then there were glances exchanged that rang clear as a bell. That this tree would do quite well.
By persisting in gifting, dad was pleased in the end to have paid twice as much as he planned - for this treasure as grand as all the gold, frankincense and myrrh in the land. Then off we scurried in quite a hurry, to home and to bed, just before the landing of the reindeer and the sled. There on Christmas morn stood the tree in its simple splendor adorned
This was definitely my favorite Christmas tree.
John Heil 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Pain

Dr. John Heil presented in-service training on psuchological approaches to pain management, to Carilion Physical Therapy at the Roanoke Athletic Club on December 17.
Training included a review of cognitive behavioral therapy and discussion of sport performance as a metaphor for the treatment of chronic pain and injury.
For more information on psychology and pain management:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stewards of Children Training

"The reality is, child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences."

What is Stewards of Children?

A program that addresses child sexual abuse in the context of today's issues.
A program that features a combination of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance.
A program that shows you how a simple, 5-step approach can protect the children you love from sexual abuse.

January 21, 2014 - 6:00-9:00 pm @Psychological Health Roanoke
3 Hours - Continuing Education
For information call: 540-772-5140