There is a plethora of terms in the mental health field that describe services that can be provided. Often the terms are used interchangeably, but in reality counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy as services have distinct functions from each other. I post this blog as a way of introducing our web site visitors to a new service that we are launching in 2017 now that it is the New Year!
Having been born in Japan and raised up in several countries such as Japan, U.S., England, and Thailand, the issue of multiculturalism has always revolved around me. This has been especially true since I started to live in the United States and particularly in NJ/NY area which is often times described as a “Melting pot” of the race, ethnicity, and culture.
I suppose you could say there are different levels when it comes to homelessness. Some individuals are in special housing due to suffering from a particular mental or physical disability, others are living in homeless shelters, and quite a few are living day-to-day on the streets in the surrounding areas of Hoboken. Many stories that I have heard can be difficult to digest, while other stories are exceptionally inspirational.
Sadly, it has been approximately 7 months, since I last posted a blog. The explanations for this are numerous: finishing my dissertation, having an extended Spanish language immersion trip this past summer (I will post on that at a future date), experiencing family medical issues, and just plain getting out of the disciplined habit of weekly writing.
Some months ago a ministerial colleague, knowing that I am a licensed clinical social worker, mentioned to me that our denominational judicatory needed to get involved with “Emotional First Aid.” I pleaded ignorance and admitted that I had never heard of it. So this same colleague touted its concept stating it was a technique that she had been training in and that she thought had applications for training lay counselors in churches.
As a person of faith who is committed to work towards the end of the violence that is still perpetrated against people of color, or against people of other religions, or against people with alternative sexual identities, I stand with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in working to root out injustice, but in a peaceful manner.