Christian Counseling: Understanding Metaphysical Integration of Brain and Soul

Atheistic guided neuroscience has proudly proclaimed the death of the soul with advances of understanding how the brain operates and functions.  As DJ Dobbins in his article, “Does the Soul Exist” proclaimed, “There is nothing left for the soul to do (Dobbins, 2013)”.  It would seem with every emotion, abstract thought and “spiritual” function mapped out throughout the brain that the soul itself is an antiquated ideal.

What is the boundary between brain and soul? Is there one? Are they separate, integrated or merely a physical phenomenon.


Take into consideration the brain itself.  Within the amygdala, various emotional reactions related to fear and anger are monitored and controlled.  Within the hypothalamus, stress response triggers tied closely to pituitary gland are regulated giving the body its ability of fight or flight.  Within memory itself, the hippocampus creates and stores memory through a flash work of neurons and neurotransmitters creating a pattern of responses that correlate to abstract memory itself.  Upon the cerebral cortex, exist various lobes of the cortex that regulate further emotions, inhibitions, understanding, consciousness, memory and language.   Furthermore, neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine can greatly alter emotional moods based on excess or less amounts. What one is left with is an astounding explanation of many metaphysical attributes once solely thought as free of matter and scientific observation.  The intellect and the will, the hall mark classic identifiers of the soul, are left with material explanations that live and die with the functioning of the brain itself.

In fact, all moral behavior can be explained by brain function.  How can one sin or bear responsibility for damaged frontal lobes, mood disorders, or chemical reactions that affect thought and moral decisions.

Also, consider this.  If part of the brain is damaged, one can lose important information of one’s life.  Amnesia and dementia and physical injuries to the brain can alter identity and self through theft of oneself.  If part of one’s brain is altered, taken, or injured, personality and behavior can be greatly altered.  If the left and right hemisphere of the brain is divided, there can become two autonomous actions independent of each other.  So is the idea of the soul merely a mechanical action that exists and dies with the brain’s activity?

Reactions in defense of the soul

Dualism is the most common reaction to the atheistic neuroscience.  Dualistic ideals teach that the brain and soul operate simultaneously.  Rene’ Descartes believed that both the brain and soul operated in parallel of each other.  He properly dictated that something spiritual cannot be spiritual divided unlike the brain and hence the soul operates at a independent level.   Opponents point out that a dual consciousness can arise when the hemispheres of the brain are split.  What does this say of the soul they contend?

Others point out that the soul communicates through the brain.  The fullness of the soul exists independent of the brain but is manifested in the brain.  Of course, this is theological discourse, not scientific observation.

What type of soul?

When incorporating dualism it is important to understand one’s own definition of the soul.  Ideas of the soul and its connection with the body differ from traditions.  From a philosophical Platonic school of thought, the body is a temporal vessel of the soul.  In Buddhism and Hinduism, the soul travels from different material bodies through reincarnation.  In these religious and philosophical traditions, the importance of the body is regulated to a shell.  Hence once the soul escapes the body, what explains its consciousness if the body was just a shell but yet still produced such spiritual activity within its own very functioning?

The soul and the brain are intimately connected in Christian theology. Human nature is both body and soul


It is important in Christian Counseling to understand the human nature.

In Christian theology, the body and soul are inseparable .  Before the fall of Adam, the body and soul communicated perfectly.  Adam’s control of his passions and great intellect all pointed towards a body that worked perfectly with the soul in regards to balance of emotion.  Hence Adam’s brain operated at full capacity without defect.  Adam’s endocrine system did not create chemical imbalances.  His neurotransmitters did not create imbalances of serotonin or dopamine to create mood disorders.  In essence, his body was in complete harmony with his soul.

His soul in fact was never created prior to his body.  Unlike Platonic ideas of the soul,  Christian theology teaches that the soul and the body were made for each other.  Hence the intricacies of the brain operating and the soul operating are in many instances one mind.  The fact that metaphysical realties would manifest within matter are no surprise.  The brain, like an interpreter, is able to process abstract spiritual concepts and physically manifest them.  The partnership of the brain and soul is so intense that it is not truly even dualistic.   They were never intended to be separated.

It was the sin and fall of humanity that caused death.  Death, from a Christian standpoint, is an unnatural event.   It is the tearing of the soul from the body.  It is the cost of sin itself.

With the death of the broken body due to sin and its displaced spiritual component, one pays the price for the sin of Adam.  One’s entire life has been a struggle until that moment of death.  The body does not respond to the intellect and will perfectly, the body breaks down, the soul is open to passionate and uncontrolled inclinations.  Due to this temporal dysfunction within the the fallen world, death arrives.

A purely dualistic system of thought sees the soul as an independent rider of the bike that can be cast off the bike at death to exist independently, but the Christian system views the bike and its rider as one system. While the consciousness absorbed through temporal life exists beyond the death, it is through God that it incompletely still exists  awaiting judgement and the return of the body.   While the temporal connection was broken, one’s human nature was not completely corrupted on earth and still yearns the perfect reunion.  The body and soul were made for each other.

Christ’s Resurrection

Christ is the New Adam and hence it is only fitting through His resurrection, His Body was a glorified Body.  Christ was already perfect, but His Body on earth was still temporal despite the Divinity within Himself that allowed Him to perform miracles.  After His Resurrection, Christ’s Glorified Body was the body that is intended for all humanity.  Like Adam’s pre-fall body,  the soul has complete mastery of the body, but it is also glorified.  From Scripture, Christ can manifest differently with light and make it hard for individuals to know who He is.  Furthermore, He is able to transport from different areas, however, due to the wounds on His Hands, Side and Feet, it is clear it is the same Body that was crucified but transformed.

Christ’s glorified Body on earth showed the return of the body to the soul


Humanity will share in Christ’s Resurrection. Through Christ’s death, He conquered sin and through His Resurrection promises a full reunion of body and soul.  The temporary exile of the soul from the body is removed.  The body and soul then are reunited in a perfect way.  It is of no wonder then that the brain and soul are so close to each other.  It is natural that they exist side by side and work together in expressing a full human nature.

The Brain as a Metaphysical Organ and Partner of the Soul

While atheistic neurosciences see the brain as the soul from an only observational and empirical standpoint, they cannot philosophically deny possibility of a spiritual component within human nature.  The brain in itself is a metaphysical organ.  It translates spiritual emotion, thought and memory in a material code through the patterns of firing neurons.  Like the ability of radio waves to interpret human words on the radio, the brain and its certain components have the amazing ability to translate the soul.  The soul receives all information through the senses.  The branch of Epistemology or how humans gain knowledge can be divided into the concept of realism.  Within realism, knowledge is gained by the senses.  This was championed by St. Thomas Aquinas.  Hence the soul gains its primary knowledge from its surrounding areas via the senses.  The brain interprets and aids the soul in this material exploration.  Albeit imperfect in the temporal reality due to sin, the partnership still functions.

The brain hence is immersed within the soul and vice versa.  They were never intended to be separated at creation.   The brain is a partner of the soul and all its manifestations aid the soul in understanding reality.

“Proofs” of the Soul 

While the brain is not the soul itself but a partner intimately interwoven with it, the soul after the Fall, was deemed to be separated from the body.  Death is unnatural but the soul still exists beyond as conscious energy.  The amount of time one is separated from the body is not measured in minutes since time is no longer a player after death.  It could be seen like an instant upon the refusion of the soul and body upon where it will enter into its heavenly reward or hellish curse.  However, due to sin, the unnatural state of death kills the broken body and snatches an incomplete human’s soul into eternity without his/her body.

Yet, the conscious energy of the soul, albeit incomplete still has abilities to exist due to God’s plan to reunite it with the body. How this is accomplished is a matter of faith.  The immortality of the soul is a mystery that science cannot explain.  Yet one can see instances of the soul and its operations beyond its interwoven material expressions within the brain.

In Christianity, the notion of spiritual eyes and spiritual senses is well understood.  For instance, knowledge that is gained not through the physical senses explain a deeper existence beyond broken matter in this world.  While empirical science does not accept these ideals or looks for logical explanations, individuals, saints and mystics have all experienced out of body, mystical, and innate discourses that do not permeate from the senses.   For instance, beyond the natural REM dreaming, one can review prophetic dreams or communications.  In some cases, the senses can be utilized but in most cases, the subconscious void of sense perception is open to Divine or angelic communication.  In addition, many who experience Near Death Experience describe their surroundings in detail without seeing the surroundings with their own physical eyes which were closed and brain activity was comatose.   The spiritual eyes yet were able to see and then later recount the instance utilizing memory of the event from a spiritual source.

Moral Implications of Sin and Choice

It would be criminal not to at least react to atheistic neuroscience’s assault on moral theology.  If the brain and its chemical reactions account for all of reality, then how can one be accountable for sin or wrong?  If moods due to neurotransmitters are altered, or parts of the brain are altered or removed hence affecting behavior, how can the soul be a source of morality?

Of course, as stated, the manifestation of inhibitions, decisions,  and thoughts within the brain are clearly listed.  Morality is a complex system of biology, genetics, social norms and learned behavior.  Certain maladies do play a key role in altering behaviors.

For the Christian, it is understood there is a complex and intimate connection between the soul and body.  It is also understood due to the fall of Adam, there is a conflict between mind and flesh.  Due to sin, sickness and death exist as well.  Hence, in many, anti-social disorders, depression and other mood disorders, certain behaviors can manifest.  In fact, removing certain areas of the brain can have staggering effects on moral behavior.   This though in no way complicates the existence of the soul and its connection to the brain.  Again, Christians maintain a intimate relationship between the body and mind albeit a broken one.  Hence explanations for behavior from a purely neurological point are expected but they are not the sole source.

Christian moral theology takes into account mental maladies that reduce culpabilities of the agent committing the offense but conscience, morality and free choice in most cases still exist.  One is not programmed to sin and do evil.  It is through disease, broken nature, environment, and habitual vice that lead to many neuro factors that contribute to a mentally disturbed person as well.  The sickness of the brain that leads to immoral deeds is a sad story but one due to Original Sin.  It exists and plays a factor because the soul and brain are interwoven but it is not the only aspect of the story that dictates what someone is or not.


It is of no wonder to the Christian who understands the unity of human nature that the brain and soul closely are correlated.  While separate, they are still intimately interwoven so closely that manifestation of the spiritual is possible.  To atheistic neuroscience this may be hard core evidence that the functions of the brain are the soul but to the Christian it only reinforces the idea that the soul and body are meant to be together forever.  Unlike platonic and dualist ideals that view the body as the inferior partner or temporary shell, the Christian understands that only due to sin does this fallen temporal reality exist.  It is because of sin that the body and soul are not in complete unison and that elements of our body affect our soul and elements of our soul affect our body. It is with this understanding that the Christian can marvel how wonderfully created he/she truly is and how while sin scarred it temporarily, it will one day be completely and perfectly restored.  Human nature is both flesh and soul!

The brain and the soul are tied intimately together. Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification


Christian Counselors need to understand how the brain, its parts, and neurotransmitters play a role in moral action.  It is not a indictment against the existence of the soul but a manifestation of the innate partnership between the brain and soul.  Please also review AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

Additional Readings :  Some articles are from an atheistic neuroscience stance and others support Christian belief of the soul. Others are merely educational

“The brain and memory: Understanding how the brain thinks”. NIH. (2022) Access here

“What Part of the Brain Controls Emotions?”. Paxinos, G.  (2018). Healthline.  Access here

“Does the Soul Exist? Evidence Says ‘Yes’”. Lanza, R, MD. (2011). Psychology Today.  Access here

“Why psychology lost its soul: everything comes from the brain”. Paxinos, G. (2016). The Conversation.  Access here

“Neuroscience and the Soul”. Hobson, A, MD. (2004). Dana Foundation.  Access here





Anger and Emotional Avoidance

Anger sometimes builds up within an individual.  One way anger can build is through emotional avoidance.  Whether the individual is avoiding one’s emotions or whether the individual is ignoring others, avoidance can cause a build up of anger and frustration.  When other emotions are not dealt with or recognized in others, it can lead to issues in how one reacts.  The vent up emotional energy finds it outlet via anger.

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It is hence important to be more open with oneself and others regarding emotion , as well as, recognizing others emotional needs and not hiding from them.  Unfortunately avoidance is not always about being selfish but is usually due to a trauma where individuals are uncomfortable facing emotion.  Anger is hence a side effect of that neglect of emotional recognition.  The article,”How Emotional Avoidance Contributes to Anger” by Bernard Golden, PhD.  looks closer at how emotional avoidance can lead to anger.  He state regarding emotional avoidance that…

“It is then no surprise that we may be more vulnerable to tension and conflict within ourselves and have related irritability with others and ourselves. It is this irritability that can foster a propensity for anger arousal, anger that serves as a reaction to and distraction from such tension. It directs our attention outward, attributes responsibility to others, or may lead us to displace our anger toward others. In each instance, it moves us further away from true connection with and understanding of ourselves.”

Golden, B. (2023). How Emotional Avoidance Contributes to Anger.  Psychology Today.

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Golden further discusses various ways one can become less detached from one’s emotions and how to take a more conscious step towards recognizing them and also validating emotions in others.  In dealing with emotional avoidance and preventing anger, there are numerous ways to better become more in touch with oneself through mindfulness, journaling and finding someone within a circle of trust that one can share emotions with.

Understanding Emotional Avoidance

Emotional avoidance refers to the tendency to suppress or ignore our emotions rather than facing them head-on. It is a defense mechanism that many people employ to protect themselves from pain, discomfort, or vulnerability. However, while it may provide temporary relief, emotional avoidance can have serious long-term consequences for our mental health and overall well-being.  Long term anger issues can result by burying emotions.

The Impact of Emotional Avoidance on Mental Health

It is important to recognize and address emotions within oneself to avoid future stress, depression, anger and anxiety


Emotional avoidance can have a detrimental effect on our mental health. When we consistently avoid our emotions, they tend to build up and intensify over time. This can lead to increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and even physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches. Additionally, emotional avoidance prevents us from gaining insight into our own thoughts and feelings, hindering personal growth and self-awareness.

Signs and Symptoms of Emotional Avoidance

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of emotional avoidance is crucial in order to address and overcome this harmful pattern. Some common signs of emotional avoidance include excessive busyness or workaholism, substance abuse or addictive behaviors, chronic irritability or anger, and a general sense of emotional numbness or disconnection. If you find yourself constantly avoiding or suppressing your emotions, it is important to take a step back and evaluate the impact this may be having on your overall well-being.

The Dangers of Suppressing Emotions

Suppressing or bottling up our emotions may seem like a convenient way to avoid discomfort. However, the long-term consequences can be severe. When we suppress our emotions, they don’t simply disappear; instead, they linger beneath the surface, affecting our thoughts, behaviors, and relationships. Suppressing emotions can lead to increased stress levels, decreased immune function, and a higher risk of developing mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.  Anger can also over time build up when emotions are not properly handled and addressed. It is essential to recognize the dangers of emotional suppression and take proactive steps to address our emotions in a healthy and constructive manner.

The Benefits of Confronting Emotions

Those who avoid emotions and the emotions of others eventually feel issues of anger from within


While confronting our emotions may initially seem daunting, it is a necessary step towards personal growth and well-being. When we confront our emotions, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our needs. This self-awareness allows us to make better decisions, form healthier relationships, and cultivate a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness. Additionally, confronting our emotions provides an opportunity for healing and growth, allowing us to process past traumas and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and resilience.

Techniques for Confronting and Processing Emotions

Confronting and processing emotions can be challenging, but there are various techniques that can help facilitate this important work. One effective technique is journaling, where you can express and explore your emotions in a safe and non-judgmental space. Another technique is mindfulness, which involves being fully present and accepting of your emotions without judgment. This allows you to observe and acknowledge your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. Seeking support from trusted friends, family members, or a therapist can also provide valuable guidance and perspective as you navigate your emotional journey.

Overcoming the Fear of Facing Emotions

Many individuals avoid confronting their emotions out of fear. The fear of being overwhelmed, judged, or rejected can be powerful barriers to emotional healing. However, it is important to remember that emotions are a natural part of the human experience, and suppressing them only prolongs our suffering. Overcoming the fear of facing emotions involves challenging negative beliefs and adopting a compassionate and nurturing mindset towards ourselves. It may also be helpful to seek professional help or join support groups where you can connect with others who are going through similar experiences.

Seeking Professional Help for Emotional Avoidance

If emotional avoidance has become deeply ingrained and is significantly impacting your daily life, seeking professional help can be a crucial step towards healing. A therapist or counselor can provide guidance and support as you navigate your emotional journey. They can help you identify underlying patterns and beliefs that contribute to emotional avoidance and provide you with effective strategies for confronting and processing your emotions in a healthy and constructive manner. Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness but rather a courageous step towards self-improvement and well-being.  Anger Management Consultants can also help with any anger issues relating from emotional avoidance.

Creating a Healthy Emotional Well-being Routine

In addition to seeking professional help, creating a healthy emotional well-being routine can greatly support your journey towards confronting and processing your emotions. This routine may include activities such as regular exercise, practicing mindfulness or meditation, engaging in hobbies or creative outlets, and prioritizing self-care. It is important to find what works best for you and to make these practices a consistent part of your daily life. By nurturing your emotional well-being, you are investing in your overall happiness and long-term mental health.

Conclusion: Embracing Emotions for a Happier and Healthier Life

In conclusion, emotional avoidance may provide temporary relief, but it ultimately hinders our personal growth and well-being. By confronting and processing our emotions, we gain insight, resilience, and a greater capacity for joy and fulfillment. It is essential to recognize the signs of emotional avoidance, understand the dangers of suppressing our emotions, and take proactive steps towards embracing and processing our emotions in a healthy and constructive manner. Remember, seeking professional help and creating a healthy emotional well-being routine are vital components of this journey. By prioritizing our emotional well-being, we can live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

Anger Management Consultants can help individuals face emotions and also deal with undealt with anger


CTA: If you find yourself struggling with emotional avoidance, reach out to a therapist or counselor who can provide the support and guidance you need on your journey towards emotional well-being. Remember, you deserve to live a life that is not defined by avoidance, but rather by courage and self-discovery.

Anger Management Consultants can also help individuals face anger issues resulting from emotional avoidance.  Please review AIHCP’s Anger Management Consultant Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Anger Management Consulting.


Additional Readings

“Repressed Anger and Emotional Avoidance: 5 Ways to Find the Positive in Negative Emotion”. Riddle, J. (2019). Psycom.  Access here

“8 Ways People Avoid Their Emotions”. Boyes, A. (2021) Psychology Today.  Access here

“5 Symptoms of Repressed Anger”. Lo, I. (2022). Psychology Today.  Access here

“Repressing Emotions: 10 Ways to Reduce Emotional Avoidance”. Attard. A. (2020).  Access here

The Conflicting Emotions of Anticipatory Grief and Ambiguous Grief

When loss is less definite but lingering in the balance, one can begin to feel like life is a fog and one is living with a ghost.  This is very common with family and friends of the terminally ill.  The sentence has been passed and the loss is being experienced but it has yet to occur.  This type of anticipatory grief can cause confusion and create obstacles in loving the person who is still alive.  Instead of appreciating what time is left, one mentally is thinking of the funeral and the tomb.  This prevents the few joys that remain and the beautiful conversations that still can be shared.   In addition, this can later lead to complications of the loss after it occurs, as one may feel guilt over the final days.  Others may feel relief that the state of limbo is over but still feel guilty for feeling relief.  Many times Grief Counselors are needed to help individuals through the crisis.

Anticipatory grief is grief before the loss. It is anticipatory in many ways. It mourns the loss and fears the loss.

Anticipatory grief happens to many individuals and while it is natural during trying and stressful times, individuals must be alert enough to understand the presence and better able to navigate.  Primary caregivers, such as spouses, face caregiver burnout during this time.  They are not able to mourn or feel happiness, but instead deal with a magnitude of emotions.  Resentment, mental fatigue, grief, and guilt can all occur.  After the actual death, many primary caregivers feel a relief.  This is especially true of loved ones who no longer could communicate or barely function.

Ambiguous grief can be very similar to Anticipatory in that usually also deals with terminally ill but in most of these cases the loved one is no longer physically or mentally present.  So in many ways both griefs can exist.  However, there is no true way to find complete closure.  This is also the case with loved ones who are lost in war or go missing.  The individual is unable to find complete closure.

The article, “When There’s No Hallmark Card for Your Grief”. by Jessica Fein looks closer at ambiguous grief.   As the title describes, without closure or a loss event, there are no condolence cards because the death has yet to occur but nonetheless the grieving individual is experiencing and expecting a loss at the same time.   This type of confusion causes many conflicting emotions.  The article states,

“Coined by therapist Dr. Pauline Boss in the 1970s, ambiguous grief means mourning the loss of someone who hasn’t died but is no longer physically present or mentally present. In the former, your loved one might have gone missing in war, for example. In the latter, your loved one might be suffering from dementia or drug addiction or, as in my daughter’s case, a degenerative disease that slowly took away her ability to communicate. With ambiguous grief, there’s no closure because the grieving remains unresolved.”

“When There’s No Hallmark Card for Your Grief”. Jessica Fein.  March 9th, 2023.  Psychology Today.

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Anticipatory as well as Ambiguous grief causes many conflicting emotions as stated.  It is a place of limbo.  The loss itself is has yet to occur but it has been declared.  This can cause early reactions to loss or force individuals into a isolation and numb mode of existence.  The individual awaits the impending death sentence.  The issue at hand is the loss has yet to occur and time remains to experience love with the terminally ill person.

This can cause multiple emotions.  Grief Counselors can help individuals sort out the meaning of many of these emotions.

Anticipatory Grief

In regards to relief, many find a relief for a loved one who finally passes.  Seeing a loved one become more ill and less capable makes seeing the existence of the loved one more painful.  In many cases, individuals hope for the end.  As ironic as this is, the fear of the loss has been lessened by the pain and suffering of the loved one.  This in turn can cause relief in the actual death.  This relief can also be felt by those who have expended excessive energy in care of the loved one.  For some the experience of this relief can be an anchor of guilt.  Grief Counselors can help individuals see that this relief is natural and acceptable and that one should experience guilt.

In addition to relief, others may feel guilt based upon how they interacted with the loved one while the deceased was still alive.  They may regret their isolation or lack of communication due to their ambiguous grief.  They may feel like they needed to be there more for the loved one.  They may also feel guilt for during those times, seeking to enjoy life itself.  These types of guilt are very common with long drawn out terminal illnesses.  The person after the death begins to analyze every thing he or she did or do not do.  This analyzation can cause distress and complicate the loss itself.  It is important to identify this type of guilt in grief counseling and dispel it.

Ambiguous Grief

Ambiguous grief has some elements of anticipatory grief in it but it also lacks closure in itself. There is no closure in the loss due to the medical condition or absence of the person


In regards to ambiguous grief, the lack of closure is decided due to the terminal illness not the individual who cares about the person.  The person is mentally or physically incapable of discussion or resembling who he or she once was.  This leads to a another type of limbo.  In addition, ambiguous grief can also affect individuals who lose loved ones to war or those who go missing.  There is no closure.

The inability to communicate to a ill loved one or say a coherent goodbye, or never to know where a loved one is who has been displaced or assumed dead at war are painful events that can impede healing and also rise to complications in the grieving process.  In relation to those who are missing, there is a torturing decision between abandoning hope and accepting loss.  One cannot simply dismiss the emptiness but one is tortured with doubt about what happened?  Nightmares can haunt these individuals.

The viciousness of this type of grief prevents healing and closure, it permits a constant torture between hope and despair.  The survivor is subjugated to perpetual suffering.  Many feel the need to find hope that someone will awaken from a coma, or return home from missing.  Others contribute to causes that reflect the nature of their loss.  Yet, the splinter of hope that one will return always exists and this in turn leaves the grief wound constantly open.

Some experience guilt in ever experiencing happiness again after a loss of a loved one.  Others feel guilty for losing hope and giving into despair.  There is a definite feeling of helplessness and this contributes to the prolonged and complications of grief itself.


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Both anticipatory grief and ambiguous grief can cause complications and prolonged grief.  Ambiguous grief though is far more toxic because in all cases there is no resolution or closure which leaves a permanent emptiness.  Individuals can keep hope, if they need it, but ultimately the unknow and ambiguity haunts the survivor.   Finding causes or promoting social awareness to issues surrounding the issue may help give purpose but the grief wound cannot heal without concrete closure. With this in mind, emotions such as guilt, helplessness and utter despair can dominate.

Anticipatory grief offers closure but closure can become more difficult due to how one handled the terminal illness prior to the death.  Hence emotions of guilt and relief are very common.  Anticipatory grief can exist in ambiguity as well as one awaits impending news.  Relief of knowing whether one is alive or dead can equally confusing when the bad news does finally arrive.

Grief Counselors can help with the loss but in most cases a licensed counselors are needed to offer deeper form of cognitive grief therapies to help individuals cope from prolonged grief due to the complications found in both of these types of losses.

Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.


Additional Resources

Locked in grief: a qualitative study of grief among family members of missing persons in southern Sri Lanka. Amila Isuru,  Padmakumara Bandumithra & S. S. Williams.  BMC Psychology volume 9, Article number: 167 (2021). BMC Psychology. Access here

“The Pain of Grieving for a Missing Person”. María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez. December 21st, 2022. Exploring Your Mind.  Access here

“Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a Missing Loved One”. Raj Persaud, M.D. and Peter Bruggen, M.D.  June 17th, 2017. Psychology Today.  Access here

“What Is Anticipatory Grief?”. Cynthia Vinney.  November 10th, 2021. VeryWellMind. Access here

“Anticipatory Grief: Are You Mourning Before a Loss?”. Hillary Lebow. January 7th, 2022.  PsychCentral.  Access here

“Grieving Before A Death: Understanding Anticipatory Grief”. Litsa Williams. What’s Your Grief.  Access here


Clinical Hypnotherapy and Health

Hypnosis can help many with health issues, bad habits, phobias and a variety of issues.  Since the mind and body are connected, many physical ailments that stem from mental disorders, can also be alleviated through clinical hypnotherapy.  Despite the magical image of stage hypnosis, individuals who actually learn about true hypnosis are opened to a world of possibilities in alleviating numerous mental and physical ailments.

Clinical Hypnotherapy has many health benefits for mental maladies and their physical manifestations on the body.


The article, “What Can Hypnosis Do for Your Health?” by Hannah Seo examines the long history of clinical hypnotherapy and its gradual emergence as a reputable alternative therapy that can help individuals with numerous health conditions.  She lists numerous health conditions that originate from mental issues such as anxiety.   Irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure and other physically induced states due to depression or anxiety can find alleviation with hypnosis.  In addition, clinical hypnosis can help with multiple issues of anxiety, depression, phobias, or even stopping bad habits.  Seo states,

Today, hypnosis, also called hypnotherapy, has a lot more data to back up its use for mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. It can also be an effective treatment for sleep problems, pain, irritable bowel syndrome and quitting smoking, studies show. And it’s still occasionally used as a way to sedate patients for surgery with little (or no) medication. Despite all of these varied applications, hypnosis can’t seem to shake its reputation as a stage gag — in which you might stare at a pocket watch and then cluck like a chicken — or a way to retrieve lost memories and probe “past lives.”

“What Can Hypnosis Do for Your Health?”. Hannah Seo. February 8th, 2023.  New York Times

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Clinical hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for helping people address physical and psychological issues. If you’re looking for a non-invasive, natural way to improve your health and wellbeing, clinical hypnotherapy may be the answer. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history, mechanics, and potential benefits of clinical hypnotherapy.

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

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Clinical hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses hypnosis to help people address a wide range of issues. It is based on the idea that our thoughts and behaviors are shaped by our unconscious mind. By tapping into our unconscious, therapists can help us work through issues that we may not be able to access through conscious thought.

Hypnotherapy can be used in a variety of ways, from helping people quit smoking to assisting with trauma recovery. It is a safe, non-invasive, and natural way to help people heal and improve their overall wellbeing.

History of Clinical Hypnotherapy

The history of hypnotherapy dates back to ancient times. The practice was used in ancient Greece, Egypt, and China to treat a variety of physical and psychological issues. In the late 1700s, Austrian physician Franz Mesmer popularized the use of hypnosis for healing. He used a combination of mesmerism and suggestion to help his patients.

Throughout the 1800s, hypnotherapy was used as a tool for treating physical ailments. In the 1950s, the practice began to be used for psychological issues, such as stress and anxiety. Since then, clinical hypnotherapy has become an increasingly popular way to treat a wide range of physical and psychological issues.

How Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Work?

Clinical hypnotherapy works by tapping into the unconscious mind. During a session, the therapist will guide the patient into a state of deep relaxation. This state is often referred to as a trance. Once the patient is in a trance, the therapist will use hypnotic suggestions to help the patient work through their issues.

The trance state helps the patient access their unconscious mind, which can be beneficial in a variety of ways. It can help the patient recall memories and experiences that may have been previously inaccessible. It can also help the patient address deep-seated issues that may be causing them distress.

What Are the Benefits of Clinical Hypnotherapy?

There are a number of potential benefits to clinical hypnotherapy. It can help people address physical and psychological issues, from pain management to addiction. It can also be used to help people develop healthier habits and behaviors. Here are some of the potential benefits of clinical hypnotherapy:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved mood and outlook
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Improved performance
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Improved relationships

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Stress and Anxiety

Clinical hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for reducing stress and anxiety. During a session, the therapist will help the patient enter a relaxed state. Once the patient is relaxed, the therapist can use hypnotic suggestion to help the patient work through their issues. This can help the patient relax and manage their anxiety.

The therapist may also use visualization techniques to help the patient imagine a more relaxed state. This can help the patient reduce their stress levels and gain a better understanding of their feelings.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Depression

Hypnosis can help one with a broad range of mental issues from anxiety to depression to a multitude of phobias and bad habits


Clinical hypnotherapy can also be beneficial for those suffering from depression. The therapist can use hypnotic suggestion to help the patient reframe negative thought patterns. This can help the patient break out of the cycle of negative thinking that can often accompany depression.

The therapist may also use visualization techniques to help the patient imagine a happier, more positive state. This can help the patient gain a better understanding of their depression and work towards a more positive outlook.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Pain Management

Clinical hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for managing pain. During a session, the therapist may use hypnotic suggestion to help the patient enter a more relaxed state. This can help the patient reduce their perception of pain and make it easier to cope with.

The therapist may also use visualization techniques to help the patient imagine a more pain-free state. This can help the patient reduce their pain levels and gain a better understanding of their pain.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

Clinical hypnotherapy can also be beneficial for those looking to lose weight. The therapist may use hypnotic suggestion to help the patient break out of unhealthy habits and behaviors. This can help the patient make better dietary choices and form healthier habits.

The therapist may also use visualization techniques to help the patient imagine a healthier, more active lifestyle. This can help the patient gain a better understanding of their weight and work towards a healthier body and mind.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Addiction

Clinical hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for treating addiction. During a session, the therapist may use hypnotic suggestion to help the patient break out of destructive patterns. This can help the patient gain a better understanding of their addiction and make it easier to break the cycle of addiction.

The therapist may also use visualization techniques to help the patient imagine a life without their addiction. This can help the patient gain a better understanding of their addiction and work towards a healthier, addiction-free lifestyle.

Finding the Right Clinical Hypnotherapist and AIHCP Certification

Please review AIHCP’s Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional needs


If you’re interested in clinical hypnotherapy, it’s important to find the right therapist for you. Look for a therapist who has experience in the areas you’re looking to address. Also, be sure to ask about their qualifications and experience.

It’s also important to feel comfortable with your therapist. Look for someone who is compassionate and understanding. It’s also important to make sure that the therapist is certified and licensed.  AIHCP offers a Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification that provides a multitude of qualified professionals who can help.


Clinical hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for helping people address physical and psychological issues. It can help people reduce stress and anxiety, manage pain, and even treat addiction. If you’re looking for a non-invasive, natural way to improve your health and wellbeing, clinical hypnotherapy may be the answer. Be sure to find a qualified, experienced therapist to ensure that you get the best results.

AIHCP trains numerous professionals into the art and science of Clinical Hypnotherapy.  Qualified professionals can earn a four year certification with the American College of Clinical Hypnotherapy.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals.  If you are interested in learning how to help others overcome mental phobias and anxieties, then please review AIHCP’s Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.


Additional Resources

“Hypnosis for Health. Can Trances Work?”. July 2019. News in Health. Access here

“Hypnosis”.  John Hopkins Medicine.  Access here

“Hypnosis”. Psychology Today.  Access here

“What Is Hypnotherapy?”. Lisa Fritscher. July 9th, 2021. VeryWellHealth. Access here

“Hypnotherapy”. Anthony Watt.  April 1st, 2019. Healthline.  Access here



Anger Management for Children

Anger is a neutral and natural emotion.  It is when anger is allowed to turn to rage and when anger is misdirected that it becomes damaging.  When someone allows anger to turn to rage, then violence and abuse can occur.  Sometimes this abuse is physical, other times it can be verbal.  Uncontrolled anger hence is something that needs to be controlled.  Controlling anger however can sometimes be easier said than done.  Anger Management Consulting and training can help individuals learn to better cope with anger but teaching anger control starts in one’s youth.

Young children need to be taught about anger and what it can do when it is not controlled.  Preventing anger to turn into a habitual vice of a person has its roots in upbringing.  Children need to be taught how to control their anger, see other points of view, show empathy and abhor violence.  When children are trained how to cope with anger and allow it to diffuse in peaceful ways, then children can become better adults later in life in regards to controlling it.

Teaching children anger management techniques at a young age is key. Please also review AIHCP’s Anger Management Consulting Program


Unfortunately, many individuals do not learn how to cope with anger at a younger age, but parents can play key role preventing the cycle of abuse by teaching their children anger control.  The article, “How you can teach your child to cope with anger” by Sneha Das looks at ways parents can help train their children with anger control by listing 5 key strategies.  She lists a few ways parents can help children cope by utilizing verbal communication.  She also encourages parents to teach children relaxation methods and other ways to reduce frustration.  Most importantly she encourages parents to praise children when they behave well.  Regarding anger management and anger, she states,

“Anger is one of the most common and normal emotions experienced by us. However, children often tend to confuse anger with aggressive behavior and showcase temper tantrums, disrespect, and frustration. As parents, you need to teach them anger management skills before it affects their academics and mental health. Here are five easy ways to teach your child how to control and cope with anger.”

“How you can teach your child to cope with anger”. Sneha Das. January 22nd, 2023. NewBytes.

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Children can learn many bad anger habits via parents. Please also review AIHCP’s Anger Management Consulting Program



Anger in children can be defined as a psychological affective state that is characterized by the experience of intense, negative emotions such as frustration, bitterness, hostility, and aggression. Such emotions are usually caused by perceived injustice or a perceived threat to the child’s physical or psychological well-being. This phenomenon can be further compounded by cognitive factors such as distortions in information processing, misunderstandings of social cues, and failure to accurately interpret environmental cues.

Anger in children can be caused by a variety of factors, most notably the lack of ability to effectively express emotions. In addition, frustration, fear and/or a feeling of being overwhelmed can all contribute to feelings of anger. Furthermore, anxiety disorders or social problems can manifest in children as increased levels of aggression or irritability due to their inability to adequately cope with the underlying stressors.

Anger Management with Children

Parents engage in a process of temperamental regulation to modulate their children’s emotional expression of anger. This disciplinary action is intended to facilitate the development of emotional self-regulation and ultimately help cultivate a more emotionally competent child. Through such measures, parents attempt to shape the behavior of their offspring by utilizing techniques such as praise, reprimands, rewards, and/or punishments.  This process involves utilising behavioural techniques to shape the child’s cognitions regarding the behaviour in question while also providing positive reinforcement for desirable behaviours. Through this process, parents are able to foster a sense of responsibility and accountability among children, helping them develop skills for recognizing and managing their own angry outbursts.

Obviously, punishment is the key way to alter bad behavior but how that punishment is carried out if one wishes to deter angry outbursts.

Beyond punishment, parents need to cultivate other skills from a positive respect instead of only negation.  Parents can reward good behaviors with special treats or favors.  Positive reinforcement hence can play a key role.  Another way to positively reinforce proper emotional control is through example.  Parents who do not yell and scream when upset or angry set a good and positive image for their every watching children.

In addition to positive reinforcement and example, parents can teach children the necessary skills to verbally communicate and not allow anger to overtake with outbursts.  Outbursts are to be taught as unacceptable while communication is to be rewarded and encouraged.   Additionally, parents can teach children other methods of controlling anger through meditation, breathing exercises, or simply walking away.  When these skills are taught a younger age, then they can develop into habits through the teen years and young adult years that will lead to a more even tempered adult.

It is also crucial that parents stop aggression in children.  When aggressive behavior is witnessed, or reported from school, it is necessary for parents to discover what is the root cause of this aggression and how to help their child better express their anger and not to displace it on others.  Unfortunately, many homes have parenting that is dysfunctional and these anger issues leak into the schools causing additional issues.

Anger Management Consulting can also play a key role in helping one understand the source of the anger and how to better manage it.


In conclusion teaching children to manage their anger is an essential part of helping them develop healthy relationships with their peers and adults. It is important to focus on calming strategies such as deep breathing, counting to 10, or talking out frustrations rather than resorting to aggressive behaviors. Parents should provide a safe environment where children feel heard and respected in order to help them learn how to express their feelings in an appropriate manner. Furthermore, guidance from a mental health professional can be beneficial for children who are struggling with extreme anger issues.

Please also review AIHCP’s Anger Management Consulting Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Anger Management Consulting.


Additional Resources

“Anger, Irritability and Aggression in Kids”. Yale Medicine. Access here

“How to Treat Anger Issues in Kids”. Kelly Burch. August 17th, 2022. VeryWellHealth.  Access here

“A Child’s Anger Can Be a Warning”. Ana Nogales. January 26th, 2012. Psychology Today.  Access here

“7 Ways to Help a Child Cope With Anger”. Amy Morin. October 17th, 2021. VeryWellFamily.  Access here

Healthcare Management Waste Spending Reduction

By – James M. Katz, BA

Health care costs are rising, and the challenge of finding new ways to reduce them can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to successfully cut costs in health care. Healthcare Management decisions can range from improving processes and taking advantage of technology, to restructuring services and looking for alternative funding sources, there are a range of strategies that can help you achieve significant savings in healthcare. In this article, we will explore seven essential strategies that can help you reduce costs in healthcare, and why they are important. You’ll learn how to develop a plan of action, assess and analyze costs, and identify opportunities for cost-cutting. With the right approach, you can make a real difference to your hospital, clinic, or medical practice’s bottom line.

Healthcare Management can help reduce their wasteful spending in a number of ways. Most hospitals and care providers use a volume payment style for specialists, instead health care managers can move towards a value-based care style. This approach as seen in the video linked below along with other methods can help to greatly reduce wasteful Healthcare Management spending.

How can we do a better job of removing low-value, wasteful care from the health care system?

The quick and easy answer is you stop paying for it. There’s not been a lot of will to do that, so, the question is: what else can you do? There’s really 2 things. One is, you change how you pay specialists. So, 93% of the specialists in this country are strictly volume based, and that does not foster a value-based care environment. You need to build incentive models so that about a third to up to 50% of the revenue that a specialist makes is based on incentives for value-based care, for population health management, and not based for volume. It’s a tricky thing to do, because the specialty incentive model needs to look completely different for each specialty. They have to be designed specialty specific. It’s difficult, not impossible. We’re actually hard at work doing that now.

Link to the Video


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Assessing Costs: Looking at the full range of healthcare costs

Before you can find ways to reduce costs, you need to be sure that you are looking at the full range of costs in your healthcare organization. It’s very easy to only consider direct costs, or costs related to the delivery of a medical service, such as the cost of staff salaries, drugs, supplies, and equipment. However, there are a number of indirect costs that are just as important to reducing costs in healthcare management. These costs may be less obvious than the direct costs, but are nonetheless an important part of the total cost of healthcare. Indirect costs include the cost of facilities and equipment, as well as depreciation costs. They also include the cost of administration, which includes costs such as marketing, finance, and human resources. If you are satisfied only looking at the direct costs, you could miss out on significant cost-saving opportunities. By taking a more holistic approach to assessing costs, you can better identify how to reduce costs in healthcare.

Streamlining Processes: Optimizing current processes to reduce waste

Healthcare organizations are often plagued by inefficiency and waste. For example, some processes are designed to be inefficient, meaning that they generate no real benefit for the organization, but simply consume resources. By discovering inefficiencies within your processes, you can find opportunities to reduce waste and make significant cost savings. For example, if you use paper records, you are wasting a large amount of paper. Once you have assessed your paper records, you can see where you can reduce these costs. If you have a procedure where patients are asked to sign a form, but the form is never used, then the sign-up time is wasted. Consider making the form a digital record, which can then be reused instead of being thrown away once the patient has signed it.

Exploring Technology: Taking advantage of new technology to increase efficiency

There are many opportunities to reduce costs through technology. For example, some hospitals have found success in using virtual care technologies such as video conferencing and web-based software. Virtual care can be a perfect solution for remote areas with no nearby medical facilities. Technology can also be used to improve the efficiency of routine tasks in healthcare management. For example, many organizations use EMR systems to record and manage patient records. However, these systems are often used to record information that is far from essential. With careful assessment, you can reduce the cost of using EMR systems, and increase the efficiency of the technology at the same time. Consider using paper records where possible, and transfer less essential information from the EMR to digital systems. You can also find ways to make EMR systems more efficient. For example, you could schedule daily or weekly reports to update less essential information. This can help to reduce the cost of using EMR systems, while still benefiting from the technology.

Restructuring Services: Reorganizing services to maximize efficiency

As services are implemented, it is important to assess their efficiency. For example, if your organization offers a walk-in clinic, you may assume that it is an efficient service. However, walk-in clinics often have long waiting times, which is inefficient. An efficient walk-in clinic can help to reduce costs for your organization. To find ways to reduce costs in healthcare, it is important to assess the efficiency of services. If a walk-in clinic is offered to patients, it could be an efficient service. However, if a specific surgery is offered only at a walk-in clinic, then the service is less efficient and could be restructured. It is also important to assess the efficiency of individual surgeries. For example, it may be possible to perform a less invasive procedure with the same amount of time. The more invasive the procedure is, the more time it takes, so it is important to assess the efficiency of individual services.

Securing Alternative Funding: Pursuing new sources of funding

Many health care organizations struggle to cover their costs, which can lead to a shortage of staff, restricted services, or even closure. To reduce the risk of this happening, some organizations have sought alternative funding, such as self-funding or crowdfunding. Alternative funding options can provide a new way to secure funding for your organization, or for new initiatives. For example, healthcare management team may choose to use a portion of its own funding to support innovative projects, such as a new diagnostic service. Alternatively, funding from alternative sources can help to support a new initiative, such as a new clinical trial. Alternative funding options can be a way to secure funding for your organization. Alternative funding options can be a new way to secure funding for your organization, such as crowdfunding, or a portion of your own funding.

Creating a Plan of Action: Developing a plan to implement cost-cutting strategies

It can be difficult to reduce costs when you are relatively new to the sector, or have only started your cost-cutting efforts recently. However, it is important to remain committed to the strategies that you have chosen, and to make sure that they are being implemented effectively. A key part of developing an effective plan of action is to analyze the results of your cost-cutting efforts. This can be done by documenting your progress, and making regular assessments of the efficiency of your cost-cutting strategies. Healthcare Management should also consider involving your staff in the process of cost-cutting, and making sure that they are all aware of the benefits of cost-cutting. This can help to make your organization more efficient and cost-effective, while also helping to make your staff more cost-conscious.

Conclusion: Summarizing the importance of cost-cutting in healthcare

Health care costs are rising, and many organizations are struggling to cover these costs. Fortunately, there are many cost-cutting strategies that you can use to successfully reduce costs, and make significant savings in healthcare management. It is important to remember that the best way to reduce costs is to assess the full cost of your current health care model, and then look for ways to reduce this cost. This requires a more holistic approach to cost-cutting, in which you take into account indirect costs as well as direct costs. Health care costs are rising, and many organizations are struggling to cover these costs. Fortunately, there are many cost-cutting strategies that you can use to successfully reduce costs, and make significant savings in healthcare.

Healthcare Management can be an excellent transition from the nursing field. If you are interested in becoming certified in Healthcare Management then you might want to check out our certification program here. 


Wikipedia: Unnecessary Health Care

CDC: Healthcare Budgeting

Additional Resources:

Waste in the US Health Care System: Estimated Costs and Potential for Savings. Shrank WH, et al. JAMA. 2019 Oct 15;322(15):1501-1509. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.13978. PMID: 31589283.

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Reducing Administrative Waste in the US Health Care System. Kocher RP. JAMA. 2021;325(5):427–428. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.24767

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Eliminating waste in healthcare spending. Kalipso Chalkidou, et al BMJ 2017;356:j570

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Excess Medical Care Spending: The Categories, Magnitude, and Opportunity Costs of Wasteful Spending in the United States. Matthew Speer, et al.  2020: American Journal of Public Health 110, 1743_1748,

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How to Parent a Child with ADHD

Children with ADHD can be a lot to handle.  They are constantly distracted and on the move and can get into things if not properly monitored.  Parents can become quickly frustrated with these antics and lose their cool.  Parents can add fuel to the fire by responding improperly to ADHD behavior.  It is important to understand how to respond to children with ADHD as to better control the behavior and help the child cope.

Parenting can be stressful enough, but with ADHD children it can become a difficult route if one does not know how to cope with ADHD symptoms


The article, “2 Things It’s Best Not to Say to Children With ADHD” by Anthony Smith takes a closer look at how to properly manage a child with ADHD.  He warns against fueling ADHD behavior and making it worst by avoiding certain actions and behaviors.  In particular, he lists the comments “Will You Behave” and “Can you stop and just focus” as two phrases to avoid.  He states,

“People who encounter kids with ADHD are frequently guilty of two phrases that ultimately add to their frustration and contribute to a negative self-perception and possibly conduct issues. If you know someone with ADHD, or you encounter such individuals on the job and aren’t sure what to say, avoiding the following two phrases will likely up your game, especially if replaced with the suggested alternatives.”

“2 Things It’s Best Not to Say to Children With ADHD”. Anthony Smith. December 30th, 2022. Psychology Today.

To learn more how to help manage children with ADHD, please read the entire article and click here



Raising a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be a challenge, but with the right knowledge and tools, parents can successfully manage their child’s condition and help them reach their full potential.  ADHD Consultants can help supply guidance and information in meeting these challenges.  Counselors with specialty certifications in ADHD can also work with a child.

As a parent of a child with ADHD, you may experience a range of emotions, including frustration, guilt, and helplessness. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this journey. With the right strategies and support, you can help your child thrive.

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a person’s ability to focus and self-regulate. It’s estimated that up to 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, making it one of the most common mental health disorders in children. While there is no single cause of ADHD, research suggests that genetics, environmental factors, and brain development may all play a role.

Identifying ADHD in Your Child

It’s important to identify ADHD early, as early intervention can be key in managing the disorder. Symptoms of ADHD vary and can range from difficulty paying attention to impulsivity and hyperactivity. Some children may be more hyperactive or impulsive, while others may have difficulty staying focused or organized.

If your child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, they may have ADHD:

  • Difficulty paying attention or staying focused
  • Easily distracted
  • Impulsivity
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor organizational skills

If you think your child may have ADHD, it’s important to speak with your pediatrician. They can provide a thorough medical evaluation and refer you to a mental health professional for further testing and diagnosis.

Understanding ADHD and Learning how to Parent a Child with it

Once your child is diagnosed with ADHD, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the disorder. Understanding the signs, symptoms, and treatments of ADHD can help you better manage your child’s condition and provide them with the resources they need.

The key to successful parenting of a child with ADHD is to create a positive and structured environment. This means setting clear expectations, creating routines and schedules, and providing positive reinforcement when your child meets those expectations. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of your own emotions and reactions, as your attitude and behavior can have a significant impact on your child’s mental health.

Tips for Parenting a Child with ADHD

Here are some tips for parenting a child with ADHD:

  • Establish clear rules and expectations. Set boundaries and be consistent with them.
  • Praise your child when they do something positive. Positive reinforcement can be a powerful tool for motivating good behavior.
  • Break tasks down into smaller, manageable steps. This can help your child stay focused and on task.
  • Set aside time for one-on-one activities that your child enjoys. This can help build your child’s self-esteem and allow them to practice self-regulation.
  • Limit distractions in the home. Turn off the TV and limit screen time.
  • Get organized. Create a designated space for your child’s schoolwork, toys, and other items.
  • Be patient. Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging, but it’s important to remain patient and consistent.

Setting Limits and Creating Structure

Setting limits and creating structure is key to parenting a child with ADHD. Clear expectations and boundaries can help your child stay focused and on task. It’s also important to be consistent with these limits, as consistency can help your child develop a sense of security and predictability.

Create a routine and stick to it. Routines can help your child stay organized and on track. Have your child take part in creating the routine, as this can help them take ownership of their responsibilities. Additionally, provide rewards and consequences for good and bad behavior. Rewards can be used to motivate good behavior, while consequences should be used sparingly and only when necessary.

Developing Routines and Schedules

Having a daily routine and schedule can be helpful for a child with ADHD. Routines provide structure and can help your child stay focused and on task. Additionally, they can help your child develop time management skills, which can be invaluable both in school and in life.

When creating a routine or schedule, involve your child in the process. This can help them take ownership of their responsibilities and give them a sense of control. Additionally, it’s important to be flexible and understand that it may take some time for your child to adjust to the new routine.

Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

Self-esteem and self-confidence can be a challenge for children with ADHD. It’s important to provide your child with positive reinforcement and praise when they do something positive. Additionally, try to focus on your child’s strengths and encourage them to pursue activities that they enjoy. This can help boost their self-esteem and give them a sense of accomplishment.

It’s also important to be aware of your own reactions and emotions. Children with ADHD can often feel overwhelmed by their own emotions and overwhelmed by the expectations of others. If your child is struggling, it’s important to provide them with a safe space to express their feelings and provide them with comfort and reassurance.

Understanding and Responding to Challenging Behaviors

Children with ADHD often exhibit challenging behaviors, such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, and difficulty following instructions. It’s important to be patient and understanding when confronting challenging behaviors. Talk to your child and try to understand the root cause of their behavior. Additionally, it’s important to remain consistent and provide clear expectations and consequences.

It’s also important to provide your child with positive reinforcement for good behavior. Praise them when they do something positive and reward them for meeting expectations. This can help motivate good behavior and boost their self-esteem.

How to Communicate With Your Child About ADHD

Communication is key when it comes to parenting a child with ADHD. It’s important to create an open and honest dialogue with your child about their condition. Explain their diagnosis in age-appropriate terms and help them understand their feelings and behaviors. Additionally, it’s important to be understanding and reassuring when your child is struggling.

It’s also important to provide your child with accurate information about ADHD and its treatments. This can help your child better understand their condition and feel more empowered to manage their symptoms.

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

Parenting a child with ADHD can be stressful and overwhelming. It’s important to take time for yourself and practice self-care. Make time for activities that you enjoy and find ways to reduce stress, such as exercising or meditating. Additionally, it’s important to seek out support from family and friends.

If stress becomes too overwhelming, it’s important to speak with a mental health professional. They can provide you with the support and resources you need to better manage your stress and emotions.

Professional Resources for Parents of Children with ADHD

There are a number of resources available for parents of children with ADHD. Organizations such as CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and the National Resource Center on ADHD provide information and support for parents. Additionally, there are a number of online resources, such as forums and support groups, that can provide you with additional information and resources.  ADHD Consultants can also supply a wealth of knowledge about managing and helping a child cope with ADHD.


Please review AIHCP’s ADHD Consulting Certification for mental healthcare professionals seeking a four year certification


Raising a child with ADHD can be challenging, but with the right knowledge and tools, parents can successfully manage their child’s condition and help them reach their full potential. By understanding ADHD and learning how to parent a child with it, parents can create a positive and structured environment and provide their child with the resources they need to succeed.

If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD, remember that you’re not alone in this journey. Seek out support, be patient, and remember to take care of yourself. With the right strategies and support, you can help your child thrive.

If on the other side, you wish to help others with ADHD, many counseling professionals seek an ADHD Consulting Certification. Please also review AIHCP’s ADHD Consulting Certification and see if it meets your professional and academic goals.  AIHCP offers a four year certification in ADHD Consulting.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals.


Additional Resources

“Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts”. Eloise Porter. September 17th, 2018. Healthline. Access here

“How to Retool Your Parenting Skills When Raising a Child With ADHD”. Melissa Daly.  May 9th, 2022. WebMD. Access here

“Parenting a child, teen with ADHD”. Janice Schreier. September 13th, 2022. Mayo Clinic. Access here

“When Parent and Child Both Have ADHD”. Caroline Miller. April 12th, 2022. Child Mind Institute. Access here

Anger Management and Controlling a Temper

Losing one’s temper can be in the moment due to a bad day but it could also be a habit due to past trauma and issues.  The ability to communicate with one’s subconscious at a more clear level can help an individual cope and deal with unpleasantries throughout the day in a more calm manner.  Rapid Transformational Therapy looks to help individuals talk more with their subconscious and understand why tempers can flare and how to control those tempers better.

Losing one’s temper should never be an option even if in the right. Control of one’s temper is a life skill one can work on with anger management



Anger Management and Rapid Transformational Therapy can help an individuals identify their anger source and also find ways to better cope with the anger by releasing whatever is holding one hostage to anger.  The article, “Lose Your Temper Often? Learn How to Get that Monster in Control” by

“RTT helps you transform your negative beliefs about yourself, such as ‘I can’t cope’, into better ones that serve you, like ‘I can overcome any challenges that I face’. Programming this positive story into your mind will make huge shifts in your reaction — you will start to react more and more from a place of strength and confidence. This shift will, as a consequence, start to positively impact your relationships. RTT can help you gain the control you need to approach the same situation differently. Once you change your mindset, you will change your reality.”

“Lose Your Temper Often? Learn How to Get that Monster in Control”.

To learn more about controlling your temper and to read the full article, please click here


The causes of a temper can be multifaceted and are likely contingent on an individual’s physiological, psychological, and environmental factors. For example, a person may have an increased propensity for outbursts due to a genetic predisposition towards emotional instability or impulsivity. Additionally, psychosocial stressors such as interpersonal conflict or economic insecurity can contribute to the development of a temper.  Cognitively, a temper may result from the individual’s appraisal of a situation as threatening or frustrating and their subsequent decision to engage in aggressive behavior as an adaptive coping strategy in order to restore their sense of control. Emotionally, anger is often caused by perceived injustice or violation of personal values and beliefs.

Anger in itself is not bad but when misused or allowed to take control of a situation then it can become dangerous to everyone involved.  It is hence important to utilize Anger Management techniques.  Controlling one’s temper is key and important to a healthier life style.  Controlling one’s temper is an integral part of self-regulation, as it involves the ability to inhibit impulsivity and channel emotional reactions in a constructive way. It requires individuals to be aware of their visceral reactions, recognize the emotions behind them, and attempt to modulate these affective states in order to maintain composure. This process necessitates a degree of cognitive control, whereby conscious thought can override automatic responses and facilitate more appropriate behavior.

Controlling one’s temper can be achieved through a variety of techniques, such as cognitive reappraisal or emotion regulation strategies. Cognitive reappraisal involves the conscious reframing of situations in order to reduce emotional arousal and diminish the likelihood of an outburst. Additionally, emotion regulation strategies involve techniques such as distraction, relaxation, and mindfulness that help to reorient attention away from anger-provoking stimuli.  Cognitive restructuring involves examining one’s beliefs about the situation that has caused their temper to flare up and assessing whether those beliefs are realistic and helpful. Mindfulness involves becoming aware of one’s emotions and thoughts without attempting to suppress or judge them; instead, an individual is encouraged to observe them from a non-judgmental stance.

Anger Management 

AIHCP offers a four year Anger Management Consulting certification for qualified professionals seeking education and background in the field


In trying to control a temper, Anger Management can help provide insight and skills to manage one’s temper.  While one may have a right no be angry, one never has a right to lose control.  Anger Management can help individuals control a temper and live a better life.

Anger management techniques refer to a suite of approaches for modulating emotion regulation, with the ultimate aim of mitigating maladaptive reactive behaviors. These techniques may include cognitive restructuring, somatic techniques, problem solving strategies and emotional regulation strategies. Cognitive restructuring involves identifying irrational cognitions associated with anger and replacing them with more adaptive thoughts. Somatic techniques involve using physical sensations to reduce emotional arousal such as deep breathing or relaxation exercises.


In conclusion, controlling our temper is an important life skill that we can all benefit from. Through practice, patience and understanding, anyone can learn to manage their anger. Taking the time to reflect on a situation before responding and learning to express emotions in a healthy way can help us develop better relationships with others, as well as ourselves. Moreover, it can make all aspects of life more enjoyable and meaningful, as we free ourselves from negative thoughts and feelings of anger. In addition, Anger management is an important skill for everyone. It takes effort and practice, but the results are well worth it. Improved relationships, better physical health, and increased mental clarity are just a few of the benefits that come from mastering this tool. Additionally, with repeated practice, anger management skills can become automatic responses to difficult situations. This means less time wasted thinking about how to respond and more time spent managing emotions in a healthy way.
Those trained in Anger Management can help individuals utilize various techniques and skills to handle stressful situations and deal with anger in a constructive way.  Please also review AIHCP’s Anger Management Consulting Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Anger Management.
Additional Resources
“Control anger before it controls you”. APA. March 3rd, 2022. APA. Access here
“11 Anger Management Strategies to Help You Calm Down”. Amy Morin.  November 30th, 2022. VeryWellMind. Access here
“How to Control Anger: 25 Tips to Help You Stay Calm”. Kimberly Holland.  January 29th, 2019. Healthline.  Access here
“How to Own Your Short Temper and Stay in Control”. Cindy Lamothe.  January 29th, 2020. Healthline. Access here

How Nursing Management Can Help Lower Serious Safety Events

By James M Katz, BA

The Role of the Chief Nurse in Ensuring Employee and Patient Safety:

As the chief nurse, it is your responsibility to ensure that serious safety events are prevented and reduced in your facility. In order to do this, you must be aware of the potential risks and hazards that exist in your facility. You must also have a system in place to identify these risks and hazards. Once you have identified the risks and hazards, you must implement strategies to mitigate them. Some strategies you may consider include:

-Educating staff on proper safety procedures: What instructions are you providing to your staff in regards to their safety?

-Conducting regular safety audits: How are you testing your staff safety readiness?

-Implementing security measures: Are you giving your staff the proper tools and policies to protect themselves as well as the patients?

-Creating a culture of safety in your facility: Are you cultivating a positive and safe working environment?

By taking these steps, you can help reduce the occurrence of serious safety events in your facility.

This article helps illustrate key points in employee and patient safety and how Nurse Management can implement strategies to proactively prevent common safety issues. Issues like; patient falls, common medication errors, lowering the chance of hospital acquired infections, and having resolutions in place to combat them. This article will not only help you identify potential safety hazards but also perhaps help you come up with policy solutions to prevent them from happening in the first place!

Lanie Ward: The most common patient safety issues that I see through my eyes as a CNO are [these] three: medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, and patient falls. There’s no question that med errors happen with the greatest frequency. Many of them cause no harm to the patient, but some do cause severe harm and even result in patient death. That’s why it’s so important that we carefully evaluate all med errors, even if there was no harm.”

Chief Nurse: How to Reduce Serious Safety Events. By Carol Davis. October 17, 2022
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A sign that says Safety First


The Importance of Communication and Collaboration Among Staff:

It is essential for staff members to be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with one another. Good communication ensures that everyone is on the same page and can work together efficiently to achieve common goals. It also allows for the sharing of ideas and knowledge, which can lead to better decision making and improved outcomes.

Furthermore, collaboration among staff members helps to build team morale and cohesion. When staff members are able to work together towards a common goal, it builds trust and respect for one another. This, in turn, leads to a more positive work environment where employees are more engaged and productive.

Good communication and collaboration are essential for any organization or business that wants to be successful. By fostering a culture of open communication and teamwork, businesses can create an environment where employees can thrive and reach their full potential.

Strategies for Reducing Falls and Other Common Safety Events:

Falls are one of the most common safety events in healthcare. They can lead to serious injury, and even death. However, there are strategies that healthcare managers can use to reduce the incidence of falls.

One strategy is to identify patients who are at risk for falling. This includes patients who are elderly, have a history of falling, or have certain medical conditions that make them more likely to fall. Once at-risk patients have been identified, steps can be taken to make sure they are being closely monitored.

Another strategy is to create a “fall prevention team”. This team should consist of nurses, doctors, and any other staff members who regularly interact with patients. The team should meet on a regular basis to discuss fall prevention strategies and share any new information about at-risk patients.

The Benefits of Using Data to Identify Trends and Target Interventions:

Nursing data is a powerful tool that can be used to identify trends and target healthcare interventions. By analyzing nursing data, healthcare professionals can develop more effective management strategies that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

Nursing data can be used to track changes in patients’ health over time, identify potential risk factors for certain conditions, and evaluate the effectiveness of various treatments. By understanding these trends, healthcare providers can tailor their interventions to more effectively address the needs of their patients.

In addition, nursing data can help assess the impact of external factors on patients’ health. For example, by tracking emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions, nurses can identify patterns that may be indicative of problems with access to care or poor quality of care. By using this information to target specific interventions, nurses can help improve the overall quality of healthcare delivery.

Conclusion: the Chief Nurse’s Role in Improving Patient Safety:

In conclusion, the chief nurse’s role in improving patient safety is essential. The chief nurse is responsible for ensuring that nurses are competent and safe, and for setting the tone for a culture of safety in the organization. The chief nurse can make a difference in patient safety by promoting a culture of safety, by leading by example, and by advocating for patients’ rights.

If you are a chief nurse or part of the nursing management staff and would like to further your knowledge and become a certified Nurse Management professional then perhaps you would like to visit our Nurse Management Certification Program? You can access our program and the required online courses here – Nurse Management CE Courses 

Additional Resources:

Control of hospital acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance in Europe: the way to go. Friedrich, A.W.  Wien Med Wochenschr 169 (Suppl 1), 25–30 (2019).
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Reducing hospital-acquired infections and improving the rational use of antibiotics in a developing country: an effectiveness study. Murni IK, Duke T, Kinney S, et al. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2015;100:454-459.
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Can Rounding Reduce Patient Falls in Acute Care? An Integrative Literature Review Hicks, Darlene. Medsurg Nursing; Pitman Vol. 24, Iss. 1,  (Jan/Feb 2015): 51-55.
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Patient safety culture as perceived by operating room professionals: a mixed-methods study. Aouicha, W., Tlili, M.A., Sahli, J. et al. BMC Health Serv Res 22, 799 (2022).
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Meditation and Yoga: They both have Benefits

Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC
Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse


The benefits of meditation and yoga are vast and varied. They can help to improve mental and physical well-being, increase focus and concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and boost immunity. Additionally, meditation and yoga can help to increase self-awareness, foster a greater sense of self-compassion and acceptance, and promote more positive thinking patterns.

There are many similarities between meditation and yoga, which is why they are often practiced together. Both involve the use of breath control, focus, and mindfulness. In both practices, the goal is to quiet the mind and achieve a state of relaxation. Additionally, both meditation and yoga can be used as tools for self-improvement and personal growth.

In this article, Yoga and meditation: What are the real health benefits? author Kat Bayly presents us with some interesting information on both modalities and outlines the benefits of both practices. She also shows how both practices can be combined and often are to enhance the experiences. This interesting read will enhance your understanding of using both modalities as complimentary practices to one another to gain better health outcomes in your meditation and yoga practices.

“While meditation primarily works on your mind and thought patterns, yoga moves your body and can help improve your fitness. This isn’t to say that yoga doesn’t work with your mind and improve your mental health. Research has found that yoga can have a positive effect on your mental health too and meditation can also benefit you physically.”



Yoga and meditation: what are the real health benefits? Bayly, Kat. LiveScience. October 8, 2022. Access article here


Benefits of Meditation

There are many health benefits associated with meditation. Some of these benefits include reducing stress, improving cardiovascular health, and reducing pain. Meditation has also been shown to improve cognitive function and increase brain activity. Meditation has been shown to provide a number of benefits for the body. These benefits include reducing stress, improving sleep quality, and reducing pain perception. Meditation has also been shown to improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and improving heart rate variability. Additionally, meditation has been shown to boost the immune system and improve cognitive function.

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for the mind in a number of ways. First, it can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. This is because meditation helps to promote a state of relaxation and calmness. In addition, meditation can also help to improve concentration and focus. This is due to the fact that it helps to quiet the mind and allows one to focus on a single thought or object. Finally, meditation has also been shown to help improve sleep quality.

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for spiritual well-being. In a study of over 3,500 adults, researchers found that those who meditated had higher levels of self-actualization and self-transcendence than those who did not meditate. Meditation has also been found to increase feelings of connectedness and positivity, and to decrease anxiety and depression. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, meditation can also help to improve focus, concentration, and memory.

Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of yoga on the body are numerous. From improving flexibility and joint range of motion to reducing stress levels, there is something for everyone. One of the most beneficial aspects of yoga is its ability to improve posture and alleviate pain. By lengthening and stretching the muscles, yoga can help to realign the spine and reduce tension in the shoulders and neck. In addition, the deep breathing associated with yoga helps to oxygenate the blood and promote healing.

The benefits of yoga on the mind are numerous and well-documented. Yoga can help to improve mental clarity and focus, while also reducing stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, yoga has been shown to improve sleep quality and promote a sense of well-being. There is also evidence to suggest that yoga can help to reduce symptoms of depression.

The benefits of yoga on the spiritual are many and varied. For some, yoga provides a way to connect with their higher power or to develop a deeper understanding of their own spirituality. For others, yoga may be a way to reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions. Additionally, yoga can help to improve focus and concentration, and promote a sense of peace and well being. Ultimately, the benefits of yoga on the spiritual are unique to each individual and will depend on their own personal journey. Many have claimed profound spiritual experiences during yoga sessions.

Types of Meditation and Yoga

There are many different types of meditation, but some of the most common include mindfulness meditation, Transcendental Meditation, and Zen meditation. Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation that involves focusing on your breath and being aware of your thoughts and sensations without judgement. Transcendental Meditation is a type of meditation that involves repeating a mantra or sound to help you focus and reach a state of deep relaxation. Zen meditation is a type of meditation that involves sitting in silence and focusing on your breath.

There are many different types of yoga, but some of the most common are Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga yoga. Hatha yoga is a more gentle form of yoga, while Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga are more physically challenging.

In conclusion, both meditation and yoga have benefits and can be practiced by anyone. Meditation can help to clear the mind and focus on the present, while yoga can help to improve flexibility and strength. They are both beneficial in their own ways and can be enjoyed by all.

Meditation Education

Are you a health care professional, or an  ordained or licensed clergy who is interested in teaching meditation to others? If so, please review the Meditation Instructor Education and Certification program offered by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. The program is by distance education in online classroom with faculty mentoring as needed. There is open enrollment and you may begin your program at any time. Our CE courses have board approvals. To begin, you may preview our program by accessing here.

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1. Meditation for CMT is a No Brainer. Lugo, Estela. Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation. September 22, 2020. Access here.

2. 12 science-Based Benefits of Meditation. Thorpe, Matthew, Healthline. October 27, 2020. Access here.

3. A Systemic Review of Yoga Interventions for Helping Health Professionals and Students. Ciezar-Andersen, Sylwia, Complimentary Therapies in Medicine. Vol. 58; May 2021. Access here.

4. Yoga an effective strategy for self-management of stress-related problems and wellbeing during COVID19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study. Sahni, Pooja, PLOS ONE. February 10, 2021. Access here