What do failing schools, police violence and addiction have in common?

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Sometimes I think that in America we would rather blame someone for failing than manage a problem so that they can succeed. Open any newspaper and you will see at least one article on how our schools are failing, a report of an unarmed person who was shot by police and a report on how…

New Psychology – Part 1

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This is intended to be the first in a several part series putting forward a new model of psychology and proposing radical new ways to both understand psychological problems and directly change the underlying structures.This blog is my opinion and should not be taken as imparting medical information or as a statement of fact. I…

Can Foods Cause Behavioral Problems?

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Those of you who have been around a while may remember the Phil Donahue show back in the 1980’s. In this segment Phil interviews Dr. Doris Rapp about the influence of food allergies in children. This segment also shows some children before, during and after being “challenged” with a food allergy. Here I am including…

What if my child has a developmental disability?

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I think half of the diagnosis of developmental disability is useful. The developmental part is right on, while the disability is rubbish. The term disability is just another word for broken. After thirty years of working with children and adults with these labels, I can only say that they are not disabled. On the other…

If he isn’t broken then what is wrong with my child?

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When I say that your child isn’t broken, what I mean is that the problem does not lie in his personality. Instead, there are three things that may be causing your child to behave poorly. The chances are that there are functional problems in all three areas for all of us but how these things…

The Death of Psychotherapy

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Hello, my name is Tom Altaffer. I was trained as a clinical social worker about 30 years ago and have been forced to witness the death of psychotherapy, and with it the field of psychology. It wasn’t just one thing that killed psychology, it was a painful death of a thousand cuts that bled the…