Lukenotes 2009-2010


Vol. 4: Anything But Group Therapy!
Group therapy may be recommended to address interpersonal or personality issues, shame, deeply buried feelings, or abuse and/or neglect in childhood. It fosters authentic communication, better relationships and self-discovery.

Vol. 3: Neuroplasticity: The Brain’s Ability to Change Itself
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to reorganize itself, forming new connections and pathways in response to neurological damage, learning new skills, or creating new memories.

Vol. 2: Benefits and Challenges of Twelve-Step Work
Twelve-step group work provides rewards and benefits for priests and religious. How an individual learns to ask for and accept help can be a good predictor for success.

Vol. 1: Understanding Effective Change
When we are unable to make the sustained effort required to change our behavior, we become discouraged and give up, often telling ourselves that we have failed and are unable to change. Learning how to achieve small goals creates a sense of accomplishment and confidence that motivates one to continue.


Vol. 4: Collaboration: Co-Laboring in Challenging Times
Fostering certain attitudes help build collaborative relating. Individuals must know how to balance presenting one’s views (advocacy) and how to search out the perspectives and knowledge of others (inquiry).

Vol. 3: Change: It Is About Doing and Not Doing
The advent of positive psychology has established the benefit of human goods: relatedness, knowledge, healthy living, creativity, excellence in work and play, inner peace, excellence in self-agency, spirituality and happiness. Developing positive, healthy approaches for achieving these goals in doable steps is discussed.

Vol. 2: Antisocial Personality Disorder or Traits
An overview of the difference between traits that may be attributed to anti-social behavior and full-fledged anti-social personality disorder, including the underlying possible causes that may contribute to onset.

Vol. 1: Perfectionists: Ship-Shape but Miserable
An overview of perfectionism, including predominant types, and its correlation with other mental disorders. The article also discusses how this may be manifested in the lives of clergy and religious, and cognitive therapy techniques to help lessen perfectionist tendencies.