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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mental Health Awareness on Talk Sense Radio

In light of the recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the media frenzy surrounding this case, Talk Sense Radio - The Meaning Connection with Mary Cimiluca interviewed me on various topics related to mental health awareness. 
Key points include the lack of conclusive evidence that mental illness disposes a person to violence, but that mental illness, substance abuse and a history of violence raises the risk of violence by a factor of ten - a Violence Triad, so to speak.
Additional topics will include: what is mental illness and how do we recognize it?  What are the warning signs of pending escalation of symptoms?  Can we predict when danger will turn to violence?  How can those who have been diagnosed with mental illness avoid stigma?  What is mental first-aid? and much, much more.
The podcast version is now available for download at:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

#44 Interview with Tani Burton, MSW, Diplomate in Logotherapy

Today's guest on LogoTalk Radio is Rabbi Tani Burton, MSW, Diplomate in Logotherapy

Tani is a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York City where he obtained his master of social work degree as well as his rabbinic ordination.  He has also undergone formal institute training through the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy with Dr. Teria Shantall, who was a student of Viktor Frankl’s.

With over 10 years of experience as a therapist, Tani now maintains a private practice in clinical social work and logotherapy specializing in individual, couples and family therapy.  He practices in Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh and Yad Binyamin, Israel.

In addition to private practice, he has worked in various agency settings, and has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of sexual abuse and community interventions.  He has worked at Jewish Family Services in Clifton/Passaic, doing child-centered play therapy as well as geriatric and immigration case management, and was the therapeutic director of Netsach, a yeshiva program in Jerusalem for at-risk young men.  He is trained in the treatment of sexual offenders and co-facilitating forensic therapy groups at an organization created to deal with the phenomenon of sexual abuse in the religious community.

Tani is an integrative, meaning-oriented therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He brings together complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each person. Tani believes that compassion and understanding are the real tools to help people build on their strengths and attain the personal growth that life has set out for them.

In March 2012, at the historic Billroth House of the Vienna Medical Society, Tani lectured at Congress Vienna 2012: The Future of Logotherapy.  The title of his presentation was "Bringing Conscience into the Process:  A Meaning Analysis of Sexual Abuse and Current Trends in Research and Treatment."

Tani joined LogoTalk Radio for an interview following his presentation.

More about Tani Burton can be found at:

In the news this month, South America is the place to be:

Lima, Perú  Jueves 06 - Domingo 09 de Septiembre 2012

Universidad del Salvador - Bs. As.  27, 28 y 29 de setiembre de 2012

Paraíba, Brasil  8 a 11 de novembro de 2012

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