Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Comments by Mark Ragins

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  • Thank you for your comment. Although I’ve worked with many families individually as part of my clinical work, it’s been a persistent deficit of mine that I have had limited recovery advocacy collaboration with families and significant others. I’d be interested in learning about, and especially connecting with, families and significant others who have been heavily advocating for recovery as an alternative to illness-centered medical model approaches. Do you have anyone you’d recommend?
    Mark Ragins

  • When I watched the video of AVATAR, the technology struck me as innovative and exciting, but the therapist and his strategies felt old and worn out. He’s using a basic, rational, cognitive technique of fighting the negative voice with the evidence that the client is worthwhile (and it seems to me that helping mom with the groceries and coming to therapy are pretty limited grounds for sustaining his sense of self worth against a persistent and formidable foe). There’s no sign of gestalt, or play therapy, or “community of selves” in his work. Where’s the creativity a talented guided imagery therapist or an animal spirit guide facilitator or a trauma therapist working on integrating fragmented parts of self might bring to this scene?
    My question is “Who is going to be included in the conversation as tantalizing technologies like AVATAR emerge?” Technology alone can’t create imagination, especially if the people involved are boxed into limited formulations and treatment strategies.