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Month: December 2013

Toxic Families

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From a yoga blogger, this is a wonderful post about how to deal with a toxic family or family member. Especially in this season of holidays and family gatherings, it can be very difficult for those who feel disconnected from or hurt by someone in their family. Take a moment to read this article’s 12 suggestions. If you are struggling through the holidays and dreading to be with your family, know that you deserve to feel loved, cared for, respected and appreciated. Call Rosara Torrisi today at 516-690-6779 or email her at RosaraTorrisiLMSW@gmail.com to ensure that next year’s holiday season is filled with joy and happiness for you.

Harmful Messages

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This ad does a great job of easily displaying the dichotomy of societal views of men and women in the workplace, the double-standards which we all have to contend with, but it misses the important note that the messages men receive are just as harmful. Either way, take a look. If you’re having difficulty balancing your roles in the office, with your family and with your friends, reach out for support and call Rosara Torrisi at 516-690-6770 to schedule an appointment today.

Trans Research Opportunity

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As a PhD student, I am often in contact with other researchers seeking participants for their studies. Lately, it has been wonderful to view the growing number of strengths-based studies for transgendered individuals. Below is information for one of those studies.

LOOKING FOR TRANSGENDER PERSONS
This researcher will explore the experiences of transgender adults as they tell their story about how and when they negotiated their personal path to their true gender including the influence of their family of origin, friends, and professional colleagues.  
My name is Gerard Cavanaugh MS, LPC, LMFT and I am a doctoral candidate in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, in Denton, Texas. I am conducting a research study in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. My study is titled:
“I Want to Be Who I Am”: A Phenomenological Study of How Transgender Persons Viewed the Changes in Their Families as They Negotiated the Path to Their True Gender.
This study involves recruiting (15 minutes), filling out a demographic questionnaire and signing a consent form (up to 15 minutes) and a face-to-face interview lasting up to 60 minutes. You can be at any place along the path to your true gender, or you have completed the journey. You may bring a trusted family member or fictive family member to the interview. The interview will consist of exploring your experiences as you grew up in your family of origin, which family values were influential to you as you negotiated your path to your new gender, and how you describe your disclosure to family, friends, and professional colleagues.
Participants must be age 18 or over. Family or fictive family members (persons not related to family members, yet considered part of the family) must be 18 or older. Participation is voluntary and you may, or your family member may, withdraw at any time. You may ask questions at any time using e-mail, phone, or during our face-to-face time.
If you are interested and willing to participate in this study please contact:
Gerard Cavanaugh 817-992-8034 or at gcavanaugh@twu.edu.
If you know someone who might be interested in participating in this study, please share this information with them.  There is a stipend of $10 for every participant if that person completes the interview. You are free to withdraw from this study at any time.
There is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all E-mail, or Internet transactions.

Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

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Of those who experience and report sexual assault, males are 10% of all victims. Males are some of the most under-representated and under-served populations when it comes to sexual assault, especially because of harmful social norms which shame men in to believing it was their fault and that they should never ever tell anyone. This only prevents men from seeking and receiving the support they need. Something I discuss with all survivors is the need for you to take the reins of power back from your perpetrator, invigorate the life force within you, and start guiding your own life. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, reach out to a healthcare provider and seek support. You CAN regain power. Call Rosara Torrisi at 516-690-6770. You can also visit RAINN for more information.

This is a link to a BuzzFeed article wherein 25 men speak out about their sexual assault through the use of written words and photography. It is powerfully moving.