What We’re Reading – September 2020

In just the first six months of 2020, so many tenets of American society have been thrown into question. Now, in the next six months and beyond, we’re all trying to figure out how we navigate a new world. How do we do therapy now? Get jobs we actually like? Find love? Stand up to police brutality? How can we make the world more fair, and be more caring to our communities?

This is what we’re reading —


My Pandemic Epiphany: How I Fell in Love with Online Therapy

August 7, 2020
The Guardian

Pandemic Epiphany in SimplePractice What We're ReadingThough a global pandemic has caused a lot of people to experience a whole new level of anxiety, there are still some who are wary of going to therapy—particularly online therapy. André Wheeler didn’t expect to enjoy his experience with virtual therapy, but after a few sessions and a plan, he was pleasantly surprised. 

8 mins


Contemplating My Professional Development During the End of the World

August 17, 2020
Medium

Professional Development in SimplePractice What We're ReadingSociety encourages young people to hustle. It almost doesn’t matter what job you have—almost everyone has a side hustle, or is thinking about having one. When everyone went into lockdown, people suddenly had a moment to breathe, and decide if the job (or jobs) they have is really what they want. 

7 mins


America’s Terrible Internet is Making Quarantine Worse

August 17, 2020
The Atlantic

Terrible Internet in SimplePractice What We're ReadingMost people take internet connection for granted, particularly in developed areas, but the reality is that as many as 19 million Americans don’t have broadband access where they live. As students across the country start the school year remotely, this huge divide in access is becoming more and more obvious—and more of a problem. 

12 mins


I’m The Only Doctor in My ER That Stands Up to Cops

August 13, 2020
The Cut

Doctor Stands up in SimplePractice What We're ReadingER physician Michele Harper writes about her experience as the only person of color working in her ER, and the only person at all to stand up to the police officer harassing a patient. She remembers the encounter—a woman, injured and alone, and a cop there to supposedly take a report—and thinks of the countless other Black women and people of color who didn’t have someone to stand up for them when they needed it most. 

18 mins


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

April 2014
Nonfiction book by Greg McKeown

Essentialism in SimplePractice What We're ReadingIn a world where it seems like everyone is trying to do everything, all the time, finding the discipline to slow down can be challenging. Author and speaker Greg McKeown draws on his own experience and the experience of other leaders to break down how much work it actually takes to do less. 

274 pages


What a Doctor Learns From Watching You on Video Chat

August 6, 2020
The Atlantic

Doctors on Video in SimplePractice What We're ReadingDoctors using telehealth are starting to notice that patients are often more comfortable in their own homes—resulting in more accurate test results or environmental clues for a tricky diagnosis. But on the other hand, economic disparities, tough family situations, and certain physical limitations are still making the argument for traditional, in-person care. 

11 mins


In Kotzebue, Alaska, Hunters Are Bringing Traditional Foods—and a Sense of Comfort—to Their Local Elders

July 17, 2018
Pacific Standard

Alaskan Hunters in SimplePractice What We're ReadingThe Hunter Support group, a non-profit operating in a small town in Alaska, is using a person-centered approach to care to bring traditional foods to their elders living in long-term care facilities. Person-centered care reduces agitation, symptoms of depression, and improves overall quality of a patient’s life. For the Alaskan elders, traditional foods are an important source of fat to keep them healthy and mobile, and the familiar tastes and cultural lessons bring them comfort as well. 

10 mins


Why Are Sitcom Dads Still So Inept? 

June 15, 2020
The Conversation 

Sitcom Dads in SimplePractice What We're Reading

The role of fatherhood is changing in America, with dads becoming more involved and more likely to be primary caretakers. Television dads in the 1950s and 60s were written to be serious and calm, but in later decades, they became more foolish and incompetent. What changed?

8 mins


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