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Family Systems Therapy Notes – March 2018

Many families that are struggling will identify one person as “the issue.” Having one person to care for (or rage against) soothes the family by allowing them to create a place where they can locate their pain. When the family locates their problem in this “identified patient,” the sense of helplessness is eased as the…

Infographic – Interpersonal Styles associated with Personality Disorders

This doodle depicts a visual way of conceptualizing the difference between personality disorders, and how those disorders tend to line up with interpersonal styles that I’ve found really helpful. Graphic adapted from Dr Jeffrey J Magnavita’s Evidence-based treatment of personality dysfunction: Principles, methods, and processes.   It was interesting to engage the feedback on this post when…

Easy Method for Adding Outlined Letters

You don’t have to have an uncanny ability to create outline letters in order to create bold outlined texts in your sketchnotes and bullet journal.  This post (part of a series of posts on ways to create dramatic subject-specific content during a live lecture or presentation), shares my favorite method for creating bold, tidy outlined…

vintage hand lettering instructions

Vintage Hand Letting Tutorial

I found this vintage speedball hand lettering instructional tutorial tucked into a weathered cardboard fountain pen case in a flea market in Missouri. I’m a sucker for vintage things, hand lettering, and pens, so I knew I had to buy it- as much for the tattered old piece of paper as for the actual pens…

Visual Doodles of CBT and Psychodynamic Treatment Models

It can be hard to hammer down what actually IS mental health or mental illness, and how treatments work. Paradoxically, this sometimes feels even more confusing in the middle of graduate school as information from many different theoretical orientations flows out with the volume and velocity of a broken fire hydrant. Yesterday as we had…

Notes from Development Psychology

The amount of art in my notes is in direct proportion to how bored/tired/distracted I am in class. #itsontopicatleast my favorite part of these notes is the sentence I just dropped mid-word #sotired………#psychology #psychblr #psychotherapy #studynotes #handwriting #studyspo #handwritten #psych #illustration #recovery #recoveryisworthit #mentalillness #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalillnessawareness #keepfighting #staystrong #alwayskeepfighting #fixyourwings #psychblr #gradpsych #psychotherapy # #counseling…

Visual Key for Family Genograms

Genograms are like family trees, but have their own visual language so the complexity of relationships and intergenerationally transmitted issues can be concisely represented. This feels 100% up my alley so I’m really looking forward to the class I have on it this term.

Relational Therapy Class Notes

Advice my Relational Therapy professor repeats almost every class: learn to hear your inner voice as you listen to another person. Don’t cling to what textbooks say is a "correct" intervention, and don’t allow your natural defenses to control the interaction, both will destroy the possibility of an authentic encounter.

Health at Every Size (HAES) Training Sketchnotes

Your body, your community, and the kids in your shpere of influence need you to think critically about cultural messages about weight, who is allowed to eat what without judgment, and what being healthy actually means. Notes from a #healthateverysize training in Seattle. Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift by Linda Bacon…

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Sketchnotes in Grad School

During my second year of study to earn a Masters in Counseling Psychology I had to take a class called Psychopathology. At most schools, this is the class where you memorize DSM-V, how to diagnose different mental illnesses, and form treatment plans. We did all these things, however my professor was particularly interested in the…

Molotow Grafx Masking Fluid Pen – Tips and Tricks

  On the second-to-last day of my trip to Rome this summer, I was tired, lost, and wandered upon an art supply store on a narrow street near Piazza Navona. While there I discovered a product I’d not seen in the US before- masking liquid in a pen- and eagerly bought it for about 7€.…

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