Reboot Your Relationship

Joe Vim Whitcomb, MBA LMFT

~ CEO and founder of the Relationship Society, Joe Whitcomb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Relationship Coach based in Santa Monica, California. He is the co-author of Reboot Your Relationship and has been coaching couples through relationship struggles for many years. He also conducts weekend retreats to equip couples with tools they need to go home and achieve more fulfilling relationships.

He is currently a doctoral candidate, furthering his studies into couples and relationships...

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Why Do We Need Relationship Experts?

What Joe does is so important. Anything someone can do to improve their relationship should be explored (Side note:  I would be remiss in not mentioning that when there is active domestic violence by one or both partners, or active substance abuse, relationship counseling or coaching is contraindicated. A professional can connect you to resources in your community in which each partner can work on those more pressing problems first before tackling underlying struggles around intimacy.)

Why, should we work on our relationships you ask? Well, although divorce rates for 1st marriages are not what they used to be (upwards of 67% in the 1990’s), but the rates are hovering around 40-50%. The rates are even higher for 2nd and 3rd marriages. That also is a switch. A decade ago, if a person married 3 times, they would at least have a chance of that marriage lasting, but today those marriages have a fail rate of about 75% (http://www.divorcestatistics.org/). I Know, I know, not everyone gets married.  Cohabiting couples tend to report lower rates of relationship satisfaction, increased rates of financial stress and emotional instability**.  Newer research into marital satisfaction appears to be linked more to age of commitment than does whether a couple marries or just chooses to live together.  (If you're curious, couples that paired up later, rather than earlier in life tend to last the longest***).  As a marriage therapist, I see couples in all stages of conflict. For as much as we are all very different individuals, the basic needs for an intimate relationship are similar across demographics. It looks like we live in a world in which the union of marriage is taken lightly, but what I’ve observed is throngs of people who don’t have the emotional equipment to fix what becomes broken.

In the interview Joe discusses:

• The “4 Types of Love” he says everyone needs in order to build a stable relationship.
• What it means to understand your Attachment Style
• How both men and women generally orient themselves around trust in a relationship
• The “Couple Bubble”
• What makes a great relationship
• Why it’s so important for both partners to “do the work” on themselves in order to be more emotionally healthy in the relationship
• He gives us at least 2 strategies for more effective communication (We all need a bit of that at times!)
• How to better understand miscommunications when one person’s intention is good, but the partner responds negatively.

Let Joe Help You

After listening to my interview with Joe, you may be happy to hear that even if you’re not near Los Angeles, you can still get Joe’s services. He provides online relationship coaching AND before you come to one of his full weekend retreats, you can attend his 1-day intensive, “Reboot Your Relationship” workshop. Joe’s next 1-Day Intensive workshop is on Sat. Oct. 24 (call Joe for more information on time and exact location).

You can contact Joe directly at (310) 560-0726 or find him on his Facebook page The Relationship Society.

 

Reference Notes

**Georgina Binstock and Arland Thornton, "Separations, Reconciliations, and Living Apart in Cohabiting and Marital Unions," Journal of Marriage and Family 65, No. 2 (May 2003): 432-443.

***https://contemporaryfamilies.org/cohabitation-divorce-brief-report/

"Reboot Your Relationship: Restoring Love through Communication in a Disconnected World", Joe Vim Whitcomb and Savannah Ellis, 2013.

Contact

Joe Whitcomb / The Relationship Society

twitter: @relationsoc
facebook: TheRelationshipSociety
linkedin: therelationshipsociety

phone: (310) 560-0726

Veterans Network of Care

 

Afshin Khosravi

 ~ the CEO of Trilogy Integrated Resources talks to us about the Veterans Network of Care portal, a resource repository for active duty service members, veterans and their families. NetworkOfCare.org provides a comprehensive directory  of resources spanning many states and counties, not only for Veterans but also for many other members of the general population

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The Network of Care, is Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC’s premier portal, which offers government-sponsored Web sites that provide faster, easier access to comprehensive community services, information, support, advocacy, news and assistance on a local level. Trilogy uses the Internet for social good providing local access to health and human services organization and agencies. Their mission is to make it as easy as possible for individuals and families to find all the relevant information they need online to make the best, most informed decisions regarding care in their lives. Their state-of-the-art applications include a Call Center, eLearning technology, and the most comprehensive and current health data available, thus enabling policymakers and community stakeholders alike to make the best, most cost-effective decisions possible. What began in Sacramento and Alameda counties as an innovative online tool is now networked to millions of people nationwide and has become the top model of its kind in the United States. This week’s Coaching Through Chaos Podcast episode features Trilogy Integrated Resources CEO Afshin Kosravi.

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Trilogy Integrated Resource's Network of Care provides access to nationwide resources for

  •  Veterans & Service Members
  •  Kids 
  •  Mental / Behavioral Health 
  •  Developmental Disabilities 
  •  Domestic Violence 
  •  Public Health 
  •  Prisoner Reentry / Corrections
  •  Seniors & People with Disabilities

Although the Network of Care offers so much to anyone looking for services in their communities, I wanted to speak with Afshin to learn more about their portal for our veterans and their families. The purpose of the veteran site is to help the veterans be able to find services for whatever they may need in terms of information or connecting with the services and resources that might be helpful to them. They work with veteran service officers to They now cover 25-30% of the nation as far as information and connections to services. Afshin tells us that the goal is to create the most comprehensive set of local services which includes the VA and DOD and other known veteran services, but they also go as far as possible to identify the community-based services which can also service the population and hep them connect to employment, mental health services, educational services- everything they can find that can be beneficial to their target client population.

Network of Care is not a provider of direct services, but they are resource repository built from the ground up with local services at the county level, in order to provide the most comprehensive set of local services including but not limited to VA, DOD and other governmental services.

For Service Members, Veterans and their Families, the Veterans portal of the Network of Care provides 7 intrinsic areas of support

  1.  Service Directory
    A comprehensive directory of services gathers information regarding federal, state, local, and grassroots programs dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans, service members and their families. This easy-to-use information hub enables anyone to quickly and easily find programs by category, by type, or by name, view the program details, including services offered and address and phone numbers, email contacts, and maps and driving directions.
  2.  Resource Library
    A vast online library brings together the best resources dedicated to veterans' health and well-being. Peer-reviewed articles, assessment tools, learning programs, and a state-of-the-art Medications database are included. The library is peer-reviewed for accuracy and pre-vetted for relevance.
  3.  Social Networking
    A built-in social networking platform enhances connection, communication, and community for veterans, service members and their families. The Social Network of Care enables visitors to the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families to create a sense of community with their peers and break the sense of isolation many veterans feel. With built-in social networking features including groups, blogs, media, forums and wikis, this is a powerful way for veterans and their families to reach out and connect with their community.
  4. Legislative Tracking Tool
    Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families' Legislate tool is a powerful way for veterans, service members and their families to stay on top of pending legislation on a state and federal level that can affect their lives. A bill tracker lets site visitors follow state bills under consideration during the current session, while a built-in email tool makes it simple for concerned citizens to contact elected representatives regarding matters that impact service members, veterans and their families.
  5. Assistive Devices
    To meet the needs of veterans with disabilities, the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families Web site features a directory of assistive devices designed to help them accomplish the activities of daily living. This comprehensive database includes descriptions of every assistive device made in North America.
  6. Links Directory
    Helpful resources are just a click away, thanks to the collection of links we've gathered on the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. We make it simple for veterans to reach out to support groups, advocates, and nonprofit associations dedicated to assisting veterans and their families.
  7. Personal Health Record / My Folder
    Helpful resources are just a click away, thanks to the collection of links we've gathered on the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. We make it simple for veterans to reach out to support groups, advocates, and nonprofit associations dedicated to assisting veterans and their families.

 

The Veterans Network of Care integrates 6 primary issues which were identified:

  • Local information for crisis intervention
  • All information related to insurances or subsidized programs that are available to them from Community through to National level
  • All housing resources available to them in a community - every single resource that can put a roof over their head
  • All military services ( all resources available at bases – religious , library, support group, hospital, etc)
  • Employment services, including military spouses – their own job board, (job posting repository)
  • All service providers that can also help them prepare for a job. Also bring in every community service provider available to them to help procure a job (career counseling, career development, how to prepare your resume, discrimination assistance, volunteer ops, job assistance, internship programs, job interview training)

 

 

The following article, mentioned in the podcast, highlights the need and immense value provided to Veterans by the Network of Care Portal
Not enough psychiatrists for Veterans
At San Diego VA, mental health patients have more than doubled since 2002 but staffing has lagged behind
San Diego Union Tribune - Jeanette Steele | 5:19 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015

Suicide Prevention is Necessary

 

Julie Goldstein Grumet, Phd

~ Director of Prevention and Practice at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center speaks about the many programs and resources available via SPRC.org
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)
The Veterans Crisis Line is also available 24/7  at     1-800-273-8255 Press 1 (veteranscrisisline.net)

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States – AND it is preventable. September is suicide prevention month.  The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, to host World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, 2015. ‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’ is the theme of the 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). This year’s theme is designed to encourage all of us to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.

Suicide touched my own life in a profound way when my youngest brother, Scott, took his own life on July 1, 2007. I witnessed his struggle for many years. I talk more about this experience and how my family grieved in the accompanying episode of The Coaching Through Chaos Podcast, but for this post, I'm going to stick to facts that I want to share. As most of this information is cut and pasted from relevant sites dedicated to suicide prevention and research, credit is given accordingly.

Why do we Need Suicide Prevention Education & Resources?

General Statistics (as posted by save.org)
• Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
• The suicide rates decreased from 1990-2000 from 12.5 suicides per 100,000 to 10.4 per 100,000. Over the past decade, however, the rate has again increased to 12.1 per 100,000. Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
• There is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes. (CDC)
• Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
• Suicide takes the lives of over 38,000 Americans every year. (CDC)
• Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)
• 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TAPS study)
• An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).
• There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)
• There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC.org)

If you knew someone who was suicidal, or you work in a community where there were no active suicide prevention programs, would you know where to turn? Today’s episode features Julie Goldstein Grumet, Ph.D., who is the Director of Prevention and Practice at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC.org). The SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. They also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.

Who does SPRC.org serve?

The SPRC website can be a reference guide for both Professionals in the community (teachers, care givers, therapists, first responders, etc.) and individuals (teens, parents, survivors of suicide, etc.). There is even state-specific information on programs and community resources. From their website they specifically serve:
• Suicide prevention grantees: Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grantees funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support suicide prevention work in Campus, State, and Tribal communities.
• State suicide prevention coordinators and initiatives: individuals and groups in the state with the lead for statewide suicide prevention.
• College and university staff involved with suicide prevention efforts on campus.
• American Indian/ Alaska Native communities: Individuals working with native populations to support suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
• Health and behavioral health care providers who play a role in identifying and helping individuals at risk for suicide.
• Professionals providing social services in their community and organizations that can help reduce suicide rates among the populations they serve.
• Members of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the public-private partnership dedicated to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Risk Factors for Suicide (as posted by SuicidePreventionLifeline.org)

• Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
• Alcohol and other substance use disorders
• Hopelessness
• Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
• History of trauma or abuse
• Major physical illnesses
• Previous suicide attempt
• Family history of suicide
• Job or financial loss
• Loss of relationship
• Easy access to lethal means
• Local clusters of suicide
• Lack of social support and sense of isolation
• Stigma associated with asking for help
• Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
• Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
• Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline and SPRC feature the following as Warning Signs of Suicide:

The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

• Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
• Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
• Talking about being a burden to others.
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
• Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
• Sleeping too little or too much.
• Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
• Displaying extreme mood swings.

What should everyone know?

- Suicide is preventable. Recent research is beginning to show a correlation between suicide prevention programs and decreases in suicides in those areas.
- Most people that are thinking about suicide absolutely feel hopeless and wish for feeling better, not necessarily to die. The wish to die often is born out of the despair and hopelessness.
- If someone verbalizes a suicidal thought, you should absolutely take it seriously. It’s imperative to share that thought with someone who can intervene and assess futher. You might feel uncomfortable about that, or your friend may ask you not to tell anyone, but jeopardizing your relationship is much wiser than pleasing them in that moment.
- Talking about suicide, or asking someone if they are suicidal will not cause them to become suicidal. There are some people that “just get depressed”. While that may hinder their life and their well-being, they don’t move into a suicidal state. On the other hand, there are other people who may not even present as outwardly depressed but have suicidal thoughts when problems develop in their life. If you are concerned about someone you know, ask them if they have suicidal thoughts. Whatever answer you get will be better than never having asked.

 

 
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Be part of the conversation - show your support on social media!

The people at Suicide Prevention Lifeline ask that when sharing about suicide prevention to use the following tags to support their campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention: #BeThe1To (help someone else)

and for Veterans: #JoinThePowerof1

Resources

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255): You can call this number 24/7 to speak to someone about how you are feeling or to get help for yourself or someone you care about.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center - SPRC.org : The nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. They also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.

SuicidePreventionLifeline.org: Not only can you call them at 1-800-TALK, but you can life chat with someone online, get information specific to helping young adults and veterans as well. They also provide resources on bullying, how to get help in your area and have other information you may need when feeling suicidal.  Their online resources are also provided in Spanish.

Save.org : The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through pubic awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.

Zero Suicide Program - zerosuicide.sprc.org : This is an SPRC program designed and committed to preventing suicide in health and behavioral healthcare systems. The approach of Zero Suicide is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through cracks in a fragmented, and sometimes distracted, health care system. To do this, Zero Suicide requires a system-wide approach to improve outcomes and close gaps in the systems for better preventative care.

The National Strategy for Suicide PreventionA Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention - The public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

 

 

 

Presidential Proclamation – World Suicide Prevention Day, 2015

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
September 09, 2015


Presidential Proclamation -- World Suicide Prevention Day, 2015

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

All people deserve the opportunity to live healthy, rewarding lives. No American should have their potential limited, have their life cut short, or be deprived of their fullest measure of happiness because they do not have the mental health support they need. On World Suicide Prevention Day, we reaffirm our belief that mental health is an essential part of overall health, and together, we renew our commitment to supporting and empowering all Americans to seek the care they need.

Suicide is often related to serious depression, substance use disorders, and other mental health conditions. That is why recognizing severe psychological distress and ensuring access to the care and services needed to diagnose and treat mental illness are crucial to our efforts to prevent suicide. Individuals can also experience emotional and mental health crises in response to a wide range of situations -- from difficulties in personal relationships to the loss of a job to bullying at school. And for some of our Nation's veterans and military service members, these challenges are compounded by the invisible wounds of war. Tragically, these crises can sometimes involve thoughts of suicide -- and we must do more to support those suffering.

All Americans can take part in promoting mental well-being and preventing suicide. Everyone can contribute to a culture where individuals are supported and accepted for who they are -- no matter what they look like, who they love, or what challenges they face -- and where it is okay to ask for help. We can do more to recognize the signs of mental health issues early and encourage those in need to reach out for support. And we must remind our loved ones that seeking treatment is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength. If you or someone you know is in need of help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers immediate assistance for all Americans at 1-800-273-TALK. Veterans, service members, and their loved ones can call this number to reach the Veterans Crisis Line, and they can also send a text message to 838255.

The Affordable Care Act extends mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections to over 60 million Americans, helping men and women across our country access critical care. Protections under the health care law prohibit insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, like a diagnosis of mental illness, and require most insurance plans to cover recommended preventive services without copays, including behavioral assessments for children and depression screenings.

In February, I was proud to sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act to help fill serious gaps in serving veterans with post-traumatic stress and other illnesses. This law builds upon our ongoing efforts to end the tragedy of suicide among our troops and veterans. Last year, I announced 19 Executive actions to make it easier for service members and veterans to access the care they need when they need it, and our Government has focused additional resources on mental health services, including increasing the number of mental health providers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

My Administration is also committed to doing all we can to empower those facing challenges and hardship. We are dedicated to combating bullying, harassment, and discrimination in our schools and communities. We are doing more to guarantee all veterans and members of our Armed Forces -- as well as their families -- get the help they deserve while they are serving our Nation, as they transition to civilian life, and long after they have returned home. And across the Federal Government, we are working to ensure all Americans are supported in times of crisis.

Suicide prevention is the responsibility of all people. One small act -- the decision to reach out to your neighbor, offer support to a friend, or encourage a veteran in need to seek help -- can make a difference. It can help energize a national conversation and a changing attitude across America. If you are hurting, know this: You are not forgotten. You are never alone. Your country is here for you, and help is available. As we pause to raise awareness of the importance of suicide prevention, let us remember all those we have lost and the loved ones they left behind. As one people, we stand with all who struggle with mental illness, and we continue our work to prevent this heartbreak in our communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 10, 2015, as World Suicide Prevention Day. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise awareness of the mental health resources and support services available in their communities and encourage all those in need to seek the care and treatment necessary for a long and healthy life.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

BARACK OBAMA

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www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/09/presidential-proclamation-world-suicide-prevention-day-2015

 

Special CoachingThroughChaos podcast

Next week’s podcast (2015/09/15) features Dr. Julie Goldstein Grumet, Director of Prevention and Practice at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Established in 2002, SPRC.org is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to enhancing the national strategy for suicide prevention.

National Suicide Prevention Month Podcast

 

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Is that a Lab in your Pocket ?

James Crowson & Kibby McMahon

~ creators of PocketLab, introduce us to their app, which allows psychologists and quantifiable-self aficionados to catalog mindfulness. You can use PocketLab App to track your personal state of mind, to conduct complex data gathering on a study population or to monitor and enhance the mindfulness of patients, right from their smart phone ... Would you like to know more ?

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Pocket Lab

Sometimes when people get together, they may not realize the potential of what they are creating. I had a recent opportunity to meet an innovative pair who were working on creating what they believed would be an app only therapists may be interested in, but they recently found out their product may have more reach than they thought. James Crowson and Kibby McMahon are the brains behind PocketLab. Kibby is a Ph.D. student studying psychology at Duke University and her partner James is the lead designer and developer. James has spent time working as a technology consultant in London before moving to Berlin to work at a start-up. He recently graduated with a Master’s Degree from NYU and has focused on building software since then. Prior to her attendance at Duke, Kibby spent time in NY and Berlin participating in cognitive research. Together their skills have been put to good use designing PocketLab, a web tool that lets you design and conduct your own mobile studies and surveys.

What does PocketLab Do?

PocketLab lets you conduct research on your clients (or on yourself – keep reading for explanation). The research is emotion or behavior based. You design the questions you want answered, your clients respond by completing the survey at what ever time or multiple times you set, and the data is collected by the app. It’s that simple.

How does PocketLab Work?

You design your study surveys in the web interface. You write your own questions, pick the types of responses you want to give your participants, select the participant groups, and design the implementation of the survey (daily, multiple times, every other day, etc.). The app collects your data for you.

What about Data Security?

Whenever the topic of apps comes up around therapists the topic of data security and encryption is almost always the top concern. Well, James and Kibby have made this easy for you. They are using industry-standard encryption and data storage protocols. All private data is encrypted with 256-bit encryption and is transmitted using SSL technology. The data is stored in accredited, maximum-security data centers and you, the creator of the study, chooses how you identify your participants to protect their anonymity.

Who would use PocketLab?

As mentioned, PocketLab was originally designed solely as a research tool for therapists but since the app launch, James and Kibby have discovered another population of people who are interested in the app- people who love to track their own life. I know lots of people like this- tracking exercise, productivity, food and sleep. Apparently, others with those interests have collectively come together and are known as the Quantified Self Movement. Let’s look at how both populations could find PocketLab useful:

Use by Therapists

Applications in research or private practice can be pretty creative. Of course, if you’re a practicing cognitive behavioral therapist, you may already be planning how you will survey your clients (“how do you feel when….?” “What do you do after you feel…..?”), but therapists working with highly sensitive people or people with certain personality disorders who may display high levels of emotional instability may get creative in designing surveys to help their client stay more aware of the emotions at different times of the day to notice specific emotional triggers. Yet another therapeutic use may be to help a client implement anxiety-management or self-soothing techniques depending on their answers.

Use by Individual Data-Collectors (or Quantified Selfers)

One may want to check in on their own emotional well-being. Someone may want to remind themselves to practice positive thoughts or collect data on how they feel throughout a day. Since you’re designing the survey you want yourself to answer, you really can be particular in how your word your questions and how you use the data you collect on yourself. For instance, someone may notice that they stay agitated for 90-minutes after they get out of their office at the end of the work day. After 3 weeks of this pattern emerging, they may decide to implement adding yoga or other exercise routine after work to help them with stress management. They would then track the new data collected after implementing the new behavior into their routine.

  • Where can you get it?

PocketLab is available at www.pocketlabapp.com

Special Pricing for the Coaching Through Chaos Audience

Everyone gets a 10-Day Free Trial. James and Kibby have generously given the Coaching Through Chaos audience a special discount of 50% off their first month! Just enter DISCOUNT CODE 'CTC2015' when prompted. After your 10-Day Free Trial, that’s about 5 weeks of use for the price of 2! Pretty Sweet Deal!

What’s in the works at PocketLab?

  • A Pro Version is in the works
  • Logic-based responsive prompts
  • More Types of Questionnaire Items - such as sending photos and videos
  • More Types of Responses - such as voice recordings and location data
  • Android Version (yay!)

When you try out PocketLab, give James and Kibby feedback so that as they develop the Pro version, they can also know what works well and how else you’d like to use PocketLab.