Elliott Ingersoll, Ph.D.r.ingersoll@csuohio.eduwww.elliottingersoll.net
Imagine a commercial….
Imagine a commercial…
Imagine a commercial…Counseling: It really works!
Counseling Skills or Pills?
Disclaimer & Challenge No affiliation with Scientology. I love a debate Blog at www.elliottingersoll.net
Violence in American Culture•mental health•Violence and dialogue•387 school shootingssince 1992•“Shooters” & MentalHealth•...
Word Magic Using words to give an illusion of certainty where infact there is no certainty.Certainty•credentials and back...
WORD MAGIC“Mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance inyour brain.”•Research support?•Balanced or unbalanced?•“Beli...
Money, Research & Power•Company studies•Investigations•Designing results•“Consultation”•Consumer ban
WORD MAGIC“Psychotropic medication corrects a chemical imbalancein your brain.”•Can intervene chemically•Misconceptions se...
www.criticalthinkrx.org Mental Disorders and children Bipolar I Disorder Early onsetDSM-5
Mental Disorders “Mental disorders are not like disorders in otherbranches of medicine.” We do have effective treatments...
Mental Health 101: What is “talk therapy?” Many names; dozens of approaches Relationship is a key therapeutic factor
Mental Health 101: Who does it? Psychiatrists (MDs who specialize in psychiatry) Student loan problem Non-Medical Menta...
What is Mental Health Anyway? ACADEMIC ANSWER: The ability and the willingnessto make our thoughts and feelings objects o...
What is Mental Health Anyway? NON-ACADEMIC ANSWER: The ability andwillingness to monitor the crazy stories we tellourselv...
What is Mental Health Anyway? Everyone who has perpetrated a school shooting orcommitted suicide with a gun was telling t...
Services across the lifespan School Counselors Student Support Act Mental Health in Schools Act Clinical services in t...
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Elliott Ingersoll is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio. He is professor of counseling/counseling psychology and “Distinguished Faculty Member” at Cleveland State University. His research interests span a broad spectrum including psychopathology, mental health diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and spirituality in counseling and psychotherapy. He has authored or co-authored six books and dozens of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on mental health related topics.

Elliott has been inspired and influenced by the Free Thought movement of the late 19th century and particularly by Robert Green Ingersoll, a leading freethinker of that time. He believes the most important skill for a human being is critical thinking seasoned with compassion. Elliott also is a singer/songwriter and creator of “FreeThought Folk Music” which he performs throughout Northeast Ohio. His CD “American Infidel” was released early this year.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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  • 387 school shootings since 1992“Shooters” & Mental Health“Shooters” and medsCorrelation and causation
  • Research support?Balanced or unbalanced?Thyroid vs. Neurotransmitters“Belief” requires faith Imagine a commercial…
  • Investigative reportsDesigning for results“Consultation”Advertising to consumers
  • Mental Health in the Age of Violence - From Pushing Pills to Counseling Skills: Dr. Elliott Ingersoll at TEDxCLE

    1. 1. Elliott Ingersoll, Ph.D.r.ingersoll@csuohio.eduwww.elliottingersoll.net
    2. 2. Imagine a commercial….
    3. 3. Imagine a commercial…
    4. 4. Imagine a commercial…Counseling: It really works!
    5. 5. Counseling Skills or Pills?
    6. 6. Disclaimer & Challenge No affiliation with Scientology. I love a debate Blog at www.elliottingersoll.net
    7. 7. Violence in American Culture•mental health•Violence and dialogue•387 school shootingssince 1992•“Shooters” & MentalHealth•“Shooters” and meds•Correlation andcausation…Vio nce
    8. 8. Word Magic Using words to give an illusion of certainty where infact there is no certainty.Certainty•credentials and background•GOAL: dispel word magic
    9. 9. WORD MAGIC“Mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance inyour brain.”•Research support?•Balanced or unbalanced?•“Belief” requires faith•Imagine a commercial…
    10. 10. Money, Research & Power•Company studies•Investigations•Designing results•“Consultation”•Consumer ban
    11. 11. WORD MAGIC“Psychotropic medication corrects a chemical imbalancein your brain.”•Can intervene chemically•Misconceptions sell meds•Kids, foster care…CRx
    12. 12. www.criticalthinkrx.org Mental Disorders and children Bipolar I Disorder Early onsetDSM-5
    13. 13. Mental Disorders “Mental disorders are not like disorders in otherbranches of medicine.” We do have effective treatments that take time.•Ambiguity frustrating•Cling to “quick fix”…
    14. 14. Mental Health 101: What is “talk therapy?” Many names; dozens of approaches Relationship is a key therapeutic factor
    15. 15. Mental Health 101: Who does it? Psychiatrists (MDs who specialize in psychiatry) Student loan problem Non-Medical Mental Health Professionals Clinical Counselors School Counselors Psychologists Social Workers School Social Workers Addictions Counselors Marriage & Family TherapistsIs professional identity important?
    16. 16. What is Mental Health Anyway? ACADEMIC ANSWER: The ability and the willingnessto make our thoughts and feelings objects ofawareness and understand how they relate to our lives.
    17. 17. What is Mental Health Anyway? NON-ACADEMIC ANSWER: The ability andwillingness to monitor the crazy stories we tellourselves in the privacy of our minds and not act onthem.
    18. 18. What is Mental Health Anyway? Everyone who has perpetrated a school shooting orcommitted suicide with a gun was telling themselves acrazy, destructive story. How to identify them before they act on the story?
    19. 19. Services across the lifespan School Counselors Student Support Act Mental Health in Schools Act Clinical services in the community Cultivating “real” community (relationship again) Taking responsibility for mental health

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