Tuesday, 11 March 2008

The Invitation by Leanne Johnston

The Invitation

The boat crashes against the water,
Which looks like jelly.
Translucent, thick, taut,
Reminds me of a glass of water overfilled,
Held in place,
By some invisible skin.

When the boat soars and crashes,
Soars and crashes,
The foam it creates,
Makes fizzing sounds.
F'shoo, f'shoo, f'shoo.

I look into the dark, thick water.
The bubbles invite me in,
Suggest the water will
Envelope me like a bubblebath;
Sooth my soul.

I remove my shoes,
Place them on the window ledge,
Climb into he window,
And dive into the water.
I am alone in that nothingness.
As I watch the ferry sail away,
I am free.

--Leanne Johnston

A Game of Pool? by Jude Swanson

A Game of Pool?

Is pool a game of chess, with balls and cues?
Consistent practice is how to pay your dues.
A confident swagger best describes your walk,
to the cue-tip you must then apply some chalk.
Your opponent may tell you some polished fable,
the old story about just deciding to run the table.
The quickest way to end such mindless chatter?
On the break, make all of the balls just scatter.
The smirk will quickly be replaced by a frown,
when one stripe and one solid, both go down.
Do you shoot for the hight ball or the low?
Look the balls over and you will surely know.
The Pool Police say that the number one crime,
is not having the patience to play your prime.
Will it be in the corner or in the side?
One of many rough roads you will now ride.
The superheroes of pool do not need a cape,
for they leave their shots with plenty of shape.
'English' is much more than the words you say,
it also describes what type of spin you will play.
Shots are stroked with plenty of draw or follow,
careless scratches are always tough to swallow.
Will you decide to strike the ball firm or light?
Your intuition will always know which is right.
A strategic game made of scratches and hooks,
tough shots which require many second looks.
There are 'easy' shots needing just a soft kiss,
strike the ball wrong and you will surely miss.
You have the option of cutting the ball thin or thick,
a billiards magician performs yet another trick.
You may be required to make use of the rails,
your confidence then must be tough as nails.
There is one thing that is often said of scratches,
why do they seem to occur in large batches?
Just two balls left, the game is now on the line.
Considering the pressure, you are doing just fine.
Into your chosen pocket the eight-ball will flop,
and upon the table the white ball must then stop.
The stripes or the solids was your original choice,
with the black ball now down, you may rejoice.
--Matt (Jude) Swann

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April 30, 2008: Clinical Psychology...

Clinical psychology is a broad and diverse field that involves the use of psychological science to understand, prevent, and treat psychological problems and to enhance well-being and quality of life. Clinical psychology researchers study the causes, treatments, and prevention of psychological and emotional difficulties and disorders. Individuals who study and practice clinical psychology also use science from a variety of areas of psychology (e.g., social, cognitive, forensic, biological) toward the ultimate aim of understanding and helping people improve their lives.


Dr. Jack Martin<http://www.psychinthecity.ca/images/chapman.jpg>

Borderline Personality Disorder: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
Dr. Alex Chapman

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most misunderstood psychiatric disorders, but also one of the most serious. Approximately 75% of people with BPD have attempted suicide, and 8-10% of individuals with BPD die by suicide. Persons with BPD suffer from instability in their emotions, relationships, identity, and behaviors. Moreover, they often are in the dark about the problems they struggle with and experience stigma from society and even from treatment providers. One of the goals of this talk will be to present accurate, up to date information about the latest research on BPD, the possible causes of BPD, and the treatments that can help people who suffer from BPD. Dr. Chapman will challenge some common myths about BPD and show that BPD is an understandable and treatable psychiatric disorder.

Dr. Alexander Chapman is an assistant professor in psychology at Simon Fraser University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Idaho State University, after completing his clinical internship at Duke University Medical Centre. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington in Seattle before he came to SFU. For his research on borderline personality disorder (BPD), Dr. Chapman recently won the Young Investigator's Award from the National Education Alliance for BPD, and he published a book on BPD (The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide <http://www.amazon.ca/Borderline-Personality-Disorder-Survival-Guide/dp/1572245077> ) in the Fall of 2007. His research focuses on BPD, dialectical behavior therapy, emotion regulation, self-harm, and impulsivity. In addition, Dr. Chapman founded the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Centre of Vancouver.

Web site: http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/faculty/chapman <http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/faculty/chapman>

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Enhancing Relationships
Dr. Rebecca Cobb

Most people begin their marriage by promising to love each other and to be together for the rest of their lives. However, many of these marriages end in divorce, and not all couples who remain married are happy in their relationship. Studies of hundreds of marriages and how they change over time highlight some important differences between marriages that last happily and those that don't. Based on this research, programs to help newlywed couples improve their communication and to prevent the onset of relationship distress have been developed. I will present information about the content and effectiveness of one of these marriage education programs.

Dr. Rebecca Cobb is a Vancouver native and received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University. She completed her MA, PhD, and postdoctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Cobb's research focuses on the development of marriage, the transition to parenthood, and intervention to prevent relationship distress. After 8 years living in Southern California, Dr. Cobb returned to Vancouver as an assistant professor at SFU. Dr. Cobb recently began a new two year study with 200 Vancouver couples focusing on how they meet the challenges of newlywed marriage.

Web site: http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/faculty/cobb <http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/faculty/cobb>

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The Mature Mind: Understanding and Improving Memory in Older Age.
Dr. Wendy Thornton

Many adults notice changes in their abilities to learn and remember information as they get older. For some, these memory changes may be barely noticeable, whereas for others, they can be distressing enough to interfere with quality of life. Still others are faced with age-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease, that rob them of their memories and ultimately their lives. In this talk, Dr. Thornton will discuss the difference between "typical" age-related changes and those associated with age-related disease. She will also present findings from research investigating to what extent changes in memory and other abilities may be affected by common age-related illnesses, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. She will also discuss some established techniques for improving memory.

Dr. Wendy Thornton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her research examines age differences in cognitive performance using both traditional neuropsychological measures and measures of "everyday" cognition and functioning. She is interested in how age differences in memory and other cognitive abilities are explained by individual differences in factors such as lifestyle and health.

Web site: <http://www.sfu.ca/csedl> http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/thorntonw <http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/thorntonw>