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Saturday, September 14, 2013
All a Little Wiser . . . But Is It Enough?
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It seems so long ago. Life moves so quickly. From shock and
fear to shaking oneself to confirm one is still alive to other concerns including the increased study of survival and onward
to the establishment of volunteer emergency response teams in every county in the nation. No small feat. And quietly done.
And we are stronger now. And wiser.
years ago with the attack on the Twin Towers we were less wise. It was my painful awareness of my own personal ignorance of
what to do in the event of a mass attack . . . or event that was to become the impetus for me to research and write
Jolt: a rural noir. Truly a labor of love. A hand offered to those concerned about nuclear meltdowns. Not to mention
a hint to the need to close down Indian Point. And in the interim it has not been until this last year
or so that reactors are beginning to be closed.
days ago Vermont Yankee became the first nuclear power plant in the USA to close due to, among other things,
concerns related to its spewing out nuclear waste into the Connnecticut River.
According to TruthDig Vermont Yankee announcement becomes the fifth shutdown declaration since 2013. When it closes in 2014 it will reduce the
number of licensed reactors in the USA from 104 to 99. Also, according toTruthDig, "As many
as seven more proposed U.S. reactors have been canceled since January, turning the much-hyped "nuclear
renaissance" into a rapidly rising rout. Upgrades at five other reactors have also been canceled."
Of interest to us in the Hudson Valley
of New York State is TruthDig's statement and my own review of the local papers, that the double-reactor
complex at Indian Point "remains under intense political fire as water and other permits there and
at the upstate Fitzpatrick reactor are being bitterly contested in Albany."
. . . I apologize for the over reliance on one source and invite you to research the accuracy of the reporting
. . .but due to the warming of the Cape Cod cooling water, TruthDig also stated that the Pilgrim
reactor at Plymouth, south of Boston, recently had to reduce power while a reactor on Lake Michigan has
been linked to cancer.
the above, I'm glad I decided to celebrate our growth in community awareness of how to respond to mass events . . . including
meltdowns . . . even if my key original concern, Indian Point Power Plant remains open.
I can only remain optimistic that it, too, will soon be closing, especially
given it is the oldest and most degraded plant in the USA . . . and so close to NYC. Meantime I believe
that now is the time for NYS to order the building the cement casings it will need to hold the Indian Point
nuclear waste for it is going to take many many years before it becomes degraded enough to be safe. Meantime
. . .
Roberta in Po-Town, Remembering
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (Cornell University TCI)
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An SLP’s Quick
Take on TCI: As a speech language pathologist employed in a mixed residential and day student care center, each
fall I am required to participate in a recertification program designed to prepare caregivers to offer a consistent, well-researched,
dynamic, and caring response to children in crisis—crisis in this instance (my definition) referring to a personal,
usually precipitous time of personal emotional crisis and associated behaviors. This required training is called Therapeutic
Crisis Intervention or TCI. As a result of its application trained staff learn to use their skills to provide the young
person time, space, understanding, and support through crises as they occur. Then following the event, in a Life Space Interview
(LSI) the young person is encouraged to learn and use more effective ways to respond to similar situations should they occur
in the future.
The TCI Effect: Since the institution of the teaching and application of TCI
in residential settings, the need for physical interventions has dropped precipitously. Also, young people are being consistently
coached to learn and use new and improved coping skills.
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention: According
to the literature, The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention System Residential Child Care Project development began
in the 1980’s at the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University.
Most commonly referred to as TCI, it was designed to assist organizations in preventing crises from occurring, de-escalating potential crises, managing
acute physical behavior, reducing potential and actual injury to young people and staff, teaching young people adaptive coping
skills, and developing a learning organization.
Below is a summary drawn from my own study notes of how TCI works.
For the real nitty-gritty, however, I suggest you go to the internet or download here a free copy of Crisis Intervention Handbook TCI Manual.
An Invitation: Please peruse my extremely simplified
outline and if interested, as suggested above, take the time to read more about Therapeutic Crisis Intervention as I believe
that within it there are nuggets of information possibly of value to anyone just going about the business of living and being
Roy’s Quick Notes on TCI
During the Crisis
The key concepts as I found them to be during the crisis as described inTCI are five:
o The Four Questions
1. What am I feeling now?
2. What does the young person feel, need, or want?
3. How is the environment
affecting the young person?
4. How do I best respond?
KEY CONCEPT: Meaning to the young person is communicated mostly by Facial Expression (55%) and Tone of Voice (38%)
with Words (7%) carrying the least meaningful part of the message
1. Use Encouraging and Eliciting Techniques
2. Understanding Responses
3. Active Listening
Support Techniques relate to the
1. Decrease availability of possible causative factors
2. Remove potential targets or weapons from the environment
3. Consider need to ontrol
heat and loudness levels
Expressions of Care
1. Caring gesture – hand to shoulder, smile if appropriate
– move closer or sit down near if appropriate
o Verbal Guidance
3. Directive Statements
Redirection and Distractions
Time Away in which young person agrees to a need for quiet and a place where such quiet would be available
and goes there for a length of time to be determined as the young person begins to calm and can agree he/she is all right
to return (Used only if young person has good self-regulating skills)
Emotional First Aid
= Immediate help and support to reduce emotional intensity
2. Resolve the immediate
3. Keep the young person in the program or activity
Challenges the Caregiver to
1. See the incident from the young
2. Help the child connect his or her feelings and
3. Encourage the young person to be responsible for his/her actions
- Crisis Co-Regulation
To support both the Caregiver and the Young Person through the response of
o What the Caregiver can do:
1. Use four questions (See Self-Awareness above) and positive self-talk (e.g. I can do
this. The day is almost over. We got through this before.)
2. Take a deep breath
– Step back/ use protective stance (arms down, finger tips raised),
the situation Time – Sit down if appropriate
3. Remember the non-verbal
message (facial expression, tone of voice, gestures and
4. SAY: Very little
5. GIVE: Understanding Responses until such time as young
person returns to baseline
Following the Crisis
- The Life Space Interview
Goals of the LSI:
1. Clarify events with/for the young person
2. Repair and restore the relationship with the young person
3. Teach the young person new coping skills
4. Return the young person to normal
5. Reintegrate the young person into the program
LSI Steps – I ESCAPE
the conversation with the young person so no one other may comment in it
E - Explore the young person’s point of view
- Summarize verbally the young person’s story of the event and feelings expressed
C - Connect the young person’s feelings to his/her behaviors
A - Alternative behaviors must be discussed to suggest other, more acceptable ways for
the young person to respond in the future
P - Plan or
develop one or more new behaviors to be used in similar situations in the
future/Practice (role play) that new behavior
Enter the young person back into the routine
Friday, April 5, 2013
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9:19 am edt
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
On the Currency of Probabilities
As I inch through Sunday vaguely affected by the coming of Hurricane
Sandy, water and canned goods, battery charger, battery operated radio, and some emergency cash on hand, I am amused to find
that true to my belief I have only the time to blog here once a month, it is just two days short of thirty since my last entry.
Further, except for some personal sense of a need to write, as usual, I have no up front notion as to what exactly it is I'll
2:31 pm edt
My thought is that blogging serves on some level
as akind ink blot assessment of current brain function and particularly so at this moment it interrupts the flow of things
I should be attending: vacuuming before the electricity goes for four days; washing ones hair before the hot water goes. (Mine's
still wet as I now that it is longer in length, I opt for air drying.)
One thing I feel compelled to mention is that I am cheating. This entry is almost identical to one I that
just a few minutes ago I published at alvapressinc.com/robertamroy as it seems my personal life, my life as a publisher, and
my interest in mass event response and survival, have all come together in it. So, worse yet, I think I shall also post it
on alvapressinc.com/robertamroyonnuclearsurvival. Phew! I feel better.
However my original push had been the news that some scientists in Italy have been convicted of something
akin to criminal negligence for failing to predict the severity of an earthquake there:
"The quake, which hit the town of L'Aquila in 2009, came after the geophysicists
told city officials on a risk-assessment commission that they were unable to make a detailed prediction about whether ongoing
tremors might indicate a coming disaster, so I will report on that. It seems the court considers the scientists inability
to predict to be something akin to criminal negligence, which as many observers have pointed out fundamentally misunderstands
how seismology works. One of the convicted scientists, 74-year-old physicist Claudio Evo, called the decision "medieval."
News of the conviction of the scientists troubles me in particular at
this time as for the past week or so I have working on an article for the ALVA the Indie Times about the impossibility of
accurately predicting the future on the basis of what we have learned from the past. The problems with such efforts emerge
first from the impossibility of knowing all the facts and variables involved in any past event. This then is complicate by
human beings' innate inability to clearly observe events. And no, this is not a reference to our predilection for personal
experience and attitudinally based bias. Rather it is due also to neurologically based biases. It is this that I'll talk about
in this week's ALVA's weekly newsletter which I encourage you to sign up for on the home page of alvapressinc.com. (By the
way, my hair is almost dry; my coffee cup is empty; time for a quick run to the kitchen.)
(Only about a quarter of a cup left. I drink it black and never worry about it being
warm enough. It's cold.)
You probably by now have
become acquainted with Chelsea. She is the young woman who helps me with ALVA PR. Well, she tells me she is probably leaving
the area as the love of her life is soon to accept a position out it. Shucks! I will miss her! And then there is the newsletter
and the question of whether or not its publication can be achieved with her in a new life style and miles away--where she
can not as yet say as her love has received more than one job offer.
Ah, but on the up side. Helmy Kusuma has won the first ALVA Green Tomatoes Writers' Runoff with his enchanting
story the Mementoes of Mai. It needs editing, formatting, and cover design but, hey, that's part of the package for any GTWR
winner and ALVA's editor for this project, Joan Schweighardt, likes the manuscript's potential and we both like Kusuma.
According to Kusuma, his place of birth is Palembang, Indonesia, the
16th century capital of the Kingdom of Srivijaya. Although Kusuma does not believe he is of royal lineage, he does report
spending his childhood "dreaming fantasy lands, exotic planets, and super cool spaceships instead of toiling on the lanHelmy
Kusuma -- Mementoes of Maids and herding cattle like the rest of the family." As a young adult, he spent the next "decade
mastering the art of piloting the Enterprise" and has been "travelling to faraway galaxies ever since." Between
missions, Kusuma says that to avoid encounters with angry aliens and to write, much of the time he skulked inside his private
Mementoes of Mai is Kusuma's first novel.With
it he invites the reader to follow him through some of the beautiful and defining moments in his life--over the rivers and
within the coves of Viet Nam and across the sea to Bali and Jakarta.
Well, I warned you I did not know where this blog was going, however go it has. (A fire engine just went by--too
early for the cause to be the storm--unless it is a car accident resulting from evacuation efforts.)
The wind has been steady since last night, taking with it the leaves from the taller
trees, an encouraging harbinger in relation to the the possibility of a reduction in the number of trees likely to come down
when Hurricane Sandy hits late tonight and threatens or effects the uplifting of tree branches with wind gusts--which again
brings us back to the question of predicting and the question of what we know and do not know about the past.
Just think, had I not looked out the window this morning to check the
large maple behind my house--which last night had worried me as so few of its leaves had fallen, I would not know it had been
stripped by the wind in the night and as my bed is on just the other side of the wall from it, I surely would have been more
concerned than now I will be when I do bed down tonight.
other, I found it reassuring to observe that the populace has become so informed in basic disaster survival that my yesterday
a search of Rite Aid, Stop and Shop, KMart, and Walgreen's turned me up no D Batteries for my radio. Further, without so much
as a mention, my son took down the awning from Gallery Ottaviani, which is his and reported he was picking up gas for his
home's generator and would mow their lawn before the rains flooded or kept it so wet for four days that it could not be mowed.
And my sister, Cindy, just called to say that she and her husband would not be flying back to North Carolina tomorrow night
but instead was heading out by car early for all with the son who had come up for the same wedding in the hopes of beating
the storm and joining the rest of her family in Raleigh. And yes, they do have a GPS and Easy Pass for smoother and safer
May Sandy treat you kindly wherever
you are and if you are among its forced refugees may you find refuge in a town as kind and responsive as was Locklee in my
award winning work of inspirational fiction, Jolt: a rural noir.
Roberta in Po-Town
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Fallen in Neglect
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I feel remiss that I have for so long not blogged here. It
is just that my publishing company, ALVA Press, Inc., at alvapressinc.com has pretty much taken over my life.
Whereas generally my entries here have consistently been to bring information
related to health and survival--almost all of which remains timely- today I have decided to simply blog some of my recent
impressions as to where we are in protecting the environment and to state some of my strong beliefs as to what we should be
doing but are not.
First of all we Americans have
to focus more on preventing single issue beliefs to jauntice our views of the national agenda, now, at election time, and
thereafter and begin to look first and foremost to the future. We have to ask questions related to not only how will this
play out in our own life time but also in the lifetimes of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. Will they have water
to drink? Will there be safe food sources? Will they have the energy they need to cook, travel, and keep cool or warm? Will
they be at peace with their neighbors and the world? Will the gap between the haves and have nots continue to widen or will
it shrink? And how about their health?
So let me
see. Imagine I am a billionaire--which I am not--or working class--which I am. My choices in viewing the future can be self-centered,
family-centered, family and culturally-centered, or a mix of all three. This last approach I think of as pragmatic humanism.
After all, how practical is it to think only of oneself or ones family and not consider them in relation to the larger picture.
So I believe in taking a practical approach while evidencing care for others as a humanist. And here are some of my thought
On smoking: I don't. And
I think those who do should at least put their butts in a container for later inclusion in the trash that goes to the town
transfer station or, as we used to refer to it, the dump.
Yesterday I heard on NPR that one cigarette in a gallon of water is enough to kill any fish in it. Imagine our rivers and
oceans filled with the harmful chemicals from millions of cigarettes and the by products that leach from them: Benzene (petrol
additive),associated with leukaemia; Formaldehyde (embalming fluid), carcinogen; Ammonia (toilet cleaner), often found in
dry cleaning fluids; Acetone (nail polish remover) a solvent; Tar; Nicotine (insecticide/addictive drug), an addictive substance;
Carbon Monoxide (CO) (car exhaust fumes), an odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas; Arsenic (rat poison); Hydrogen Cyanide
(gas chamber poison)
On energy: To wind, geothermal, and solar power as
quickly as we can move. Any movement in that direction will contribute to a healthier environment and over time, a reduction
in the likelihood of war over energy sources in the future. (Perhaps you had not considered that. I know I had not until yesterday
when as I scanned for a radio station I heard reference to this as a possibility.)
Wind, geothermal, and solar power not only offer clean energy sources, they are each pretty endlessly
renewable and exist for use the world over--so no need to fight over having them. Further, their by-products do not pollute
the air as do coal and oil oil, nor leave radioactive waste to cause cancer as does nuclear power.
On economics: Take care of the masses. Where their needs fail be
addressed, we all could become unnecessarily at risk. Witness the Middle East at this time.
On education: Value the minds of everyone. Open, quality education
for all, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Adds to the quality of not only the lives of others but
to that of my own and my family's. Helps with the Big Think, so to speak.
On freedom of speech: The cornerstone of not only democracy but of human dignity
and beauty wherever it is enjoyed. It's power can bring the light of progress, joy, and laughter into life's darkest corners.
On health care: Honor the separation
of church and state and provide quality health care for all regardless of age, sex, or ethnicity. Treat adults as such regardless
of sex, race, or ethnicity. By so doing I will know that not only your family but my family and I are safer wherever we are.
Roberta in Po-Town
Roberta M. Roy incorporated Alva Press www.alvapressinc.com on October 5, 2004. The express purpose of Alva Press, Inc., was to ensure a safe venue for
the publication of her works and those with similar focus. As such, upon the completion of the science
fiction novel Jolt: a rural noir, Alva would immediately publish it. Further Alva Press, Inc., would offer a
venue for Roy to publish her children's books, including Yell'n'Tell. (At this point Yell'n'Tell needs
only design as the watercolor illustrations by Dan Dyen are complete and the text fully edited. But then there is also Wedding
Ready, complete, but in need of an illustrator talented in the art of drawing forest animals. But all that anon.)
Currently, until the soft cover version of Jolt's Library of Congress Number
is in, Jolt waits to go to press. Usually the LCN takes but a few days after which will become available in hard cover
at $24.95 and Trade paper at $14.95 (plus $5.50 mailing).
was some five years in the writing; its research took longer. It's scientific basis for nuclear survival has been
carefully reviewed by oncologists and experts in the effects of ionizing radiation for accuracy of representation. Jolt
is a fast-paced novel that spans two years in the lives of a group of diverse urban, suburban, and rural residents brought
together in an imaginary part of the northern United States. There in Locklee, the small town to which those who are forced
emigrants flee, they become mutually caught up in the necessities associated with post-nuclear survival.
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1) If you walk out uninjured from a nuclear event, you probably will survive.
bywords to survival from
a nuclear event are TDS: Time,
3) Use regular soap and water to decontaminate from fallout.Strip and shower or cleanse as best you can. Use bread.
4) Nuclear fallout contaminates open water and plants.If there is fallout (ashes),use bottled water and canned goods.
5) Babies as well as adults can take Potassium Iodide (KI) to protectthe thyroid against ionizing radiation.
6) There is no plume with a nuclear power plant meltdown.
7) A large event may seem ‘over there’ if you can’t define its impact.Ionizing radiation is invisible.
8) A family needs an escape plan.
9) A community can respond as a team to mass events.
10) After a mass event, a communitymay heal changed but well.
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