Our Healthcare System: Follow the Money

The following was originally posted to Psychology Today, In the Face of Adversity, by Dr. Ron Breazeale, Ph.D. with his permission, we will share a series of posts on the Chronic Pain and related issues as a prologue to introducing what Maine has to offer for treatment options.

Part One of Two: The 20th century’s lost leader.

So why is there is so little care in healthcare? Many would say follow the money. Healthcare has become the focus of corporations and insurance carriers bent on making a profit. Health insurance for most of the 20th century was a lost leader. Continue reading “Our Healthcare System: Follow the Money”

That Moment When Understanding Occurs but Remains Unconfirmed

Why Understanding of Police, Public Safety, and Emergency Response is Mixed

First responder sits on porch steps, head down, deep in thought.

As all past and current law enforcement and emergency personnel can attest, we have been the last face many a dying person saw before embarking on the journey that follows human life. Death by natural cause, fulfilled by someone else, or an accident, it mattered not, for in the final moments, the police officer had profound awareness that change took place and an unexplained transition occurred. We can believe in a supreme being, who many call God; or with those who maintain this is our relationship to life experience, a stage of process, a moment in infinity. The belief, or not, is a personal matter; for what follows will bring understanding as we individually reach that stage.

I have reflected for years on the elderly woman severely injured in a traffic accident, west of Gorham, Maine, who suffered a traumatic head and facial injury. I knelt on the road with her, having placed a large dressing to the side of her face, holding onto her shaking body, and talking softly to her? Her final breath followed by a stillness; a Trooper and now deceased body, awaiting the arrival of additional emergency services. I felt a presence, was it real or imagination? Was I seeking explanation, a belief, to make sense of what I just experienced? To this moment I believe it was real, an edge of understanding as she was welcomed home from the lessons of this life. It was also personal to me, for there is no certainty or proof; just her eyes that seemed to understand, asking me to do the same, in the silence of it all. Continue reading “That Moment When Understanding Occurs but Remains Unconfirmed”

The Meaning of the Drums

Semi-circular formation of Barundian drummers from above.

On November 23, 2019, our partner and friend, Alphonse Ndayikengurukiye (n-D-ah-ih-kehn-goo-roo-KEE-yea), left for NYC in the company of the Batimbo Foundation Family team of drummers who have been invited to perform for America’s Got Talent (AGT). Alphonse will document the journey and its motivations in the form of a video or the Batimbo Foundation Family.

This is but a small piece of a much larger project that Alphonse and Building Resilience will initiate. Alphonse will call on drummers from many countries and cultures to come together and explore the messages loaded by and through drumming. The act of drumming spreads the spirit within the drum to the sensation of those around. In Burundi, Alphonse’s homeland, a master drummer faces a team of drummers, in semi-circle formation, with the sole objective of following the master. In doing so a powerful spirit of unity and solidarity is shared. Continue reading “The Meaning of the Drums”

Sustainable Community Collaboration Building (SCCB)

Stucture balanced on glass marblesStanding on a Landmine, Caught in Indecision and Apathy. Why Sustainable Community Collaboration Building is Critical

by Richard C. Lumb and Gary J. Metz

“Sustainable community collaboration building (SCCB) is an applied program to assist public and private organizations, responders to the same client, to determine sustainable solutions that result in the elimination of future service requests. For far too many people demand these services, the problem, not resolved, reoccurs continuing the demand for service that is inadequate.

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Building Resilience: A Peer Coaching Manual

Book cover closeup.

By Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D.  and  Ronald L. Breazeale, Ph.D.

Building Resilience: A Peer Coaching Manual, Assisting Others to Aquire and Sustain Positive Change is now available for purchase at $34.95.

“This manual is premised on the assumption that there is no single most effective model of helping people when conditions, situations, or events occur to upset the balance in life. We know the impact of stress, adversity, and trauma is often left to work itself out. But at what cost? Usually, an event occurs that disrupts normal life and forces the individual to refocus differently in resolving the problem. Finding a path around the obstacles encountered is often too daunting to consider. We need not got it alone when faced with a negative experience, especially when associates are trained to assist us. We can move forward to a return to balance more quickly when we are supported.”

To help you understand the principles and objectives of our training and how it helps to build stronger, more resilient communities and organizations, we have composed an article below.  Follow the link below to read the PDF version.

Foundations of Resilience Training: Moving to Personal Balance by Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D., Ronald L. Breazeale, Ph.D., and Charlene Fernald Moynihan, B.A.-pdf

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Charlene Fernald Moynihan