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Articles by Kyler T. Shumway, MA QMHP


Kyler T. Shumway, MA QMHP

Kyler T. Shumway, MA QMHP, is a doctoral student in George Fox University's department of clinical psychology. Kyler graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a focus in psychology and human development. His clinical work has included suicide risk assessment, integrated assessment, consultation, and therapy in school and medical settings. To contact Kyler, visit his website at KylerShumway.com, and check out his new site for public writing tips, WritingForTherapists.org.

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Political Therapy: When Your Client Talks Politics

Can’t you just feel the tension of this year’s political climate?

Look at you, reading a blog post about politics on a psychology website.

And who can blame you? Only about 24 million people may have tuned in to the live presidential debate between Clinton and Trump [1], but everyone is talking about it. With the presidential election coming up, you can bet your clipboard that your clients are going to bring this into session.

Most clinicians can agree that political conversations have little place in the therapy room. Angsting about presidential prospects and governmental goings-on appears to have limited healing power for our clients. Regardless, our clients continue to ask us where we stand on gun control, whether we are pro-life or pro-choice, and for whom we plan to vote.

So, what do we do when our clients want to talk politics?

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Working with Suicidal Clients: 6 Things You Should Know

One of the scariest things therapists work with is suicidality.  

Suddenly, therapy feels like, and sometimes is, a life-or-death situation, one where clinicians hold a great deal of responsibility.  To make matters worse, suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. [1], and many believe the prevalence rates are a gross underestimate [2].

The numbers highlight the inevitability of encountering suicidality in our line of work.  Early-career psychologists and practicum students may feel overwhelmed by the intensity and risk of working with suicidal clients.  

Trust me, I know how that feels.  

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Your Guide to Organizing Life as a Grad Student in Behavioral Health

Hurry Up and Read This!

Many of us look back on our week and feel astonished that we made it out in one piece.  Client work, case management, consultation, assessment, report writing, faculty meetings, student group meetings.  Oh, and also class.  And life, I suppose.  

As grad students, we are in a bit of a bind.  Although we need to practice good self-care and make time for rest, we recognize the importance of this period of development.  We have infinite opportunities to learn more, do more, and truly maximize our training.  

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6 Ways to Develop a Better Reputation in Grad School

You work hard. It’s Friday, and here you sit in your last class of the day running at about 10% capacity. You begin to nod off as your professor blesses the class by turning off the lights to show a video clip. As you slide slowly off your seat and are rudely greeted by the cold floor, you realize that you might not be showing your best self. Granted, humans have bad days. Although we can’t always prevent off-days from happening, we can work to improve the message we send.

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Improve Your Sleep Hygiene by Following These 6 Simple Rules

Graduate students and early-career professionals know how challenging, nay, grueling our work can be without a good night’s sleep. With all the demands of practice, coursework, family matters, research, and so forth, how can we hope to squeeze in a solid 8 hour sleep session?

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How to Start a Student Interest Group in Grad School

If you have settled into a graduate program, then you have likely heard of many different types of student groups. Committees, support, clubs, and interest groups are ways that graduate students can organize meetings and other events in the pursuit of a common goal. These goals may range from community-building to self-care to social justice. Although many programs already have established groups, grad students may have difficulty finding their particular niche.

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