Peter Ladd

A Scar is Not A Wound

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Leadership, Violence and School Climate: Case Studies in Creating Non-Violent Schools

In July 2013, Drs. Peter Ladd and Kyle Blanchfield published the book, Leadership, Violence and School Climate: Case Studies in Creating Non-Violent Schools through Rowman and Littlefield Education. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and increased public sentiment against violence in schools, President Obama has called for a new 50 million dollars initiative to improve the climate in 8,000 designated schools. The following is the back cover description of Blanchfield and Ladd’s book addressing this issue:

In the book, Leadership, Violence and School Climate: Case Studies in Creating Non-Violent Schools, three important themes are emphasized namely, democratic leadership, violence and school climate. The book recognizes that safety should be the first issue of concern when addressing school violence. However, violence in schools should not be the sole concern of outside experts who advocate for lock downs, metal detectors and bullet proof glass. Through democratic school leadership violence can be reduced by those professionals actually working in schools. The book emphasizes that reduction in school violence originates from school leaders having a comprehensive understanding of the climate found in schools. Leadership, violence and school climate are connected through the use of democratic principles that address; crisis, trauma, empowerment, common ground, critical thinking, assertiveness and others. The book points out how schools can reverse their reactionary stance to violence, and become pro-active through the practice of democratic principles.

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Emotional Addictions: A Reference Book For Addictions and Mental Health Counseling

The reference book Emotional Addictions proposes that some people may actually be "addicted" in an unhealthy manner to specific emotions. The emotion could be anger, anxiety, apathy, egotism, envy, guilt, jealousy, resentment, revenge, or self-hatred. Historically, one of the greatest challenges to both mental health and substance abuse counselors has been the addict who has been clean and sober for some time, yet still has substantial difficulties coping with life. Ladd contends that emotional addiction operates under similar criteria to a physical addiction, with both forms of addiction showing characteristics of denial, compulsive behavior, dependency, tolerance, addictive thinking, and withdrawal symptoms. By combining emotions with addictions, Ladd has written a cutting-edge approach to helping people with addictions and mental health problems.

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Relationships and Patterns of Conflict Resolution: A Reference Book for Couples Counseling

Dr. Ladd has written a reference book on couples counseling that explores six contemporary relationships and discusses how couples may change from one to another according to their life experiences. In addition, six common styles of conflict resolution are addressed that may make relationship changes less painful and difficult are also addressed. When we realize that one of the most common methods for transforming the union between two people is through divorce, then the possibility of changing a relationship, instead of changing a partner, may become a more attractive alternative.

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Mediation, Conciliation, and Emotions: A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding Emotions in Dispute Resolution

Emotions impact any practitioner of dispute resolution; yet, there are very few programs with courses that explore the emotional side of disputes. In Mediation, Conciliation, and Emotions, Peter Ladd outlines the emotions found in disputes and how these emotions function in dispute resolution. The book is divided into two parts: emotions and mediation, and emotions and conciliation. These parts examine the phenomenon of mediation, how to control emotions during mediation sessions, and how different disputes require different modes of emotional reconciliation. Mediation, Conciliation, and Emotions offers practical advice and information about the role of emotions in dispute resolution. It is an indispensable tool for practitioners of dispute resolution. 

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Person-Centered Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health

Clients with mental health conditions are often diagnosed and treated using a strictly medical model of diagnosis, with little input from the client themselves.

This reference manual takes a person-centered, holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment, seeing the client as the unrecognized expert on their condition and encouraging their collaboration. This qualitative approach aims to find meaning in the experiences of the client, exploring the reasons behind their feelings and behavior and taking the whole person into account. Designed to complement DSM assessments, the manual covers several different conditions including ADHD, depression, bulimia, and OCD, as well as mental health 'patterns' such as abuse, bullying, violence and loss. In each case, the client is involved in the diagnosis and treatment plan. The book features extended case studies, sample questions and treatment plans throughout.

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