Dr. Johnson was awarded the 2017 State Leadership Award by the American Psychological Association’s Committee of State Leaders. The Award was presented to her at the Practice Leadership Conference March 2017 at the Practice Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. It was given in recognition of her extensive contributions as an independent practitioner, consultant, supervisor, educator, writer/contributor, presenter, editor, advocacy leader, and volunteer in the field of psychology.
Dr. Johnson was re-elected to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Trustees of The American Insurance Trust. The “Trust” is an independent trust offering insurance, financial security, and risk management programs for psychologists and related individuals nationwide. The Trust program is continually monitored by the
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The statistics about men’s mental health are alarming. Men complete suicide at more than three times the rate of women. And, as the National Institute of Mental Health reports, “Men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs…and illicit drug use is more likely to result in emergency department visits or overdose deaths for men than for women.” Beyond these facts, we also know that men’s mental health literacy lags behind women’s, that they report higher levels of mental health stigma, that they seek mental health help less frequently, and that once they do, they tend to have a harder time expressing their emotions. (Romantic partners of men might be interested to learn that there’s actually a technical term for the frequency with which men struggle to articulate their feelings: “normative male alexithymia.”)
In a paper Ronald Levant and other researchers published in 1992, the authors boiled down traditional masculinity to seven basic norms: avoidance of femininity, homophobia, self-reliance, aggression, achievement/status, attitudes toward sex, and restrictive emotionality. If you’re a man, perhaps it’s time think about how you relate to these ideas. Levant says that while millennial men seem to be more comfortable straying from rigid gender norms, for most men, particularly those over 35, “pretty much everything you learned about being a man when you were a kid is wrong.” The world has changed, he says, and men need to re-learn ways of being in the world that are more flexible and emotionally generous. Men need to stop being afraid of their feelings, he says—and being scared of therapy, too. “If you’re suffering, then you owe it to yourself to get help,” he says. “And there’s substantial research that shows that psychotherapy indeed does help, and in many cases is better than psychiatric drugs.”