Archive: January, 2012

Cognitive behaviour therapy self-help resources

(by Carol Vivyan, RMN, RGN, Dip Cognitive Therapy, D. Hyp, GQHP (NMC, BABCP, GHR)   This is an amazing resource based site with free download PDF format templates for therapy purposes and self-help. To view at source, click here.


Women’s shoes: what’s the big deal?

(by Matt Shaw, The Happy Magazine)   There’s really only one thing a man must know about women’s shoes: they’re a great icebreaker for a conversation with nearly any woman. (The effect may be heightened if the man’s shoes are themselves tidy and well-polished.) Much less clear to most men and women alike is why […]


Family finds something more important than money in Million Dollar Neighbourhood

(by Kurt Langmann, Aldergrove Star)   Teresa Sperger did not want to share her story or life with a reality TV show.   As a single mother who had lost her youngest child to cancer in 2007, after a hard five year long battle filled with heartache and deprivation, she had put herself in a […]


OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 2: The Great Purge

With the assistance of celebrity appraiser Cari Cucksey, the neighbourhood must organize a massive garage sale and sell all of their unnecessary items.


Dr. Samra interviewed about the series “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” on News 1130

Dr. Samra interviewed by News 1130’s Andrea McPherson about her role as host and finance expert in the docu-reality series Million Dollar Neighbourhood, season one airing on the Oprah Winfrey Neighbourhood (Canada).


Reality show puts spotlight on fiscally fragile familes

(by Jonathan Chevreau, National Post) Picturesque Aldergrove, B.C., is a quiet bedroom community an hour from Vancouver. I should clarify it was quiet until last Sunday, when it became known as the Million Dollar Neighbourhood, a new financial reality TV show with a twist — to raise the collective net worth of 100 Aldergrove families […]


Aldergrove residents richer for the experience

(by Mike Hagar, The Vancouver Sun)   Aldergrove has opened its doors and wallets for the world to see as residents share their financial lives in the new reality show Million Dollar Neighbourhood.   The show, produced by Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment for the Canadian arm of Oprah Winfrey’s TV network, aims to help the […]


Buried alive: hoarders can’t help themselves

(by Darcy Wintonyk and Lynda Steele,   Hoarders forced to clean up their homes and throw out their possessions will suffer trauma and begin collecting again at an even faster rate, according to the City of Vancouver, which is struggling to deal with the issue.   From rats and bedbugs to improperly stored accelerants, […]


Could picky eaters be suffering from a mental illness? Dr. Samra on News1130

Dr. Samra interviewed by News 1130’s Andrew MacPherson about “avoidance/restrictive food intake disorder” or ARFID. Could picky eaters be suffering from a mental illness? This condition has been recommended as a new eating disorder for the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5 – an influential book used daily […]


Picky eating doesn’t automatically mean mental illness: Dr. doesn’t think it should be in the psychiatrist’s official manual

(by Andrea Macpherson, NEWS1130)   Extremely picky eaters may have a mental illness. But not everyone agrees this should be included in a psychiatrist’s official manual.   “One of the things that I have concerns about is our tendency to sometimes over pathologize what may be normal behaviours,” explains Clinical Psychologist Dr. Joti Samra.   […]


Suggested readings: employee recognition

(Good Company, Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program)   Suggested Readings: Employee Recognition   In this recurring feature, we bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can use to promote employee well-being and organizational performance. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This month, we […]


I had a service for my miscarried baby. Is this normal?

The question: I had a service for my miscarried baby. My family members think that is unacceptable. What’s your take?   The answer: I am sorry to hear that individuals who at this time should be supportive to you are either implicitly or explicitly conveying disapproval with the way you have chosen to cope with […]


How does presenteeism affect my organization?

(by Elizabeth Rupprecht & Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD)   According to Johns (2010), presenteeism is a major issue in contemporary organizations. As an example, EU-OSHA (2011) reported the costs of presenteeism at around 225 billion euro per year for one of Europe’s biggest economies – Germany. Costs are also high in the United States; according […]


Dr. Samra on OMNI: what makes something funny?

Dr. Samra interviewed on OMNI about the public outcry regarding a religious joke make by comedian Jay Leno. Was his joke funny, or not? Why isn’t it funny to some viewers, and why are the responses so strong?


Make it a less taxing time of year

(by Alison Griffiths, Metro News)   Having been the host of Maxed Out, a lifestyle television show, I know that good things often come out of the episodes and sometimes those good things can be a surprise.   The first episode of Million Dollar Neighbourhood, which aired Sunday  on the Oprah Winfrey Network, is aiming […]


Dr. Samra a featured speaker on Positive Coping with Chronic Pain to the CIRPD on January 23, 2012

Dr. Samra a featured speaker at a webinar on Positive Coping with Chronic Pain to the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) on January 23, 2012.   The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) has, since 1986, played a major role in bringing together researchers, health professionals and patients […]


Reality TV has a thing or two to teach the taxman

(by Don Cayo, The Vancouver Sun) I’m not a fan of reality TV, so I was surprised to find my interest piqued by a news release in connection with a new show, Million Dollar Neighbourhood, which features 100 financially-pressed families in Aldergrove.   The release, from H&Block, notes that its tax preparers went through the […]


OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 1: Hidden Money

The neighbourhood must reach their weekly $100,000 goal by uncovering the hidden money in their taxes, by gathering all of the spare change in their homes, and by foregoing the interest charges on their credit cards and living cash only.


Neighbourly net gains

(by Dana Gee, The Province)   SERIES PREMIERE: Million Dollar Neighbourhood. Where/when: Sunday at 5 and 8 p.m. on OWN   On paper the new TV show the Million Dollar Neighbourhood is a financial fix show.   The premise is straightforward: a neighbourhood of 100 Aldergrove families has 10 weeks to raise its collective net […]

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