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My father's letter to "Varsity" about student hazing, 1970.

My father Dr. Michael Apthorp My dad has Alzheimer’s disease now, and it has been slowly but relentlessly taking away his words. This is particularly painful because he always had such a love of words. Here’s a picture of him a few years ago at my parents’ Golden Wedding family gathering in Noosa. His letter to “Varsity”, dated May 6th, 1970 A little background - Dad was a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in the late 60s and early 70s (when I was very small).

Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy - is it a real thing?

Note: This is a piece I wrote for my fourth-year course, “Voodoo Science”, at Macquarie University back in 2006, so the references are rather dated. Thanks to Professor Dick Stevenson for this inspiring course! The strange Case of Roy Meadow and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Background The unusual disorder of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy was first reported by Roy Meadow (Meadow, 1977) . In Munchausen Syndrome itself, now referred to in DSM-IV-TR (2000) as Factitious Disorder, an individual deliberately fakes or induces symptoms of illness solely in order to assume the sick role, rather than for any material gain or to avoid work.

An update on the professional training market in psychology

A few years ago I wrote this post - now updated with new links: So this lobbed into my inbox recently, via the official channel of our staff email list: Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Attachment Theory: A Powerful Approach for Changing the Brain, Transforming Negative Emotions and Improving Client Outcomes The course costs $335.00 and is available in all of Australia’s major capital cities. It’s being held at mostly conference-centre type venues, so presumably they’re expecting pretty big numbers.