Sherry’s Presentations & Publications

Forthcoming

 

 

Prior Presentations & Publications

 

Asaro, C., Copley-Woods, H., Merriam, S. L. M., Sullivan, K.  (2011, March)  Dealing with rejection. Symposium conducted at the meeting of MarsCon, Bloomington, MN.

Description: It’s a part of the game. If you’re an artist of any kind and you actually want to get read, or perform, or have your art displayed, you have to learn how to handle the inevitable and innumerable rejections that follow the submission/audition process. What works? What doesn’t? Even if you have a good way of dealing with it, are there times you end up in a funk? How do you recover from that? Bring your best and worst rejection stories.

 

Baird, D., Holmes, J., Merriam, S. L. M., Pasquarette, C., Stormer, M. (2010, July).  Psychology of criminals. Symposium conducted at the meeting of CONvergence, Bloomington, MN.

Description: Many SF/Fantasy villains are portrayed as just plain evil, but in reality there is a deeper psychology behind criminal behavior that is not explored outside crime novels. Is criminal psychology ever effectively explored in genre characters?

 

Callahan, R., Furr, L., Merriam, S. L. M., Scaramuzza, P., Vander Giessen, A.  (2011, April).  Geek social skills in the workplace. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Minicon 46, Bloomington, MN.

Description: What frustrations are common to geeks in the workplace? What are some of the best techniques geeks have to communicate with non-geeks? What are some tips and resources for improving communication skills with non-geeks? What are the benefits and detriments of working in a technology field, or a non-technology field?

 

Chesin, R., Lundoff, C., Merriam, S. L. M.  (2012, February)  Love stinks: Writing dysfunctional relationships.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers, Minneapolis, MN.

Description: We have real live therapists discussing relationships, how dysfunctional relationships function, and what behavior patterns can really mess up your characters’ love lives.  Podcast audio available here.

 

Evans, S., Lingen, M., Lynch, S., Merriam, S.L.M. (2014 June) The influence of anxiety. Symposium conducted at the meeting of 4th Street Fantasy Convention, St. Louis Park, MN.

Description: How do our fears and worried affect our work, and what can we do about it? How does that change when our anxieties are rooted in brain chemistry and the usual run of writerly nostrums prove ineffective?

 

Follett, C., Gurganus, S., Merriam, S. L. M., Rodgers, L., Skrip, C. (2010, December).  Unintended interruptions & planned alterations in clinical practice. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Minnesota Women in Psychology, St. Paul, MN.

Description: Enter the New Year better prepared. Learn to be proactive in your clinical practices. Explore and converse around the handling of surgeries, medical events, extended caretaking, accidents, personal upsets that intrude on practice, gradual retirement, pregnancies, deaths.

 

Frietag, L., Merriam, S.L.M., Sahin, O. (2014 April) Healthy online gaming – just one more turn. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Minicon, Bloomington, MN.

Description: Does it count as balance if you’ve met your online gaming pals in meat space? Do I play WoW all the time because I’m depressed or am I depressed because I play WoW?

 

Horner, K., Johnson, D., Merriam, S. L. M., Palmer, J., Wallace, D.  Do superheroes need therapy?  Symposium conducted at the meeting of CONvergence, Bloomington, MN.

Description: Let’s face it; Bruce Wayne would not be Batman if someone had sent him to therapy when he was a kid. Would Superman be the man of steel if he wasn’t dealing with parental rejection issues? Super Heroism as a means of dodging what’s really bugging you.

 

Jamison, S. K., Kronick, R., Merriam, S. L. M., Vander Giessen, A.  (2012, April)  Let me tell you about my character! Symposium conducted at the meeting of Minicon 47, Bloomington, MN.

Description: What gaming conversations make you want to flee in terror? Why are these conversations so fascinating to the storyteller, and so horribly boring for the listener? What is unique about RPGs that cause this phenomenon?

 

Kinderman, B., Kronick, R., Merriam, S. L. M., Turnbull, J. (2011, July).  I’m your GM, not your therapist. Symposium conducted at the meeting of CONvergence, Bloomington, MN.

Description: When personal issues spill over into your gaming group.

 

Merriam, S. L. M. (2010).  Why do I love the Private Practice Group? Minnesota Women in Psychology Newsletter, Fall 2010, 3.  Retrieved from http://mnwomeninpsychology.org/wpsrc/wp-content/uploads/2010-Fall-Newsletter-Website.pdf

Description: This article describes the monthly private practice networking and resource-sharing meeting, which is organized by Minnesota Women in Psychology, and encourages therapists in private practice to take advantage of this valuable resource.

 

Merriam, S. L. M. (2010, August).  Anxiety assessment tools. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Franklin Family Services, Edina, MN.

Description: This program includes a presentation and discussion about using a quantitative value of anxiety level to establish a baseline at the beginning of treatment and track progress and outcome.

 

Merriam, S. L. M. (2011, March).  Paganism & mental health. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Paganicon, St. Louis Park, MN.

Description: This program includes a presentation and discussion about special mental health issues that Pagans face: the isolation and anxiety in the broom closet, tricky relationships in covens, how to explain your beliefs to your therapist, the challenges of converting to a new (to you) religion, and more. Through interactive dialogue about shared problems and solutions, participants will learn something useful to help yourself or your friends/family/covenmates.

 

Merriam, S. L. M. (2011, May).  Tracking client outcomes and therapeutic relationship. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Franklin Family Services, Edina, MN.

Description: I trained colleagues to use Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed assessment methods to monitor the therapeutic rapport and track treatment outcomes.

 

Merriam, S. L. M. (2012). Take back your health: Power tools for people with chronic illness, their caregivers, and healthcare providers.  Master’s thesis submitted for publication, Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN.

Description: People with chronic illness and their care providers frequently feel disempowered – even helpless – when facing an ongoing medical condition or pain.  This paper details a project providing participants with empowerment through encouragement and practical tools to manage any health condition.

Click here to download the PDF.

Click here to view the video of the community presentation.

 

Merriam, S. L. M.  (2012, March)  Paganism & mental health: Magic & sanity. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Paganicon, St. Louis Park, MN.

Description: Building on last year’s vibrant discussion about “Paganism & Mental Health,” psychotherapist Sherry L.M. Merriam will dive deeper into a series of topics. This year, by request: “Magic & Sanity!” Am I considered crazy if spirits are talking to me? Do I have an unhealthy dependency on divination or ritual? How can magic help us stay sane? What does the DSM-IV say about all this? How to find a therapist who will respect your magical beliefs.

 

Merriam, S. L. M. (2013 March) Paganism & mental health: The social pagan. Symposium conducted at the meeting of MarsCon, Bloomington, MN.

Description: This year we focus on the social aspect of Paganism, including: healthy coven relationships, networking with the wider Pagan community without losing your mind, and coping with the emotional challenges of living in and/or out of the broom closet.

 

Merriam, S.L.M.. Reese, M. (2013 September) Working with subs about assertiveness and self-advocacy. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Twin Cities Kink Aware Therapists, Minneapolis, MN.
 

Merriam, S.L.M. (2014 January) Intersection of kink and other socio-cultural identities. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Twin Cities Kink Aware Therapists, Minneapolis, MN.
 

Merriam, S.L.M., Olson, Hans. (2014 February) Therapist/community boundaries. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Twin Cities Kink Aware Therapists, Minneapolis, MN.
 

Merriam, S.L.M. (2014 March) Paganism and mental health: Mental illness in our community. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Paganicon, St, Louis Park, MN.

Description: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction to substances/games/porn – the list goes on! What is mental illness? How can you recognize the red flags in yourself or others? What is our responsibility to ourselves and each other as a community? How to handle a problem with mental illness in your coven or community? How to find a therapist who will respect your magical beliefs? When is mental illness a strength? What makes our community good at handling mental illness? Through interactive dialogue with a licensed psychotherapist about shared problems and solutions, participants will learn something useful to help yourselves or your friends/family/covenmates, community.

 

Merriam, S.L.M.. Reese, M., White, G.Z. (2014 June) Online identity & boundaries. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Twin Cities Kink Aware Therapists, Minneapolis, MN.