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Katie’s Bookshelf: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

blinkBlink by Malcolm Gladwell uses psychology, neuroscience, and storytelling to help the reader determine better decision making skills.  Gladwell begins with an abundance of information and real-world examples of what he calls “rapid cognition” which is basically using your instinct to make decisions.  He moves on to when this can go horribly wrong in decision making.  Fortunately, he ends the book with when to use our instinct and when to spend more time thinking about a decision.

“We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that – sometimes – we’re better off that way.”

In typical Gladwell fashion, he picks a subject that other authors overlook, digs deep with information, and tops it off with real-world examples to drive home the point.  I enjoyed learning more about rapid cognition and agree with the author on how our thinking mind gets in the way of what our unconscious already knows.  I was interested in his information on “unconscious bias” which is when we make have those knee-jerk reactions based on a deep rooted bias of some sort.

This book is hard to put down and as the reader you will walk away feeling more confident about making decisions.

Read this book if:

  • You love Malcolm Gladwell books
  • Interested in learning more about how decisions are made
  • You want to gain confidence in yourself and your decision making abilities
  • Professional in a field who helps others make decisions

Buy it Here

Gladwell, M. (2007). Blink: The power of thinking without thinking. New York: Back Bay Books.

Growing Our Girls

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Katie Overcash is excited to collaborate and contribute to the “Growing Our Girls” initiative.  Look for upcoming content and events on their website here.  GOG is a Charlotte-based  brand created by Kristin Mountcastle, a mom of 2 girls who believes in the power of connection to empower our girls to navigate the world with confidence and kindness.  GOG also connects families of boys to help raise them with respect and understand the importance of gender equality.

Confident Girls Weekend “Crash Course” 2015

??????????????????????????????????Can’t make it to our “Confident Girls Summer Camp?”  This weekend “crash course” will be an abbreviated version.  Camp will be 8 hours total during the tentative days of Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26.  Time of day is TBA.  Potential topics covered will be self-esteem/confidence, communication, friendships, and coping skills.  Girls enrolled (current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) will have an opportunity to learn, discuss, and practice each topic while interacting with each other.  Cost for the weekend course is $160 for 8 hours.

If interested, please contact Katie(katie@katieovercash.com) or Lynne(lynne.beck@live.com).

Interested in a “crash course” for your own group?  Contact Katie and Lynne for more information.

Confident Girls Summer Camp for Adolescent Girls

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It is so important for young girls to be confident in themselves and develop a healthy body image, especially with the ever-changing societal pressures, social media images, and access to technology.  This “Confident Girls” group for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will assist girls in enhancing their self-esteem and address topics including: expressing feelings, decision-making, conflict resolution (dealing with “mean girls”), body image, friendships, coping strategies, social media, and communication.  Girls at this age tend to struggle more with personal relationships than their male counterparts.  Girls who have high self-esteem feel secure and positive about themselves, confident in their ability to achieve goals, express their feelings, make positive choices, and care about others.  During this weeklong group, girls will learn about, engage in discussions, and practice these skills while interacting with their peers.   A yoga and meditation session will be included one afternoon as well as mindfulness practice. They will also have the opportunity to provide and receive feedback with their peers in a therapeutic setting while earning rewards for prosocial behavior.

Facilitated by Katie Overcash, LCSW and Lynne Beck, LPC who have over 20 combined years experience in the mental health field in various setting such as school, residential, and outpatient.  Both licensed therapists have years experience running these groups/camps and currently own outpatient mental health businesses, Overcash Therapy Services, PLLC and New Journey Counseling respectively.

Participation in the group includes 17.5 hours of direct contact with both licensed therapists and a 30 minute parental consultation at the conclusion of the week with either Katie or Lynne.

Space is limited for more individual attention, so register now!  Cost of the group is $350 with one partial scholarship available.  Contact Katie or Lynne if interested in the partial scholarship.

Confident Girls for Adolescents will be held Monday, July 20th through Friday, July 24th from 1pm to 4:30pm at 1100 South Mint Street, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC  28203.  Click here for Summer Camp Flyer.

Feel free to contact Katie Overcash (katie@katieovercash.com or 704.981.1898) or Lynne Beck (lynne.beck@live.com or 980.395.9310) for more information or questions.