Bob Van Oosterhout

Ground Rules and Steps
About Bob (...What about Bob?)
Anger and Impulse Control
Anxiety, Depression, PTSD
Behavioral Health Integration with Primary Care
Bring Truth to Fear: We CAN Work Together
Hard Times Cafe Model of Empowerment
Links to Videos for Online Stress Management at LCC
Managing Chronic Pain and Headaches
Mental Health
Moral Philosophy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Practical Psychology: What Works and Makes Sense
Problem Solving - Responding Effectively to Problems
Slow Down and Lighten Up
Spiritual Writing
Stress Management
What Works
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Comments, Suggestions, Discussion

The purpose of these meetings is to understand issues that affect our lives from different perspectives in order to work together to discover shared interests and effective responses to the problems and opportunities we face.

Ground Rules

Maintain an atmosphere of curiosity and respect

Avoid discussing politicians or their selling points

Include everyone in the conversation

Do not judge or criticize

Initial Meetings: Asking Questions
There is no hurry, pressure or time frame.  Go through as many steps as make sense for your group.  Each time you meet, review the previous steps.  Have fun.

1.  Choose an issue (Health Care, Taxes, Inequality, Race, Jobs, Climate, Environment - this step may be done before the group meets)

2.  Ask questions about that issue to find an area you all agree to focus on.  (Health Care could be narrowed to: How did it get so expensive?  Why is it so inefficient?  What do other countries do that works or doesn’t work?  etc.)

3.  Ask questions about the area you choose to focus on.  Don’t try to evaluate or answer the questions.  Just list as many questions as you can think of.  Return to this step as needed.

4.  Play with your questions.  Change closed-ended questions (questions that have a clear, simple answer) to open-ended (questions that invite more questions) and open-ended to closed ended.  Find questions that lead to other questions.  Organize the questions into categories.  Change the categories.  

5.  Each person prioritizes his or her questions by looking at what is most important or relevant to their lives.  Priorities are shared with the group.

6.  Each person chooses a list of questions they would like to have answered and posts them to the website.  Decide whether to explore the questions individually or in teams.  

7.  Bring the questions to the local library and ask the librarian how to best find reliable answers to the questions.