Mark O'Connell

Mark O'Connell

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Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. is an author and actor and psychotherapist.


It Gets Better for Whom?

Mar 6, 2013
The “It Gets Better” project is a grand achievement, and the abundant and various non-famous voices on the website offer much needed empathy and recognition. But we might consider how unhelpfully easy the lucky, privileged, "normal" few can make hope sound.

Death Wish Recognized: A Case for Long-Term Treatment

Feb 3, 2013
Who creates a massacre? Can we identify those people? Can they be stopped? Congress hopes to address these questions, but where will these answers come from? Enter the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety, the Connecticut legislators who will draft a bill, informed in part by public hearings related to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook.

‘Game Change’: Life Imitates TV Drama for Republican Women

Mar 17, 2012
It appears that recent events, which include the House Republicans' selection of a panel of all-male "authorities" on women's health and a certain conservative radio host calling a young woman advocate a "slut," have amounted to a wake-up call for right-leaning women.The real Sarah Palin insists that the film is pure fiction, but "Game Change" does seem to accurately capture how Republicans use women as political pawns.