Thoughts on Record: Podcast of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Dr. Jeff Perron, C.Psych: Monetary Policy & Bitcoin - The Macroeconomics of Well-Being

February 07, 2022 Season 3 Episode 3
Thoughts on Record: Podcast of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dr. Jeff Perron, C.Psych: Monetary Policy & Bitcoin - The Macroeconomics of Well-Being
Show Notes

Owing to a rapidly changing world, many clinicians understandably feel it is increasingly difficult to keep track of (let alone integrate) considerations around systems level challenges (e.g., social media, political polarization, housing shortage, monetary policy etc.) that may be germane to their day-to-day work with clients.  In this conversation, Dr. Pete Kelly, C.Psych and Dr. Jeff Perron. C.Psych, MBA, share some of their thoughts on what they have been observing going on in the world based on their respective lens, as well as through the lens of clinical psychologists who are trying to help clients in an ever increasingly complex and distressing environment.  In this conversation (recorded January, 2022) they place a particular focus on how  current monetary policy could promote inequity and division in society as well as discuss how innovations like Bitcoin (perhaps surprisingly to many) could reflect a new way forward as per the issues raised in the discussion.  Topics covered include:

  • reflections on noted shifts in macroeconomic patterns, political polarization and the "accelerant" influence of social media in this respect
  • the potential benefits of mental health clinicians having awareness of systems level challenges faced by their clients 
  • the challenge of science vs. advocacy driven narratives around important policy issues
  • the role that current monetary policy could play in accelerating political polarization and economic disparity 
  • the definition of "money" and types of money
  • the challenges associated with fiat currencies related to inflation and how this drives division and inequity
  • concerns around sustainability of current financial paradigms
  • a very brief primer on Bitcoin and the role this emergent currency platform could play in addressing some of the challenges related to division and inequity of Fiat currency

IMPORTANT: Neither Drs. Kelly nor Perron are licensed investment advisors and none of the content in this podcast should be regarded as financial or investment advice.  The content of today's discussion is for general information only.  All opinions expressed are Dr. Kelly and Dr. Perron's alone.   

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Dr. Jeff Perron, MBA, C.Psych is a Clinical Psychologist who works with adults. His work focuses primarily on helping clients who are experiencing anxiety, low mood, loss, burnout, life transitions, or general challenges in executing on goals that are important to them. He takes a CBT approach to helping clients identify their values and works with them to align their life more closely with those values.  He works to clarify client goals early on and adapt them as needed, while working to help make sure that the process consistently feels focused and aligned with client goals.  Dr. Perron completed his undergraduate training in Psychology at McMaster University and his PhD at the University of Ottawa, including a Residency at the Ottawa Institute of CBT.  Dr. Perron also has experience in business, economics, and human resources, holding an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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