Sunday, December 21, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 12/8/2014 - 12/21/2014)


I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...

This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns.

To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

The Internet Therapist: adherence to Internet CBT compared to face to face CBT
The Mental Elf (Andrés Fonseca)
"guided iCBT offers lower adherence than face to face CBT... method still holds much promise... efficacy of iCBT is fairly well established... need to focus on what specific strategies can maximise adherence..."
We must listen to and assist all young victims of sexual assaults
KevinMD (Victoria Dooley)
"teenager’s delay in reporting sexual assault does not make the allegations less credible; rather it is a sign that someone failed to support or believe a teen at a time of need... need to destigmatize rape... resources in place..."
What could a digital future look like in health care?
 KevinMD (Alexandra Pelletier)
"smartphone becomes my health care brain, connecting all the sensors in wearables on me or in my environment to analyze my health in real-time, providing me with insights when I want them..."

Social Work:

Seven Reasons For a New Child Welfare Degree Program
Child Welfare (ckhayek)
"Most social work programs focus on preparing graduates to provide therapeutic services, which has limited application in most public child welfare positions... Effective child welfare professionals..."
The Feelings Tree – helping children talk about emotions
JKP Blog
"a free activity from... Seeds of Hope Bereavement and Loss Activity Book, which aims to help children deal with loss and/or change through nature... helpful to those finding it difficult to cope with bereavement..."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top 18 Reader Comments from 2014


There is no more valuable resource than your time and I'm most grateful for all the times you have taken the time to visit, read and/or comment.

This post highlights 18 thoughtful comments you made this past year.
Whether you are a new or regular visitor, reading through these comments can give you an idea of the wide range of topics covered in 2014 from career management and licensure exam tips to trauma-informed care, trigger coping strategies, child protective services, hoarding, self-disclosure in therapy to supervision and more.
Please note that your responses are listed in chronological order, with the earlier ones appearing first.

I hope you enjoy going through these as much as I did :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Can Personal Narratives Help You Be a Better Social Worker?

Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography – Book Review


Have you been looking for a good book to help you gain a deeper understanding of some topics particularly relevant to social work such as cultural competency, end of life, transformative change, and more?

If yes, you are likely to appreciate Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography, edited by Stanley L. Witkin.
This is a unique collection of personal stories written by social workers in the format of an autoethnography, that is, whereby the author is both the main character and the narrator. 
The writer conveys his/her understanding of a personal experience at the time it took place, as well as at the current time of writing the piece with a broader perspective of his/her past and the social and cultural context.
There are many pearls of wisdom to be gained from these heartfelt narratives that may help you not only become a better therapist, but also better understand parts of your own history.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 12/1/14)

I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...

This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.

To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

The Mental Elf (Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo)
"In depression, the left frontal areas of the brain are often less active than usual. TDCS [Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation] stimulates this area to restore brain activity... studies have found... works better than a placebo"
A Case for Autonomy & The End of Participatory Medicine
e-Patients.net (Nick Dawson)
"networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners... Autonomy... must be encouraged, developed and maintained..."
The Shooting at Sandy Hook report: 4 things we can learn from it
KevinMD.com (Claudia M. Gold, MD)
"greatest investment of resources ideally should come well before age three... problem is located not exclusively in the child, but in parent-child relationships... Listening, not placing blame, will lead to meaningful change..."

Social Work:

Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW  
"love to the black people out there who may have internalized the racism that is used against us on a daily basis, and may have acted out that internalization in some way... heartfelt narratives..."
Are we too afraid to listen to disabled people’s desires?
JKP Blog (Tuppy Owens)
"governing bodies do not offer training, guidelines or policies on sex and disability... They need a great deal of support... Finding a lover/partner is all about maximizing circumstance..."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, December, 2014


Do you want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the mental health arena?

Attending one of these free webinars is an easy way of doing just that :)

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, featuring all the free webcasts that Social Work Career Development could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health.

As you can see, a wide range of topics are covered in this month's selection from: pain management, international social work, anxiety, DBT to substance abuse and domestic violence and more.

Free Webinars for December:

On Knowing Another's Pain: Reactions of Healthcare Professionals and Others
CIRPD
Dec 2 at 2PM EST: "How well can other people understand an individual's experience of pain? What has research shown about how healthcare professionals react to patients' pain...understanding of the pain experience?..."
Discipline Discussion: Calming the Chaos
Kids in the House
Dec 2 at 4PM EST: "Do you still have questions on how to discipline your kids? Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson, authors of No Drama Discipline... google hangout..." 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as an Effective Treatment for Adolescents & Young Adults
CTAC
Dec 3 at 12PM EST: "Many adolescents and transition-age youth struggle with symptoms of emotion dysregulation... DBT has been adapted for use in adolescents... think and behave dialectically..."
Integrating the Family into Treatment
CASAT
Dec 3 at 12-1:30PM EST: "the more a client's family participates in the treatment episode, the more successful the client will be... how to talk and work with families... initial screening... treatment... discharge..."
International Experiences Benefit Local Practice & The Profession How Can You Get Involved?
NASW (member access only)
Dec 3 at 1PM EST: "build alliances with other like- minded groups to maximize the future of positive social change. Help research the specific contributions of social work knowledge and skills to a world in social crisis..."

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 11/17/14 - 11/30/14)

I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...

This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.

To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

Brain regions that encode words, grammar, story identified
Mind & Brain News
"brain maps that describe where in the brain you're thinking about a wide variety of things... model is still inexact, but might someday be useful in studying and diagnosing reading disorders..."
Can Mushrooms Treat Depression?
NYTimes (Eugenia Bone)
"When suffering depression, people get stuck in a spiral of negative thoughts and cannot get out of it... Psilocybin is present in... mushrooms... When ingested, psilocybin metabolizes... chemical structure of serotonin..." 
IDC’s predictions for 2015
Clinical Innovation + Technology (Laura Pedulli)
"By 2015, 50 percent of healthcare organizations will have experienced 1-5 cyberattacks... 70 percent of healthcare organizations worldwide will invest in consumer-facing mobile applications..."

Social Work:

3 Needs, When Met, Can Bring Peace Before Dying
Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW
"Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Matthew O’Reilly... three needs... people in the last moments of their lives... Need for Forgiveness... Remembrance... to have lived a Meaningful Life..."
Social Justice Solutions (Center for Financial Social Work)
"lure of sale/discounted prices and the tradition of giving generously... Debt Free Holiday Program” e-book... Every step and form you need to spend... and enjoy more of holiday spirit is included..."