Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Battered Women's Protective Strategies

Do you work with women who are physically abused and wonder how best to help them?

Contrary to public opinion and the views of many domestic violence agencies, leaving the batterer is not necessarily the only or best solution available to intimate violence survivors.

Sherry Hamby proposes in her book: Battered Women’s Protective Strategies, an innovative and strengths-based approach to this dilemma. Hamby recommends broadening the way one looks at dangerous assessment and safety planning so as to not only fully capture the complexities of the lives that women are facing, but to also recognize the many coping strategies they are already employing.

Why is it important to take a more holistic approach to the risks that domestic violence survivors face? 

The traditional framework tends to stigmatize battered women who do not leave their abusers as being passive and in denial.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 3/31-4/13/14)

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:

Open Notes: Is Sharing Mental Health Notes With Patients A Good Idea?
The Health Care Blog (Michael Kahn, MD)
"accuracy would be enhanced by allowing patients to cross-check what their clinicians say about their symptoms, medication doses... patients... clinician sees them more as a complete person, rather than as a collection of symptoms..."
Suicide in primary care: findings of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness
The Mental Elf (Ian Cummins)
"76% of patients who died by suicide were male – the median age was 45... 63% who died by suicide had a mental health diagnosis... most common diagnosis was depression, but only 8% had been referred..."

Social Work:

3 Ideas for What People Who Work With Boys and Men Can Do to Help Them Challenge Sexism
N.A.H. (Relando Thompkins, MSW, LMSW)
"Help them to Recognize their role in Perpetuating it...Talk with them about sexism. Talk about male privilege... other forms of advantage, discrimination, or abuse...How do these things play out in our relationships?..."
Adoption breakdowns
Child Protection Lessons (Peter Choate)
"The UK study looked at over 37,000 adoptions over a 12 year period. The rate of breakdown was actually low - just over 3%. The breakdowns tend to occur more often in the teenage years... " 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Got LMSW Exam Anxiety? 4 Strategies + 10 Practice Questions

Are you feeling a bit anxious about your upcoming LMSW exam? You are not alone...

Many of us feel this way whether we end up taking the licensure test right after we graduate or do so years later.

What can you do to feel less anxious about the test?

Prepare for the exam:

As Alexander Graham Bell stated, "preparation is the key to success."
Here are the Ten Tips I Used for Passing the LMSW Exam. If you follow these, you too will pass your licensure test.
Preparation is a good antidote to stress/anxiety because when you feel well-prepared, you are more likely to feel confident about passing the exam.
To assist, you may also wish to participate in an LMSW online study group or use one of these tools.

In addition, getting used to the LMSW exam format by looking over LMSW practice questions may be useful. Below are 10 practice questions, as well as here and here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mental Health Webinars for You, April 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, Mental Health Webinars for You, featuring the registration information for free webcasts for this month in the field of social work and mental health.

For a quick overview of the topics covered in this month's selection, please see the above word cloud.

Free Webinars for April:

What Great Managers Do Differently
National Council for Behavioral Health
April 1 at 1PM EST: "More than 70% of workers say they don’t use their strengths every day in their job... Great managers don’t work this way... learn what great managers do, and how to foster a strong workforce..."
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders
National American Indian and Alaskan Native ATTC
April 2 at 1PM EST: no description provided
We are In This Together: Quick Tips to Keep Families, Staff and Communities Engaged
Early Childhood Investigations
April 2 at 2PM EST: "Enhance the effectiveness of all staff members in engaging parents and community partners...Leverage community partners to build peer networks, link families and children to needed services..."
Grievances: Accepting and Managing Complaints in Nursing Homes
University of Iowa School of Social Work
April 3 at 2PM EST: "Do you dread complaints? Are you weighed down by grievances?... a lively webinar presentation helping you think through your approach to accepting and handling complaints..."
Healthy You, Healthy Me
April 3 at 2-3:30PM EST: "Culinary Art Therapy, Hip Hop Dance Therapy, Creative Writing Therapy... Connect survivors of domestic violence and their children to traditional and non-traditional therapeutic resources..."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 3/17- 3/30/14)

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.

The two themes that were prominent among this week's round-up were career and technology. Enjoy!

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

Is there ‘parity of esteem’ in shared decision making between physical and mental health?
The Mental Elf (Sarah Carr)
"study suggests that people who use community mental health services may be less likely to be involved in making shared decisions about treatment and support than people using primary care services for physical conditions... "
What You Want From A Flipped Clinic
Flip the Clinic (Rachel Swaby)
"Better communication between their care providers, Better access to resources... Flip the order... getting tests done before a patient sees a provider... Patient education tools should be delivered before the visit... More technology..."

Social Work:

3 Examples of Everyday Cissexism
Everyday Feminism
"the existence of people who identify as transgender essentially challenges the idea that gender = genitals...“Is it a boy or a girl?”... Sexual Education... Schools... perfect place to teach children and adolescents about transgender issues..."
The budget is us
Classroom to Capitol (Melinda K Lewis)
"Budgets tell the story of who we are and, in this way... federal budget does parallel your household budget... federal budget may be crafted and approved in Washington, DC, but it is not an autonomous force..."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Can Hypnosis Be Used As a Therapeutic Tool?

Dan Short, Ph.D.

Hypnosis can be an effective modality with a variety of symptoms such mood regulation, panic attacks, pain management and smoking cessation.

As per Dan Short, Ph.D., therapeutic hypnosis is a “collaborative exploration of possibility, as previously unrecognized resources and potentials are brought to awareness." The primary objective of therapeutic hypnosis is for the benefit of a client's wellbeing.

You may think that you need to be trained in induction methods to incorporate suggestive hypnotic techniques into your therapeutic practice, but that is not the case according to Short in his talk entitled: "Everyday Hypnotic Techniques" at the 2013 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.