Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: Key Learnings [3 of 3]


The Neurobiology of Trauma

Have you wondered how trauma impacts the brain and body? Or what you might do to help counteract its effects? Judith P. Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor at NYU's Silver School of Social Work gave an informative presentation about the neurobiology of trauma and the whole mind/body connection.

This post will provide you with some of the take-aways from Siegel's talk.
  • Trauma can change your brain and alter your cells. When your body cannot process trauma, it gets expressed via your body.
For those of you who missed the earlier posts of this series based upon the conference NYU’s Silver School of Social Work held on the “Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: The Essentials,” part one of the series addressed the Principles of Trauma-Informed Care and part two reviewed evidence-based practices for trauma-informed care, particularly narrative exposure therapy.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 9/1/14 - 9/14/14)


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:

Can shared decision-making reduce health inequalities?
The Mental Elf by Ian Cummins
"gap between the health of the richest and poorest members of society has increased significantly... use of plain language... benefit all patients... the real solution to health inequalities lies in a more equal society..."
E-cigarettes: a review of the evidence-base for regulation
The Mental Elf by Sally Adams
"The World Health Organization has recently produced a report...conclusion... there is currently insufficient evidence to conclude that ECs assist smoking cessation... need for further research on multiple areas of EC use..."
Share the glow
Susannah Fox
"when I share my experience at Stanford Medicine X, where the glow is so very bright. I want your mouth to water... Stanford Medicine X YouTube channel... Blog posts pre-, during, and post-Medicine X..." 

Social Work:

Social Care Network
"Remember a work-life balance!... don't think you're expected to know everything from day 1. Ask questions!... listen to what people are actually saying rather than what you think they are saying..."
The Social Work Podcast (Jonathan B. Singer, LCSW) 
"growing gap between onset of puberty and the end of adolescence... how reconceptualizing adolescence as an age of opportunity rather than an age risk is an essential reframe to address the needs..."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What Is Hoarding?


What's the Difference Between Hoarding and Collecting? 

Hoarding or collecting things,
Is there a difference? Yes, there is!
When collecting, you are spending,
Much of your time seeking,
Organizing, maintaining and…
Displaying your cherished items,

However, when hoarding,
You are just accumulating,
Quantities of things that have,
Little or no value and,
You tend to find getting rid,
Of those items very difficult…

Many hoarders also shop too much,
Collect too many free items,
Mix valuable and worthless,
Experience emotional distress,
Hoarding is NO small matter,
It doesn’t just affect him/her,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TDC's Top Ten Tips for the Social Work Exam

 Amanda Rowan, LCSW

Are you considering taking a course to help you prepare for the social work licensure exam?  Have you wondered what makes the Therapist Development Center (TDC) different from other online study preparation courses?

This is the third in a series of interviews with the major social work exam prep firms. Amanda Rowan, LCSW is the founder and head coach at the Therapist Development Center (TDC).
TDC has been around since 2008. A competitive analysis was conducted prior to the firm's creation; this involved a thorough review of all the materials offered by all the licensing prep companies in the market. This analysis directed Amanda's development of the study materials for TDC.
TDC provides the following special benefits:
  • test-taking strategies and the requisite reasoning skills to understand how to approach the questions (and understand the correct responses)
  • free coaching (you can submit a question at any point and one of their coaches will call you back) 
  • an organized study plan that you can modify based on your schedule/availability

Monday, September 1, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 8/18 - 8/31/2014)

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 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:

Broadcasting suicide in social media: A failure of responsibility
KevinMD.com by Albert Fuchs, MD
"mental health professionals... compiled recommendations for journalists covering stories of suicide, especially of celebrities. The press has largely followed these recommendations. Enter social media..."
Combining psychotherapy and antidepressants is best for common mental illnesses
The Mental Elf by Patrick Kennedy-Williams
"for... depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or social anxiety... combined tx is more beneficial than pill placebo... twice as effective as pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy alone...
Infographic: Overdose Prevention, State by State
SAMHSA
"Sunday, August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day... we are... working to expand the availability of naloxone... a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose that might otherwise result in death..."
Military Psychological Health, TBI Highlights from Research Symposium
DCoE
"information on research and health care advancements within the areas of combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine..." 

Social Work:

6 Questions for Social Workers, 6 Answers for Social Work Students
Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW
"wish that I could have learned more about skills for entrepreneurship... In my experience I have found it surprising that many people still do not always understand who Social Workers are and what we do..."
AL Fall Child Welfare Conference 2014: Professional & Ethical Use of Social Media in Social Work Practice
Teaching Social Work by Laurel Hitchcock
"link to the Prezi that I will show... social media can be valuable tools for professional development... social workers need to understand how to effectively engage client systems with social media..."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, September 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 free webcasts for this month in the field of social work and mental health.

As you can see, a broad range of topics are covered in this month's selection from: the science of happiness, bullying, eating disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, trafficked youth, identity theft, mental health and deafness, to trauma-informed care for children to leadership and decision-making and more...

Free Webinars for September:

Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Assault on Campus (1 of 5)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sept 2 at 1-2:30PM EST: "basic tools to help you prepare to respond to a disclosure of abuse or to train other individuals on your campus on basic advocacy and support..."
Bully Backlash
Stop Bullying
Sept 2 at 5PM EST: "49 states have passed legislation to deal with the problem... A movement is growing that is starting to resemble a "backlash" to the anti-bullying crusade..." 
Social Media & Teen Engagement
That's Not Cool.com
Sept 3 at 1PM or 4PM EST: "social media best practices on engaging the teens in your work, and discuss how to develop innovative ideas for your social media strategy..."