Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Got Triggered by Client in Therapy? Use Coping Tools!


Triggered in Therapy? 4 Resources To Cope & Be Effective

Are you a social worker or other mental health professional who occasionally experiences some reactions or countertransference when working with a particular client? Would you like to have some tools to help you avoid getting triggered while in session?

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. and Ron Schwenkler L.M.F.T., L.P.C. provided a valuable training on "When the Therapist Gets Triggered" at the the 2014 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. Schwarz developed the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) which helps you to release traumatic material from the nervous system. This, in turn, enables you to not be triggered or dissociated when working with clients.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, October 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 wide range of topics are covered in this month's selection from: various webinars related to trauma and intimate partner violence and how to provide trauma-informed care and/or support for survivors to building emotional regulation and self compassion, financial planning and/or accommodations with disabilities, health disparities and generational differences in the workplace and more.

Free Webinars for October:

Trauma’s Toll on Health: A Community-wide Response
Stakeholder Health
Oct 1 at 11AM EST: "Memorial Hospital... Community Health Needs Assessment... build a trauma-informed community... Acute Trauma Incident Processing (ATIP) and Memorial BrainWorks..."
Nutrition and Behavioral Health
ATTC
Oct 1 at 1-2:30PM EST: "subjects of interest to American Indian and Alaska Native behavioral healthcare issues..." 
Paving the Way for Women in Construction: Creating Systems and Supports that Work
U.S. Dept of Labor
Oct 1 at 2PM EST: "findings from a new national survey... training and technical assistance approaches... facilitating women’s entrance into these fields..."
Providing Financial Planning, Coaching and Education to People with Disabilities - Part 1
AFCPE
Oct 1 at 3PM EST: "Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition of disability... self-determination and person-centered planning... tools and resources... accommodation requests..." 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 9/15 - 9/21/14)


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 “B” in LGBT: Bisexual People and Behavioral Health
SAMHSA
"of all those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, half identify as bisexual... Like gay and lesbian people, many bisexual people experience discrimination... this discrimination can have an impact on health..."
Exercise for the prevention and treatment of antenatal depression
The Mental Elf by Meg Fluharty
"Depression occurring during pregnancy, known as antenatal depression, is very common; affecting 10-13% of women... women should consider exercise during pregnancy for mental health benefits..."
TBI Global Synapse Highlights
DCoE
"TBI Global Synapse: A Summit Without Borders,” took place this week... Best practices in TBI assessment, diagnosis and treatment... Innovative approaches... Presentations and recordings of the sessions..." 
Social Work:

For the Love of Money: 5 Observations on Social Workers & Money from the 2014 NASW Conference in Washington, D.C.
Social Work Helper (Eva Forde)
"Wolfsohn... it’s taken some time for social work to embrace the importance of money and financial education...struggle with feelings of unworthiness and shame around money... feeling guilty about wanting... "
Goonj launches NJPC – A Million Voices - A global campaign to shun the shame and silence around menses
The New Social Worker Online
"menses - or menarche... a word shrouded in a culture of shame and silence... lingering silence, combined with inadequate information and lack of access to sanitary pads... Many girls think they are dying..." 

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,