Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Got Therapy Practice? Create Your Own Website!

The Minimalist Guide to Creating a Therapist Website 

Are you a social worker or mental health professional who would like to set up your own wordpress blog?

If yes, you are likely to find the WordPress Video course created by Cathy Hanville, LCSW, very helpful.

Cathy is a licensed clinical social worker who has a clinical private practice and a business consultancy. Some of you may already be familiar with Cathy's expertise on internet marketing from The Zen of Online Marketing for Private Practice.

This post will provide you with a review of the video course for therapists, as well as some valuable career insights from Cathy for recent social workers and other mental health graduates.

Wordpress Video Course Review

Cathy has essentially converted a face-to-face course that she provides her therapist clients to a 10-session video format, thereby making this information accessible (and affordable) to mental health professionals across the country and world.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks 7/6 - 7/20/2014)

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

This post is part of a weekly (or biweekly) 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:

3 innovations to improve mental health treatment
KevinMD (Mary Giliberti and Stuart Lustig, MD, MPH)
"we need to ensure that mental health services are available to young people where they are every day - in schools... addressing the mental health of children in primary care, including screenings, is key..."
The Mental Elf (Fiona Warner-Gale)
"Parent training has been proven to be the most effective intervention for pre-school and school age children with anti-social behavior problems... potential to reduce negative outcomes for children, as well as increasing..."
Survey: 75% of consumers want digital healthcare services
Clinical Innovation + Technology
"belief that consumers do not want to use digital healthcare services is a myth... adoption is slow because existing services do not meet consumer needs or because they are of poor quality..."

Social Work:

Thoughts on the Social World (David Niven)
"To move forward, Kieran emphasises awareness raising to journalists on these issues but also for those speaking to the media... words twisted into a negative portrayal of our work and how we can prevent this..."
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: Stories about Social Work from Ogden Rogers, Ph.D.
The Social Work Podcast (Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW)
"beautiful little collection of stories.. we’ll hear six, two each from Beginnings, Middles, and Ends... story called “Content, Process, and Boundary.”... reflection on the importance of beginnings... challenge of getting them right..."  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Supervision in Social Work: A Book Review

Are you looking for a good resource to prepare you to take on the role of social work supervisor? Or perhaps you are an educator looking for an excellent book about supervision to use in your advanced practice class?

If yes, Supervision in Social Work, Fifth Edition, by Alfred Kadushin and Daniel Harkness may be the perfect book to fulfill your needs!

Kadushin and Harkness (2014) provide you with a thorough review of supervision, starting with how it originated, the different types, to recent innovations in the field (such as live supervision). Furthermore, you are alerted about the typical challenges and issues that arise when you become a supervisor and are guided in the art of social work supervision.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: Key Learnings [2 of 3]

What are some of the evidence-based practices for trauma-informed care? Have you wanted to learn more about narrative exposure therapy?

A few weeks ago, NYU's Silver School of Social Work held an informative one day conference on the "Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: The Essentials." In part one of this series, you had the opportunity to look at what is the essence of trauma-informed care.
There are many evidence-based treatments for trauma such as EMDR, yoga, drama therapy, improvisation, movement therapy and rhythmic singing, but this post, part two of the series, will be focusing on narrative exposure therapy.
Below are some key take-aways for you vis a vis evidence-based practices for trauma, as per Carol Tosone, Ph.D. and Associate Professor at the Silver School of Social Work,

Evidence-Based Practices for Trauma

Before delving into effective trauma treatments, Tosone first reviewed Psychological First Aid (PFA) and shared a wonderful grounding exercise.

Principles of Psychological First Aid (PFA) include:
  • Safety - developing/identifying a physically safe environment 
  • Efficacy - maximizing an individual's ability to care for self, family and others
  • Calmness - teaching and encouraging relaxation and calming skills (as well as maintenance of natural body rhythms such as sleep, food, exercise)
  • Connectedness - facilitating links to family and other social supports
  • Fostering Hope and Optimism

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks 6/23 - 7/5/2014)

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

This post is part of a weekly (or biweekly) 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.

Posts cover a wide range of topics from: facebook’s secret experiment, internationally adopted children, grant-writing, the concept of power/empowerment, secrets to conversational skill, ADHD in girls, mindfulness to childhood trauma, intimate partner abuse and more.

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

Announcing the Social Care Elf: a new member of the National Elf Service
Social Care Evidence in Practice
"The Social Care Elf is in development and the website will be launched soon. It will adhere to the same simple principles of making high quality social care research more accessible and usable, so that people who work in the field have the research they need at their fingertips to enable their practice to be informed by relevant research findings..."
Finally! A Definite Cause of Autism: Hint it isn’t Vaccines
Lunatic Laboratories
"new study offers more proof that it is purely genetic [at least in some cases]. This is huge because this is the first actual clear cut cause for certain types of Autism... people with a mutation in the CHD8 gene..."
Health Care Hackers
Susannah Fox
"Destination DIY is an independently-produced public radio show and podcast featuring creative solutions to big problems... PatientsLikeMe as an example of an org that helps people who want to help themselves..." 
Watching what you eat: does mindfulness work for binging and weight loss?
The Mental Elf
"Mindfulness may do many things, and is queuing up to take its place with CBT as the panacea of mental illness, but I don’t think it can lay claim to binge eating yet..."

Social Work:

Article in The Roundtable
Jae Ran Kim
"Internationally Adopted Children... almost 8 percent of internationally adopted children/youth under 18 had at least one disability... adoption agencies must be more explicit... Professionals... must improve their own knowledge..."
Caution: The “R Word” is a Matter of Human Rights
SocialWorkSynergy (Pat Shelly)
"for Hilary Weaver, professor of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, the “R word” has impact far outside the sports arena... Change the Mascot aims to rid society of the disrespectful and belittling names and mascots..."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SWTP’s Top Ten Tips for the Social Work Licensure Exam

Are you thinking about taking a course to help you prepare for the social work licensure exam?  Have you wondered how SWTP differs from all the other courses out there? 

To find out how SWTP differs from other social work licensure exam prep courses, as well as provide you with some helpful studying tips, Social Work Career Development reached out to Will at SWTP.
Social Work Test Prep is one of a number of online firms that can provide you with assistance in exam preparation for the social work licensing exam.
In addition to giving you access to various online study materials, SWTP enables you to practice taking tests that are designed to replicate both the timing of real exams and the broad range of content required by the social work licensing boards.
So without further ado, Will, how did Social Work Test Prep come about?

SWTP is an unexpected career development story. I was working in community mental health, preparing for the licensing exam in whatever free time I could find. Subscribing to exam company offerings seemed wildly expensive, especially since there was so much free information on the web. 

I started blogging about resources, links to free practice, doing blog posts instead of flashcards. In not too much time, it was a big, useful site for exam-prepping social workers. That was 2008. The site continued going strong, and soon it was time to offer real resources for social workers--affordable licensing exam practice, by social workers, for social workers. And that’s what happened.