Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Family/Couples Therapy - Improving Relationships


Have you wanted to know what a family/couples' therapist does and/or what you could do to improve the communications in your family unit?

These are some of the questions explored in an interview with Laurel Wiig, Ph.D., MFT., who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Laurel has advanced clinical training and 20 years of experience including 7 years of private practice.

LaurelportraitLaurel’s specialty is working primarily with adolescent/teens and their parents. In terms of methodology, she employs depth psychology along with cognitive behavioral techniques.

Without further ado, Laurel, could you describe a bit of your background?

I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, which has a clinical psychology program enriched by the traditions of depth psychology. 
I initially gravitated toward psychology through an internship at a private inpatient eating disorders treatment program for substance dependent females. During the internship, I was required to attend all group therapies and follow the treatment as if I were a patient there. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 10/20/2014)


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:

Seven steps to mHealth share ability
Co-producing digital mental health by Victoria
"share ability... mHealthHabitat program me... help us work smarter... more openly... Blogging it... Capturing and sharing it once – as we find new resources... information we think is useful is shared by default..."
Behind the curtain of technology and behavior change
Clinical Innovation + Technology by Beth Walsh
"continuous care improves patient engagement... clinical outcomes and efficiency... steps lead to continuous care... data collection... relevance... action... People are motivated by... social networking, gamification..."
Do mental health websites improve help-seeking in adolescents?
The Mental Elf by Maxine Howard
"Variables associated with increased online help seeking in a cross-sectional study included: Previous phone helpline usage, Not seeking face-to-face help, A suppressive problem-solving approach..."
“We just flipped a switch.”
Susannah Fox
"All we did was open up the doctor’s notes… OpenNotes... how a seemingly simple change — allowing patients to view clinicians’ notes from their visits... profound effect on health care..."

Social Work:

Jimmysw's Blog 
"Organization is crucial. A layout that is intuitive helps students find information... use video extensively... instruct... create social presence... help students feel connected and engaged... new media literacy of judgment..." 
MSW@USC (Murali D. Nair, PhD)
"Management and macro practice are two critical areas to focus on as a social worker... looking for career advancement... program development, implementation, needs assessment... seek out senior mentors..."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

40 Interview Questions Every Social Worker Needs to Know



Would you like to know what types of questions to expect or prepare for before heading out to an interview for a prospective new social work position?

An earlier post had provided you with 20 questions every social worker needs to know for the interview preparation process. However, since then some important changes have taken place within the industry plus you had offered some wonderful suggestions.

As a result, the list of interview questions for social workers has grown from 20 to 40 ! These questions appear in the below infographic, organized by the following categories:
  • General 
  • Assessment of skills/technique  
  • Personality/working style
  • Other (may or may not apply according to chosen practice area) 
This post also provides you with some suggestions as to how to answer three of your most challenging questions, how to quell some of your interviewing jitters, remain inspired and more during your job search journey.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 10/6 -10/19/2014)

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:

Benzodiazepines linked to dementia risk: cause for concern or lacking causality?
The Mental Elf (Laurence Palfreyman)
"possible direct association, even if... use might also be an early indicator of a condition associated with an increased risk of dementia... another reason to avoid... other than very short term relief of insomnia or anxiety..."
Cyberbullying and mental health in young people
The Mental Elf (Elly O'Brien)
"Cyberbullying uniquely relates to internalizing, externalizing, and substance use problems in adolescents... Family dinners... likely part of a wider set... environment... positive effect on young people’s overall mental health..."
A New Training in Adolescent Substance Use Prevention & Intervention
IRETA
"teens still use substances at unsafe levels... the earlier they start, the more likely it is that they’ll develop substance use disorders as they mature...  Introduction to SBIRT for Adolescents... self-paced, online training is free..." 
We are at the beginning of a revolution…
Susannah Fox
"parallels between the current state of health data tracking and the trajectory of adoption we saw in the early days of internet... 40%...with 1 condition are trackers... 62%... with 2+ conditions...significant impact on health... " 
Social Work:

Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
MSW@USC (Gabriela Acosta)
"Bullying prevention is a community responsibility. To combat it requires proper intervention and a collective effort... The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts... some great resources..."
Death Notices
What a Shrink Thinks (Martha Crawford, LCSW)
"in order to support the bereaved, we must, on some level enter into an internal relationship to the deceased ourselves, to understand who they were... tie up the loose ends left behind with the living..."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hoarding: Causes, Hazards and Strategies

Got a Client with a Hoarding Problem? Assess for Safety!


How do you assess whether an individual has a hoarding problem? What questions do you ask to ascertain whether the person's clutter is a safety/health concern?

Individuals with compulsive hoarding disorder typically lack awareness of the severity of their behavior and may even deny that they have a problem; however, they may be placing themselves and/or their family members health at risk.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Social Justice: How Everyone Can Help Heal the World


Billions Rising: Empowering Self-Reliance Around the Globe - Book Review


Do you wish you could come up with a solution to help end poverty? Are you a social worker, social justice advocate or other thoughtful person wondering how you can help make this world a better place? If yes, the book Billions Rising: Empowering Self-Reliance Around the Globe written by Anita Casalina with Warren Whitlock and Heather Vale Goss, may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Today, we have a guest reviewer, Amy Knitzer, LCSW, who will share with you her thoughts about this inspiring book that is all about making our world a better one, one idea at a time.

A Guest Post by Amy Knitzer, LCSW