Friday, January 23, 2015

What Would You Like to See in New Blog?


The purpose of today's brief post is to let you know that blog is currently "at the shop" getting a make-over.

In addition, I wanted to take this opportunity to ask you: Are there any special features or topics that you'd like covered once the new blog is up and ready for you?

Please do share your thoughts below!

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Why Is Blog Getting a Make-Over?

The short answer is that it is long overdue !

The longer reply is that I wanted to:
  • Improve its User-friendliness:
  • New blog will feel more intuitive and user-friendly. It has a different layout which will help you easily find the posts you want to find. 
  • Get rid of the difficulties/limitations imposed by the google platform:
  • This will enable blog to have more flexibility/features and potentially improve its performance.

I apologize for the current interruption in the blog flow. Regretfully, this blog migration and make-over are proving to be a bit more challenging than I had anticipated.

Please be assured that you will be alerted of my new name and URL next week. Also, all of you who are subscribed to my emails/feed will be automatically redirected to my new address.

Till next week!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Best in Mental Health (12/29/2014 - 1/11/2015)

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.

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:

Why Can’t someone Give Me the Perfect Managed Personal Health Record (mPHR)?
The Health Care Blog (Alan Pitt, MD)
"propose... a managed PHR (mPHR).... owned by the patient, but managed by a surrogate, a care coordinator (CC)... person... responsible to keep the person... taking... medications... appointments, explaining their illness..."
Mental health workers don't recognize their own burnout
ScienceDaily
"as burnout reduced their mental/physical health and work competence, it also reduced their ability to recognize that they were suffering from burnout... Organizations... help staff recognize...and seek treatment"
Together, Health Professional Associations Determine Core Competencies in Collaboration
IRETA
"Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice report.. competency domains...Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice... Interprofessional Collaborative Practice [free] online course..."

Social Work:

Blinded by Darkness: The Collective Denial of Evil and Its Impact on Psychiatric Treatment
Psych Central Professional (Rev Sheri Heller, LCSW)
"we are compelled by our instinct for self-preservation to deny evil’s existence... pathologically evil are ruthlessly driven to acquire power and control... we need to... challenge our denial systems...   
Doing Family Therapy as a New Social Worker: The Do's and Don'ts
The New Social Worker Online (The New Social Worker Online)
"Understand the Family’s Identity... develop... treatment plan that details each family member’s role in treatment and... goals... Respect the Family’s Current State... Develop a Therapeutic Alliance..."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, January, 2015


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 all the free webcasts that Social Work Career Development could find for you 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: ADHD, sex addiction, suicidal disorders,  housing protections for survivors, impact of pornography to finding employment for individuals with disabilities and more.

Free Webinars for January 2015:

The Internet and Me: The Changing World and How Online Counselling Fits Into This New International Arena
onlinevents.co.uk
Jan 5 at 2PM EST: "Amanda Hawkins... Online Therapy will impact within a global village context and why this is important for therapists in the UK, both in terms of employment and also ethical considerations"
How ADHD Affects Executive Function
ADDitude
Jan 8 at 1PM EST: "How to identify executive function deficit disorder in adults and kids with ADD... seven major types of executive function... Treatment strategies for managing..."

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My 3 Words for 2015: Clear, Reach & Embrace!



My Three Words for 2015

Have you come up with some new goals or resolutions for the new year? If yes, you may want to consider putting them in writing.

Writing down your goals will significantly increase the likelihood of your achieving them. As Brian Tracy eloquently states, “Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines."

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 12/22/2014)

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.

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:

First scientific report shows police body-cameras can prevent unacceptable use-of-force
Mind & Brain News -- ScienceDaily
"cameras induce 'self-awareness' that can prevent unacceptable uses-of-force seen to have tragic consequences in the US over the past year... curtain of silence that protects misconduct... easily... unveiled..."
How can we improve mental health services for young people? Ask them
The Mental Elf (Sarah Knowles)
"Facilitators of engagement... interventions that promoted self-reliance and positive mental health workers who respected confidentiality... services... more visible... treatment in a range of settings..."
Never sleep with your baby: Has that advice backfired?
KevinMD.com  (Melissa Bartick, MD)
"the only evidence-based universal advice to date is that sofas are hazardous places for adults to sleep with infants... support women to stick with breastfeeding than... convince them not to sleep with their babies..."
Reactive vs. Proactive Health Care: The Intersection of Payment Reform & Consumer Data Powering Clinical Insight
The Health Care Blog (Joshua Seidman)
"figure out what they [patients] need, when they need it, and how to get it for them... Ginger.io leverages passively collected data from people’s daily lives via smart phones to identify patients at risk..."

Social Work:

Neil Ballantyne
"Are you the sort of person who likes solving mysteries? If so we invite you to help us to identify the voice of the mystery American presenter who appears on an audio tape found in the archive..."
13 Things: An Interview with Amy Morin, LCSW
The Social Work Test Prep
"she helped write large portions of SWTP's first practice exams... Writing started out as somewhat of a hobby... Last year, I wrote an article called "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do"... it quickly went viral..."

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 12/8/2014 - 12/21/2014)


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.

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 Internet Therapist: adherence to Internet CBT compared to face to face CBT
The Mental Elf (Andrés Fonseca)
"guided iCBT offers lower adherence than face to face CBT... method still holds much promise... efficacy of iCBT is fairly well established... need to focus on what specific strategies can maximise adherence..."
We must listen to and assist all young victims of sexual assaults
KevinMD (Victoria Dooley)
"teenager’s delay in reporting sexual assault does not make the allegations less credible; rather it is a sign that someone failed to support or believe a teen at a time of need... need to destigmatize rape... resources in place..."
What could a digital future look like in health care?
 KevinMD (Alexandra Pelletier)
"smartphone becomes my health care brain, connecting all the sensors in wearables on me or in my environment to analyze my health in real-time, providing me with insights when I want them..."

Social Work:

Seven Reasons For a New Child Welfare Degree Program
Child Welfare (ckhayek)
"Most social work programs focus on preparing graduates to provide therapeutic services, which has limited application in most public child welfare positions... Effective child welfare professionals..."
The Feelings Tree – helping children talk about emotions
JKP Blog
"a free activity from... Seeds of Hope Bereavement and Loss Activity Book, which aims to help children deal with loss and/or change through nature... helpful to those finding it difficult to cope with bereavement..."