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 Mental Elf (John Baker)
"Clinically, it seems clear that short training courses are not impacting on patient outcomes. Services need to think more creatively about how they address the needs of those from a minority..."2015 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Starts Nov. 15
"If you don’t have health insurance or are looking for more affordable health insurance and haven't looked at the Health Insurance Marketplace―open enrollment is the time to look... Feb. 15, 2015... Open enrollment ends..."Risk factors for dementia: separating the facts from the myths
The Mental Elf (Josephine Neale)
"Dementia is not a normal part of aging... risk is increased by inadequate nutrition in early life... stressful events in early life... Education is protective against dementia... Physical activity reduces risk..."VA patients derive value and benefit from OpenNotes
Clinical Innovation + Technology (Laura Pedulli)
"91.8 percent of users agreed that access to notes helped them understand their conditions better... 87 percent disagreed that VA notes will make them worry more... 88.4 percent disagreed... more confusing than helpful"
Greater Good (Jill Suttie)
"just knowing someone who has a cross-group friendship can have similar effects on prejudice—a contagion effect... Engage diverse groups of children in cooperative tasks... Teach... to differentiate..."10 Reasons Why Social Workers Don't Talk About Money and 3 Reasons Why They Should
"We don't know how to talk about money... financial training website specifically for social workers called The Center for Financial Social Work... Money is a necessity, like it or not... "