Sunday, August 17, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 8/11/2014)

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 some of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

Alternatives to medication for agitation in dementia
The Mental Elf  (Andrés Fonseca)
"medication seems to be of limited use... an extensive systematic review of the literature on alternatives to medication for agitation in dementia... Interventions that work... Activities...Music therapy...Sensory interventions..."
Do gut bacteria rule our minds? In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices
Science Daily
"bacteria within us -- which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold -- may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity..." 
The Right to Die: The Suicide Checklist
Healthcare Blog (James Salwitz, MD)
"Physician–Assisted–Suicide... a kind of application... legal checklist.. a review of the sanctioned methods available, as well as the legal indications and limits for committing suicide... a terminal disease is required..." 

Social Work:

Attachment, schools and vulnerable children: An interview with Nicola Marshall
JKP Blog
"Look beneath the behaviors to the root. All behavior communicates something. For children who have experienced early trauma their behaviors very often are how they express themselves..."
Choose Courage
Brené Brown
"When confronted with news of a stranger’s unimaginable pain – a suicide, an overdose... We can choose to respond from fear or we can choose courage... When... better than – safer than... thinking, we are actually choosing fear... "

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Day in the Life of a CPS Social Worker

Have you wondered what a typical day of work is like for a social worker in Child Protective Services (CPS)?

Thanks to Brock Venture*, who has been in the field for 15 years, and kindly agreed to be interviewed, this post will provide you with an idea of what social work in child welfare is like.

You will also have the opportunity to learn what types of questions you might expect on an interview for a CPS position.

Brock, let's start with a bit of background. Could you tell us what is your current position? And what does this entail?
Currently I am a CPS Screening supervisor in a large East Coast City. I am part of a team of three supervisors, and we supervise 15 staff members (Screeners). To be a supervisor you need to be a licensed MSW.
Our staff are considered caseworkers- some are BSWs, some are MSWs without license, some simply have a BA in a human service discipline. We are what is referred to as the "Child Abuse Hotline."  We take in phone calls, letters, e-mails, walk-ins regarding allegations of child maltreatment. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 8/4/2014)


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:

A cruel paradox when it comes to mental disorders
KevinMD (Allen Frances, MD)
"Neuroscience is an extremely easy sell to Congress and rich philanthropists because it promises so much... we are shamefully neglecting the needs of patients who are suffering right now..."
What does 'diversity' mean to you? The answer may depend on your race
Science Daily
"Racial minority group members care whether or not members of their own race are part of a team. While the presence of other minority groups is better than no diversity at all, it's not the same as having someone of your own race present..."

Social Work:

Answering a Child’s Questions About Out of Home Placement
Social Work Helper (Paul C. Milford, MSW)
"Why don’t I live with mommy anymore? With roughly 400,000 children in out of home placements... figure out what the child already knows (and feels) about the situation... Let the child’s response be your guide..."
Enmeshment and a Proper Ending
Everyone Needs Therapy (therapydoc)
"Does childhood enmeshment predict a good result for the aging parent? We assume it is bad for the child, especially toxic for a teenager who is denied a life, who cannot... individuate, become his own person..." 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SWE's Top 12 Tips for the Social Work Exam


Are you getting ready to take your social work licensure exam?  Have you wanted to learn more about what SocialWorkExam.com (SWE) has to offer?

To find out how SWE differs from other social work exam preparation courses, as well as provide you with some helpful studying tips, Social Work Career Development reached out to Linton at SWE.
SWE has been around for over 18 years! It provides you with access to hundreds of case studies and thousands of practice exam questions. 
To facilitate studying and absorption of the material, it also offers its study materials in a variety of formats: online, newsletters/print, videos, podcasts and iPod downloads. In addition, you can access its study guide in Spanish.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 7/28 - 8/3/14)

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 mobile apps help recovering alcoholics?
The Mental Elf (Paul Christiansen)
"A-CHESS app...different features including a panic button when individuals feel tempted to drink alcohol...audio relaxation guides... promising, with statistically significant effects on risky drinking and relapse..."
Many Problems Lead to Thoughts of Suicide, Study Finds
NYT (Judith Graham)
"illness, disability, financial concerns... bereavement... contribute to depression... treatment of depression alone may not be sufficient to reduce suicide rates among the elderly... need a broader approach..." 
Schizophrenia and genetics: a new landmark study
The Mental Elf (Marcus Munafò)
"a recent paper by the Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the best evidence yet that there is a genetic basis to schizophrenia... potentially lead to new treatments..."
Social Work:

2 Articles Written Specifically for White People to Foster Anti-Racist Allyhood
N.A.H. (Relando Thompkins, MSW, LMSW)
"it’s about time that we stop making whiteness the focal point in a conversation about racism... focus should be the everyday lives of blacks and people of color who have to navigate social and institutional indignities repeatedly..."
3 Tips for Talking to Children about Traumatic Events like Malaysian Airlines Flight
Social Work Helper (Paul C. Milford, MSW)
"There are a few important differences in the way adults and children... process the information on the news... adults are able to receive the story in context... a child isn’t automatically able to identify the event as isolated..."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, August 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 the registration information for 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: CBT for binge-eating, employing a service animal as a job accommodation, communication for students who are deaf/blind, intergenerational trauma, vicarious trauma to paying for student loans and more.

Free Webinars for August:

Successfully Motivating Teens To Take Leadership Roles In Prevention
Peer Solutions
Aug 1 at 2-3:30PM EST: "presented by Jennifer Rauhouse Executive Director and Founder of Peer Solutions and guest speaker Eli Chevalier a Senior High School student that is a Peer Educator representing Jennifer’s program"
Your Back-to-School Game Plan: How to Ensure Your Child’s Success
ADDitude
Aug 5 at 1PM EST: "How to develop a schedule with your child for the new school year... Scheduling meetings with your child’s teacher and guidance counselor... Finding a person in the school who really understands your child..."
SMH’s New Online Screening Platform
Screening for Mental Health
Aug 5 at 1:30-2:15PM EST: "Preview Screening for Mental Health’s New and Improved Online Screening Platform... new features of the screening platform as well as its unique customization and reporting capabilities."