Sunday, November 16, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 10/27/14 -11/16/14)

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:

Cultural competence education for health professionals: does learning about culture make any difference to patients?
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"  
Social Work:

Five Ways to Foster Interracial Friendship in Schools
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
The New Social Worker Online (Eva Forde, MSSW)
"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... "

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AATBS' Top 10 Exam Tips for the Social Work Licensure Exam

Virginia Beaufort, LMHC, Ph.D.

Does one social work licensure exam preparation firm differ from another? Or are they all basically the same?

This week, we have an interview with Virginia Beaufort, LMHC, Ph.D., the Director of Academic Affairs for the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS).

This is the fifth interview in Social Work Career Development's series of interviews with top social work licensure course providers. Earlier interviews were conducted with LEAP, SWTP, SWE and TDC.
AATBS stands out vs. the other firms as being the most experienced. It has helped over 500,000 social workers and other mental health professional pass their respective licensing exams since 1976. 
It also makes provides a few variations of its study materials to accommodate both different budgets and learning preferences:
  • Online workshop series - 4 sessions
  • Study guide - 5 volumes
  • Study materials package: study guide, 4 online practice exams, 3 exam readiness lecture  and expert phone consultation
  • Combo package: study guide, online workshop series, 4 online practice exams, 3 exam readiness lectures and expert phone consultation

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, November, 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 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: conferences on healthcare for children, parenting, women and food and making the most out of your life, to webinars on supervision, adoption, child welfare, domestic violence, financial capability, trauma-informed care, working with veterans and more.

Free Webinars for November:

1 in 6 Men On Campus National Task Force
Nov 3 at 12PM EST: "adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse experience unique challenges and barriers. Campus culture adds significant complexity to the issues of disclosing and seeking help..."
Health Impact of IPV
Tribal Forensic Healthcare
Nov 3 at 3-4:30PM EST: "research on the connection between IPV and other health issues... relationship between IPV and HIV/AIDS... strategies to address the short term and long term health consequences of IPV..."
The Children's & Teen Health Summit
The Children’s & Teen Health Summit
Nov 3-10 beg at 10AM EST: "diverse buffet of topics during a week of interviews with leading experts in many health fields... Dan Siegel... Adolescent Mind: Understanding and Relating to Our Youth..." 
Women, Food and Desire
Nov 3-7 [24 sessions]: "Alex Jamieson: author... documentary, Super Size Me... panel of experts in psychology, food cravings, and nutrition... Embrace your cravings, make peace with food, reclaim your body..."
NW Network
Nov 4 at 3-4:30PM EST: "profound barriers to LGBTQ access to services... re-think... communal emergency shelter... new concepts for the physical shelter environment... emerging best practices for "sheltering'..." 

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.