Sunday, July 27, 2014

Best in Mental Health (week of 7/21-7/27/14)

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:

Mapping the Risk Architecture of Mental Disorders
NIMH (Thomas Insel)
"new report adds to the growing evidence that common variation will be a major contributor to risk for schizophrenia... The genetics of autism, by contrast, has been mostly about rare variants..."
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may reduce the demand for primary care visits
The Mental Elf (Amy Green)
"Those who received MBCT... Those who received a non-MBCT group therapy... the MBCT group had an overall reduction in: Non-mental health care visits... Psychiatric visits... Non-mental health specialist visits..."
Open access and social media: helping science move forwards
Evidently Cochrane (James Balm)
"Open access research helps us reach information without a paywall blocking the way... Social media... chance to reach out and make science exciting... Academia... researchers to network... share and promote their research..."

Social Work:

Social Work Helper (Daniel Ortiz Reti)
"3D printers are on a collision course with the systems that make up our society... You can make nearly anything, cheaper than you could buy it!... this can... provide quickly produced temporary shelters..."
8 Things White People Really Need to Understand About Race
Everyday Feminism
"Racial prejudice and racism are not the same thing... White people have a racial identity... We have the power to build actively anti-racist racial identities... White people need to engage White people in ending racism..."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Got Therapy Practice? Create Your Own Website!

The Minimalist Guide to Creating a Therapist Website 


Are you a social worker or mental health professional who would like to set up your own wordpress blog?

If yes, you are likely to find the WordPress Video course created by Cathy Hanville, LCSW, very helpful.

Cathy is a licensed clinical social worker who has a clinical private practice and a business consultancy. Some of you may already be familiar with Cathy's expertise on internet marketing from The Zen of Online Marketing for Private Practice.

This post will provide you with a review of the video course for therapists, as well as some valuable career insights from Cathy for recent social work and other mental health graduates.

Wordpress Video Course Review


Cathy has essentially converted a face-to-face course that she provides her therapist clients to a 10-session video format, thereby making this information accessible (and affordable) to mental health professionals across the country and world.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks 7/6 - 7/20/2014)


I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...

This post is part of a weekly (or biweekly) 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:

3 innovations to improve mental health treatment
KevinMD (Mary Giliberti and Stuart Lustig, MD, MPH)
"we need to ensure that mental health services are available to young people where they are every day - in schools... addressing the mental health of children in primary care, including screenings, is key..."
The Mental Elf (Fiona Warner-Gale)
"Parent training has been proven to be the most effective intervention for pre-school and school age children with anti-social behavior problems... potential to reduce negative outcomes for children, as well as increasing..."
Survey: 75% of consumers want digital healthcare services
Clinical Innovation + Technology
"belief that consumers do not want to use digital healthcare services is a myth... adoption is slow because existing services do not meet consumer needs or because they are of poor quality..."

Social Work:

Thoughts on the Social World (David Niven)
"To move forward, Kieran emphasises awareness raising to journalists on these issues but also for those speaking to the media... words twisted into a negative portrayal of our work and how we can prevent this..."
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: Stories about Social Work from Ogden Rogers, Ph.D.
The Social Work Podcast (Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW)
"beautiful little collection of stories.. we’ll hear six, two each from Beginnings, Middles, and Ends... story called “Content, Process, and Boundary.”... reflection on the importance of beginnings... challenge of getting them right..."  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Supervision in Social Work: A Book Review


Are you looking for a good resource to prepare you to take on the role of social work supervisor? Or perhaps you are an educator looking for an excellent book about supervision to use in your advanced practice class?

If yes, Supervision in Social Work, Fifth Edition, by Alfred Kadushin and Daniel Harkness may be the perfect book to fulfill your needs!

Kadushin and Harkness (2014) provide you with a thorough review of supervision, starting with how it originated, the different types, to recent innovations in the field (such as live supervision). Furthermore, you are alerted about the typical challenges and issues that arise when you become a supervisor and are guided in the art of social work supervision.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: Key Learnings [2 of 3]



What are some of the evidence-based practices for trauma-informed care? Have you wanted to learn more about narrative exposure therapy?

A few weeks ago, NYU's Silver School of Social Work held an informative one day conference on the "Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: The Essentials." In part one of this series, you had the opportunity to look at what is the essence of trauma-informed care.
There are many evidence-based treatments for trauma such as EMDR, yoga, drama therapy, improvisation, movement therapy and rhythmic singing, but this post, part two of the series, will be focusing on narrative exposure therapy.
Below are some key take-aways for you vis a vis evidence-based practices for trauma, as per Carol Tosone, Ph.D. and Associate Professor at the Silver School of Social Work,

Evidence-Based Practices for Trauma

Before delving into effective trauma treatments, Tosone first reviewed Psychological First Aid (PFA) and shared a wonderful grounding exercise.

Principles of Psychological First Aid (PFA) include:
  • Safety - developing/identifying a physically safe environment 
  • Efficacy - maximizing an individual's ability to care for self, family and others
  • Calmness - teaching and encouraging relaxation and calming skills (as well as maintenance of natural body rhythms such as sleep, food, exercise)
  • Connectedness - facilitating links to family and other social supports
  • Fostering Hope and Optimism

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks 6/23 - 7/5/2014)

I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...

This post is part of a weekly (or biweekly) 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.

Posts cover a wide range of topics from: facebook’s secret experiment, internationally adopted children, grant-writing, the concept of power/empowerment, secrets to conversational skill, ADHD in girls, mindfulness to childhood trauma, intimate partner abuse and more.

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

Announcing the Social Care Elf: a new member of the National Elf Service
Social Care Evidence in Practice
"The Social Care Elf is in development and the website will be launched soon. It will adhere to the same simple principles of making high quality social care research more accessible and usable, so that people who work in the field have the research they need at their fingertips to enable their practice to be informed by relevant research findings..."
Finally! A Definite Cause of Autism: Hint it isn’t Vaccines
Lunatic Laboratories
"new study offers more proof that it is purely genetic [at least in some cases]. This is huge because this is the first actual clear cut cause for certain types of Autism... people with a mutation in the CHD8 gene..."
Health Care Hackers
Susannah Fox
"Destination DIY is an independently-produced public radio show and podcast featuring creative solutions to big problems... PatientsLikeMe as an example of an org that helps people who want to help themselves..." 
Watching what you eat: does mindfulness work for binging and weight loss?
The Mental Elf
"Mindfulness may do many things, and is queuing up to take its place with CBT as the panacea of mental illness, but I don’t think it can lay claim to binge eating yet..."

Social Work:

Article in The Roundtable
Jae Ran Kim
"Internationally Adopted Children... almost 8 percent of internationally adopted children/youth under 18 had at least one disability... adoption agencies must be more explicit... Professionals... must improve their own knowledge..."
Caution: The “R Word” is a Matter of Human Rights
SocialWorkSynergy (Pat Shelly)
"for Hilary Weaver, professor of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, the “R word” has impact far outside the sports arena... Change the Mascot aims to rid society of the disrespectful and belittling names and mascots..."