Monday, September 1, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 8/18 - 8/31/2014)

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:

Broadcasting suicide in social media: A failure of responsibility
KevinMD.com by Albert Fuchs, MD
"mental health professionals... compiled recommendations for journalists covering stories of suicide, especially of celebrities. The press has largely followed these recommendations. Enter social media..."
Combining psychotherapy and antidepressants is best for common mental illnesses
The Mental Elf by Patrick Kennedy-Williams
"for... depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or social anxiety... combined tx is more beneficial than pill placebo... twice as effective as pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy alone...
Infographic: Overdose Prevention, State by State
SAMHSA
"Sunday, August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day... we are... working to expand the availability of naloxone... a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose that might otherwise result in death..."

Social Work:

6 Questions for Social Workers, 6 Answers for Social Work Students
Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW
"wish that I could have learned more about skills for entrepreneurship... In my experience I have found it surprising that many people still do not always understand who Social Workers are and what we do..."
AL Fall Child Welfare Conference 2014: Professional & Ethical Use of Social Media in Social Work Practice
Teaching Social Work by Laurel Hitchcock
"link to the Prezi that I will show... social media can be valuable tools for professional development... social workers need to understand how to effectively engage client systems with social media..."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, September 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 free webcasts for this month in the field of social work and mental health.

As you can see, a broad range of topics are covered in this month's selection from: the science of happiness, bullying, eating disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, trafficked youth, identity theft, mental health and deafness, to trauma-informed care for children to leadership and decision-making and more...

Free Webinars for September:

Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Assault on Campus (1 of 5)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sept 2 at 1-2:30PM EST: "basic tools to help you prepare to respond to a disclosure of abuse or to train other individuals on your campus on basic advocacy and support..."
Bully Backlash
Stop Bullying
Sept 2 at 5PM EST: "49 states have passed legislation to deal with the problem... A movement is growing that is starting to resemble a "backlash" to the anti-bullying crusade..." 
Social Media & Teen Engagement
That's Not Cool.com
Sept 3 at 1PM or 4PM EST: "social media best practices on engaging the teens in your work, and discuss how to develop innovative ideas for your social media strategy..."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The DSM-5 and Problem Gambling

How to Use DSM-5 to Diagnose Individuals with Problem Gambling


Do you work with individuals who have a gambling or other type of addiction? Would you like to know how the DSM-5 has impacted addiction definition and treatment?

This post will provide you with four excellent webinars (and two presentations) to get you up-to speed on the changes that have impacted problem gambling and the ways in which you may effectively work with individuals suffering from his addiction.

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  (AndrĂ©s 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..."