Sunday, October 23, 2011

Best Tweets in Mental Health (wk of 10/17/2011)

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

This post is part of a weekly series, Best Tweets in Mental Health, featuring the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, mindfulness, and private practice on Social Work Career Development.

Social Work:

A Follow Up to Dings & Grats
Gamer Therapist (Mike Langlois, LICSW)
"Twenty-First Century gaming is a form of social media, and gamers are social.  What’s more they are people, with unique and holistic presences in the world.  I wasn’t around to speak up in the 50s, 60s and 70s when therapists were saying that research showed all gays had distant fathers and smothering mothers...But I am around to push back when digital natives in general and gamers in particular are derided in the guise of clinical language..."
Choosing Recovery
Life, Love, Balance (@LovEternal)
"The point I am trying to make in telling this story is that having a goal, writing it down, and paying attention to your feelings are successful ways to advance in recovery. Whatever we are “recovering” from doesn’t matter. It all boils down to choices we make or don’t make that create the life that we live..."
How I Learned to Be Black (Part II)
(This is the second of a five part series of unconventional reflections on race)
Leveraging Difference
"The pivotal experience for me was a trip I took to Shanghai several years ago...At one point, I came to a crosswalk and on the other side of the street I saw a tall white man standing there...As soon as I saw him, my heart leapt. I thought to myself, “Look, someone just like me!” In that moment I laughed in delight. At no other time in my life had I instinctively identified with a white man like that. Just like me? That experience shifted the way I thought about myself as a black person..."
Live social work Twitter debate a success
"This was the inaugural debate of regular fortnightly online events which offer a shared open online space dedicated to social work/social care...The first question of the evening was about the role of social work in society which was followed by many tweets and vibrant discussions. The answers ranged from being an agent of social change/justice to being burdened by paperwork and a tick-box culture..."
Welcome to the Connecting Social Care and Social Media blog #cscsm
Connecting Social Care and Social Media
"This is a collaborative multi-author blog specifically about social work, social care and social media. We believe that digital engagement using social media channels is important for the future direction of social work and social care services...We welcome guest posts from the UK and internationally."
States at Risk
"Earlier this year, NAMI released a special report on state mental health budgets cuts. Two-thirds of states made cuts from 2009 to 2011, ranging from three to 35 percent. Looking at he SAMHSA figures and NAMI’s special report, four of the states with the highest levels of serious mental illness cut mental health care by three to 11 percent.."
The Most Dangerous Burnout?
Classroom to Capitol (Melinda Lewis)
"It’s always an uphill climb, no matter who sits in the White House or even how many votes we control in Congress. Trying to vanquish injustice is like that...Our causes are no less noble for being long shots. Our clients’ and communities’ needs are no less urgent. And our roles are no less critical..."
What Are Good Social Workers Made Of? - Knowledge
The College of Social Work (@Ermintrude)
"However, what makes me love social work is the practical element. Yes, we use theory but we don't just spout text book knowledge, we use this information to help us support families to make changes to their lives for the better. We take the theory and make it relevant to people's every day lives..."
Wondering How Your Caseload Compares to That of Other Case Managers?
"The Caseload Capacity Calculator is available, free of charge, to all case managers through December, 31, 2011. Thereafter, it will remain free to NASW and CMSA members, though nonmembers may continue to use the tool for a fee...Visit to begin using the Caseload Capacity Calculator today."


10 Things You Should Say to a Depressed Loved One
"You won't always feel this way...What do you think might help you to feel better?...Nothing. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. And especially if it’s given from the heart..."
A New Therapy Rule
"Treat the client you have, not the one you wish you had...Technique, no matter how effective it could be, is only good to the extent that people will actually use it immediately and benefit from using it..."
Beating Insomnia - How to Sleep Better - Part 1  and Part 2
bipolarburble (Natasha Tracy)
"The reason most people don’t sleep well is because they have something called bad “sleep hygiene.” Sleep hygiene is simply all the behaviors and thoughts surrounding your sleep habits, and for most of us, our actions and thoughts are keeping us from sleeping. But you can train your brain to sleep well..."
Companions That Shape Your Life
Rewiring the Soul (Gabriela Kortsch)
"When life serves up the hard bits, the companions we have chosen up to that point in our lives, will shape – at least in part – the manner in which we are able to deal with the problems. They will sustain us and they will help us get through that dark forest to the clearing on the other side. Or not..."
Deal With Life's Ups and Downs Without Eating Potato Chips
Dr Melanie Greenberg
"Emotional eating is something we have all done occasionally. We eat for reasons other than hunger, such as eating birthday cake to celebrate with a group of girlfriends...However, for some people, emotional eating can become a way of life and the only way they know to deal with painful emotions such as sadness, anger, or anxiety..."
Trend Alert: Suicide in Later Life Women
Dr Deb (Deborah Serani)
"The largest growing number of completed suicides is occurring in later life, more specifically with women aged 50 and older...The hard and cold truth is that not all suicides are preventable. Though many individuals plan and even leave clues regarding their objective, there are others that act on impulse, leaving no indelible imprint of their intentions..." - includes 10 tips to offset this trend
Trust and PTSD Recovery
Heal My PTSD ( Michele Rosenthal)
"I didn’t trust that I could be strong enough to manage my post-trauma emotions. I was so very terrified of them that instead of trusting that I could and would find a way to survive their enormous intensity, I just cut them off, deadened, numbed...When I finally began my PTSD recovery process I didn’t have a choice about trusting myself or not. I was an emotional and physical wreck..."
Whole People Deserve Whole Health: An Occupy Healthcare Post
Dr Becker Schutte
"Let me say that I am not someone who normally thinks of myself as an activist...many people who truly need mental health treatment are not receiving it because they either don’t have insurance, or they have insurance policies that create an unnatural separation between medicine that treats their physical bodies and medicine that treats their minds and spirits...We deserve whole health, in a system that integrates specialty providers with primary care providers..."
Managed Care/Private Practice:

How To Respond To A Licensing Board Investigation And Protect Your License, Professional Career, And Livelihood
Zur Institute
"The probability of being investigated by a state licensing board is generally relatively small. Still the probability of a board investigation of a practice is approximately five times that of being sued...Do NOT ever take a board investigation lightly..."
Managing with Managed Care - Part One  and Part Two
American Counseling Association
"Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are not new and there is no sign that they are going away anytime soon. Most clinicians find themselves dealing with MCOs, their paperwork, processes and reviews more than ever...A client who would benefit from therapy but who it cannot be shown medically needs services will often be denied care...."


Cultivating a Practice of Mindful Breathing – Three Essential Principles (3 of 3)
Dr Athena Staik
"Mindful breathing is a built-in tool that can help us monitor, self-direct and transform our experience of life...Three principles, set as intentions, form a strong foundation in cultivating a practice of mindful breathing: an inner focus, a present focus and an optimal emotional state...The healthful effects of mindful breathing increase in proportion to the quality of our inner focus, our sense of presence in the moment, and our skill in maintaining an optimal emotional state."
Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health: Thich Nhat Hanh and Health@Google
"Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay in his circles) made a rare visit to the Googleplex to lead a half-day Health@Google workshop in the fundamentals of mindfulness. The exercises and rituals of mindfulness lay the path to optimal health and happiness. The video is of Thich Nhat Hanh's half-day of mindfulness..."

When you become more compassionate, who wins?
"There is excellent data that shows that self compassion, or how you talk to yourself is a strong indicator of success. Resilience is boosted when you are not constantly criticizing yourself...Compassion for others is linked to the compassion we feel for ourselves..."

Social Media/Podcasts:

Everyone on the Internet is an Axe Murderer
Virtual Connections (Nancy Smyth)
"The first time I arranged to meet someone that I had met through a social network, a close friend joked, “be careful, she might be an axe murderer.” I don’t think my friend was joking though. I sensed real anxiety behind the comment...What’s most interesting to me is that when I first meet someone, it does take some time for my virtual sense of them to integrate with my new-found “in physical life” IPL sense of them.."
Family Psychoeducation: Interview with Carol Anderson, Ph.D.
The Social Work Podcast Daily
"In today's podcast, Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, speaks with Carol Anderson, who along with Gerry Hogarty, developed a family-based approach to working with people with schizophrenia called Family Psychoeducation. Family Psychoeducation is only one of a handful of treatments that has been empirically validated to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness..."
The Power of Self-Care in Parenting: A Gift to Your Entire Family
Institute of HeartMath
"This special free live webinar, from 11am to 12pm (PDT) on Saturday, Oct. 29, will address a variety of parents' unique needs...The presenters will discuss how to create daily routines and practices for de-stressing yourself, taking time to find greater balance, enjoy yourself and focus on your well-being..." 

Which one of these was your favorite? Please share your comments and/or thoughts. I love hearing from you :)

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  1. Cool list, Dorlee! My favorite this week is the caseload calculator. I plan on bringing it into work and sharing it with my peers!

  2. The caseload calculator app does sound very cool, Mozart. Let us know how it works :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for recognizing my blog, I appreciate it!! :)

  4. It was my pleasure, LovEternal :)

    Your post provides helpful tips for anyone trying to get over an obstacle (or illness) of one kind or another...and I thought that there are many out there who may benefit.