Sunday, January 8, 2012

Best in Mental Health (wk of 1/2/2012)

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, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.

The topics this week covered a wide spectrum from making assessments, advice on how to find a good fit work-wise, resources for evidence based practice, setting boundaries, sexual attractiveness between the therapist and patient, and vicarious trauma to tips on how best to run a nonprofit and grow a private practice.

In short, I think you'll be hard-pressed not to find at least one article (if not more) of interest!

Social Work:

How not to do Social Work
"The "Assessment is the process of systematically gathering and analysing information about the client, family and context." (Taylor and Devine, 1993)... This week I have met a family in crisis, left ripped apart from an assessment..."
Finding a Good "Fit"
Practice Wisdom (Natalie L. Hill, LICSW)
"There are such a wide variety of practice settings out there - different populations, treatment modalities, and work environments... there are better and worse "fits" out there. Hone in on better fits by prioritizing your needs and work preferences..."

Give Us Your Nominations for the NASW Media Awards!
Social Workers Speak (GWright)
"NASW invites you to nominate newspaper articles, newspaper columns, magazine stories, websites, blogs, radio segments, television ... and cable TV shows, ... films and documentaries that you think best portrayed the social work profession in 2011..."
Liberty, Life, and the Pursuit of Happiness... For Some
Imagination Nation (Munib S, MSW Student)
"After listening to Senator Santorum’s glowing remarks comparing marriage equality to polygamy and (in the past) bestiality, I am truly shocked and appalled at his almost first place finish at the Iowa caucus... a person with such deeply embedded... bigotry..."
Parenting Resolutions and Social Justice
Classroom to Capitol (Melinda Lewis)
"In 2012, I promise to offer my kids more chances to do for themselves, and more understanding of why that matters so much... When we’re building capacity and helping people to claim their own power, “easy” isn’t what matters... "
Relevant research for Approved Mental Health Professionals
Martin Webber's Blog (@mgoat73)
"The training session I lead for Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) trainees includes a critical introduction to the paradigm of evidence-based practice... I provide... a reading list of studies that have been conducted... the list... can be downloaded..."
On setting boundaries
Cathy Hanville, LCSW
"Many people make their decisions based on how others will feel and react rather than on what is best for them. That is not a healthy way to live. No one is responsible for another person's feelings... some suggestions on learning to set boundaries..."
“Take my kids, please!” “For the last time, NO!”
"The assumption that we steal children away first, ask questions later, is one that most of us confront fairly regularly... Parents regularly come to us, wanting their teenagers removed from the home. Not forever, mind you. They want them to come home fixed..."
The sad case of Charlie B: a story about the dangers of chronic homelessness
Diary of a Social Worker (Dave Ray)
"Charlie and Hattie became homeless because of a natural disaster and remain so six years later... Charlie will likely never get beyond being homeless, especially considering that it appears he is now slipping into mental illness as well..."
What’s new is 2012?
Life, Love, Balance (LovEternal, MSW)
"This year I have just one goal to focus on. Recovery. Living a balanced life is what recovery means to me. Balance (yin and yang) to me consists of the ability to love myself and others, while skillfully managing the difficulties life offers me..."
Why I’m not ‘anti psychiatry’
caretraining (Stuart Sorensen)
"Medications are biological tools. They are chemical preparations designed to make chemical changes in the body. This is because of an assumption that mental disorders are caused by physical (specifically chemical) problems. But is this always true? ..."
Why mental health social workers can be particularly prone to stress
community care (Mark Drinkwater)
"...although all social work can be stressful, there are some notable reasons why mental health social workers are particularly prone to stress. In part, this is because of the intractable nature of the problems that they face... "


Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry
Beyond Meds (Giannakali)
"One thing I found is that no one, pretty much anywhere, knows how to deal with the serious psychiatric drug withdrawal iatrogenesis that happens for some of us... guide for physicians and other healthcare professionals... you can download the book for free..."
Crash And Burn (To Stand Back And Watch In Slow Motion)
American Counseling Association (Christian Billington)
"Watching a client or patient get broken down by life, by disease, by stress, by addiction, by anxiety or whatever causation is one of the hardest aspects... Adopting the observer role challenges the pro-active side of my being..."
Internet-Based CBT for Binge Eating Disorder
Beck Institute Blog
"A recent study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) based self-help treatment program for binge eating disorder (BED) could be successfully implemented online..."
Journey Into Self
The Irreverent Psychologist (Jason Evan Mihalko, Psy.D)
"This clip, the documentary called Journey Into Self, is a fascinating view showing us the brilliance that was Carl Rogers as well as the transformative power of group psychotherapy..."
Lack of Understanding of Mental Illness
Healthy Place (Natasha Tracy)
"It’s reasonable that people don’t innately understand mental illness - it’s a hard thing to grasp... I will keep doing what I do, and try to promoted understanding, education and awareness, but I’m going to accept that not everyone can get there..."
Managing Your Anxieties and PTSD
Heal My PTSD (Stan Popovich)
"Here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their every day stress, anxieties, and PTSD... When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into..."
Relationship Resolutions: Communication
Stanek Counseling (Sean Stanek, LMHP)
"The more you are able to communicate with your partner about your feelings, dreams, expectations, and goals the stronger foundation you will build... to build a stronger foundation... Stop blaming... Here is a copy of the Fair Fighting Rules..."
Resolve 10 Dialectical Tensions for a Balanced Lifestyle
Laura Schenck, M.A.
"When you live according to absolutes or extremes, there is a tendency to become easily overwhelmed, overly stressed, and emotionally reactive... DBT teaches individuals essential skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance..."
What I Wish People Knew About BPD and Anger
Healthy Place (Becky Oberg)
"The wrath of a person with BPD often comes on quickly. The intensity of the rage is extremely strong... Depending on the self-control of the enraged person, people or property can be damaged... it helps for us to talk–it allows time for the anger to..."
When therapists have the hots for their clients
Research Digest (Martin, C., Godfrey, M., Meekums, B., and Madill, A.)
"...researchers said the results showed that "even among experienced, accredited practitioners, sexuality and sexual feelings commonly intrude into the therapeutic encounter and required management for client benefit."
Treatment Development: Where do we go from here?
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Director's Blog (Thomas Insel)
"NIMH does not have the human or financial resources to develop the next generation of medications. We can, however, support science that can catalyze innovation and discovery in both the public and private sectors... "
Vicarious Trauma and the Professional Interpreter
The Trauma and Attachment Report (Jana Vigor)
"Interpreters seem to experience vicarious trauma differently than other professionals providing aid since they do more than witness the trauma; they channel it...Because you are constantly saying “I, I, I,” you start associating with the story much more..."


11 New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofit Social Media Managers
NonProfit Tech 2.0
"1) Create a "Thank You" video(s) for your 2012 fundraising campaigns. 2) Learn basic HTML. 3) Diversify your news sources. 4) View your nonprofit's website on a tablet and smartphone browser ASAP! ..."
Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage
Beth's Blog (Beth Kanter)
"Content delivery  is less important then the skill to making sense of it and that needs to be what “classroom time” is about.  The instructor’s role should be to facilitate this understanding for their students, not dump content on them..."
Strategic Philanthropy in the "New Normal"
"We invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 [for a free webinar], as top thinkers in nonprofit management and philanthropy explore the impact of the 2008 recession and "recovery" on... campaign strategy, unrestricted fundraising and more..."

Private Practice:

Money: The Post You Don’t Want To Read But Should
Gamer Therapist (Mike Langlois, LICSW)  
"The pointer is this, if you want to make more money, take a look at the bank you're using. Making money isn’t just about your fee or caseload, but the fees you may be paying out...Do you spend 30 minutes running to the bank each week? That’s time you could see a patient..."
Put These Free Practice Building Webinars On Your Calendar
Private Practice Toolbox (Julie Hanks, LCSW)
"I’ve personally attended webinars from both presenters listed below so I can vouch for the quality and relevance of their presentations... Jan. 11 "The Facebook Divide" with Laura Roeder... Jan. 16 "WordPress for Therapists" with Therapy Marketing Geeks..."
Want to Grow Your Practice? Go. Now.
Dr. Susan Giurleo
"The practitioner, coach, guru, or self-proclaimed ‘expert’ who gets online, moves to mobile, puts themselves where the public is will get the clients... This is the year when EVERYONE finally gets the memo that being online isn’t optional..."
Your 2012 Practice Vision: WHY Do You Do What You Do?
Private Practice Toolbox (Julie Hanks, LCSW)
"According to Sinek, your “why” is the most important aspect of running a successful business, or in our world, our private practice... Do potential clients get to know your “why” when they visit your website, or are you solely focused on the “what” & “how”?..."

Lastly, before I forget, please note that this Tuesday, January 10, 2012, @SWSCmedia will be once again hosting its weekly twitter chats at 20:00GMT/15:00 EST.

Please share any thoughts or comments you have below. Also, feel free to mention any great posts that I may have missed.

You May Also Enjoy:
Best in Mental Health (wk of 12/26/2011)
Best in Mental Health (wk of 12/19/2011)
Best in Mental Health (wk of 12/12/2011)
Eating Disorders Are About Relationships
An Expression of Gratitude


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