Best Tweets in Mental Health (wk of 11/28/2011)

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

As you can see, some new gems have been been discovered like Mike Brown @MentalHealthCop who helps provide a view on mental health from the police perspective.

Also, please note that the Social Work/Social Care and Social Media group @SWSCmedia is hosting a live twitter debate on “Early Intervention: Concept, Context, Realities, & Prospects” this Tues, 6 Dec at 20:00 GMT/15:00 EST.

Social Work:

5 Myths That Doom Diversity Efforts
Leveraging Difference (Dr. Martin Davidson)

“Understanding why diversity is so often mismanaged requires debunking five strongly held myths about diversity: Myth: If you increase the number of women and people of color, you have increased your diversity; the value of diversity doesn’t come from the appearance of a person.  Rather, it comes in taking advantage of diverse perspectives to create business results…

Alarmed at Mandated Cuts Coming to Medicare and Medicaid – Let’s Make A Difference
NASW (Drs. Aaron Beckerman & Louis Levitt)

“….the law that created the “super committee” now mandates changes to Medicare and Medicaid that will make it harder and more expensive for seniors and the less fortunate to get medical care and pay for their basic living expenses. Hospitals will face a 32% cut in reimbursement for inpatient services under Medicare starting in 2013. Vital social work services will be lost if that happens…”

Education accessibility
Ericka Kimball (a doctoral candidate)

“Educational accessibility is social justice issue for me. Despite what many think, post secondary education continues to be a relatively white, middle (upper) class  privilege. Without the accessibility of a weekend program, I would have never been able to complete my education…”

Going Bust: The Vanishing Middle Class
The Modern Social Worker (David Sant)

As the middle class erodes and more people slip into survival mode, social, political and economic power will consolidate into the hands of the few.  This is evidenced by more tax loopholes for the rich...”

Is it time to up the ante?
Classroom to Capitol (Melinda Lewis) 

“If it’s known that people would rather sign a petition than give you a dollar, how much is that signature really worth?…here’s no law that says that your online “ask” has to be a petition or an email…sometimes we make the mistake of requesting relatively little…”

Memory Work
Ari Hahn, LCSW, PhD

“…you need to have a part of your life that you sincerely consider, “normal everyday life.” That portion of your life needs to be strengthened before serious memory work should be undertaken…It is wise [to] avoid memory work while there is a threat of being overwhelmed…”

Risk Factors for Early Treatment Dropout Among Women with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and PTSD
Living Proof Podcast (UBSSW)

In episode 85, Dr. Stella Resko discusses her research examining the role of substance use, PTSD, and environmental barriers in contributing to early treatment dropout.

The search for objectivity in measuring social work outcomes (Eileen Munro)

“Social workers seek to treat service users as subjects not objects and that requires understanding how things look from the service user’s point of view, how they make sense of problems, what their values and preferences are…”

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Free Web-Based Training
The Nudge Patrol (Laura, MSW student)

“Community Mental Health Agencies are relying more and more on EBP treatments that are clinically proven to deliver cost-effective results to specific populations…a completely free, web-based training for Trauma-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)…”

Under pressure

“Groupwork is amazing. It’s incredibly important for these girls, and they’re able to learn a great deal. There are drawbacks, of course, as there are drawbacks to everything in work and life…”

Use and application of social media in social work and social care education
Social Work/Social Care & Media (Jackie Rafferty)

“We still need content but communication and collaboration is to the fore and I now use social media tools like Twitter, to share information;  to ask others’ opinions; to find out information and facts; to say what I think and to see what others are thinking…”

Using Brainspotting to Resource Positive States
Trauma & Attachment Therapy (Robin Shapiro, LICSW)

“David Grand’s Brainspotting is a powerful technique for clearing trauma and strengthening internal resources. It started as an offshoot of EMDR… clients scan their bodies for a place that’s grounded, strong, relaxed, connected…”

Vote in the 2011 This Week in Mentalists Awards
The Not So Big Society (Zarathustra)

“…I set up the This Week in Mentalists Awards, an annual online event to celebrate the best of mental health blogging…you can all nominate your favourite mental health blogs, whether by patients, professionals, carers or academics…”

What makes a Social Worker?
Going Mental (Nectarine)

“It’s only been in the past year or so that I have really learned how the concept of recovery can be used to help clients and improve the work that I do. I took to the recovery model very quickly, because it jives well with my feminist and anti-oppression perspective…”


4 Ways To Creatively Heal Your Relationship With Food & Yourself
Weightless (Margarita Tartakovsky, MS)

“Creativity connects us to our ‘inner voice’; healing occurs when we listen!”…create your [This Is Me] collage, find words and images that say something about you and that you can relate to. Glue them onto a piece of paper..”

15 Benefits of Cultivating Mindfulness
Laura Schenck, M.A. 

“There are a wealth of benefits associated with cultivating mindfulness…(1) Support Attitudes that Lead to Satisfaction in Life (2) Easier to Savor Life’s Pleasures (3) Less Likely to Become Caught Up in Worries About the Past & Future (4) Helps Relieve…”

20 Ways to Amp Up The Love (Boost Oxytocin Naturally) In Your Couple Relationship
Neuroscience and Relationships (Dr. Athena Staik)

“Certain actions, ones that convey emotional messages of kindness, caring and love, can affect positive changes on partners and their relationship by releasing certain hormones, such as oxytocin, which amps up the love-connection pathways of the brain…”

Erik Erickson: A Therapy Dog’s View
Magnolia the Therapy Dog ( Dr. Jason Mihalko)

“Erikson’s theory, as it applies to humans, in a nutshell: The infant’s first social achievement, then, is his willingness to let the mother out of sight without undue anxiety or rage, because she has become an inner certainty as well as an outer predictability…”

Acquaintance Rape: A Matter of Consent©, Part 1 and Part 2 
Heal My PTSD (Dr. Amy Menna)

“The journey to recovery starts with awareness. Awareness not only of what rape is, but the repercussions that grow deep into the soil of someone’s soul…There are certain myths about acquaintance rape that perpetuate the blame being placed on the survivor…”

A Vaccination Against Prejudice?
PsychCentral (Janice Wood)

“Researchers found that the sense of security derived through measures such as vaccination and hand washing can reduce bias against “out” groups, from immigrants to the obese…The study…unites evolutionary psychology, social cognitive psychology…”

International Crisis Intervention
Mental Health Cop (Michael Brown, a police inspector from the U.K.)

“Research suggests that officers trained will be less likely to use force, reducing injury; less likely to arrest because of enhanced communication skills; more likely to arrest for mental health reasons than for crime; more likely to ‘divert’ from justice than prosecute…”

The Mask of Mental Illness
The Healthy Place (Natalie Jeanne Champagne)

“My goal was as simple as it was impossibly complicated: Do Not Indicate you Have an Illness. Never tell anyone because they will not love you. Take your medication. See your psychiatrist but walk out of her office quickly, hoping nobody has seen you. Live a double life…”

Middle School is Rough
The Irreverent Psychologist (Jason Evan Mihalko, Psy.D)

“In disembodied academic conversations about bullying, or in the disassociated way politicians often speak about it, we forget about the very real impact bullying has on real people…”

Statement of the American Psychological Association on the DSM-5 Development Process
American Psychological Association

“The American Psychological Association recognizes that there is a diversity of opinion concerning the ongoing DSM-5 development process… We call upon our members (either as individuals or groups) to continue to add their perspectives…”

Dec. 2: Staying Informed! Mental Health News from Around the Country

“From local events to tips to staying healthy to groundbreaking research studies, NAMI provides the most up-to-date information on mental illness from around the country… Just in case you missed them, here are the five most popular links from last week…”

The 2011 This Week in Mentalists Awards
This Week in Mentalists (Pandora)

“You can nominate up to three different blogs in each category, and you can nominate in as many or as few categories as you wish…All blogs nominated must, at least in large part, discuss mental health issues…”

Why Venting Doesn’t Work  (Steve Brownlow)

“Express[ing] your emotions in a heartfelt manner to someone who is empathic and has your best interests in mind. That helps…Talking about your deepest emotional pain to someone who doesn’t show that they care can be traumatizing…”

Will Power, Self Control and Self Discipline
After Psychotherapy (Joseph Burgo PhD)

“Everywhere I look within my profession, I see evidence of this acceptance of limitations, a kind of widespread learned helplessness in the face of mental illness, a rejection of the long hard work involved in psychodynamic psychotherapy…”

Private Practice:

2011 List Of Online Directories For Mental Health Professionals
Private Practice from the Inside Out (Tamara Suttle, M.Ed., LPC)

“Remember, some of these are free; some charge a fee…Not all directories are created equal and not all mental health professionals need to be listed in a directory…The best way for you to use an online directory is to decide what’s important to you…”

How Many Clients Do You Send Away?
Dr. Susan Giurleo

“…therapists and potential clients are missing each other. There ARE enough people out there who want, and will pay for, your services if you let them know you exist in a compelling way.  But they will not do the equivalent of an Easter egg hunt to find you…”

Skyrim, Stealing & Sadism
Gamer Therapist (Mike Langlois, LICSW)

“Therapists: Don’t take the excuse, “it is only a game,” because any gamer knows, in fact we all know on some level, that play is not meaningless…In video games, like in all fantasy, we get to do things we’d never do in real life, and enjoy them…”


How non-profits become experts at Social Branding
Beth’s Blog (Simon Mainwaring, Founder/Author WE FIRST)

“There are two elements critical to the success of any branding effort… The first is compelling brand storytelling, and the second is fluency in social technology…Brand storytelling, the process by which a company defines and shares its purpose…”

Please share your comments below. Also, please feel free to mention any great posts that I may have missed.

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