Best in Mental Health (wk of 9/17/2012)

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This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring 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:
The Mental Elf (Andre Tomlin)

“The drug is associated with increased energy, euphoria, a heightened sense of interconnectedness, greater sexual arousal, dehydration and cognitive impairment… The studies in this analysis are quite varied with a range of ages, gender and ethnicities…”

Occupy Healthcare (Dr. Ben Miller)

“The current healthcare system is fraught with challenges for providers who are attempting to deliver good care but are often inhibited by how they are paid (or what they are paid for). The predominate model of payment in healthcare is “Fee-for-service”…”

Social Work:
Process, Recorded

“Sometimes when you work in the educational system or the mental health system… you start to feel a little like… broken system… all I am hoping for is a place that keeps trying… Hopefully a program can change a community…”

Dodo Birds & Psychotherapy: The Controversy over Evidence-Based Practice Vs. Practice-Based Evidence
Living Proof Podcast (UB School of Social Work and Dr. Reginald York)

“Dr. Reginald York discusses the emerging controversy in clinical practice about how best to use evidence to inform psychotherapy… two perspectives, evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence… examines the evidence in support of each…”

Socialworkerhelper (Dr. Michael A. Wright)

“The standard social work education curriculum has 5 areas of inquiry: Practice Methods, Policy, Ethics, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Social Research.  The social worker as consultant may organize these into…”

Infusing Passion & Creativity… Women & Girls of Color (Nicole Clark)

“Shelby is nationally known as the subject of The Education of Shelby Knox, a Sundance award-winning film that chronicled her high school activism for comprehensive sex education & the establishment of a Gay Straight Alliance…”

N.A.H. (Relando Thompkins, MSW)

“a person of color… is in the process of deciding whether or not to loc his hair… In my experience, most people I’ve worked with think locs are distinguished or sophisticated. However, we do still live in a Euro-centric society…”

Social Media & Social Work: @SWSCmedia: Bringing Social Workers Together Globally
@SWSCMedia (Linda Grobman, ACSW, LMSW)

“Megele’s vision was to create an open access community for all, and the network has indeed become a global knowledge and learning community… founder of @SWSCmedia, Megele also started the @MHChat and @U4Change networks… our debates will be incorporated in social work curricula at selected universities…”

Social Work Values and the Presidency
NASW-NYC (Gary Parker, MSW)

“The social policies and programs that have been implemented starting as far back as the Great Depression are coming under fire by ideologues who believe that the economy has not improved because the government is providing services to poor and working class families…”

This Is Me (spldbch)

“Distancing ourselves from our emotions is only problematic when it becomes our primary method of responding to our feelings… To be emotionally detached is to no longer recognize the physiological changes that accompany each emotion…”

The Problem of Hunger on College Campuses
Michigan Girl’s Cafe

“Few people would think there is a hunger problem among college students. Whether they are ineligible for food stamps or feel shameful about their current financial situation, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, money worries keeps students going to campus food banks…”

Dr. Christina Hibbert

“Our emotions are like the weather. We wake up each morning, open the blinds, and find either sunshine, clouds, rain, wind, or snow… Remind yourself that depressive emotions are a state, not a trait (just like the weather)…”

What a Shrink Thinks (Martha Crawford, LCSW)

“Living in NYC it is shockingly easy to forget that we live in a larger world… that we are inextricable from the natural world… we must schedule long car trips out of the city to see the leaves turn…But I have seen the Monarch butterflies…”

Face The Fear And Do It Anyway
HealthyPlace (Jodi Aman, LCSW-R)

“The quickest way to get rid of a fear of doing something, (i.e., speaking in public, driving over a bridge…) is to do it over and over…. most often the activity is not nearly as bad as we thought it was going to be…”

Heal My PTSD (Michele Rosenthal)

“With PTSD it can become ENORMOUSLY tough to make even the tiniest decision… I just learned a great strategy… book: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway… focus on the benefits that come out of the benefits of the choices you are evaluating…”

The Implications of Growing Old: A Model of Later Life Challenges 
American Counseling Association (Lee Kehoe)

“personhood is the culmination of an individual’s mind, body, and spirit, with an emphasis on the spirit as the driving force for feeling alive… Kubler-Ross (1969) discusses the idea of “little deaths” in understanding the many losses older adults experience across every facet of their lives…”

After Psychotherapy (Joseph Burgo, PhD)

“we come to know who we are by witnessing our parents’ responses to us… a parenting style… vacant or largely withdrawn… the person… develops a sense of unreality, as if he were invisible. It’s as if she looked into the mirror of her mother’s face and found no reflection whatsoever…”

Systems of Psychotherapy (Part 2)
Beck Institute Blog

“Dr. Beck explains that CBT is rooted in a broad theoretical framework…Therapeutic strategies are selected based on the individual conceptualization of the patient… basic methods of CBT, such as cognitive reframing, can be adapted for more complex cases…”

Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Kids
The Mindful Self-Express (Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D)

“The best type of parenting is fair, flexible, respectful, and has learning, rather than submission… Hearing and respecting feelings, allowing choice, yet setting fair and clear limits on unacceptable behavior is the healthy balance that we should all strive for…”

Nonprofit:Got Grants? Finding Funding with the Foundation Center: Webinar Recap
Techsoup (Crystal Schimpf)

“TechSoup held a free webinar with two guest presenters from The Foundation Center… an overview … of the Foundation Directory Online, including tips for finding funding to match your organization’s mission and location… view the recording…”

Sustainability Careers Primer
MTM Careers (Mrim Boutla)

“sustainability careers can be defined as jobs that successfully blend financial return with social impact and environmental stewardship. Some sustainability jobs will focus on environmental sustainability… Some… focus more on societal sustainability (i.e. social innovation), including careers in poverty eradication…”


Private Practice:
Gamer Therapist (Mike Langlois, LICSW)

“sitting for long periods of time doesn’t help for increasing life span of a person… take 10 to 15 min breaks every 45 mins…get up from computer and walk around the block/apt, do 20 sit-ups… kiss your partner… use time to get yourself replenished…”

Practice Wisdom (Natalie L. Hill, LICSW)

“Client records fall into two categories: hard-copy paper records, and electronic records. Paper records should be double locked, meaning they should be kept in a locking file box or cabinet in a locked office (or home)…”

Please share any thoughts or comments you have below. I’d love to hear which were your favorite posts out of this week’s bunch! 

Also, please feel free to share any comments or noteworthy posts I missed below.