Best in Mental Health (week of 3/10/2014)

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:

Chronic pain: can treatment over the Internet help?
Evidently Cochrane (Sarah Chapman)

“A new review from the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group has just been published… evidence to date shows that psychological treatments can be beneficial and reduce pain and disability…”

Patientgate: Why Patient Recordings Will Change Everything
The Health Care Blog (Glyn Elwyn)

“Accept that patients have a right to record, and welcome it when it happens, was their verdict… organizations that had at first “banned” patients from recording… encouraged patients… Imagine being able to analyze all clinical encounters…”

Stigma of mental illness is (still) a barrier to care and help-seeking
The Mental Elf (Nikki Newhouse)

“some of the most deeply felt mental health stigma comes from front line health care professionals… can include negativity… chance of recovery and misattribution of unrelated complaints to… mental illness…”

Social Work:

2015 Budget Impact on Economic & Social Justice Programs – Part 1 & Part 2
Social Work Blog

“social and economic justice and potential opportunities for the social work profession factored prominently into many areas of the proposal…Part 1…highlights of…HHS budget request… Part 2…DOJ…”

Academic and clinical supervision: Purpose, relationships and challenges
Social Work Research in New Zealand (Liz Beddoe)

“supervision provides for restoration of hope and optimism in practice where workers’ resilience may be tested by exposure to adversity and stress…academic supervision… bounded by university expectations and cultures…”

A better measure for a better system
Classroom to Capitol (Melinda K Lewis)

“we need some better measures of how we’re doing… not poverty but what creates the conditions for it… a better measure than Gross Domestic Product per capita… an increase in GDP doesn’t always translate to an increase in well-being…”

Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result? Insanity?
Child Protection Lessons (Peter Choate)

“social workers are the lead professional group which assists the Sate in protecting children from harm through neglect, abuse or exploitation… It is indeed the State who acts as the parent… How accountable is the state for its actions?…”

Evidence Based #SWHelper Live Twitter Chats: Week One Wrap Up
Socialworkerhelper (Deona Hooper, MSW)

“chat… to discuss twitter uses in academia and practice… Social Work Academia and leaders… still asking… whether to use social media platforms… will use this data to create a study… to challenge existing perceptions…”

Finding foster parents for children with disabilities
CASCW (G Lee Xiong)

“given the availability of help and support… percentage of mothers willing to foster children ranged from 59% for a child with HIV/AIDS to 100% for a child with speech problems… study…generalizable…”

If Steve Jobs Had Been a Social Worker

The New Social Worker (Andy Germak, MBA, MSW)

“overall vision of social and community impact… focus… so that it is clear… to the outside world… create new ways of providing social work services that disrupt the status quo…think… about…effective services to a mass audience…”

I, Too, Am Oxford
N.A.H. (Relando Thompkins, MSW, LMSW)

“another way the dialogue on race on college campuses is showing up… students in their daily encounters at Oxford are made to feel different and Othered from the Oxford community…”

#MacroSW Chat Recap (3/13/14)
USC Social Work (Gabriela Acosta)

“ongoing collaboration to host Twitter chats… on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST… discuss community issues relevant to macro social work practice… March 13… the Rothman Commission… read our recap of the chat…”

Milgram’s Obedience Study Shocks CSSW Students with Inattention to Ethics
CUSSW (ML Awanohara & Nidale Zouhir)

“discussion of… Behind the Shock Machine… the Milgram Experiment on obedience to authority figures… participants spent months thinking they had harmed other people… described in the same breath as Nazi perpetrators…”

Social workers need to feel free to share information
Social Care Network (Kirsty Elderton)

“ultimately, it is the frontline workers themselves who need to make the decision…Who am I giving this data to and why? Is it reasonable?…We need to give practitioners the confidence that their clients’ data is secure…”

Suicidal Tendencies
My Life in the ER (Robert Lanz, LCSW)

“Those who use…non-lethal methods may think they really want to die, but with enough time and gentle questioning, it becomes clear that they really just want to stop their emotional pain…men are three times as likely as women…”


5 Steps to Clear Your Mind & Get Focused
Mindfulness Muse (Laura Schenck, M.A.)

“Write down every single thought in your mind… Don’t stop writing until your mind feels empty… Create three columns on the new sheet of paper… label them: (1) to be done, (2) maybe later, and (3) delete…”

Are Some Social Ties Better Than Others?
Greater Good ( Juliana Breines)

““social capital,”… the tangible and intangible benefits we get from our web of contacts, coworkers, friendships, family, and more… it pays to be a giver on social media… social capital… a fluid and ever-shifting network of relationships that need to be nurtured continually…”

The dance between codependents and narcissists
Counseling Today (Ross Rosenberg)

“Individuals who are codependent “dance” so well with individuals who are narcissists because their pathological personalities… complementary… narcissistic are drawn to codependent partners… allowed to feel dominant, secure…”

In Grief, Try Personal Rituals
The Atlantic (Emily Esfahani Smith)

“some mourners are more emotionally resilient than others, and those who overcome their grief more quickly all have something… in common… rituals help…by counteracting the turbulence and chaos that follows loss…”

Overcoming Concerns and Fears about Technology
Online Therapy Institute (Dr Martha Ireland)

“become comfortable with the technology, and realize that it is there to serve us… Technology does not require… change who they are or their preferred modality of therapy… allows us to deliver our style in a different venue…”

The Pyramid of Self-Worth” Step 2–Practice Self-Acceptance
Dr. Christina Hibbert

“self-acceptance is the process of being where we are long enough to appreciate where we have been and where we are headed… You don’t have to suddenly like what you’ve seen or even want to change it; you simply have to accept that it is…”

Silence the Inner Critic and Love Your Body
HealthyPlace (Dr. Sydney Savion)

“Your body’s inner critic is heavily influenced by society’s idea of beauty… silencing the inner critic and loving your body needs to happen from the inside out… Acknowledge and appreciate your uniqueness…”

Stonewalling & Self Care
The Gottman Institute (Ellie Lisitsa)

“The antidote to stonewalling is self-soothing… The first step to fighting stonewalling… Stop the discussion… The second step… Practice physiological self-soothing… imagine a place that makes you feel calm and safe…”

The Neglected Suicide Epidemic
The New Yorker (Emily Greenhouse)

“Among young people in the U.S., suicide is the third most common cause of death… the tragedy is, people die from temporary feelings of helplessness—things we can help with… some part of us keeps alive the stigma…”

When A Woman Leaves Her Batterer
Social Justice Solutions (Laura K Kerr, Ph.D)

“Along with fear and low self-esteem, the dreams a woman holds for her partner and the relationship will cause her to stay… To leave… must lose the dream that blinds her… revoke… responsibility to transform him…”

When working with some teens seems pointless: Focus on seed-sowing, not a harvest

Teenage Whisperer (Sam Ross, BSc, MSc, Cert EP (YJ))

“We have to see beyond the here and now… the behaviour that is in front of us… beyond this moment in their lives. We have to look beyond our relationship…. seeds are agents of transformation… My life was changed by a seed…”

Wisdom from a Psychopath?
The Trauma and Mental Health Report (Nick Zabara)

“Dutton’s research has yielded eight aspects of psychopathy… The harmful characteristic consists of symptoms… difficulties with impulse control and irresponsibility… when… present, psychopaths often turn their minds to crime and violence…”


4 ways to get involved with the network
Idealist (April Greene)

“As a Connector, you’ll help people move from intention to action, connect people and resources, and find and spread good ideas… Join the 90,000 organizations that are already on Idealist, and post your volunteer and action opportunities…”

Structural Revolution and the Social Sector

“there is not yet a meaningful shift of funding toward effective strategies and interventions… it’s possible to reorient the social sector toward beneficiaries, and away from itself and its funders…”

Private Practice:

The #1 Killer of Your Private Practice Programs and Services
Counselor Entrepreneur (Camille McDaniel LPC, NCC, CPCS)

“Wouldn’t you like to get your hands on the #1 killer of your private practice?… Unfortunately, this #1 leaves therapists in a position where they end up doing nothing… It’s called FEAR!…”

Which Social Media Platforms Should You Use?
Marketing a Private Practice (Juliet Austin)

“a summary of the most common social media platforms and some of the pros and cons of each…Facebook… offers excellent measurement tools…no guarantee that your content will be seen by everyone who likes your page…”

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  1. says


    It was my pleasure. I love how you have reorganized your website(s).

    Your videos are typically most upbeat and informative. I am most appreciative when you accompany them with some of your written take-aways [because I don’t always have the time to watch and/or take notes].

    Please let me know if/when there are particular topics of interest to you that you’d like covered :)