2017

Racial Disparities in Mental Health Treatment

Simmons University

Individuals with a mental health illness in the United States can face fragmented or unavailable services, high costs, and social stigma. It is particularly difficult for people of color to receive adequate and culturally appropriate treatment.

Adoptees as parents: How Korean American adoptees talk about ethnicity, race, and adoption

Jaeran Kim

Each year University of Washington Tacoma invites faculty to present on their research and I was fortunate to be asked to participate in this year’s Lightening Talk. These are very short presentations (5 minutes!) with timed slides.

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NSWM is hiring a Development Consultant!

Network for Social Work Management

The post NSWM is hiring a Development Consultant! appeared first on The Network for Social Work Management. NSWM News leadership Non-Profits Organizational Growth

Dear All Pharmacists – On privacy and trust

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I was so upset yesterday about a breach of my privacy at a pharmacy (not the first one) that I ranted on twitter – and it seemed it struck a chord with other patients. Pharmacists who responded were horrified by the breaches discussed.

HuffPost: Millenial Generation Faces Scariest Financial Insecurity

Michigan Girl's Café

Greetings. I know that I have not maintained this blog frequently but I still exist! I wanted to share an interesting by Michael HObbes on the financial insecurity of the millennial generation in the Huffington Post. I agree with the premise of the article that millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.

Theories and Methods - Family Systems Theory

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

Family systems theory may or may not show up on the licensed clinical social work exam. And you may never practice family therapy. But the language of family systems theory can still come in handy, in clinical practice and in life. Take a moment to review. Family systems theory springs from the work of Murray Bowen (you'll sometimes see it labelled "Bowenian Family Therapy").

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The emotional resilience of a social worker

Social Worker Blog

I’ve had this article title written down to write for about 6 months now. So, after a particularly emotionally challenging week last week I thought it was about time I finally said this.

A New Kind of Safety Plan

Social Work Tech

As a clinical social worker, I often worry about my clients. Besides working with a higher-risk population that have had hospitalizions in the past year, I’m a human being and I care about my clients.

Why I Do It

Simmons University

As members of the SocialWork@Simmons community, our backgrounds are unique, with a shared dedication for our work and for the Simmons School of Social Work. What does social work mean to each of us? Why did we become social workers? Why did we join the SocialWork@Simmons community?

#StateofMH

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On today’s report by the Care Quality Commission on the state of mental health care in the UK. My tweets – my thoughts on two serious shortcomings in how today’s report deals with the issue of use of force by mental health staff. Including others’ tweets too .

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No visits till the meds kick in part 1 and part 2. Inpatient care Mental health

New Refugees Resettled in the U.S. in 2016

Simmons University

As the ongoing civil war in Syria drove steady growth in the global refugee population, the number of new refugees admitted to the United States increased significantly in calendar year 2016.

When Obama cried

Jaeran Kim

Image: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS/Getty. One of the things that struck me most about President Obama’s farewell speech the other night was his emotion while thanking and praising his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha.

Intersectionality Matters: Working with LGBT Older Adult Clients

Simmons University

As most social work students learn, the diagnosis of “homosexuality” was removed from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973 by the board of the directors of the American Psychiatric Association.

Into the DSM - Schizoaffective Disorder

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

Schizoaffective disorder readily lends itself to close-call differential diagnosis questions and is a natural favorite for exam writers. A question may boil down to this: Is it schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder? Well, here are the criteria for schizoaffective disorder: A. A major mood episode (MDD or manic) concurrent with Criterion A of schizophrenia* B. Delusions or hallucinations for two or more weeks in the absence of a major mood episode.

Recent happenings

Jaeran Kim

It’s been a while, so I thought I would give an update on some of what I have been working on lately. I was fortunate to be asked to present at the Pact adoption family camp. I presented a keynote about school issues based on the article I published with Pact’s Executive Director Beth Hall for the book Transracial and Intercountry Adoption.

Theories and Methods - Reality Therapy

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

Reality therapy (RT) was developed in the 1960s by William Glasser. Glasser's view is that people suffer from the human condition rather than mental disorders. RT helps people focus on pursuing their needs, leaving aside discussion of symptoms, the past, and the unconscious--an enormous departure from other, traditional modes of psychotherapy. The focus is here-and-now problem solving and the "three Rs": realism, responsibility, right-and-wrong.

NSWM’s 1st Wednesday NetWORK

Network for Social Work Management

The post NSWM’s 1st Wednesday NetWORK appeared first on The Network for Social Work Management. Community Voice

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#MHQT

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Here are all the tweets on the hashtag #MHQT from the panel debate and discussion on women and mental health at UCL on Wednesday 5th June 2017. 1) [link]. 2) [link]. 3) [link]. 4) [link]. 5) [link]. 6) [link]. 7) [link]. 8) [link

The Code of Ethics - Social and Political Action

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

The majority of ethics questions on the LCSW exam are likely to be drawn from the first sections of the NASW Code of Ethics. Informed consent, self-determination, privacy and confidentiality, etc. The bread and butter of ethics question writing. But as you're preparing, take care to read to the end of the code. Section six--last-but-not-least--is Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society. The code reaches beyond clients and colleagues into the macro realm.

New Refugees Resettled in the U.S. in 2016

Simmons University

As the ongoing civil war in Syria drove steady growth in the global refugee population, the number of new refugees admitted to the United States increased significantly in calendar year 2016, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Refugee Processing Center. The post New Refugees Resettled in the U.S. in 2016 appeared first on SC-UMT. Social Work Content

The Code of Ethics - Informed Consent

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

Here's an essential piece of the NASW Code of Ethics, a favorite of exam writers--section 1.03, Informed Consent. In six quick paragraphs, lots of fodder for LCSW exam questions: (a) Social workers should provide services to clients only in the context of a professional relationship based, when appropriate, on valid informed consent.

Into the DSM - Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

NPD has been thrown around in the news a lot lately. Does that make it any more likely to show up on the social work licensing exam? Hard to say. Exam writers read the news too! Criteria for NPD are: A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g.,

The Promise of Transdiagnostic Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

Society of Clinical Psychology

This SCP blog piece by Drs. David Barlow and Matthew Gallagher discusses a new article in JAMA Psychiatry pertaining to the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders.

A Survivor’s guide to Clinical Supervision

Society of Clinical Psychology

This student blog piece was written and submitted by Amanda R. Simmons, M.A., SCP, Section 10 Campus Representative, University of Denver.

How to make an international application to become a social worker in the UK

Social Worker Blog

Over the last six months I have received many questions from social workers abroad wanting to come and work in the UK. For this reason I have been doing some research in the hope that this makes it easier for people who do not know what there options actually are. Checklist before you make […

Assertiveness Training: A Forgotten Evidence-Based Treatment

Society of Clinical Psychology

This SCP Blog post by Brittany Speed, Brandon Goldstein, and Dr. Marvin Goldfried discuss their recent publication in CP:SP addressing the role of assertiveness training in clinical psychology.

What is the ASYE for social workers?

Social Worker Blog

Once you have completed your social work degree you will be wondering what you now need to do to get a job? How long do you need to wait before you can apply? You will usually find that we are the ones to graduate later normally around October/ November time. The good news is that […

Reflective Practices for Graduate Students

Society of Clinical Psychology

This SCP Student blog post written by Lia Smith highlights some excellent pointers for graduate students in psychology. Many of us enter graduate school with the assumption that we are about to embark on a unique period of heavy workloads and extreme stress.

How to help strengthen your social care team

Social Worker Blog

I often think to myself what is the perfect social work team and what does it look like? Whilst I know a lot of this comes down to staffing issues, retention of social workers, budget cuts/ finances and of course senior management decisions and their expectations of us.

Pensions for agency social workers

Social Worker Blog

I know that I moaned when I was employed about how much I felt I was loosing each month to my pension. Little did I know that when I became an agency social worker it would involve a lot more research. Please note that by no means am I an expert with pensions but this […

Income protection for agency social workers

Social Worker Blog

I’ve had a few people contact be about income protection and I want to help explain the differences so we can consider what we need. When we are agency workers we need to consider how we are going to be able to protect the lifestyle that we have in case we become unwell and not […

CPD for social workers

Social Worker Blog

What is CPD? CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development. In short, it is the way that we continue to learn and enhance our practice and keep up to date with any relevant changes.

Treatment Considerations for Undocumented Patients

Society of Clinical Psychology

This SCP Blog is written by David Talavera, a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at the University of Houston who is completing his predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance.