What To Do When Things Aren’t Going Right

This post will probably be of most interest to two primary readers. The first group would be those people who know that there is something lacking in their current occupation or if unemployed, know they want to do something different from what they’ve done up until now.

If this describes you, you’ll be ……

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How do we find and earn a living on what we love? – Part 1

This question has occupied my mind for the whole of my professional life. Most recently, I have worked as a program coordinator for New York City non-profits, and previously, I worked as a program advisor and workshop facilitator at the University of California at Berkeley. I grapple with these questions ……

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Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy Puts The Body – and Love – Back In Mental Healthcare

For the past 50 years, psychotherapy has taken a back seat to biomedical psychiatry, largely due to reliance on medications for the treatment of mental disorders. Yet clinical evidence increasingly points to chronic, unresolved traumatic stress as the source of many — if not most — mental disorders. Furthermore, longitudinal analyses show continued use of psychotropic medications is bad for the body, even causing chronic diseases. Granted, medications can stabilize a body wracked by recurrent distress, but such an approach is hardly a long-term cure. According to psychiatrist and trauma specialist Bessel Van der Kolk, “dramatic advances in pharmacotherapy have helped enormously to control some of the neurochemical abnormalities caused by trauma, but they obviously are not capable of correcting the imbalance.” To correct the “imbalance” often requires learning to inhabit one’s body and relationships in new ways.
Fortunately, the psychotherapeutic treatment of psychological trauma has advanced significantly the past several decades. In part, this is due to scientific discoveries of how the body and relationships naturally defend against traumatic stress. In particular, trauma-informed psychotherapies that draw from neuroscience and attachment studies are more holistic and scientifically based than ever before, although they often support the intuitions held by originators of psychotherapy such as Pierre Janet, Sigmund Freud, and C. G. Jung….

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Everyone’s A Little Bit Wrong, Except Me

I like to “joke” that I’m always right. It usually gets some appreciative laughs and eye rolls, and I do it to make a point. It’s a point about how ridiculous it really is that I say there’s no alternative except mine. When you say it in that way, everyone tends to agree; we can’t be right all the time. What most people really dislike is when you pose something that is out of the structure that they have arranged in their mind. Fortunately for us, as part of our nature we tend to group and normalize ideas in a given setting;  it creates comfort to be part of the group. It is the reason why society, communities, and cultures have their own underlying belief systems and why certain regions generally adhere to a certain religion or political affiliation. It’s a technique that works well because it creates societal stability but it also creates difficulty for those who would go against the grain….

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Connecting Policy and Practice in Children’s Mental Health

Federal policies frequently have profound effects on how social workers are able to provide services to children and families yet many practitioners and consumers are often unaware of the policies that are impacting them. Policies come in the form of legislation passed in the House and Senate and ……

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DSM 5 Boycott: Where Are All The Social Workers Part 2

Where Are the Social Workers?: One Social Worker’s
Road to Active Opposition to the New DSM
Jack Carney, DSW
December, 2013
 

The following is the first part of a serialized, four-part version of a larger article that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in 2014. The l ……

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Exhibit Collection to Capture the Contribution’s of Social Workers in Public Policy

As part of an ongoing commitment to capture the historical and present-day contribution’s social workers have made to public policy, a collection of Congressional Social Work Caucus and Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy photographs and documents will be placed on display for p ……

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