Posts in the ‘Mental Health Matters’ Category

Mental Health Matter: Spiritual Inclusivity

Mental Health Matter: Spiritual Inclusivity   Spirituality is often an overlooked aspect of life in a mental health facility.  Treatment of the mind and body are the predominant evidenced based practices provided in most settings, while the spiritual domain is more of a glossed over afterthought.  Since the late 19th century, “the majority position of

Mental Health Matters: “She Was Admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital. What Happened Next…”

Mental Health Matters Mark Reeves, Ph.D. December, 2017 “She Was Admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital. What Happened Next…” What is it actually like to be psychiatrically hospitalized or seek mental health help?  How can we who meet people who are seeking or are brought for mental health help against their will respond? As a psychologist,

Mental Health Matters: Borderline Personality Disorder Stigmatization

Borderline Personality Disorder Stigmatization Sri Kothur, M.S., Therapist   “Manipulative,” “attention seeking,” “difficult,” and “treatment resistant” are a few deleterious ways clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are viewed [1]. More than any other psychological disorder BPD is viewed as the worse and most untreatable. A common view is that these clients’ take deliberate actions

Mental Health Matter: “Passive vs. Active Listening: Music Therapy in Mental Health”

Mental Health Matter: “Passive vs. Active Listening: Music Therapy in Mental Health” By: David Ko, MM, MT-BC Music is a universal form of communication. Through the art of writing and performing music, musicians are able to communicate some of their deepest emotions and most significant experiences in a way that is simultaneously expressive, creative, and

Mental Health Matters – Can Stress Hinder Weight Loss?

Can Stress Hinder Weight Loss? By:  Natalie Lawson, RD Stress is part of our everyday life.  Work, kids, finances, relationships… and then you try and throw in something like weight loss and BOOM, you’ve got yourself an extra dose of stress!  Not to mention that weight loss causes so much stress.  Think about it… everywhere

Mental Health Matters: You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat By:  Melanie Mediate, LPN, Civil Residential Supervisor “You are what you eat”.  How many times have you either said or heard this idiom?  Most of the time when people make this statement they are referring to how your diet affects your physical health.  However, this saying can also extend to

Mental Health Matters: Some of Your Anxiety Might Not Belong to You

Some of Your Anxiety Might Not Belong to You Robert Stewart, LMHC Forensic Residential Program Supervisor   Recently, one of the training wheels broke on my son’s bike. Rather than replace it, I decided that the time was right to take off the training wheels altogether and teach him how to ride on two wheels.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

What is Motivational Interviewing? By: Taylor Googe, MSW Social Services Supervisor   Working in the mental health field you have probably come across that particular client who comes in again and again. You might have wondered why they haven’t changed and what you could do to help. You have also probably noticed that directives such

Mental Health Matters: Empathic Listening

Mental Health Matters Empathic Listening Samantha Tyler, NCC, M.S./Ed.S., Director of Residential Services   As a CPI instructor, I always stress to my students that although we may spend a great deal of time practicing physical techniques, verbal skills can and should be utilized first when faced with a crisis situation. As long as the


EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE IN THERAPY Sri Kothur, M.S., Therapist When clients decide to start therapy, they are faced with many choices. It is critical for clients to consider and understand the type of treatment offered. Evidence-based practice is the use of scientifically supported treatments studied in large scale clinical trials that show symptom reduction, which can

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