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Dispatching Social Workers for 911 Calls

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 3, 2020 4:37:58 PM

Police and fire departments in Dallas, TX have teamed up with Parkland Hospital to rethink how they can respond to 911 calls resulting from mental health crises. One way to do this is to place a social worker in the dispatch center for triage calls while sending out a special team of mental health professionals to areas with the highest concentration of calls involving mental health.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Meow Wolf's "Experience Tubes" - A Creative Experiment in Speech Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM

There are many creative ways to do speech therapy. Now, Meow Wolf has come up with one more which they call an "experience tube." But what exactly is Meow Wolf? In their own words, they are "an arts and entertainment group" which "creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content."

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Topics: Healthcare

8 Tips From Great Men and Women on Doing What You Love

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 29, 2020 2:55:57 PM

You've probably heard this many times: doing what you love is the key to success. For that matter, it's also the key to happiness. It sounds so simple but it's not. Doing what you love can be scary. After all, many people have probably already told you that it's a bad idea. If it wasn't your parents or teachers, then it was probably your well-meaning significant other or that friend who was just trying to caution you to "do something practical." But why does doing what you love have to be something impractical?

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

New SNAP Rules Affect Social Workers and Their Clients

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 27, 2020 2:27:11 PM

The federal food stamp program used to be one way in which the government could help people who were having trouble maintaining a decent standard of living. But some new changes to these regulations prevent many people who were previously eligible from getting food stamps.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Honoring a New Year's Resolution - How Physical Therapy Can Help

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

After all the excess food consumption that most indulged in at holiday parties and gatherings, it's not uncommon for the average person to make a resolution for the new year, promising themselves they will improve their health by losing weight, exercising more, etc. For those carrying some extra weight yet still maintaining relatively good health, they actually are capable of following through on their resolution. However, for those who face a real physical impairment, it may be almost impossible for them to obtain their fitness goals without some extra help. This is where a series of physical therapy sessions can make the difference between a person being able to improve their fitness level, or remain stagnant with some kind of disability or physical impairment.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Healthcare

Career Boost - Finding Motivation in Mundane Tasks

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 23, 2020 11:52:18 AM

Since most people spend the majority of their lifetime employed in some way or another, they want to experience personal satisfaction while "on the job". The fact that many people want to find meaning in their employment is actually a good thing. It shows a deeper level of character and integrity, making these types of people more sought after by employers because in general, they make better employees. However, both parties (employers and employees) understand that at least some mundane tasks are innately part of almost every job. In this article, we'll look at mundane tasks from both the employer and the employee perspectives, as well as offer some tips on how to handle the more routine aspects of employment.

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Topics: Career Advice

Warmlines vs. Hotlines - Receiving Help Before a Crisis

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Many people are aware of the function of mental health hotlines, which often come into play when a person is in crisis and feels the need for immediate help from someone who can listen with a compassionate ear. In many communities however, a newer trend is the implementation of community "warmlines". This type of mental health outreach can help in situations where a person may not necessarily be experiencing a (suicidal) crisis, but still feel a need to talk to someone in a private and confidential manner.

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Topics: Mental Health

Physical Therapy - The Benefits of Making House Calls

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The traditional modes of offering physical therapy services were limited to either a hospital setting, or perhaps an independent physical therapy office. While some home-health agencies offered PT services to homebound patients covered by Medicare, legal restrictions limited independent PTs from offering home services to patients being seen by a home-health care agency. One of the latest trends however, is for physical therapists to take their services directly to other patients, who do not meet Medicare's criteria for the homebound. As it turns out, there are key advantages both to patients and physical therapists who participate in these types of home visits.

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Topics: Healthcare

Lead Like a Rockstar With These First-Time Management Tips

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

You've made it to management. Congratulations! With new responsibilities, there may also be challenges. Below are important tips to avoid the most common challenges of first-time management.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

San Diego Offers Free Mental Health Program for First Responders

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters are the first people to arrive at traumatic scenes. Their in-depth training programs and professionalism allow the rest of us to step back, take a breath, and set the problem into someone else's hands. We are always relieved when they arrive, like superheroes ready to save the day.

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Topics: Mental Health, Healthcare

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