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Online Mental Health Care Delivery -- The Virtual Therapist

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Throughout history, technology has radically changed the way we live. Just as the Industrial Revolution saw productivity shift from the farm to the factory, the 21st century is deep in the Digital Revolution. At the center of all this is the World Wide Web, the vehicle that enables people all over the globe to communicate instantly.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Autism Representation on Sesame Street

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Mental health is getting major media representation as Sesame Street unveiled a new character on the autism spectrum. Julia is a shy 4-year old red-headed girl who also happens to be autistic. She is artistic, often repeats what those around her just said, and sometimes it's hard to get her attention.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

You Don't Look Autistic

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 10, 2017 9:46:15 AM

"You don't look sick" is the kiss of death for anyone with a mental illness. It's also why mental health isn't taken as seriously as physical health. Anyone can see when you've broken a bone or gotten the flu, but mental illness doesn't have such noticeable physical markers.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Accidentally on Purpose: Falling in Love with Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

People fall in love with things for different reasons. Perhaps you fell in love with your spouse because of their sense of humor or kindness towards others. Perhaps you fell in love with your job because you can influence people or work with computers. For Anna Vick, she fell in love with special education accidentally.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Worker Adopts Foster Child Client

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Adoption social workers have hearts of gold! They aid children from the most difficult of circumstances, many of who tragically dealt with disability, loss, and abandonment at young ages. By working tirelessly to find forever homes for children whose parents can no longer care for them, they bring joy to children and families all over the world.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Shake Up Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most people have a favorite former teacher. Typically, these educators left their mark because they formed trusting relationships with their students and taught with genuine care. These educators taught in a way that built relationships and demonstrated interest in the lives of their students, not just their homework score. While schools are careful of physical touch, for obvious reasons, a handshake is a great way to create a connection and foster relationship.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Singing Her Own Song -- Girl With Autism Reveals Hidden Talent

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Any parent of dealing with autism knows the anguish of watching others judge, and misjudge, their child. Fear, anger, and protectiveness flare in the attempt to keep their loved one from being hurt, even though the autistic child may be unaware of what is going on. Only a mom or dad can know the truly special qualities that a child with Austism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) possesses underneath the outward affect that the rest of the world sees.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Work -- How Emotional Overload Leads to Compassion Fatigue

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

People who choose to go into social work start their careers motivated with a sense of hope and the sincere desire to help people, to alleviate suffering. They are educated and dedicated, drawn to the field by a natural inclination to kindness and charity. They go into social services because they want to help people; but more and more they end up needing help themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Chuck E. Cheese Promotes Sensitivity to Children on Autism Spectrum

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Children who are autistic like to play, just as nearly all children do. But sensitivity to social interactions and environmental conditions mean that these children play differently. A popular children’s play center has taken steps to accommodate the particular needs of those with autism. One Chuck E. Cheese site is holding a special day for such children on the first Sunday of each month, according to The Mighty, a website focused on disability, disease, and mental illness. These Sunday events for children that are autistic are taking place at Chuck E. Cheese’s location in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Work Programs That Help Female Prisoners, But Exclude Men

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Prison is punishment but over the course of a prison sentence, an inmate has the opportunity for reflection and repentance. The hope is that - in time - the inmate learns the social and work skills needed to rejoin society upon release. That transition does not happen on its own.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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