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Alleviating the Mental Health Stress of Black Professionals

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Every healthcare worker is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Black professionals are also fighting an ongoing "racism pandemic," according to American Psychological Association President Shandra L. Shullman. Witnessing recent high-profile events, such as the killings of black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, deeply affects black professionals in particular. Even when they are working, they cannot forget that their lives and the lives of their loved ones are constantly threatened. Racism has psychological consequences, Shullman states, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Topics: Career Advice, Mental Health

Clear Face Masks Making a Communication Difference

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 26, 2020 1:17:53 PM

Wearing a face mask whenever you're in public has become at least a temporary reality for many of us. Wearing a mask might be inconvenient and may even cause you to cut your shopping short so you can take it off. For some people, though, face masks are causing problems beyond just being an inconvenience. They are causing an actual communication issue because people cannot see other people's mouths.

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Topics: Healthcare

Career Advancement - What You Haven't Been Told

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 24, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Whether in college, from others in your chosen profession, or from your parents, you've probably gotten a lot of career advice. Yet, a Forbes article last year shared some important career advice that you've likely never heard before. According to the article, there are five things that you should focus on to make your career meaningful.

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Topics: Career Advice

Social Worker Creates COVID-19 Coloring Book to Help Kids Cope

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

About 35 years ago, several tornadoes hit eastern North Carolina. At that time, the University of North Carolina's Child and Adolescent Program created a series of coloring books to help children and their families cope. That history inspired Lindsey Atkins, a social worker who currently serves as a clinical instructor for the same UNC program. Atkins wrote a story called Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan that includes illustrations for children to color. Like the coloring books from decades ago, the social worker's COVID coloring book is meant to give children and their families tools to deal with the pandemic's emotional impact.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Intellect Processes in Sign Language Comparable to Spoken Language

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and went to use a word and realized "oh, that's not the word I want...this is"? This language mishap happens so quickly in conversation that it often goes unnoticed; the wrong word is quickly scrapped and replaced with the proper word that the brain was looking for and the conversation moves forward seamlessly. This all is recorded to happen at 40 milliseconds, so fast it goes undetected in the conscious mind.

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Topics: Healthcare

Strong Managers are Key to Employee Retention

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

How many people do you know that have never left a job? The answer is probably zero. So why do people leave their jobs? Most of the time it somehow relates to their manager, either directly or indirectly. Having strong managers can help improve retention of good employees.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

Foundation Connects Adults with Developmental Disabilities with Jobs

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

Less than 20 percent of disabled adults are employed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Fly Brave Foundation, a nonprofit based in Sacramento, California, exists to create bridges to employment for adults with developmental disabilities who have aged out of the school system.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

How Speech Therapy Combats Brain Trauma

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 12, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Traumatic brain injuries occur from an external force such as a car accident, fall or sports injury. The damage can range from minor to very severe. After sustaining a brain injury therapy may be necessary to regain normal motor function. More severe injuries require intense therapy usually in an inpatient setting such as a rehabilitation hospital. This includes multiple types of therapy, every day for several hours. Once enough progress is made therapy can continue in an outpatient setting or even at home.

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Topics: Healthcare

Networking Tips For New Grads

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Getting hired can be just as much about your strength as a candidate as it is about who you know. Networking is an important skill in today's job market, especially when you are up against job-seekers as brilliant as you are. Here are five tips to maximize your benefit from professional connections.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

Yoga Plus Occupational Therapy for Parkinsons is Promising

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Parkinson's disease gradually chips away at a person's physical abilities. The nervous disorder usually starts with uncontrollable shaking. Gradually, it begins slowing down a person's movements. Then stiff limbs and difficulty with balance and standing come in. All these debilitating symptoms greatly affect a person's health-related quality of life (HRQoL). HRQoL is a term that looks at the social, emotional, mental, and physical well-being of a person, with particular regard to how their health is affecting these aspects of their lives.

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Topics: Healthcare

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