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Archive: December 2014

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7 Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues

December 22, 2014 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Betsy Schwartz

Vice President, Public Education and Special Initiatives

I recently arrived at Union Station greeted by Santa ringing a bell and shouting, “Merry Christmas. Everybody smile…remember it will be over in 2 weeks!” ‘Tis the season…do you feel extra pressure to be filled with joy? While this is a time of year for remembering the special moments of the past year and sharing gratitude […]

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Motivational Interviewing

Pam Pietruszewski

Integrated Health Consultant

Think about the last time you faced major change, whether in your personal life or at work. Was your path of change easy to navigate? Or, did it feel like the road less traveled, winding and complicated? Change can be hard, and when you are faced with challenges it can be even harder to stay […]

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Stemming the Flow of Persons with Mental Illness into the Justice System

Judge Steven Leifman

Chair, Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Cour t, Supreme Cour t of Florida and A ssociate Administrative Judge, County Cour t, Criminal Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Judge Steven Leifman, Chair, Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court, Supreme Court of Florida and Associate Administrative Judge, County Court, Criminal Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida; Tim Coffey, Coordinator, 11th Judicial Circuit, Criminal Mental Health Project The Parable of the River One day, two villagers were walking along […]

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Are There Reasons Behind Bad Behavior?

December 11, 2014 | Trauma | Treatment | Comments

Cheryl Sharp

Senior Advisor for Trauma-Informed Services

Trauma is not an excuse for behavior, but it can be a reason for it.  Mike Tyson’s recent declaration that he was sexually abused as a child suggests that his early experiences might have contributed to a life defined by rage and violence. Tyson spoke of his experience during an awkward interview on Opie Radio, […]

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Beyond the Bedside: Nurses In Integrated Care

Joan King

Senior Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

This article originally appeared in National Council Magazine.  As integrated care continues to advance, questions around workforce are a cause for much discussion and concern. These questions include supply, competencies, workforce makeup, scope of practice questions, and changing roles for all professional disciplines in these settings. As a nurse and integrated health consultant, I often […]

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The Breakfast Club: A Healthy Start to Community Coalitions

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

This article originally appeared in the National Council Magazine.  An interview with Jeffrey Brenner, MacArthur Fellow and Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is a nonprofit formed to improve the quality, capacity, and accessibility of the healthcare system for vulnerable populations in the city of Camden, New Jersey. […]

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