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New Shorter Initial Referral Form

10 Jul

We have made it easier for mental health professionals to refer clients to our psychiatric rehabilitation programs.  The form is now much shorter and does not request a psychiatrist’s signature.

Please click here to download the new shorter referral packet.

If you happen to be a family member, friend, or a potential client — please take this form to a treating mental health professional.  We are however very happy to directly answer your questions about our PRPs and the mental health system in general.  Let us know how we can help.

— Michael

Adjustment Disorder Training

30 Jun

Key Point and CBH have teamed-up to offer an interesting training on July 21st in Baltimore on Attachment Disorder in children.  Amongst other points, the workshop covers diagnostic difficulties, some techniques parents and therapists can use with these children, and the similarities between Attachment Disorder and Developmental Trauma Disorder.

This has obtained approval for 6.5 CEUs for LCPC/LGPC counselors since the brochure was printed.

Click here to download the brochure and registration information.

More information can also be obtained by calling 443-625-1583.

Registration deadline is July 14th.  Cost is $75.

Thanks,
Michael

Key Point on Facebook

28 Apr

Are you aware that Key Point Health Services has a rather active Facebook account?  It is updated from different areas within the company and sometimes covers broader mental health concerns than just the PRPs.

Please visit and “like” our page today.

Click here to access the Key Point Health Facebook page.

New SP Crisis Walk-In Clinic

28 Apr

Anyone who has dealt with a difficult or somewhat clueless emergency room will be very happy to hear that the mental health experts at Sheppard Pratt are opening a Crisis Walk-In Clinic (CWIC) effective in early May.  Hours will be Monday through Friday 10:30am to 10:00pm with weekend hours promised.

More information available from Bonnie Katz at 410-938-3154 and bkatz@sheppardpratt.org

A rather bad scan of their flyer is attached — best we have at the moment.

Click on the image to enlarge.

University of Baltimore Career Panel

19 Apr

By Michael Reeder

I was delighted to participate in a University of Baltimore career panel sponsored by Psy Chi last Thursday night entitled “Where do you go from here? A panel discussion exploring postgraduate careers, educational paths, and possibilities in Psychology”.

Several professors were on the panel to answer student questions about the best ways to apply to graduate schools and what types of programs fit desired career paths.  I was able to answer questions on terminal master’s degrees for those looking to go directly into counseling, as well as outline the sorts of career options and salary ranges available to students and bachelor’s-level graduates.

I was approached by a small handful of students afterwards about job and internship opportunities.  I hope that University of Baltimore can become more of a recruiting source for staff in the future.  The school has both undergraduate and graduate programs of interest.

Thanks to Psy Chi student president Simone Bolton, John Gasparini, Dr. Gasser, Dr. Farley, and Dr. Johnson for coordinating and participating in this event.

Is Mental Health Stigma still prevalent? Check out this article!

11 Apr

The results of this study showed that while more people are understanding that there may be neurobiological causes of mental disorders, we’re still a long way off from removing the prejudice and discrimination that accompanies a mental disorder diagnosis: However, the results show that although believing in neurobiological causes for these disorders increased support for professional treatment, it did nothing to alleviate stigma. The results show that, in fact, the effect increased community rejection of the person described in the vignettes.  Pescosolido said the study provides real data for the first time on whether the “landscape” is changing for people with mental illness. The negative results support recent talk by influential institutions, including the Carter Center, about how a new approach is needed for the fight against stigma.

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Sep 2010
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

When I think about Stigma as it relates to mental illness, I am reminded of Stigma as a general problem and concern for many, in all facets of life. In my opinion, Stigma, as it relates to mental illness is a form of discrimination that is automatically placed on an individual due to their specific mental illness.  There are a variety of misconceptions and prejudgments about those who cope with mental illness on a daily basis. These misconceptions could possibly imply that one who suffers from a mental illness is not capable of  contributing to society as much as someone who doesn’t have a mental illness, when in fact, persons with mental illness can make just as much of a positive impact on society.  With mental illness, it is very easy for society to make judgments, but often times, stigma is prevalent specifically with mental illness due to lack of knowledge and awareness.  The topic itself is often taboo in certain respects and it almost suggests that if you have a mental illness, you are not able to hold a job, raise a child, go to school, etc. This is false.  Many individuals with mental illness are actively involved in treatment and participating in programs and community resources that will aid them in getting the best care possible. Reducing stigma requires more community education and for advocates to willingly challenge unfair treatment and discriminatory stereotypes.

So, in essence, Is Mental Health Stigma still prevalent? Yes! And something should be done! It begins with you!

Some Helpful Resources

Fight Stigma: Become A StigmaBuster! http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=fight_stigma

Mental Health America, http://www.nmha.org/index.cfm

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

25 Mar

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, also known as DBT, was developed and implemented by Marsha M. Linehan who is a well-known psychology researcher at the University of Washington.  DBT was targeted to treat persons with Pervasive Emotion Dysregulation.  DBT is a combination and use of standard cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness.

 

On March 14, 2011, Alisha Simmons, Rehab Counselor at the Harford PRP, Keypoint Health Services had the opportunity to attend a presentation at Jewish Community Services, facilitated by Mrs. Pat Harvey, LCSW-C. During the presentation of DBT, Mrs. Harvey revealed some pertinent information regarding DBT such as:

* DBT is supportive. Skills trainers support people in their attempts to decrease problem behaviors, help people to acknowledge strengths and encourage them to use their positive abilities.

*DBT is behavioral: Problem behavior patterns are analyzed and replaced with more skillful behaviors.

*DBT is cognitive: The focus in DBT is on helping to change beliefs, expectations and assumptions that are no longer effectively helpful; change may occur in all or nothing, rigid and judgmental thinking.

*DBT is skill oriented: Structured skills training is designed to teach new skills and enhance capabilities.

*DBT balances acceptance and change: In DBT, there is a focus on helping consumers to increase their ability to accept and tolerate painful feelings, their current life situations and themselves.  There is a second, and equally important, focus on learning new skills and behaviors that will enhance life.

*DBT requires a collaborative relationship: In DBT it is important that people work together and function as a team to achieve goals.  It is essential that all team members work on their communication and collaboration to facilitate progress.

For more information on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, take some time to review Pat Harvey’s website, © Pat Harvey.

http://patharveymsw.com/

DBT Consortium  www.metrodbt.com.

Some additional resources can be found below:

http://borderlinepersonality.ca/dbt.htm

http://www.behavioraltech.com/resources/whatisdbt.cfm