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Nov

30

The Wrong Type of Talk Therapy

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

This piece was published in The New York Times OP ED (Opinion Editor) Section of The New York Times. It was written by contributor Keeley Holmes, a Pyschologist who writes from the premise as I understand it that clients should not post reviews in non healthcare related consumer review forums. Dr. Holmes makes mention of these types of forums not providing adequate description or qualification of the type of services which helping professionals provide.

To be fair if a client has a negative experience with a helping professional and is desirous of making a complaint I can see where the patient should be geared toward a forum where their best interests are considered which may not be the same forum where one would complain about non healthcare services. In any event please read the article and as always it is my hope that this carefully chosen article will stimulate some useful thought and dialogue.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

The Wrong Type of Talk Therapy

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Nov

29

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

One of the things I truly love about my profession is there is always so much to learn about people and they very often are willing guides to the rich tapesty that is their lives. This article written by Roni Caryn Rabin for The New York Times was a delightful read as I learned something of which I was previously unaware. This article published in The Health Section reviews eating disorders within Orthodox Jewish Communities.

Please enjoy this delightful article that shares how their culture in some ways may encourage certain behaviors which can frequently mask these illnesses. Another huge point is the stigma of mental illness within this community can very often serve as a barrier to identication and care. Of course one would be negligent to fail to mention how community leaders can impact families coming forward to receive services. Finally where do these patients receive their care? All of these are very important assessment and treatment considerations in order to maximize optimal outcomes for all relevant shareholders.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

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Nov

28

Allergies Can Increase the Risk of Depression

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

This was a fasinating article written by Anahad O’Connor for The New York Times Health Section .It explores the connection that some research appears to indicate makes a connection between seasonal allergies and depression.

It is already accepted that sunlight or the lack thereof definitely plays a role in some mood disorders. Please read and enjoy this article. Perhaps some may find a similar connection in their own lives or the lives of their patients.

Really?

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Allergies Can Increase the Risk of Depression

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Nov

27

Learning to Listen to Distressed Classmates

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

This is article written by Abigail Sullivan Moore for the New York Times is a welcome read as it provides us helping professionals with an ounce of prevention if you will. It discusses a student support center and additional resources for college students who may find that life’s challenges have become a bit unmanageable. There is no need to review recent campus tragedies to know that oft times young people today are under an immense amount of stress and pressure with multiple competing demands and all too often little external support. It is good to know that such resources exist and I’m glad many campuses fully recognize this need.

It is no secret that young people often go to their peers for advice, help or just to be a listening board of sorts. It is refreshing that these peers learn to recognize warning signs of despair AND know how to make it sound ok to seek help from a qualified professional. Please enjoy the article:

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Learning to Listen to Distressed Classmates

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Nov

26

Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

This article written by Gardiner Harris of The New York Times reiterates what we helping professionals already know. We have been aware for some years now that psychotherapy is now the province of primarily psychologists and social workers. Not meaning to get into a fight with other helping professionals here but social workers are the largest providers of mental health services (talk therapy) in The United States. Now having said that this article was indeed sad to read. It spoke of a psychiatrist who no longer finds it financially feasible to practice his craft, psychotherapy. Dr. Donald Levin reports that his practice is now relegated to approximately 12-15 minutes per patient daily where he primarily serves in a medication management role.

I posted this article for several reasons : To formally acknowlege what has oft been discussed in the circles of helping professionals that psychiatrists although invaluable in every arena of skilled provision for mental health care are no longer at the forefront of counseling and therapeutic service delivery. Other professionals must now be prepared (as if we have not for years) accept the gauntlet of stepping forward and serving as full partners in the assessment, diagnosing and treatment of mental health disorders. The article makes significant points that lacking a medical school education should allow us to provide less expensive fees to provide services for more people. We must recognize this and after a medical assessment do what we do best. The article speaks to the idea that there is no discernible difference in quality between the two professions (psychiatry and clinical social work or psychology). As the least expensive practitioners it should enable us to move forward in our areas of expertise , learn more serve more. Please enjoy this article.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy

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Nov

25

For the Developmentally Disabled, Harm in Safe Havens

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

This article written by Danny Hakim for The New York Times reported on a subject which merits periodic review and if you’ll pardon my phrase dusting off. It discusses that subsequent to the desinstitualization or the closure of the former facilities (old warehouses) of the developmentally disabled the patients unable to be maintained at home with family were placed in community settings. Within these community settings are state employees who are at times untrained in the appropriate care of patients. This article reveals some staff have criminal convictions to include crimes of violence either related to or unrelated to their state jobs. This article discusses assaults, neglect, sexual abuse and other improprieties perpetrated by staff on the residents of these group homes. It reviews the relative inefficiency, mismanagement, fraud, waste and abuse by managerial personnel. It discloses an instance of efforts at whistleblowing to The Office of The Governor as well as state agencies which purportedly ensure the appropriate protection, care and safety of these clients. These whistleblowing efforts apparently have been met by retaliatory efforts by those exposed. This article should stimulate discussion and debate hopefully leading to much needed change! Please enjoy the article:

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

For the Developmentally Disabled, Harm in Safe Havens

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Nov

24

With Anorexia, Total Recovery Can Be Elusive

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

This is very good qualitative article written by Abby Ellin for The New York Times.

It discussed the eating disorder Anorexia, an illness inwhich at least a third of sufferers will chronically suffer and another third will die of this disease.

Interestingly enough despite the widespread impact that this disorder has, particularly on women and adolescents there is a dearth of studies relating to recovery.

Recovery has been defined in different ways by different groups. According to this article there is shockingly very few studies done on recovery

I think a helpful way of looking at Anorexia and Bullimia is it is a disorder with significant medical as well as mental health components which each must receive proper therapy.

It was interesting to read about the emergency room physician at a high powered medical school who after years of recovery relapsed and saw her life suffer a significant setback.

All in all this was an interesting read and worth sharing.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

With Anorexia, Total Recovery Can Be Elusive

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Nov

23

Treating the Traumas Inflicted on Children

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

This Opinion piece was published in The New York Times and written by Bessel A. van der Kolk, a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.

It raises interesting questions in the mind of this former child protective services professional and should stimulate dialogue from all helping professionals.

Dr. Van Der Kolk speaks of the development and increased understanding of the effects of trauma as experienced in combat but additionally that served through the experience of an invalidating and nonnurturing childhood.

It was distressing to read that President Obama is proposing a reduction by 70% of funding for The National Child Traumatic Stress Network which was created in 2001.

This network was patterned after The National Center for PTDS and serves to study, evaluate and develop treatment for traumatized children nationwide.

I see the policymakers have not yet learned how the least powerful among us are treated is the way we will get it much later.

Please enjoy the reading of this piece and lets get the word out.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Treating the Traumas Inflicted on Children

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Nov

22

Need Therapy? A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

This article written by Benedict Carey of The New York Times was a simply fantastic and interesting read.

In fact this article struck me more personally than most as I find it has mirrored my own experience.

This article speaks to the dearth of male therapists no matter what their discipline.

It speaks to the fact that psychiatry, psychology,marriage and family therapy as well clinical social work, counseling and addictions treatment is more than dominated by women but nearly completely.

It speaks of the lack of male therapists, students and even candidates to clinical programs.

I won’t get into the why so much in this introduction as the article speaks to that but I will say that for most male patients a shared life experience or acculturation is preferred.

There are simply differences in language, body posture and nuances that are oft subject to misinterpretation.

I have posted another article on the great need for African-American therapists for which I also believe this to be true.

As one of the first things that any therapist seeks to establish is a therapeutic alliance to have a person who looks like you, understands you and can relate to your experience is a plus.

Please enjoy this article and kindly tell me your thoughts: Let’s begin the dialogue.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Need Therapy? A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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Nov

21

When a Child’s Anxieties Need Sorting

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

This article, written by Abby Ellin of The New York Times was a delight to read as it reflects on perhaps the helping professions most rarest of practitioners.

One would often have an easier time finding hen’s teeth than to secure the services of a competent Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

This article speaks of such a professional who has been of great service to many of the richest and most powerful individuals in the world: Dr. Howard Koplewicz.

Now having set the stage for a practioner who is personally held in high esteem by governors, a former first lady who also served as a senator and is the current secretary of state I’m sure many reading this introduction would say Who cares?

The rich and powerful have always had the serrvices ofthe best of the best professionals, right?

Well, what struck me about Dr. Koplowicz is he left a cushy position in academe to form The Child Mind Institute which has been operating for approximately a year AND he does pro bono for the traditionally underserved.

To me that makes Dr. Koplowicz worthy of special mention and this article well worthy of publicity.

Dr. Koplewicz’s who has a penchant for schmoozing (a great networker, and fundraiser) is trying to change how child and adolescent pschiatric illnesses are viewed by the public at large.

He seeks to remove the stigma attached and his contributions to the field most welcome.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

When a Child’s Anxieties Need Sorting

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