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Dec

15

After Rough Beginning, a Great-Granddaughter, 3, Blossoms

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

This article was written by Jennifer Mascia of The New York Times and is a heartwarming story about a great grandmother who in her twilight years is raising a three year old.

The story encompasses something for helping professionals of every hue: Domestic violence, substance abuse, severe and chronic mental health issues thrown in with transcultural and generational issues.

Please enjoy this article.

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

After Rough Beginning, a Great-Granddaughter, 3, Blossoms

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Dec

14

Getting Someone to Psychiatric Treatment Can Be Difficult and Inconclusive

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 14, 2011 at 7:25 am

This was a fascinating article written by G. Sulzberger and Benedict Carey for The New York Times. It speaks to the often emotionally and physically exhausting task to get someone who you think would benefit with behavioral health assessment and/or intervention to acquiece to receiving this support. It speaks to the inherent rights of individuals to decide their own destiny, limited public resources dedicated to mental health services and the oft futility of after release the client must be trusted to comply with future appointments and/or medication management. In the helping professions particularly with addictions treatment we get a fair share (75%?) of involuntary clients. We get them pulled, pushed or wheeled in by parents, spouses, employers or the criminal justice system. Please enjoy this article as I believe it will give us helping professionals some added insight into who is walking through our doors.

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

Getting Someone to Psychiatric Treatment Can Be Difficult and Inconclusive

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Dec

12

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

This article written by Jane Brody for The New York Times Personal Health Section was a delightful and informative read although the subject matter was disillusioning. The article provides what appears to be very comprehensive statistics on the number, percentages and frequencies of offenses perpetrated on women. The author speaks frankly about being a survivor of abusive behavior in situations inwhich the perpetrators clearly took advantage of power differential in their favor and caused understandable silense as well as self doubt.

This article also speaks to the areas of sexual harassment and related offenses, the serial nature of these offenders and how the women are further victimized in the media, legal venues and society at large. It is clear that despite the fact that we as a society may not WANT to read articles like this it is clear that they MUST be revealed to bring about change. Kudos to the author of this great article for helping to evoke dialogue!

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

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault

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Dec

11

In Wesleyan Student’s Killing, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

This article shared by The Associated Press and published in The New York Times speaks to an interesting story of a Massachusettes man who stalked and killed a Connectuct Coed and the resulting trial which led to a Not Guilty by reason of Insanity. This case was just upheld on an applellate division court and it looks like the accused will now be committed to an institution for the criminally insane. The key point in the trial and subsequent appeals were that the accused could NOT conform his actions to the rules of law.For all of the fans of forensic behavioral health you can pretty much rely on these decisions as the guidelines and basis to be followed in subsequent legal actions. Please enjoy the article.

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

In Wesleyan Student’s Killing, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

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Dec

10

For Some Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

This powerful article written by James Dao, Benedict Carey and Dan Frosch for The New York Times nearly ten months ago but clearly bears repeating. THis article reported on the unprecedented widespread usage of pharmacology to treat combat related post deployment issues which in many cases have called into question the overusage of prescription meds which have led to synergistic or toxic results.

Please read this article with the hope that constructive dialogue leading to policy change will ensue. Clearly the facts reported in this article have wider implications for the helping professionals with an eye open toward ensuring our patients receive optimal care.

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

For Some Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results

    Filed Under: Abuse , Addiction Therapy , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Work , Violence Tagged with , , , , , ,
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Dec

08

Vital Signs: Behavior: Videos of Self-Injury Find an Audience

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

This very interesting and thought provoking article written by Roni Caryn Rabin for The New York Times Health Section refers to an extremely popular form of social media viewed by millions daily: Youtube.

Apparently there are numerous videos on Youtube which portray self mutilation like burning, cutting, disturbing wounds and embedding items under the skin. Many lack warnings and some appear to glamorize this parasuicidal behavior with theme music of sorts. This is important information for helping professionals to know because any of us who treat children and adolescents should know of the nearly cultlike following many have for Youtube videos. This article and the surrounding awareness of social media can help us to ask the questions many of us would never even consider. Please enjoy this article and let the dialogue begin:

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

Vital Signs: Behavior: Videos of Self-Injury Find an Audience

    Filed Under: Abuse , Anger , Anger Management , Difficult Emotions , Identity Issues , Individual Treatment , Low Self Esteem , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Phobia Treatment , Social Work , Unresolved Childhood Issues , Violence Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Dec

07

As Mental Health Cuts Mount, Psychiatric Cases Fill Jails

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

This article written nearly a year ago by Brandi Grissom for The New York Times is as relevant today as the day it rolled off the presses. I’m reposting several that continue to have real and pressing significance on society at large and particularly amongst us mental health/helping professionals valiantly attempting to stem the tides. This article discusses once again how a criminal justice agency has become the de facto largest provider of mental health services within a community. I could speak to the shame that mentally ill, and or chemically addicted individuals oft find themselves on the wrong end of the law. I could refer to the shortages, and closures of community based mental health services or the dearth of judicial alternatives to incarceration/diversion programs but yoy the active helping professionals are aware of all of that. You who are in the trenchesa caring for these clients are well aware of their pain and precarious situations.

I think it is significant when I occasionally peruse the NASW Classified Ads and see for several years running the advertisement from The California (among other states) Department of Corrections in search of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. What does that say about us as a society? Surely it informs us continued job security but at what cost when our young and most vulnerable are continuing to be tied up in a criminal justice morass? Why does the young inmate in this article who lives with Bipolar Disorder need to receive medication and much more consistent care than he would in his own community? When will we realize that without appropriate and affordable care available within the community we as a society will continue to pay much much more through increased taxation to pay for their very expensive incarceration.

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

As Mental Health Cuts Mount, Psychiatric Cases Fill Jails

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Dec

05

Dogs Traumatized by War

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

This letter to The New York Times Opinion page is in reference to a previously published article: After Duty, Dogs Suffer Like Soldiers. was written by like me an admitted dog lover. He makes an excellent point in the validation of post deployment like conditions which at times has no lack of detractors. His point is brilliant in its simplicity and straight forwardness: If the comparatively uncluttered mind of a dog can be so negatively impacted by the experiences of combat, how much more the mind of the servicemember? Please enjoy this letter and hopefully it will provide some measure of food for thought.

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

Dogs Traumatized by War

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Dec

04

After Duty, Dogs Suffer Like Soldiers

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

This article written by James Dao of The New York Times recently brought to my attention at least the behavioral health condition referred to by Veternarians as Canine PTSD. It is no secret that man’s best friend is socialized to accompany us everywhere. From the picnic to the battlefield there is evidence that humans and dogs share much. This article written in the backdrop of FT Sam Houston and referencing military mental health professionals who treat humans have observed rather fascinating traits in our friends. Please enjoy the article and lets discuss.

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

After Duty, Dogs Suffer Like Soldiers

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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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