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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

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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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

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

19

Army Cutting 50,000 Soldiers

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

This article published in The Stars and Stripes Newspaper has great public interest due to the very nature of what it reveals.

It speaks to the military leadership and the apparently disingenuous nature of how they are discharging combat veterans who after being exposed to unspeakable horrors attempt to self medicate with illicit mood altering substances or engage in what is oft considered in the civilian world petty misconduct.

In fact the chief attorney (Staff Judge advocate) appears to openly boast about and discuss training other installations on how to process soldiers out of the army with a less than honorable discharge (lifelong negative impact) and no educational or medical benefits.

What was painful to read was soldiers who at one point receive some of the military’s most prestigious honors in a short time find themselves dealing with homelessness and lifelong injuries.

This prosecutor speaks of how to shortcircuit the medical review process to ensure the servicemember is quickly pressured to relinquish their rights and hit the streets.

The risk assessment conducted by this team is appalling at best, conspiritorial at worst.

Please read this article and I hope the dialogue begins:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Army Cutting 50,000 Soldiers

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Nov

18

Army officer from Maryland killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

This article written by Martin Weil and published in The Washington Post Local tells about the death of LTC David Cabrera, an army social work officer, a professor and therapist.

COL Cabrera did not have to go downrange in harms way as with his senior officer rank, university professor/researcher/clinical position not to mention that he already had served in combat already all would have had a junior officer take his role.

COL Cabrera however loved serving troops and volunteered to serve more time in the sandbox.

I know I’ve mentioned in a few articles about the great dearth of licensed clinical social workers throughout the federal system.

I attended a workshop in 2010 given during the Force Protection Conference in Phoenix.

The workshop was for active duty social work officers (of which I’m not) but was allowed to listen in.

The fact is relatively simple; Numbers are down and EVERY social work officer WILL deploy downrange and probably more than one.

They are needed not only in garrison mental health clinics but in a wartime mission of mental health stabilization units.

Social work officers unlike nearly all of their medical service colleagues CAN Command combat and combat service support units.

This unfortunately is the reality of going to war and not likely to be shared by your local recruiter. Please enjoy the article.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Army officer from Maryland killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

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