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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

09

‘Henry’s Demons’ and ‘The Memory Palace’ – The Pain of Schizophrenia

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

This interesting Book Review was written by Dr. Abigail Zuger, MD and portrays a book which appears almost to be two in one. It reveals the memoirs from both a male and female author who describe life with a parent living with Schizophrenia. The experiences recounted serve to portray many very similar but also different life experiences. This book clearly adds to the body of knowlege critical in treating or working alongside people effected or affected by Schizophrenia. Please enjoy the book review. It is well written, comprehensive and sure to spark dialogue:

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

‘Henry’s Demons’ and ‘The Memory Palace’ – The Pain of Schizophrenia

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Dec

01

Analyzing Your Therapist: A Rorschach Test?

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

These two letters to the editor published in The New York Times Opinion Pages were written by a psychiatrist and a clinical social worker respectively. They both have rather definitive views on The Opinion piece by Dr. Keeley Holmes a psychologist who wrote of her dismay at clients publishing online complaints, concerns or observations of their experiences in therapy in non healthcare related forums. Please enjoy the letters and it is my hope that their conflicting views may stimulate our own dialogue around our thoughts in this area.

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

Analyzing Your Therapist: A Rorschach Test?

    Filed Under: Family Treatment , Group Treatment , Individual Treatment , Marriage and Family Therapist , Pre-Marital Counseling , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , Social Work , Trust Issues , Work Related Issues Tagged with , , , , , , , , , ,
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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

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

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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Nov

16

White House Shooting Suspect’s Path to Extremism

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

This article written by William Yardley of The New York Times speaks of a troubled young man battling severe mental health issues who very recently fired several shots at the white house residential quarters.

He is currently being held on charges of trying to assasinate Barack Obama, the President of The United States.

He has publically claimed that President Obama is The Antichrist and request to appear on the Oprah television show.

It seems apparent that he has displayed criminal and abnormal behavior for quite some time prompting concern from family members.

Clearly this incident has raised numerous questions around the identification of individuals who may have mental health issues and are desirous of owning firearms.

Please enjoy this article.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

White House Shooting Suspect’s Path to Extremism

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Nov

15

A Memoir of Self-Destruction and Therapy

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

This Book Review published in The New York Times and written by Emily Gould gives us a glimpse of the memoir of a young woman who suffered from mania and how she lived with this frightful experience.

This story speaks to how with the aid of a gifted therapist she was given tools to make life tolerable primarily but much more worth living.

It speaks to how she adapted to and did not, in essence allow her personal demons to prevail.

It speaks to how she built herself a successful life and gives inspiration to many.

Please enjoy this review.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

A Memoir of Self-Destruction and Therapy

    Filed Under: Bipolar Therapy , BPD Therapy , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Individual Treatment , Mood Fluctuation , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , Reality , Social Work , Treatment modality Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Nov

14

Turning to Software to Help Treat Brain Injuries

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 14, 2011 at 8:34 am

This article written by Gordy Slack and published in The New York Times speaks to new developments in the treatment of brain injuries.

We learn so much and often when we thought there was no hope we are once again proven wrong.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Turning to Software to Help Treat Brain Injuries

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