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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

    Filed Under: Individual Treatment , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , Social Work , Treatment modality , Trust Issues Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Dec

13

F.D.A. Panel Is Divided Over Electroshock Risks

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

This article appeared earlier in the year and was an excellent piece which deserves wide press. It was written by Duff Wilson for The New York Times and speaks of a controversial treatment for people living with depressive disorders. Electroshock therapies are utilized by over 100,000 Americans every year and the efficacy over the longterm have been hotly debated. Please read this article and give your thoughts. This modality is NOT going away people with a window covering at the very least the next three years.

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

F.D.A. Panel Is Divided Over Electroshock Risks

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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

    Filed Under: Abuse , Anger , Anger Management , Anxiety / Stress , Anxiety Therapy , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Individual Treatment , Low Self Esteem , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Work , Violence Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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

    Filed Under: Anger , Anger Management , Difficult Emotions , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Work , Violence Tagged with , , , , , , , , , ,
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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

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

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

06

Norway: Killer of 77 Was Insane During Rampage, Prosecution Says

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

This article shared through The Associated Press in The New York Times gives the legal opine of The Norweigan Prosecutors working the case of the confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik. I for one am very interested in forensic social work and learned much by this article in terms of the european marriage of mental health and the law. Not intending to interject debate but I note that the defendant in this action was examined by two court appointed psychiatrists. In The USA I believe psychiatrists no longer corner the market on such assessments. Please enjoy the article and share your thoughts.

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

Norway: Killer of 77 Was Insane During Rampage, Prosecution Says

    Filed Under: Anger , Anger Management , Individual Treatment , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Work , Violence Tagged with , , ,
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