Many children suffer from recurrent or chronic pain that is not due to a medical problem. This type of pain is referred to as functional pain. The most common types of functional pain reported by children are recurrent stomachaches and headaches. The cost of functional pain is considerable. Children with functional pain make frequent doctor visits and are often referred to tertiary care facilities. In addition, several hundred thousand school days are lost each month as a result of functional pain and school absences can negatively impact a child’s academic and social development. A number of psychological interventions have been found to be highly effective in decreasing the frequency, duration, and intensity of pain episodes. Nevertheless, it can be difficult for families to access effective treatment.
Ethical issues and dilemmas challenge the practitioner. What are the guiding principles that inform ethical decision-making? How do the codes of ethics under which clinicians practice fit with the guiding principles? This interactive workshop focuses on the use of the guiding principles, the codes of ethics, and practice applications.
We now know that people can and do recover from mental illness, and we know more and more about what treatment approaches work. An evidence-based practice has four key components: it must be a standardized treatment with guidelines or manuals; it must have been studied using a controlled research design; the research studies must have employed a variety of research teams; and, the outcomes must matter to the recipient of the care. Selection of an evidence-based practice must take into account not only the treatment, but the characteristics of the person and the desired effect. While evidence-based practices are proven, many good practices are still viable and should not be abandoned. In this presentation, Dr. Selleck discusses how a practice becomes evidence-based, what some examples of evidence-based practices are in the mental health field, and the ongoing evolution of mental health care.
In this presentation, Dr. Carter explains Evidence-Based Practices and how they apply to providing services and supports to children and families. She discusses how to select a practice, and how to apply it. Likewise, she explains when not to rely exclusively on Evidence-Based Practices. This is a frank, open conversation regarding the often challenging world of finding the right treatment strategies for the children you serve.
Service providers, from individual clinicians to state agencies, are considering implementing evidence-based practices as their primary means of service delivery. In this module, Dr. Hovmand looks beyond the decision to implement evidence-based practices to the impact of that decision on the performance of an organization. He also discusses the mechanisms used to conduct his research.
Ethical issues and dilemmas challenge the practitioner. What are the guiding principles that inform ethical decision-making? How do the codes of ethics under which clinicians practice fit with the guiding principles? In this program, Peggy Keilholz expands upon the information given in her previous MIMH Training DVD, Frontline Ethics, by further examining the methods professionals use to resolve complicated ethical dilemmas and providing specific examples.
People have the right to participate in their own lives to the extent they can, and this applies to people with mental illnesses and other vulnerable populations. In this presentation, Dr. Linhorst defines empowerment, lays out the conditions and circumstances under which empowerment is likely to take place, and provides concrete examples of applying the principles of empowerment.
Emotional fitness is a set of skills that allow the user to experience the full range of human emotion and respond appropriately and effectively. Sandra Martin explains the implications of recent neurological studies indicating the brain’s ability to modify itself through repetition, and outlines the steps necessary to make permanent, positive changes in the ways that we handle emotions.
The diagnosis of diabetes is serious, and of particular concern when an individual also has a mental illness or a developmental disability. People need to take an active role in the management of diabetes just as they do with a mental illness. In this presentation, Ms. Farley explains how diabetes is recognized and managed, and shares her experiences caring for people who have diabetes along with a developmental disability or a mental illness.
Vetta Sanders-Thompson, PhD, and Jermine Alberty, BSB/M, MDiv, will discuss the taboo subject of mental illness in the African American community. They will explore topics surrounding the causes of the illness, the reason for the secret, and the need to break the silence.Sanders-Thompson and Alberty will address major mental health issues in the African American community, their causes, their effects on physical health, and the taboos surrounding them. They will also discuss the role of the clergy in combating the stigma against mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid-an education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Validation is a critical component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a skill which practitioners will need to learn, practice, and fine tune in order to be truly effective. Dr. Ronda Oswalt Reitz talks with us about who benefits most by the use of validation. She also explains in detail the Six Levels of Validation as proposed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the architect of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Understanding and practicing these validation levels will help you as a clinician and the people you serve to engage each other in an open, trusting, therapeutic environment.
In this program, Dr. Alec Pollard discusses the changes in approaches to treating complex Anxiety Disorders, the move from diagnosis- driven interventions to model-driven interventions, the significant role basic laboratory research plays in the life of the clinician, the use of medications alongside psychotherapies, and near- and far-term research. Treatment resistance and ambivalence, and family inclusion are also addressed.
MIMH is proud to announce its newest educational tool for mental health professionals: the Surviving Compassion Fatigue kit.
The Surviving Compassion Fatigue kit utilizes the LARC method, which means that it contains resources designed to help the user:
Learn about Compassion Fatigue;
Assess the severity of the syndrome;
Renew well-being and professional satisfaction; and
Commit to an ongoing routine of self-care
Included within this easy-to-use kit are videos, MP3 files, assessment measures, and worksheets – all created to promote the personal well-being of caregiving professionals.