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  • 01 Oct 2018 10:03 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    The movement to electronic messaging is a major communication tool for a very large part of the population. The question arises, “is it time to incorporate this mode to reach out in intervention for those at risk?”  This article discusses the effective impact of text messages for crisis intervention. The establishment of a volunteer service was achieved in 2015 in NYC where they manage 1500 messages a day, 24/7.  We need innovation when serving a younger demographic. Read on for how this might be right for your community.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/r-u

  • 01 Oct 2018 10:02 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Being in a care giving profession is exceedingly gratifying. Sometimes the lines of our caring and our business obligations get blurred. What do you feel about setting and collecting fees? What if your clients don’t honor their debts? Do you feel conflicted? Does it effect your relationship? Read on for a discussion about this difficult issue.

    https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog/details/1402/when-money-comes-up-in-therapy?

  • 01 Oct 2018 9:58 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Is there a place in today’s world for optimism?  Our news outlets bring us the stories from around the world: starvation, victimization, violence, poverty, genocide.  So how do we keep arising daily to try to make the world a better place? This article by The Guardian raises some interesting data gathered from around the globe and right here in the US.  Facts are hard to deny. Read on for a real education about the realities.

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/jul/28/is-the-world-really-better-than-ever-the-new-optimists?

  • 04 Sep 2018 12:59 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Inclusion is a difficult proposition for the gender diverse. Our work environments expect collaboration and cooperation to get the job done.  Our attitudes can interfere with the benefits of diversity in experience to a creative enterprise.  Read on for an interesting article on gender and the workplace.

    http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/gender-ambiguity-workplace/


  • 04 Sep 2018 12:58 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    The therapist’s comfort in dealing with the client’s resistance has everything to do with working it out. What is getting in the way of progress? Is it operational….you aren’t working on the same goals or is it relational…you aren’t on the same wavelength? Or is it that the actual solution to the problem is too frightening. Read this great discussion on how to proceed.

    https://www.psychotherapy.net/article/resistant-clients
  • 04 Sep 2018 12:57 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Is it them or is it us? When dealing with a difficult client, to we blame their resistance? Or we blame our lack of skill? What else could herald this lack of relationship? This article offers some insight into the issue of client capacity for closeness or emotional resonance. Read on for an exploration of this phenomenon.

    https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog/details/1433/the-art-of-not-trying-too-hard?

  • 28 Jul 2018 11:47 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    The second leading cause of death among 15-34 year olds is suicide.  Often these individuals are not involved in the therapeutic relationship. What resources are available to assess and direct to help. Early identification of critical factors might stem the development of deeper difficulties by early intervention. Read on for an apt description of passive ideation.

    https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/depression/why-passive-suicide-ideation-is-dangerous/

  • 28 Jul 2018 11:45 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Many therapists are concerned that the assessment process may result in the client lacking transparency  in revealing their current state. The dynamics of transference can cloud the issue of ideation or even plan. So how do we deal with this reality? Read along on how to create the atmosphere of empathic connection with your client.

    https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog/details/949/how-to-develop-a-safety-plan-with-suicidal-clients?

  • 28 Jul 2018 11:43 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    In today's world the need for a protocol to determine suicide risk with all patients is a necessity. Celebrity suicides have highlighted an issue that strikes us all regardless of age, stage, education, religion, or socioeconomic level. As we work, assessing each and every client in the initial visit and subsequent visits, as their circumstances change. Not every client threatens,be alert. Read on for a review of the warning signs and methods to reduce risk.

    https://kspope.com/suicide/index.php

  • 05 Jun 2018 11:26 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    When we consider our clinical skills, listening is number one. This research looks at listening and feedback as a dance that can influence self as well as manager evaluations of employees’ performance.  Many of us are managers; do we use our skills to the best service to our employees? Read on 

    https://hbr.org/2018/05/the-power-of-listening-in-helping-people-change

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