Volk Decision: Washington State Therapists Now Liable for Violent Acts of Former Clients!

This is from Laura Groshong, the lobbyist of the Washington State Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers. I'm appalled by this decision and that we are now liable for every client we have ever seen! Changes to Practice of Mental Health Clinicians Based on Volk Decision April, 2017 Laura Groshong, LICSW, Mental Health Advocate

By |2017-04-02T19:45:31-07:00April 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is in the news again. Robert Bales murdered 16 civilians in Afghanistan. He has TBI, drinks too much, and just saw a friend lose a leg. Why does TBI matter?  Traumatic brain injuries are head injuries that can occur from a direct blow to the head, in an accident, sports, or

By |2012-03-18T17:13:06-07:00March 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Psychiatric Diagnoses: The Epidemic of Mental Illness

The New York Review of Books carried and a scathing and mostly right-on article about the medicalization and over-medication of mental illness by Marcia Angell. It's a review of three books about the history of psych meds, the power of the drug companies, and the minimization of psychotherapy. Read it here.

By |2011-06-17T15:00:06-07:00June 17th, 2011|4 Comments

Tricare Refuses to Pay for CRT & EMDR for Veterans

National Public Radio wrote and spoke about the "Battle Over the Science" of Tricare not paying for cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) "despite pressure from Congress and the recommendations of military and civilian experts, the Pentagon’s health plan for troops and many veterans does not to cover” cognitive rehabilitation therapy —

By |2010-12-22T16:58:10-08:00December 22nd, 2010|1 Comment

“Anxiety” on To The Best of Our Knowledge

A great hour of interviews about anxiety on one of best radio shows around. This one includes Patricia Pearson, author of A Brief History of Anxiety, Yours and Mine, and her own experience with anxiety medications and learning to self-soothe; Ethan Waters, talking about the globalization of American psychiatric diagnoses and pharmaceutical cures; Dr. Daniel Carlat,

By |2010-07-09T21:57:32-07:00July 9th, 2010|0 Comments

Update on Health Care Reform from a Mental Health Lobbyist

From Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, Director, Government Relations, Clinical Social Work Association: I have just returned from three days of lobbying in Washington DC for the Clinical Social Work Association and have some new ideas of what the President and Congress (the five committees and one informal "Group of Six") are doing to develop a

By |2009-09-14T20:03:25-07:00September 14th, 2009|0 Comments

Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile Justice System

This distressing article, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/us/10juvenile.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all by Solomon Moore in today's New York Times shows us how the mental health system in most of the country is failing teenagers. Kids who need medication, psychotherapy, and structure act out until they end up in detention, often physically and sexually abused by both fellow inmates and staff, with little or no treatment.

By |2009-08-10T19:52:08-07:00August 10th, 2009|1 Comment

UCLA Trauma Conference Day 2: Dan Siegel, Mindfulness

Daniel Siegel: A System's View of Disintegration & Integration (He's still cute, he's still brilliant, he speaks in easy-to-remember aphorisms and he's still heartful. What's not to like?) "Integration is the linking of differentiated parts. The concept is useful for assessment, tx planning and therapy. . .Presence is absent in trauma survivors. Presence begins with

By |2009-03-08T22:21:23-07:00March 8th, 2009|1 Comment

EMDR for Veterans: Write a Letter

The EMDR International Association, (EMDRIA) is urging its members to write a letter supporting EMDR treatment for soldiers and veterans. The EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program has been offering and doing volunteer-run, inexpensive Basic trainings to the military and the VA. EMDR has been accepted by the Department of Defense as one of two effective/allowed treatments.

By |2009-01-16T07:58:35-08:00January 16th, 2009|1 Comment

KENSPORTAL.COM

Check out this great therapy resource. It has forms, great links, directories, and information about client populations. If you do therapy, you'll find something useful on it. I met Ken Eisenberger a few weeks ago at a workshop and he turned me onto his helpful, free website. Check it out at http://www.hiddenhillcounseling.com/kensportal/

By |2008-10-31T21:50:49-07:00October 31st, 2008|0 Comments

Professional Ethics

In Washington state, all licensed mental health types must take an ethics class every two years. I try to take a different one each time. I often wonder how an issue that can be so alive in a consultation session can be deadly dull in a lecture hall. It can be. Any new perspective or

By |2007-06-29T18:27:50-07:00June 29th, 2007|0 Comments

Virginia Tech II

Here's a link to an op-ed column by Anne Levinson & Jeffrey Swanson, members of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, which discusses mental health issues after the VA Tech shooting: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/313882_levinson02.html They cogently breakdown the individual privacy vs. community safety issues, based on actual statistics.

By |2007-05-02T21:42:16-07:00May 2nd, 2007|1 Comment

Virginia Tech Shootings

In my past life, I worked with severely mentally ill people. In my early 20's, I supported my way through college working in a glorified boarding house for 40 women. The price of admission was a psychiatric hospitalization. I was given about an hour of orientation and left alone to be in charge. In my

By |2007-04-18T21:52:41-07:00April 18th, 2007|1 Comment