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Archives for July, 2014

Advocacy

Evaluating Your Mental Health Provider’s Credentials

Last week I had a conversation with the parent of a child receiving both therapy and counseling services within the same agency. One of the first questions I was asked was "why is my daughter receiving counseling and therapy, aren't they the same things?" I began to explain the differences and the purpose for why there is typically a hierarchy of professionals within a mental health agency. Do you find yourself confused by the...
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General

The Tattooed Mental Health Professional: How Would It Make You Feel?

How do you view tattoos? Are you okay with them? Does it matter to you what the tattoo is or means? For many people, "body art" is either the object of much criticism or the object of a strong personal association with a belief or person. A parent posed a challenging question to me a few years ago while I trained at a semi-prominent clinic: "Why is the Clinical Director sporting a...
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Advocacy

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month? If not, you're not alone. Sadly this month is often overlooked by the majority of Americans. It is a time when summer has bloomed, fireworks have entered the scene, and multiple summer parties and cook-outs are in full swing. It comes at a time of the year when so many people are outdoors, enjoying the summer time weather and...
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