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September 18, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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‘Paraprofessionals’ An Important Mental Health Resource For U.S. School Children Living In Poverty

September 18, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Community Psychology takes a look at the role of paraprofessionals in high-need communities. Paraprofessionals act as liaisons between community mental health programs, families and schools. Although they don’t have the same level of training as mental health workers or teachers, studies have shown that especially in immigrant and low-income communities, paraprofessionals play an important role in helping families navigate the mental health system. [More]

September 17, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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What Makes A Hero

September 17, 2018 09:38 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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The death of Senator John McCain was commemorated, nationwide, for a full week. He was remembered, primarily, for his courage, while held captive in Vietnam. For 5 1/2 years, held as a prisoner, he refused special treatment. He turned down an “offer” to be released early, spent two years in isolation and carried permanent debilitating physical injuries as a result of poor medical care. [More]

September 12, 2018
by Tina Arnoldi

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The Possibilities of Chatbots as Therapists: A Replacement or Addition?

September 12, 2018 11:02 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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The World Health Organization believes that by the year 2030, mental health will be the most significant disease worldwide. And advances in technology are one way to extend the reach to patients that need help. Recent research found that chatbots, or conversational agents, cannot express empathy to the extent a human can and people appreciate the nuances from their peers. However, there is some benefit in the act of disclosing personal information - even to a computer. [More]

September 6, 2018
by Tina Arnoldi

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Entrepreneurs Say Investing in Mindfulness at Work Pays Off

September 6, 2018 09:00 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Mindfulness is a hot topic. Researchers study the impact of mindfulness on the brain and advocates insist it improves their well being. It is more than personal improvement as mindfulness programs have reached into the workplace. A study published in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology in August of this year found that participants in mindfulness training improved their focus at work and had a slight increase in job satisfaction. [More]

September 4, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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Effects of Climate Change Could See Increased Rates Of Childhood Anxiety And Depression According To New Study

September 4, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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The recent devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – and possibly more in the near future caused by climate change – have made the need to understand the impact of these events all the more urgent. Could a generation of children exposed to natural disasters be at risk for mental illness? [More]