Introduction to Palliative Care

Conferences, workshops, and lectures are all important to attend either as a professional or as a student. This past Thursday, I attended an Introduction to Palliative Care conference through a local government health clinic. As a professional who works with older adults, and is witnessing the aging of clients, it is important to know what…

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Seeking Action for Safety in Long Term Care Facilities

Advocacy, one of the core competencies in the profession of social work. It is one skill that I was taught both in graduate school and as a professional over the past 15 years, it is a skill I take to heart. On February 9, 2013 a documentary W5, Crisis in Care, reported by Sandi Rinaldo…

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Dreams

Dreams are real and without them life is a sad existence. Dreams hold us together and give us a vision, something to aim for, the road leading to our destination. Dreams are the magic, the magician making us laugh, or the sun which makes us warm. Dreams are like the rain, when it ends there…

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DSM-5 Changes: A Continuation

I continue to come across articles and information regarding the soon to be released DSM-5. Reading this link will provide quite a bit of information on the upcoming changes to the DSM. I have to wonder if our society is becoming too focused on a diagnosis and pharmacare. “After the American Psychiatric Association (APA) approved…

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System Malfunction: Mental Health Issues

Mental Health is an area that certainly needs improvements along with properly trained professionals. These professionals whether nurses, social workers, physicians or administrative staff  need regular skill upgrades provided by their employer, of their own choice/initiative or as required through the state, province or the profession itself. Below is an example of what should not…

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Globe and Mail & CBC-Canadian Healthcare and Economics

This link is worth taking a look at. We may not want to think about economics, but as healthcare is a huge topic of discussion here in Canada, we need to. The health sector, public and private (and let’s not forget we have plenty of both), is an economic driver, a generator of wealth, a…

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Presence- Part 1

“Presence must be balanced with a strong sense of who you are at your core.” “Treat everyone, no matter the person’s position or level of power as a respected colleague.” “Pay attention, the simple act of noticing your own behavior and that of others, in a deeper way, will create an ongoing focal point on…

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Seeing Past the Mask

In our professional and personal lives it is important to see past the ‘mask’ of another. The outside of a person can be a veneer in a sense that requires one to look further to see the individual within. As you chip away at the ice, You begin to see the object that is hidden…

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Mind Vacation

For those that live in the north, winter can be difficult. Not just in the sense of the snow and cold and all the responsibilities that come with the winter season, but in the sense of a lack of sunlight. Many people thrive in the sunshine and warmth both physically and mentally. The cold weather…

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Leadership and Teamwork in Helping Professions

Leadership, teamwork, management, structure of an organization; these are not typical words used in social work or any helping profession from the professionals themselves as they are often very focused on the clients, patients, clientage and recently I heard the term service user (from workers in the UK). Personally and professionally I find the term service…

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New Stroke Detection

Strokes are devastating and the rehabilitation is a long process. What if a stroke could be detected before it happened or at least the likelihood of one occurring? An estimated 50,000 strokes occur in Canada each year. One in four is a “cryptogenic” stroke, meaning a stroke of unknown cause. Presented Thursday at the International…

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A Message of Wisdom

Can any of us truly define happiness and contentment? Is it easier to discuss potential and wishes? What about joy, delight or accomplishment? As professionals and as humans, it is important to identify our deepest wishes and desires and to work from a place of compassion with our clients and with those we love and…

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