“12 months, 12 gestures” spreading music in Hospitals

We give one step further within the initiative “12 months, 12 gestures” and focus on a word that represents the essence of the great work we do every day as health professionals: ACCOMPANYING Because we accompany our patients and their families every day. We accompany them since they are born until they die, often in…

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Autistic Children and Therapy

Written by Victoria Brewster, MSW Imagine having a child with autism and waiting 2 1/2 years for therapy to begin. The parents of a four-year old autistic boy in British Columbia are going public. “From his initial referral to speech to his first appointment, it was 920 days — of waiting,” said mom Christine Long….

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A Continuation of Ashley Judd’s, “All That is Bitter and Sweet”

by Victoria Brewster, MSW My initial write-up focused on the first half of the book. (https://northernmsw.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/ashley-judds-all-that-is-bitter-and-sweet/). This write-up focuses on the second half of the book which is part of Ashley Judd’s treatment, healing and acceptance of self along with her continued humanitarian work with Population Services International (PSI) (http://www.psi.org/). Treatment occured after she participated…

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Therapeutic Cooking and Culinary Therapy

By Victoria Brewster, MSW One of my friends who has an MSW degree began a group this fall that focuses on Therapeutic Cooking with adults with Mental Health Issues. It is very new, little research has been conducted, but already the benefits can be seen. A group of individuals, age does not matter and diagnosis…

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Who is Your Imaginary Audience?

by Victoria Brewster, MSW We all have our own imaginary audience who judges us, offers us support, inspires us and criticizes us. This imaginary audience is our own internal dialogue and where would we be without it? We are our own committee. All of us at some point ask ourselves questions or make internal statements…

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Wisdom to be Gained from ‘Morrie: In His Own Words…’

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I am reading yet another wonderful book. Morrie Schwartz sheds some wisdom on what it is like to be diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease, (ALS) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Imagine a disease that robs you of use of your arms, legs, hands, swallowing, eating, all but breathing until…

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Poetry and How it Can be Used in Social Work

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Poetry—- a form of creativity, but it serves another purpose as well. Poetry, like music, is an outlet for feelings and emotions. It is a way to get a point across in a very creative way. I would like to share some poetry that has had an influence on me both…

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The Book ‘Mindsight’

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I am currently reading the book ‘Mindsight’ by Daniel J. Siegel, MD who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. The book focuses on the practice of ‘mindsight’ based on emotional and social intelligence and uses a holistic…

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Skills of Helping Professionals

by Victoria Brewster, MSW How were you educated at school whether undergraduate or graduate? Was it a ‘just the facts’ orientation or an empathic, client-centered model? Is there room for both? Sometimes we have to be stoic, impassive helping professionals, but I would like to think most of the time we are empathic, compassionate and…

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NLP-Neurolinguistic Programming 1 Day Workshop Summary

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I attended an all day workshop on NLP-Neurolinguistic Programming yesterday here in Montreal.  NLP at its most basic, is a form of Behavior Modification. It has been around since the 1970’s- think Fritz Perls, Milton H. Erickson, Virginia Satir (family psychotherapist that added Systemic Constellations) but is most known for Richard Bandler and John Grinder….

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