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… Continue reading Introduction to Palliative Care

Healthcare, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

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… Continue reading Seeking Action for Safety in Long Term Care Facilities

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health


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… Continue reading Dreams

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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… Continue reading DSM-5 Changes: A Continuation

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

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… Continue reading System Malfunction: Mental Health Issues


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… Continue reading Globe and Mail & CBC-Canadian Healthcare and Economics

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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… Continue reading Presence- Part 1