Healthcare

“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… Continue reading “12 months, 12 gestures” spreading music in Hospitals

Education, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

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.… Continue reading Autistic Children and Therapy

Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Emotional Intelligence and Preventive Mental Health Care

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I read the following article (http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2012/12/society-honor-dead-children.html) and the first thing that came to my mind is that the events of Friday and all the other events that have occurred in the world where someone who was angry and full of hate either attacked and injured or murdered innocent people is not… Continue reading Emotional Intelligence and Preventive Mental Health Care

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

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

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

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… Continue reading Therapeutic Cooking and Culinary Therapy

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

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… Continue reading Who is Your Imaginary Audience?

End-of-Life, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement

Professional vs. Employer Values on Death/Dying and Grief/Grieving

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I am currently reading a book titled, Comfort by Ann Hood. Yes, I read a lot and as this is an area of interest for me….. this book is about a mother who loses her daughter to a virulent version of strep at age 5. The little girl goes into the… Continue reading Professional vs. Employer Values on Death/Dying and Grief/Grieving