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

SPN & What are These?

The Service Professionals Network (SPN) project started as an open networking group on LinkedIn. SPN was created to be different from other open networking groups though. The group is unique, because the focus is on raising awareness and funds for charities as much as it is on helping individuals and businesses build their brand. The… Continue reading SPN & What are These?

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

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… Continue reading Skills of Helping Professionals

Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity, Neurolinguistic Programming

Resources on the Topic-Neuroplasticity

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Some excellent books to read regarding Neuroplasticity: The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, MD- The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure of our brain no matter what age! Frogs into Princes by Richard Bandler and John Grinder This book is dated 1979, but is excellent and shares… Continue reading Resources on the Topic-Neuroplasticity

Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity, Neurolinguistic Programming

Molecular Genetics

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Imagine my surprise to learn that genetics goes deeper than I originally thought in that the formation of the brain (think newborn brain cells here) cells, the very products of neural stem cells send out connections to expand in the brain which allow us to think, to move, to feel.....if there… Continue reading Molecular Genetics


Canadian vs. American Healthcare

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Healthcare for every American and Canadian is very important especially for those that are of lower income. Basics are covered here in Canada, but anything above? Everyone is entitled to a GP, but not everyone has one. Everyone is entitled to be referred to a specialist, but the wait can be… Continue reading Canadian vs. American Healthcare