ASSESSMENT

K2 and Marijuana

K2 and Marijuana

Patients and clients bear witness to the dangers and adverse effects of K2. How can we capitalize on the principle of social currency and that of peership, to help our patients and clients, like Raj, who uses K2, a dangerous drug with significant adverse effects? After all, this is in line with the principle of harm reduction.

Two Crucial Facts About K2

Two Crucial Facts About K2

New strategies for substance use assessment will help us master the needed skills, so we can continue to do the best work possible for our patients and clients, helping with relapse prevention, promoting full recovery, paying attention to integrated care, lessening fragmented care, and feeling gratified, as we continue to do this challenging though noble work.

5 Ways to Serve Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

5 Ways to Serve Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

And so, it went, five questions to ask as part of your New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment. Next time you meet with your patient or client.

Patterns of use;

You will be able to say like Maryann and Edward, “Things have been feeling different with Raj…we feel we have been making a difference in his life.” You also will avoid falling into the trap of unknowingly and unintentionally failing to provide the right care for your patients or clients with substance use disorder.

“Addiction”: How to Work with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

“Addiction”: How to Work with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

To be able to identify our biases and think of ways to practice in a more integrated way, will enhance our advocacy skills while working with individual with substance use disorder. Also, to help lead our agency towards this effective way of thinking: enhancing communication, enhancing clinical outcomes, halting the cycle of fragmented care, and upholding educated expectations. Lastly, we will stop falling into the trap of unknowingly and unintentionally failing to provide the right care for our patients and clients.

New Strategies to Working with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: 5 Benefits

New Strategies to Working with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: 5 Benefits

You may be failing to provide the right care to your patients and clients with substance use disorder. You may also be using your counter transference and biases to their detriment, unknowingly and unintentionally. Learning the new strategies to working with individuals with substance use disorder will help you avoid falling into this trap. It will also help you promote and practice integrated substance use treatment and mental health care; improve your awareness and advocacy skills on behalf of your patients and clients with substance use disorders; and become a passionate educator to help decrease stigma against substance use disorders.

New Strategies to Working with Justice-Involved Individuals: The 5 Techniques

New Strategies to Working with Justice-Involved Individuals: The 5 Techniques

“Abi is slowly engaging, but I feel something is missing, and I could not wait for today to continue our discussion,” Roberto said to Karen, his supervisor, who has been helping him develop skills on how to effectively work with Abi, a justice-involved individual. The techniques I will describe in this current article are the skills that we need to use in order to properly follow the principles of working with this population.


Symptom Contextualization: 2 Reasons Why

Symptom Contextualization: 2 Reasons Why

“I used to just equate hearing voices with schizophrenia,” said Clara, a clinician employed at the Hope Center. “Now, I know how naive of me that was. I walked in the room expecting it to be psychosis related to schizophrenia, not realizing that it could have been a physical or a different mental health issue. I feel embarrassed and wonder how often I have misdiagnosed clients who have been under my care,” Clara added.

 K2: The 2 Additional Facts all Clinician Needs to Know

 K2: The 2 Additional  Facts all Clinician Needs to Know

New strategies for substance use assessment will help us master the needed skills, so we can continue to do the best work possible for our patients and clients, helping with relapse prevention, promoting full recovery, paying attention to integrated care, lessening fragmented care, and feeling gratified, as we continue to do this challenging though noble work.

K2: Important Facts all Clinicians Need to Know

K2: Important Facts all Clinicians Need to Know

Part of the new strategies for substance use assessment is arming ourselves with knowledge, so we become more effective at asking, assessing, formulating, implementing, and tracking, as part of the therapeutic process. With this in mind, here are two important facts about K2 that all of us need to know.

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Questions to Ask

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Questions to Ask

And so, it went, five questions to ask as part of your New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment. Next time you meet with your patient or client.

Patterns of use;

You will be able to say like Maryann and Edward, “Things have been feeling different with Raj…we feel we have been making a difference in his life.” You also will avoid falling into the trap of unknowingly and unintentionally failing to provide the right care for your patients or clients with substance use disorder.

5 Additional Reasons Why of New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment

5 Additional Reasons Why of New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment

As Maryann continued to meet with Rodis, she learned five additional reasons for the new strategies related to completing a comprehensive and effective substance use assessment, outlined as:

(1) To enhance communication;

(2) To enhance clinical outcomes;

(3) To decrease waste in healthcare;

(4) To halt the cycle of fragmented care; and

(5) Educated expectations.

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Reasons Why

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Reasons Why

Substance Use Disorder is a chronic condition that requires long-term treatment, and any progress made often waxes and wanes. Like Maryann, you may similarly work with patients and clients affected by Substance Use Disorder, and you may no longer know what to do. Part of the answer starts with an effective and comprehensive substance use assessment. 

Mood Stabilizers: The First Five

Mood Stabilizers: The First Five

“I am starting to have an idea about the mood stabilizers. There are so many of them. How do I break them down to learn the basics about each one?”  Lily posed this question to Dawn, who had started with an overview of the Mood Stabilizers.

New Strategies for Mental Health Assessment: 5 Additional Required Techniques

New Strategies for Mental Health Assessment: 5 Additional Required Techniques

“I went home and counted the number of days for me to return. My first visit with you was different, and I thank you for that.”  When Ralph articulated this, he was genuine and authentic in showing gratitude towards Karinn, his clinician and the entire staff at the Hope Clinic.

New Strategies for Mental Health Assessment: 5 Required Techniques

New Strategies for Mental Health Assessment: 5 Required Techniques

Completing an effective and comprehensive mental health assessment involves the use of art and science, and techniques. The principles and these techniques of effective and comprehensive mental health assessment are empowering tools for all of us who strive to make a difference in the lives of our patents and clients.

7 Principles of an Effective Mental Health Assessment

7 Principles of an Effective Mental                 Health   Assessment

“I thought this was going to be my worst experience, but Karinn is different.”  

Ralph articulated these words to Wayne, the psychiatrist, meeting him for the first time, for his initial psychiatric evaluation.

New Strategies for Mental Health Assessment: 6 Reasons Why

New Strategies for Mental Health Assessment: 6 Reasons Why

Mental health assessment is one of the most miss-conceptualized activities performed in the field of mental health.  It is either easy or difficult, one either knows it all or not at all.  Its purpose is also often misunderstood—fill out or complete the paper work, get the note done, get someone admitted to a program or to the clinic.  What if, as a whole, we had the wrong concept regarding mental health assessment?