Monday, September 5, 2022
Sunday, September 4, 2022
Social workers provide the majority of mental and behavioral health services in the country.
In New York State there are 61,685 licensed social workers compared to 15,309 licensed psychologists, 9,292 licensed mental health counselors and 1,403 licensed marriage and family therapists.
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Saturday, September 3, 2022
What is the primary motivation for a psychiatric social worker?
Intrinsic satisfaction and a faith in the development of humanity
Fixing other people
The correct answer is C. Intrinsic satisfaction and a faith in the development of humanity.
I am reminded of the phrase "The labors of Hercules."
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Sunday, August 14, 2022
When you discuss a topic and everyone agrees, the conversation often dies out quickly. But when you disagree, you're putting yourself in opposition to what was said and the discussion continues. Mahatma Gandhi said “honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress”, But are you good at disagreeing? Paul Graham, a computer programmer, proposed in 2008 a “Hierarchy of Disagreement” to rank the quality of disagreements from the least honest and effective, to the most complex and productive. Can you figure out which level you usually use?
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Principle 3: Integral Psychotherapy accepts there are multiple lines or capacities in addition to self-system development. It expects that clients will be developmentally uneven and posits that interventions aimed at different lines can be useful in therapy.
Forman, Mark D.. A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy (SUNY series in Integral Theory) . State University of New York Press. Kindle Edition.
Howard Gardner is often credited with the idea of multiple intelligences. In Integral Philosophy this idea of multiple intelligences are called “lines” of development. Gardner originally describes eight intelligences and then added one more for a total of nine. Integral philosopher, Ken Wilber, describes twelve lines of development. Whatever models you prefer, it can probably be agreed there are a core group of intelligences such as cognitive, athletic, musical, artistic, mechanical, social, emotional, spiritual.
The development of these different kinds of intelligences is uneven with some highly developed and others poorly developed. The question might be asked to what extent is psychotherapy deficit focused and strength focused? A good psychotherapy is both deficit and strength focused. It is not unusual for a psychotherapist to find that a client expresses anguish over failure in one line of development while they excel in another. How important is it for a therapist to take a balanced approach to empower a client who expresses a desire to improve in the areas they are deficient in and amplify and expand the areas they are accomplished in?
We often are asked on employment interviews to identify our strengths and our weaknesses. This type of question brings up the old Greek philosophy dictum, “Know thyself.” and “An unexamined life isn’t worth living.”
One of the major benefits of psychotherapy is to improve one’s degree of self understanding.