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Exploring Community Outreach: Programs and Strategies

“As a nonprofit organization, it is important to be engaged and relevant to the community that you are located in,” according to Forbes. “By becoming an active member in the local area, not only can you increase the recognition of your organization, but you can also meet the people that make up the very community you…

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Peer Support Complements Counseling

Few people these days are unaffected by mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 17.9 percent of adults in the United States had a mental illness in 2015, which is around 43.4 million people. Whether it’s a family member, friend or colleague, more Americans are…

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What Is Subjective Well-Being?

“The science of psychology has been far more successful on the negative than on the positive side,” Abraham Maslow wrote in his book Motivation and Personality. “It has revealed to us much about man’s shortcomings, his illness, his sins, but little about his potentialities, his virtues, his achievable aspirations, or…

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Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) belongs to a class of mental disorders known as trauma- and stressor-related disorders. This class of disorders includes disorders in which exposure to a traumatic or stressful event is listed explicitly as a diagnostic criterion, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth…

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What Is a Community Health Worker?

A community health worker improves the health of individuals and communities. This position provides a link between the community, health educators and other healthcare and social service professionals. However, there are some differences in how community health workers are defined. “Community health workers are known by many different names in…

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Psychotherapy vs Counseling: Understanding Mental Health Terminology

Some of the most common terms for treatment and occupations in mental health can be confusing. Many of these words are interchangeable and can vary in connotation from person to person. The following sections help clarify what certain terms, such as psychotherapy and counseling, mean. Psychotherapy vs Counseling Psychotherapy and…

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Human Service Careers: Case Manager

A case manager is uniquely qualified to understand client needs and desires, helping advocate for and coordinate appropriate care. As a result, this fills an essential role in the social services and health care fields, as well as in several specialty areas. Follow along for more information on this career…

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4 Case Management Models

A case manager helps individuals and families meet their comprehensive health needs by advocating for them and coordinating appropriate care. This job title can be found in social services, health care and other fields such as social work. Achieving client wellness and autonomy is a collaborative task, and case managers…

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How to Become a Child Counselor

Most mental health needs in young people are unmet, according to The Lancet. The stigma associated with mental disorders and a shortage of mental health professionals prevent these individuals from receiving the care they need. Yet, most mental disorders begin during youth and are first detected later in life. One…

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4 Popular Mental Health Counseling Theories

Mental health counseling theories provide a framework for understanding clients and helping them with their problems. Psychologists, counselors and therapists use one or more theories in psychotherapy to help guide clients once a diagnosis is made. The following four theories are the most common approaches. 1.    Behaviorism Behavioral theorists hold…

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