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Evidence-Based Practices: Shaping Mental Health Services Toward Recovery
The goal of Assertive Community Treatment is to help people stay out of the hospital and to develop skills for living in the community, so that their mental illness is not the driving force in their lives. Assertive community treatment offers services that are customized to the individual needs of the consumer, delivered by a team of practitioners, and available 24 hours a day. more...
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Self-disclosure and Its Impact on Individuals Who Receive Mental Health Services
The stigma associated with mental illnesses is one of the most persistent problems individuals face. It is fundamental to discrimination in housing, employment, and insurance. It prevents treatment, and it impedes recovery. The research on addressing discrimination and stigma has shown that individual's attitudes improve when they have direct contact with persons with mental illnesses, when they can get to know people beyond labels and myths. more...
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Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders 2005 Series Volume 2: A Training Guide for the Early Childhood Services Community, Volume 1
SAMHSA recognizes the critical role of child care providers in facilitating a young child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development in collaboration with the child’s parent and significant caretakers. Increasingly, child care providers report difficulty working with children who are experiencing multiple challenges. Mental health consultants, trained to work with young children and their families, can serve as important resources to help the child care provider find effective ways to work with these children. A Training Guide for the Early Childhood Services Community offers a guide for trainers to use when teaching the early childhood community how to use the blueprint. more...
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The Courage to Remember: Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum Guide
The material presented in The Courage to Remember companion guide (CD-Rom to be published in latter 2008) represents the results of significant advances in the field of childhood traumatic grief and the unique collaboration of researchers and clinicians in academic and community settings throughout the country. This guide has been developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network using extensive expert involvement and commentary. Although the focus of these training materials is on individual work with school-age children and teens, additional information and resources are provided regarding work with young children and groups. The materials provide specific guidelines and options for interventions to (1) educate care providers about childhood traumatic grief, (2) introduce others to principles of treatment that have been identified as helpful in treating the condition, and (3) offer practitioners an opportunity to enhance their treatment skills. more...
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Promotion and Prevention in Mental Health: Strengthening Parenting and Enhancing Child Resilience
Reviews effectiveness of programs that use a strength-based family approach to promoting mental wellness and preventing mental health problems among at-risk children and youth and makes recommendations related to the expanded uses of such programs. more...
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NASC Community Kit: What a Difference a Friend Makes CD
As a local partner in mental health anti-stigma efforts, you know the important role acceptance plays in recovery. These public service announcements (PSAs) can help. Created by SAMHSA and Ad Council, the ads encourage 18-25 year olds to be the first step in a friend's recovery. They have already been distributed to more than 25,000 public service directors around the country, but you can help spread the word locally! more...
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Participatory Dialogues: A Guide to Organizing Interactive Discussions on Mental Health Issues among Consumers, Providers, and Family Members
It describes the benefits of dialogue meetings and provides easy-to-follow detailed specific action steps on how states, local communities, providers, managed care organizations, advocates, family members and consumers can organize meetings to develop working partnerships to improve mental health service delivery. The goal is to bring all stakeholders together on a level playing field and to develop the kinds of partnerships that are needed to improve mental health services. more...
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Building Bridges Mental Health Consumers and Representatives of the Disaster Response Community in Dialogue
This publication highlights recommendations and identified opportunities for improved disaster responses to people with mental illnesses. These came from a facilitated roundtable meeting in August of 2006 that brought together twenty mental health consumers, policymakers, providers and others involved in the disaster response community who shared their experiences, perspectives and insight. more...
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