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Care Team Approach to Alzheimer's

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 30, 2024 10:16:11 AM

Case workers who specialize in elder care are beset with the challenges of caring for a growing number of Alzheimer's and dementia patients. The CDC estimates that the number of people living with Alzheimer’s will nearly triple by 2060 to more than 14 million.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, mental health

Case Management Software's Impact on In-Patient Mental Health Services

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 12, 2024 12:38:00 PM

The integration of technology has become a catalyst for transformative change in the mental health industry. Among the innovations at the forefront is case management software, a dynamic solution poised to redefine the contours of in-patient mental health care. This software goes beyond conventional approaches, acting as a guiding force that streamlines processes, enhances communication, and places a premium on the individualized well-being of in-patients. In the following exploration, we delve into the profound impact of case management software on in-patient mental health services, navigating the nuanced intersection of technology and compassionate care.

As we embark on this journey, we must recognize the significance of in-patient mental health care. The intricate nature of mental health conditions demands a holistic and personalized approach, and case management software emerges as a promising tool to meet these unique needs. This discussion aims to uncover the multifaceted influence of case management software, illuminating how it optimizes administrative tasks and humanizes the patient experience, fostering a more empathetic and efficient ecosystem within in-patient mental health services.

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Topics: mental health

The Social Media Addiction

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 10, 2024 10:11:38 AM

Every child can feel its pull. Every parent is concerned. Social media landed in everyone’s backyard like the spaceship in "Close Encounters". We didn’t know what it was or where it came from, but we couldn’t take our eyes away. We fell under its spell and remain captivated. We still don’t know why it came or what it’s here for. But we have learned that it is not as benign as it first appeared. We now know it can harm us, and it will if we let it.

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Topics: mental health, social issues

Learning to Fish

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 3, 2024 11:26:41 AM

Social workers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a one-time, online Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES), during January–June 2021 to assess behaviors and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic among high school students. An unexpected element of the survey's findings was that the pandemic had severe negative effects on adolescents’ mental health.

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Topics: mental health, education, what social workers do

Suicide Prevention

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 7, 2024 8:57:25 AM

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more people died from suicide in the United States in 2022 than any other year on record dating back to 1941. In 2022 (the last year for which stats are available), 49,449 lives were lost due to intentional self-harm. Men were about four times more likely than women to die by suicide, and rates were highest among senior men. But the suicide rate increased twice as much for women in 2022 with especially significant increases among White women ages 25 to 34.

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Topics: mental health, social issues


Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 8, 2023 11:09:32 AM

A social worker from Kentucky who corresponds with this blog on a regular basis recently shared her unique journey with us. She started her career as a case worker in the Veterans Administration helping vets find housing and manage addictive behaviors. After only a year on the job, she felt the need to continue her education and got her degree in psychotherapy while working full time at the VA. She began to specialize in cases of PTSD and eventually was introduced to a unique therapy known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. 

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Topics: Veterans Issues, mental health

Private Practice

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 29, 2023 10:36:09 AM

Social workers, especially those specializing in counseling and psychotherapy often lean toward a career in private practice.

“I absolutely love being in private practice, everything about it,” says Barbara Groves, LCSW, who has a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. “The flexibility, for example, to write off copays for motivated single working moms and students from low-income homes. The variety of patients in racial, socioeconomic, and spiritual orientation, as well as gender and political affiliation is so rewarding to me. I feel that I make a difference every day in helping patients become more self-aware and to become enlightened stewards of their lives.” (The Challenges of Private Practice by Sue Coyle, MSW, Social Work Today, Vol. 23 No. 3 P. 10)

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Topics: mental health, social workers

Elevate Your Care: Implementing Best Practices of Case Management in Mental Health

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 14, 2023 10:41:03 AM

Effective case management is an essential aspect of providing high-quality patient care. The role of case management has expanded and adapted to meet the ever-growing needs of healthcare settings, especially in mental health. To truly elevate your care and meet the demands of modern healthcare, it's crucial to implement best practices for case management. In this blog post, we'll explore the key principles and strategies that can make a difference in delivering top-notch care to mental health clients and patients.

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Topics: mental health, case management software

The Evolving Roles of Social Workers in Mental Health Care

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 23, 2023 10:30:00 AM

Research from the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. As more people seek treatment for their mental illnesses, behavioral disorders and emotional hardships, the need for qualified mental health professionals is booming, and the social worker’s role in actively supporting the mental health of individuals has become a vital part of the modern mental health care tableaux.

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Topics: mental health, what social workers do

Mental Health Caseworkers Take Note...How to Avoid Compliance Issues

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 27, 2023 10:06:00 AM

Maintaining compliance with legal criteria is crucial in the field of mental health case management. Caseworkers are essential in ensuring that clients receive the right assistance and services while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines. 

Caseworkers now have strong tools at their disposal to increase compliance and raise the standard of treatment overall thanks to developments in human services and mental health case management software. This article will examine methods for avoiding compliance problems while maximizing the advantages of human services and mental health case management software.

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Topics: mental health, human services software

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