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Talking about sexual assault

Sexual assault can happen to anyone under a range of circumstances with the most common assaults perpetrated by people known to the survivor.   What to do when a friend discloses sexual assault to you In order to ensure the swift progress of recovery you need to follow a few guidelines: 1. Believe them It is important that if a …

Improving mental health literacy – Canberra

MHIST – Mental Health Intervention Skills Training is a Canberra based training organisation specialising in MHFA Australia’s award winning course   – Mental Health First Aid. Courses can be run for organisations or individuals with a minimum of at least 6 in a group. In order for a course to run there needs to be a minimum number so the …

Ethical Dilemmas: Analysis of ethical case scenario

Ethical Dilemmas: Analysis of ethical case scenario  Ethical dilemmas require a complex decision making process which is informed by; the relevant code of ethics; federal, state and or territory law; advice from colleagues; ethical principles which guide the practitioner and; the relevant decision making model. The author will argue that there are four main options to consider based on six …

Confidentiality – Disclosure from a Research and Clinical Perspective

A journal article review and summary David Segal October 2012 Introduction Changes in government, societal beliefs, and results of cases brought before the court mean counsellors will often face ethical dilemmas around the use of notes recorded during counselling sessions. Counsellors are encouraged to seek the advice of colleagues as they navigate their way through challenges especially in the first …

What do young people think about Canberra?

Rate Canberra 2012 is now out! A survey of 12-25 year old people in Canberra run by the Youth Coalition. Here is a snapshot quoted directly from the executive summary • The top five personal concerns for young people were school work or study, stress, body image, feeling sad or anxious, and finding things to do in Canberra. • Young …

Legalizing Justice

Sexual Assault: Counsellor Notes and Subpoenas (Lucas, 1999) Di Lucas writes that many survivors of sexual assault feel they are on trial and “for legal purposes they are witnesses to a crime against the State”(Lucas, 1999), as such they have to be cross examined by solicitors in an attempt to prove they did not consent. Since the 1970’s, women’s groups …

Multicultural competence

In order to help people from different cultures it is important to understand any cultural barriers which could hinder the counselling process. The Australian government provides community profile fact sheets when they know there will be a particular group coming to Australia in large numbers. This page is the beginning of a compilation of such lists.   Bhutanese Community Profile (559KB …

Stories of hope and recovery – Schizophrenia

“As a mental health law scholar and writer,  Elyn Saks speaks for the rights of mentally ill people. It’s a gray area: Too often, society’s first impulse is to make decisions on their behalf. But it’s a slippery slope from in loco parentis to a denial of basic human rights. Saks has brilliantly argued for more autonomy — and in …

Apps for sleep

In my last few posts I talked about alcohol, drugs and diet. Reducing alcohol consumption to one or two standards can assist in getting the right kind of sleep. Eating early and regularly is important and stopping smoking or cutting down is important as nicotine is a stimulant.  When the head hits the pillow though sometimes it can be hard …

Beating anxiety with sleep (part 3) alcohol

There are so many reasons why we drink. To celebrate birthdays, weddings, bucks/hens parties, welcome back, your’e leaving, something with dinner, out in town, and it’s a day ending with ‘y’. Over time though we drink more for the last reason, life becomes routine and we associate the good feelings from those parties and social interactions with alcohol, we forget …

Inspirational game designers

Recently I watched an awesome presentation on Ted.com about a game designer who invented a game whilst dealing with acute suicidal ideation after a brain injury. The presentation was interactive and she received a standing ovation after presenting some well known concepts from a different perspective. In another post I will explore Post-Traumatic Growth which I will explore in another …

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Beating anxiety with sleep – Part 2

Drugs Last month I talked briefly about eating and the ways I got back to eating breakfast and lunch again. I find I am a lot calmer, focused and relaxed. But his was not the case until I got off the drugs! My drugs were caffeine, alcohol, and occasionally cigarettes. All of these drugs work with each other to cause …