Best Practices in Mental Health

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Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring

PTSD Intervention with Military Service Member Parents: A Call for Relational Approaches
Trauma exposure is a nearly universal experience for U.S. service members who have deployed in support of wars since September 11, 2001, with 97 percent knowing someone who was seriously injured or killed and 70 percent reporting that they saw dead or...
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Reducing Stigma in PTSD Treatment Seeking among Service Members: Pilot Intervention for Military Leaders
IntroductionAs compared to civilian populations, military personnel face a number of unique mental health stressors. For example, service members are frequently exposed to situations involving great personal risk, such as firefights and improvised explosive...
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"My Family Does Not Understand Me": How Social Service Providers Can Help Military Families
Young men and women join the military for a variety of reasons. These include a family tradition of military service; financial concerns that frequently stem from lack of economic opportunity in their current environment; a need to be a warrior that...
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Using a Life Review to Inform Mental Health Services with Older Lesbian and Gay Veterans
IntroductionThe silver tsunami continues to grow. It is estimated that more than 20 percent of U.S. residents will reach the age of sixty-five by 2030 (Ortman, Velkoff, & Hogan, 2014). An estimated 1.5 to 1.7 million of them are among the first "out"...
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Meeting Military Children's Biopsychosocial Needs: Exploring Evidence-Based Interventions
IntroductionThe military force consists of over 2.2 million service members, 60 percent of whom must leave families, spouses, and children home for deployments (U.S. Department of Defense [DoD], 2012). There are approximately two million children with...
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Mental Health Practice with Military- and Veteran-Connected Populations (Part 2)
This issue of Best Practices in Mental Health is the second of a two-part special issue on mental health practice with military- and veteran-connected populations across four areas: best practices, emerging practices, practice-based evidence, and evidence-based...
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Veterans Volunteering: An Emerging Practice and Satisfaction with a Civic Service Program for U.S. Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans VolunteeringFor veterans returning home following military deployment, there is no single unifying definition for successful transition. Historically, this homecoming period has been defined as a period of readjustment; reintegration; reconnection;...
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Mental Health Status in Service Member and Veteran Students at Four-Year Postsecondary Institutions: A Pilot Needs Assessment
BackgroundPoor mental health is a major health problem in the military community, with estimated rates of stress injury and depression varying from 15 to 50 percent (Acosta, Adamson, Farmer, Farris, & Feeney, 2014; Coughlin, 2012; Department of Defense,...
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Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall

Clinical Strategies for Working with Clients of African Descent
In 1992 the Professional Standards Committee of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development published a list of multicultural competencies and standards articulating specific attitudes, knowledge, and skills in the arenas of personal...
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The Wide Angle Lens of Best Practices in Mental Health
In some previous volumes we have had major themes and articles whose content is connected. This is most evident in our special issues. And yet, after five years of editing this journal, we have come to appreciate the wide lens of what are best practices...
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Criticial Care Recovery Center: Can a Geriatric Model of Care Guide Recovery of ICU Survivors?
IntroductionPost-intensive-care syndrome (PICS) is defined as cognitive, psychiatric, and/or physical decline after an intensive care unit (ICU) stay. The evidence suggests a strong connection between aging and PICS. More than 50 percent of ICU patients...
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Mental Health Care Access and Treatment Utilization in African American Communities: An Integrative Care Framework
In the wake of our health care system's expansions and changes, the need for behavioral health professionals will increase. This increased need for behavioral health professionals will serve as a response to the call for effective and efficient mental...
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Social Support and Cognitive Function in Older Adults
IntroductionIncome level, health status, work capacity, environment, and educational achievement profoundly contour the interpersonal social sphere across ethnicities and genders (Hawkley et al., 2008). Social inequality may be most apparent in conditions...
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Mental Health Courts and Adult Offenders with Developmental Disabilities and Co-Occuring Diagnoses
The emergence of mental health courts (MHCs) in North America, particularly in the United States, was the result of a paradigm shift as court personnel became increasingly sensitive to the state of mind of offenders charged with criminal offenses, specifically...
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101 Social Work Clinical Techniques
101 Social Work Clinical Techniques Francis J. Turner and William S. Rowe New York: Oxford University Press,2013 624 pages (paperback), $77.00, ISBN 978-0195300543 Reviewed by Kevin CorcoranTurner and Rowe are to be commended for writing such a remarkable...
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Correlates of Practitioners' Risk Assessments of Self-Harm in People with Severe Mental Illness
Reviews of the literature including several meta-analyses have shown that people with psychiatric disorders are much more likely than people in the general public to attempt and complete suicide. In addition, those diagnosed with severe mental illness...
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Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring

Use of College Mental Health Services among Student Veterans
Use of College Mental Health Services among Student VeteransSupport for military- and veteran-connected students within higher education is not well understood despite record levels of enrollment in colleges and postsecondary settings (Molina & Morse,...
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Providers' Use of Evidence-Based Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Influence of Training, Attitudes, and Barriers in Military and Private Treatment Settings
BackgroundSubstantial research has documented the prevalence of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military personnel at 5 to 20 percent, depending on the research methods used, as a result of combat-related trauma experienced...
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Deployment Psychological Trajectories of National Guard Couples
National Guard (NG) service members have played a major role in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) (Jansen et al., 2013). National Guard service member "citizen soldiers" were traditionally required...
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Reintegration Issues of Military Nurses: A Focus Group Approach
Background and PurposeMilitary nurses from all branches of the service have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since approximately 2001 to support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The deployment of military personnel...
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A "Culture of Compassionate Bad Asses": A Qualitative Study of Combat Veterans Engaging in Peer-Led Disaster Relief and Utilizing Cognitive Restructuring to Mitigate Mental Health Stigma
Peer Support, Thought Restructuring, and Mitigation of StigmaStigma continues to be a significant factor that makes veterans less likely to address mental health issues (Dickstein, Vogt, Handa, & Litz, 2010; Kim, Thomas, Wilk, Castro, & Hoge,...
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Mobile Behavioral Health Applications for the Military Community: Evaluating the Emerging Evidence Base
With the first mobile applications deployed to the public in July 2008, a paradigm shift involving the integration of mobile applications into behavioral health care began (Boschen & Casey, 2008; Schueller, Muñoz, & Mohr, 2013). The term application...
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Military Sexual Trauma among Men: A Review of the Literature and a Call for Research
IntroductionThe term military sexual trauma (MST) as used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) refers to sexual assault or repeated threatening sexual harassment experienced by someone on active duty in the armed forces (2016b). In this article...
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Mental Health Practice with Military- and Veteran-Connected Populations (Part 1)
The current issue of Best Practices in Mental Health is the first of two special issues on mental health practice with military- and veteran-connected populations across four areas: best practices, emerging practices, practice-based evidence, and evidence-based...
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Applying Trauma-Informed Care to Community-Based Mental Health Services for Military Veterans
IntroductionLimited capacity for effective and culturally sensitive options for mental health care for military veterans represents a major public health concern in the United States. After lengthy conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is clear that...
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Vol. 12, No. 2, Fall

Implementation of Best Practices with Older Adults
This issue of Best Practices in Mental Health recognizes the advancement in age of the journal. We have been in existence for a dozen years, which is not necessarily old, but certainly is not young. We have included six articles on best practice in mental...
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Field Mentoring: An Important Strategy for Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
The last decade has witnessed the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) as a major effort to improve the consumer outcomes of psychiatric rehabilitation services. All EBPs have both structural elements and skill elements. The structural elements...
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Evidence-Based Treatment with Older Adults
What Is Evidence-Based Treatment?According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM; 2001) evidence-based treatment (EBT) is the integration of the best scientific information with clinical expertise, patient values, and available resources. Further, evidence-based...
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Outcomes of a Two-Component, Evidence-Based Intervention on Depression in Dementia Caregivers
The effect of caregiving on the family caregiver's general well-being is well documented. In a recent survey by Caring.com (2014), 76 percent of caregivers reported that their emotional health has suffered (76%) and 55 percent said that their physical...
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Productive Aging in the Workplace: Understanding Factors That Promote or Impede Subjective Well-Being at Work
It is well documented that staying active is an important contributor to maintaining health and vitality as we age (e.g., Morrow-Howell, Hinterlong, & Sherraden, 2001). Continued involvement in paid work is becoming increasingly salient within today's...
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Changes over Time in Emotional Status among Older Adults New to Receiving Long-Term Services and Supports
Approximately 70 percent of individuals aged sixty-five or older will need longterm services and supports (LTSS) during their lifetime (Lustig & Olson, 2014). Currently, six million older adults in the United States receive LTSS primarily in one...
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Adoption of Delirium Assessment in the Acute Care Setting: A Tale of Two Hospitals
IntroductionDelirium, defined as "an acute change in consciousness that is accompanied by inattention and either a change in cognition or perceptual disturbance" ("Delirium Assessment and Management," 2012, p. 79) has been acknowledged internationally...
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Race, Trauma, and Suicide Attempts: Comparing African American, White, and Hispanic People with Severe Mental Illness
A large body of research has demonstrated that people with psychiatric disorders are usually at much greater risk of suicide than the general public, and people diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) are at the highest risk for suicide among people...
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Youth and Substance Use: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery
Youth and Substance Use: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Lori Holleran Steiker New York, NY: Oxford University Press 184 pages (paperback), $39.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-63-7 Reviewed by Amy TraylorYouth and Substance Use is an excellent addition...
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Website Review: Mental Health and Aging
As the worldwide population gets older, there is a growing concern about mental health information for the aging. There are a number of web resources available for the aging population, as well as for caregivers and service providers who are in need...
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Vol. 12, No. 1, March

Evaluation: Steps toward Best Practices
The general theme of this issue of Best Practices in Mental Health is evaluation, and the articles illustrate how evaluation advances interventions regardless of the veracity of the research method. That is to say, even when outcomes fail to reach the...
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A Pilot Randomized Control Trial of Autovideography Intervention to Enhance Recovery for People with Severe Mental Illness
Recovery has long been accepted as the standard of care for medical illnesses, but in the mental health practice domain it is a relatively new phenomenon (Barber, 2012). With the issuance of the 1999 Surgeon General's report on mental health (U.S. Department...
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Evaluation of the Better Todays/Better Tomorrows Youth Suicide Prevention Program: Increasing Mental Health Literacy in Rural Communities
IntroductionLiving in a rural area often has a negative impact on mental health outcomes, sometimes leading to higher rates of suicide (Kann et al., 2014). Indeed, states with large rural and frontier areas such as Idaho, Oregon, and Utah have the highest...
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Evaluation of Experiences of Family Medicine Residents in an Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
Physicians can diagnose only what they are trained to recognize and treat what they have been adequately trained to treat. With many communities moving toward a patient-centered medical home model of care, primary care physicians coordinate their patients'...
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Development and Validation of a Measurement of Multicultural Competence toward Arab Americans
The movement toward cultural competence in practice and education is burgeoning in professions such as social work, psychology, nursing, and psychiatry. Cultural competence has become a fundamental piece of practitioner training and worldview and as...
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Outcomes of Involvement in an Individually Designed Support Program for Youth in Pennsylvania
Supports for people with autism and related conditions are many and varied; therefore, it is important to study which interventions yield the highest probability of desired outcomes. In this realm the term outcome properly means "a change in a quality...
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Substance Abuse Recovery among Homeless Adults in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Multilevel Drug Abuse Resiliency Tool
IntroductionNumerous researchers have described the importance of conducting research on multilevel assessment of drug abuse and homeless etiologies (McNeece & DiNitto, 2012; Miller, Forcehimes, & Zweben, 2011; Straussner, 2013; van Wormer &...
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Supporting Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty, and Advisors
Supporting Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty, and AdvisorsJ. E. Coll & E. L. Weiss (Eds.)Chicago: Lyceum Books, Inc.372 pages (paperback), $69.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-64-4Reviewed by: Josephine PryceThe book Supporting...
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Website Review Outcomes in Mental Health
This website review provides information for evaluating outcomes in mental health. There are two main areas covered in this review: mental health outcomes at the agency level (macro level) and mental health outcomes at the individual level (micro level)....
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Vol. 11, No. 2, Fall

Depression in Hispanic Adults Who Immigrated as Youth: Results from the National Latino and Asian American Study
The association between mental illness and the immigration process is complex and not well understood. Immigration is a process not only of relocating but also of adapting to one's new environment. Adaptation is an individualized process (Berry, 1992)...
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Facial Overblanketing and Infant Mental Health: Can a Common Parenting Practice Affect Early Visual and Social Learning?
IntroductionInfants' brains develop as they observe the world around them (Atkinson, 2000; Johnson, 2013). For example, infants gain knowledge by watching objects move in and out of sight and formulating associations of these various views (Johnson,...
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Using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (Adolescent Version) to Identify Secondary Students with Emotional Disturbance
Emotional disturbance (ED) is the fourth most common disability of students receiving special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 2004). According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2013), approximately...
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Family Interventions for Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Review for Practitioners
IntroductionAn estimated 58 percent of the active duty population consists of military families (O'Donnell, Begg, Lipson, & Elvander, 2011). Stresses families face in the military include long separations; increased difficulty in parenting children;...
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Characteristics of Adult Offenders with Developmental Disabilities in Large Urban Environments
Service delivery in the field of mental health and developmental disabilities is a challenging mission due to the various conditions and legal statuses of the individuals diagnosed with these disabilities. The large number of people experiencing these...
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Substance Abuse Vulnerability among Homeless Adults in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Multilevel Assessment Framework
IntroductionHomeless individuals with substance abuse generally have experienced a more severe homeless history including more abuse and trauma than others of the homeless population (Coates & McKensie-Mohr, 2010). Substance abuse increases complexities...
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Evidence-Based Practices for Social Workers
Evidence-Based Practices for Social Workers Thomas O'Hare Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books 855 pages (paperback), $92.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-70-5Reviewed by Danielle E. ParrishThe second edition of Evidence-Based Practices for Social Workers, An Interdisciplinary...
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Recognizing Clients' Mental Health Needs: A Necessary Condition of Best Practices
This issue includes six articles on best practices with a variety of client concerns. The common theme tends toward recognizing the needs of clients. The lead article by Jaggers and MacNeil examines depression in Hispanic adults who immigrated while...
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Assessing, Diagnosing, and Treating Serious Mental Disorder: A Bioecological Approach
Assessing, Diagnosing, and Treating Serious Mental Disorder: A Bioecological Approach Edward H. Taylor New York: Oxford University Press 408 Pages (hardcover), $65.00, ISBN: 9780195324792Reviewed by Phyllis SolomonI was most excited at the prospect of...
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Immigration and Mental Health: Just Because It's Said on the Web Doesn't Make It So
This review includes websites that discuss mental health and immigration. Although the web offers a wealth of reliable information concerning this topic, the news media also give anecdotal information whose accuracy may be questionable. It is important...
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Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring

Assessment and Treatment Are like Gloves to Hands: They Have to Fit
It has been ten years now since Best Practices in Mental Health was launched, and we hope that the articles in the past twenty issues have been as exciting and innovative as the field of best practice has been itself. One major change has been the gradual...
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The Young Parenthood Program: A Guide to Helping Young Mothers and Fathers Become Effective Co-Parents
The Young Parenthood Program: A Guide to Helping Young Mothers and Fathers Become Effective Co-parents Paul Florsheim New York: Oxford University Press. 240 pages (paperback), $31.72, ISBN 978-0-19-930947-4Reviewed by Craig W. LeCroyThe Young Parenthood...
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Character Formation and Identity in Adolescence: Clinical and Developmental Issues
Character Formation and Identity in Adolescence: Clinical and Developmental Issues Randolph L. Lucente Chicago: Lyceum Books 168 pages (paperback), $44.95, ISBN 978-1-933478-69-2Reviewed by Jed MetzgerCharacter Formation and Identity in Adolescence was...
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Website Review: Trauma
This review includes websites that provide information about trauma and specifically how trauma is related to mental health. According to the Dictionary.com definition (n.d.), trauma is "a body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from...
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Engaging African American Fathers in Behavioral Parent Training: To Adapt or Not Adapt
IntroductionChild behavioral disorders are a significant public health concern in the United States. Nationally representative data indicate that, among children in the general population, the twelve-month prevalence of behavioral disorders or impulse...
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Enhanced Engagement: An Intervention Pilot for Mental Health Promotion among Low-Income Women in a Community Home Visiting Program
Public awareness of the importance of women's mental health during and around the time of pregnancy has increased in the past decade. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of all women experience depression during pregnancy or postpartum (Gaynes et al., 2005)....
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It Takes a State: Best Practices for Children Exposed to Trauma
Nationally, the percentage of youth exposed to some form of trauma is high, ranging from 8 to 53 percent (Copeland, Keeler, Angold, & Costello, 2007; Finkelhor, Ormrod, Turner, & Hamby, 2005; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2010)....
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An Inter-Battery Exploratory Factor Analysis of Primary and Secondary Traumatic Stress: Determining a Best Practice Approach to Assessment
Trauma theory (Herman, 1992) organizes adverse experiences along a continuum that includes discrete events that are directly experienced, as well as chronic, lative, and occurrences that indirectly threaten physical and psychological well-being. According...
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Understanding Emotional Change in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Facilitating Positive Emotions
Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a strengths-based, future-focused therapeutic model that was developed under the leadership of two social workers, Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, and a team of interdisciplinary colleagues at the Brief Family...
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Cognitive Balance: States-of-Mind Model and Mental Health among French Students
IntroductionThe changes in cognitive balance and specific deviations from this balance are associated with psychopathology and mental disorder, but an optimal balance of positive and negative cognitions characterizes normal psychological functioning...
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M3 Checklist and SF-12 Correlation Study
IntroductionA growing body of research has shown the prevalence of mental disorders within primary care settings (Jackson, Passamonti, & Kroenke, 2007). Major depression and generalized anxiety disorder have been identified as two of the most commonly...
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Vol. 10, No. 2, October

Website Review: Social Determinants of Health
In this edition, we review websites that provide information on social determinants of health. The connection between social factors and physical and mental health outcomes is well understood. However, putting theory into practice is challenging, especially...
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Introduction: Disparity-Inducing Social Determinants of Behavioral Health: Future Directions through Best Practices in Mental Health
According to the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) of the World Health Organization (WHO), health inequalities and inequities persist due to the contextual "circumstances in which people grow, live, work, and age, and the systems put...
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Increasing Knowledge and Mental Health Service Use among African Americans through Evidence- Based Practice and Cultural Injection Vector Engagement Practice Approaches
ntroductionLo, Cheng, and Howell (2014) have empirically verified the reality that African Americans are more likely to experience mental illness than their Caucasian counterparts. Formulating solutions to the problem of low mental health service use...
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Sociocultural Perspectives of Latino Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Centers for Disease Control (2014) estimates that 1 in every 68 children is affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although a plethora of information is available about the possible causes, developmental trajectories of affected children, and...
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Layers of Loss, Death, and Grief as Social Determinants of Lakota Elders' Behavioral Health
IntroductionThere are 5.2 million people in the United States who identify as American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN), either alone or in combination with other races (Norris, Vines, & Hoeffel, 2012). Within this population there are 2.9 million...
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Culture as a Social Determinant of Mental and Behavioral Health: A Look at Culturally Shaped Beliefs and Their Impact on Help-Seeking Behaviors and Service Use Patterns of Black Americans with Depression
IntroductionDepression is a major mood disorder affecting many people in the United States (Kessler, Berglund, et al., 2005, Williams et al., 2007). Although the disorder is quite treatable for most people, many of those suffering from this debilitating...
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Post-Resettlement Challenges and Mental Health of Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States
Existing research and practice with the refugee population has focused primarily on traumatic experiences, perhaps due to common history with wars or interethnic violence in the country of origin prior to arrival in the United States (Beiser & Wickrama,...
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Social Determinants Affecting Major Depressive Disorder: Diagnostic Accuracy for African American Men
There is a wealth of research discussing the underdiagnosis of mood disorders in Blacks with depression in general and African American men with depression more specifically (Adebimpe, 1981; DelBello, 2002; Dixon et al., 2001; Hampton, 2007; Leo, Sherry,...
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Note from the Editor: What Do We Really Know about the Role and Impact of Culture as a Social Determinant of Mental Health?
The collection of articles in this special issue of Best Practices in Mental Health has as its common theme a focus on culture as a major social determinant of mental health. Relative to other social determinants such as race, ethnicity, and socio-economic...
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First Person Accounts of Mental Illness and Recovery
First Person Accounts of Mental Illness and Recovery C. W. LeCroy and J. Holschuh John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ 480 pages (paperback), $35.41, ISBN 978-0-470-44452-8First Person Accounts of Mental Illness and Recovery provides an intimate...
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Vol. 10, No. 1, April

The Effects of Reiki Treatment on Mental Health Professionals at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Placebo Control Study
IntroductionSecondary traumatic stress (STS) is the stress experienced by individuals who are in continuous contact with a traumatizing event as a result of acting as a secondary witness to that event (Figley, 1995). Figley (1999) defined STS as "the...
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The Needs of Parents of Youth Who Are Truant: Implications for Best Practices
Truancy is a common but complex social problem, influenced by individual, family, school, and community factors (Teasley, 2004). Truancy is associated with other negative youth behaviors, including dropping out of school, delinquency, substance abuse,...
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A Pathfinder Resource for Best Practices in Mental Health
This article gives a guided tour of some of the most productive places to find relevant best practices materials, although given the wide array of resources available internationally, no such list can ever be truly comprehensive or up to date. Whereas...
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Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Literature: A Bibliography for Best Practices
A Snapshot of Valuable Resources for Best Practices in Mental Health and AddictionsAlcohol and drug problems remain persistent challenges for best practices in mental health. No matter what the setting, the reality is that alcohol and drug issues are...
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Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs
Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory, and Denis Cohen Transaction Publishers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, 2013 346 pages (hardcover), $39.95, ISBN: 978-1-4128-4976-0Mad Science:...
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Website Reviews: Before It's Too Late: A Review of Selected Websites for Suicide and Self-Injurious Behavior
This review includes websites that provide information and support for the topic of suicide and self-injurious behavior. These are important subjects as the rates have been trending upward in the past years (Centers for Disease Control, 2013), possibly...
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Letter from the Editors: Introduction: Suicide, the Enemy Within
This issue of BPMH emphasizes depression and suicide-along with other selfinjurious behaviors. Suicide is the frequent consequence of depression. First, Zvi Gellis and colleagues examine depression among older adults living in the community. Next, Henry...
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Dissemination of Evidence-Based Depression Care for Community-Dwelling Older Adults
IntroductionIncreased attention is being focused on the strategies for adoption of evidence-based practices (EBPs) as payers including state departments of mental health are requiring their use to ensure high-quality care for patients (Goldman et al.,...
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Treating Self-Injurious and Suicidal Behaviors in Residential Settings
This brief article focuses on aspects of prevention, assessment, and treatment of self-injurious behavior (SIB) in residential settings. From the outset, it is important to note two things. First, the authors believe that a contextual view of SIB is...
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