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    • Counseling versus Coaching: How do I decide?

      Molinari, Marsha (Vital WorkLife, 2021-09)
      How do I know if I need a counselor or a coach? it is important to know the difference between coaching and counseling and what you want to accomplish.
    • CRISIS RESPONSE: A Pathway to Proactive Mental Health

      Levine, David, MSW (2021-10-10)
      If it wasn’t clear already, the publicity around World Mental Health Day 2021, brought home the point—Covid-19 has increased the awareness and recognition of mental health. Up until early 2020, most organizational leaders focused on the impact on mental health in terms of employee productivity, health costs, engagement, customer service and other correlates. Today, they are focused on mental health on its own—stress, depression, anxiety, and work/family issues that the pandemic has amplified. This recognition is a good thing and means better care and funding of well-being and behavioral health services. However, by no means has the stigma surrounding mental health gone away.
    • EAP & University Collaboration Addresses Employee Depression

      Haughe, Kim; Sherman, Bruce (EAPA, 2021-09)
      With growing evidence of the workforce health and productivity costs associated with depression – while recognizing that the current medical system focuses much more on physical illness – employers are expanding their efforts to address this important behavioral health priority. At Kent State University (KSU), members of the benefits team were concerned by data regarding employee mental health issues, and a review of online health risk assessment data indicated that risk for depression was significant. In fact, substantial costs were associated with depression-related treatment for employees and family members, with antidepressants one of the top 10 utilized prescription medications. Additionally, depression was cited as a recurring reason for family and medical leaves. These findings prompted KSU staff to prioritize depression-related issues by adopting a multi-year initiative beginning in 2013, which focused on improving the awareness and management of depression and related mental health conditions.
    • How Good is Your Mental Health? The importance of regular Checkups

      Vital WorkLife (Vital WorkLife, 2021-09)
      Most people schedule time for annual physicals, dental exams and routine vision screenings. Until recently, fewer people had annual mental health checkups. Now, according to a recent article in The New York Times, many doctors are routinely asking patients to complete the Patient Health Questionnaire (P.H.Q.-9) during regular exams to assess their patients for signs of depression. "Regular mental health checks are important because many of the symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders come on so gradually that you might not be aware how much the condition is affecting your daily life," explains Liz Ferron, MSW, LICSW, Physician Practice Lead for VITAL WorkLife. Ferron believes part of the reason people don't have time to reflect on their personal health and well being is that their lives and their minds are simply too busy. "People are pushing themselves, or being pushed to do more with less, in every sphere of their lives."
    • Investing in Physician Well Being: The Smart Business Choice

      Best, Mitchell (Vital Work/Life, 2021-10)
      Containing costs is a huge priority for healthcare leaders. Yet one of the wisest investments you can make is in the well being of your physicians. Let’s be clear. While “wellness” refers to the physical health of clinicians, “well being” is how they feel about medicine, the work they do, their professional progress, their finances, their home life and much more. Physical health is certainly an important contributor to well being, but it’s far from the whole story. Supporting well being in these other areas is a strategic investment that reflects the respect you have for your physicians and your sense of moral obligation to them. It also shows you are mindful of your fiscal responsibilities. Its business benefits are excellent and there are many kinds of effective resources you can offer to meet both moral and fiscal obligations.
    • New Work Models: Evaluating In Four Dimensions

      Boston College. Center for Work & Family (Boston College for Center on Work & Family, 2021-10)
      As organizations prepare their workplaces of the future, new work models will fall on a spectrum depending on four dimensions: work, worker, team, and organization. Each dimension has key questions to consider when building and refining work models over time.

      Levine, David, MSW (2021-06-05)
      The field of workplace-based employee support has evidenced clear evolution over the past 50 years—from occupational alcoholism to a “broad brush” focus on psycho/social issues, and gatekeeper of mental health benefits to the integration of work/life, wellness, and organizational health. However, none of the evolution has occurred with such speed as the industry has experienced and role technology has played in the past 12 months, made necessary by the covid pandemic and related adjustments.
    • Mental Health Apps & Their Efficacy Rates with Remote Use: Literature Review and EAP Industry Trend Survey Results

      Attridge, Mark (2021-10-04)
      Presentation to internal staff model EAPs in the United States.
    • EAP and COVID-19 2021: Trends in Workplace Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Vendors of EAP Services

      Attridge, Mark (2021-09-22)
      Presentation of research literature review and 2021 survey study of employee assistance program industry on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on business, program use, traditional and technology-based service delivery options, and outcomes after service use. Discussion of future challenges and opportunities for EAPs who support employers.
    • Using Emancipation Checklists with Youths Aging Out of Foster Care: An Example from Prince George’s County

      Shdaimah, Corey S.; Summers, Alicia; Park, Eunsong (Wiley-Blackwell, 2021-07-21)
      This study examined implementation of a 12-item questionnaire, the Emancipation Checklist, designed to help child welfare judicial decision-makers (JD) identify and monitor older youth achievement of milestones toward adulthood. Drawing on case file reviews, focus groups with professional stakeholders and young adults, and court observations, we found that stakeholders, including youths in foster care, viewed the EC as helpful in catalyzing conversation and follow up. Inconsistent use and documentation and ambiguity of some questions impeded its value. We provide recommendations for clear and consistent use, follow up, and further research to examine the impact of the EC on readiness for adulthood.
    • Targeted Sympathy in “Whore Court”: Criminal Justice Actors' Perceptions of Prostitution Diversion Programs

      Leon, Chrysanthi S.; Shdaimah, Corey S. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2021-04-27)
      Using interview and focus group data (N = 44) from three study sites, we locate prostitution diversion program (PDP) professionals within logics of punishment and governance. While critical research on problem-solving justice emphasizes professionals' performative and quasi-therapeutic roles, inadequate attention has been paid to the contradictory logics of their roles. Involvement in a diversion program reinforces underlying assumptions about whom they are working with and what those people need, in ways that we argue require critical distance. Professionals exploit the paradox of assistance through coercion, and exhibit what we identify as “targeted sympathy.” Targeted sympathy enhances the ability of these professionals to use their discretion to help their clients, but it also elevates a narrow set of acceptable problems and interventions. Created with an understanding of street-based sex workers as victims, PDPs also rely on hyper-responsibilization, expecting defendants to bootstrap themselves over systemic hurdles with virtually no resources. Thus, while targeted sympathy may indicate a movement away from the “othering” that pervades contemporary penality, it continues to decontextualize individuals and assign blame and accountability.
    • Positioning social justice: Reclaiming social work's organising value

      Postan-Aizik, Dassi; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Strier, Roni (Oxford University Press, 2019-10-18)
      This article explores the value of social justice as a shared ethical ground for social workers worldwide. Constructions and interpretations of social justice are deeply affected by different perspectives, contested positions and unequal power dynamics. As societies become ever more diversified, these may hinder the centrality of social justice as a core value. Drawing on data collected from participants in a binational interprofessional seminar on social justice in multi-cultural societies, this qualitative study is based on interviews and visual analysis with 16 American and 15 Israeli social workers and social work students. Findings suggest that social justice remains a core value although it is both an organising and disorganising, unifying and dividing concept. The study explores the positive contribution of positionality to help gain a broader understanding of social justice and navigate challenges in implementation, practice and education in diverse and conflicted settings. Practical implications for social work practice and education are discussed.
    • Policy on the ground: caseworker perspectives on implementing alternative response

      Shipe, Stacey L.; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Cannone, Michael (Taylor and Francis Inc., 2020-11-10)
      There has been little focus on decision making in child protective services, particular as it relates to the implementation of alternative response (AR). Focus groups were held in urban, suburban, and rural counties where participants explored how organizational culture influenced decisions made for families when implementing a new statewide policy. The results suggest that decisions are not family focused but are mandate driven. Further, there was a lack of support at both the supervisory and administrative levels which resulted in moral distress and apathy. Suggestions for taking an organizational change approach that gives voice to the caseworker are offered.
    • “I‘m Literally Drowning”: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Infant-Toddler Child Care Providers’ Wellbeing

      Berlin, Lisa J.; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Goodman, Alyssa; Slopen, Natalie (Taylor and Francis Inc., 2020-05-27)
      Research Findings The primary goal of this exploratory mixed-methods study was to obtain a deeper understanding of center-based child care providers serving infants and toddlers. Secondarily, we explored the potential for a two-pronged mindfulness-based caregiving intervention for such providers to (a) reduce stress and (b) support caregiving behaviors. We conducted (a) individual interviews with three child care center directors and (b) three center-specific focus groups in order to elicit background information on each center and its staff, providers’ views of work benefits and challenges, and both providers’ and center directors’ initial receptivity to a mindfulness-based caregiving intervention. Additionally, 23 infant-toddler providers from the same three centers completed an anonymous questionnaire that assessed demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, social and emotional well-being, physical health, and perceived job characteristics. Findings illustrate high levels of physical and mental health problems. Practice and Policy: Findings provide some insight into aspects of the work that may serve as stressors (e.g., low pay, responding to children’s challenging behaviors) and buffers (e.g., supportive relationships with coworkers and supervisors). Findings also illustrate center directors’ and providers’ receptivity to a mindfulness-based caregiving intervention.
    • ‘Ethics Are Messy’: Supervision as a Tool to Help Social Workers Manage Ethical Challenges

      McCarthy, Lauren P.; Imboden, Rachel; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Forrester, Patrice (Taylor and Francis Inc., 2020-02-05)
      Supervision is a critical component of professional socialisation for social workers that helps them develop skills to practice in complex private and public organisations whose values may be at odds with social work ethics. Research on the relationship between supervision and how social workers navigate ethical challenges is limited and has typically focused on managing the resultant stress. This qualitative study reports on the perspectives of 23 social workers representing diverse work contexts and experience levels who were asked broadly about their experiences managing ethical challenges in practice. After researchers engaged in an iterative process of open and axial coding of interview transcripts, six subthemes were identified within the primary theme of supervision: the importance of quality supervision, early supervisory experiences, components of supervision, interprofessional aspects of supervision, power dynamics, and the function and impact of supervision. Implications of the results for research and practice are described, including the need for supervisor training and support, exploration of supervision power dynamics, and how to balance creating a safe supervisory environment with need for accountability.
    • "we'll take the tough ones": Expertise in problem-solving justice

      Leon, Chrysanthi S.; Shdaimah, Corey S. (University of California Press, 2019-11-01)
      Expertise in multi-door criminal justice enables new forms of intervention within existing criminal justice systems. Expertise provides criminal justice personnel with the rationale and means to use their authority in order to carry out their existing roles for the purpose of doing (what they see as) good. In the first section, we outline theoretical frameworks derived from Gil Eyal’s sociology of expertise and Thomas Haskell’s evolution of moral sensibility. We use professional stakeholder interview data (N = 45) from our studies of three emerging and existing prostitution diversion programs as a case study to illustrate how criminal justice actors use what we define as primary, secondary, and tertiary expertise in multi-agency working groups. Actors make use of the tools at their disposal—in this case, the concept of trauma—to further personal and professional goals. As our case study demonstrates, professionals in specialized diversion programs recognize the inadequacy of criminal justice systems and believe that women who sell sex do so as a response to past harms and a lack of social, emotional, and material resources to cope with their trauma. Trauma shapes the kinds of interventions and expertise that are marshalled in response. Specialized programs create seepage that may reduce solely punitive responses and pave the way for better services. However empathetic, they do nothing to address the societal forces that are the root causes of harm and resultant trauma. This may have more to do with imagined capacities than with the objectively best approaches.
    • “I’m Doing Everything Right All Over Again”: How Women Manage Exiting Street Prostitution Over Time

      Gesser, Nili; Shdaimah, Corey S. (PubPub, 2021-07-13)
      Exiting the criminalized sale of sex, which we refer to as prostitution, is a complex, recursive process which has been rarely studied longitudinally. Using typical case sampling, we selected two respondents from a two-year ethnographic study of a court-affiliated diversion program in Philadelphia who participated in a total of eight interviews. Saldaña’s (2009) seldom-used longitudinal coding method was applied to conduct a fine-grained analysis of participants’ perceptions of exiting prostitution over time, focusing on participants’ motivations and actions. Respondents managed expectations of others and themselves and their sense of self-worth within a context of changing relationships, structural opportunities, accomplishments and setbacks. Viewed in a longitudinal context, the same relationships and structural hurdles often had a different impact on women’s motivation to exit at different time points. We argue that a longitudinal perspective of the exiting process is critical to avoid erroneous binary classifications of women as either exiters or non-exiters from prostitution, as the exiting process is more complex than what cross-sectional studies have previously revealed. Findings have implications for researchers of prostitution and programs for women exiting prostitution that should structure supports and (dis)incentives in a nonjudgmental fashion in line with this nuanced understanding of exiting over time. This is particularly important in criminal justice settings, where punitive responses have serious short- and long-term consequences.
    • The importance of managing human factors during a workplace crisis

      VandePol, Bob; Beyer, Cal (Zurich, 2011-01-01)
      While many of manufacturing injuries including fatalities elicit a standard and straightforward response, certain types of incidents have characteristics that warrant an elevated or escalated response. So-called critical incidents are more disruptive to organizations and can disrupt organizational productivity and affect employees’ emotional well-being. This response is as predictable as it is normal. In the face of such an organizational crisis, leaders are charged with the responsibility of restoring normalcy (or as close as can be restored). Critical incidents are unsettling, uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations. A crisis management plan with an established protocol for critical incident response can help restore leadership in these times of crisis.
    • 10 Steps for Dealing With a Suicide

      VandePol, Bob (2016-05-16)
      Following the tragedy of death by suicide, the workforce will include people whose personal struggles already leave them vulnerable and who now face increased risk for destructive behavior, including suicide. Tragedy can beget additional tragedies. Sometimes irrational blaming behavior includes violence. Sometimes suicide contagion, or “copycat suicides,” occur. How leaders respond (postvention) after death by suicide is critical to stopping that negative momentum.