I wrote this article for friends who have asked for advice or help in preparing for the exams that social workers must pass to become licensed. I’ve described the strategies I used in my own preparation, but I’d also encourage you to gather ideas from others who have taken the exam.
This video shows how several children and their families have responded to Infra-Low Frequency Neurofeedback, a variety of neurofeedback developed by the Othmers of EEGInfo. I'm preparing to use this form of neurofeedback in my therapeutic work.
If you're curious about what neurofeedback can do for children with autism and other developmental issues, you'll likely find the video both interesting and hopeful.
Neurofeedback is a type of psychotherapy that helps you return your brain to the way it was designed to work. It has been used successfully to help people with a wide variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, serious behavior issues, addictions, sleep issues, epilepsy, PTSD, and brain damage from head injuries.
Have you ever tried to change another person's behavior? Of course, you have! We've all tried that. By now you know that it's practically impossible to change someone else. And you know that it's only a tiny bit easier for us to change ourselves. But changing our own thoughts and behavior is exactly what we have to do if we want to help someone else recover.
Michelle Siegel, Judith Brisman, and Margot Weinshel, the authors of Surviving an Eating Disorder, propose two essential guidelines for family members:
Accept your limitations: You can't control another person.
Accept the other person's right to be different from you.
Many people with eating disorders report that a doctor or therapist has refused to treat an eating disorder, based on faulty stereotypes. This occurs because many people—even professionals—believe that weight or visual characteristics can be used to identify an eating disorder. For example, many assume that people with anorexia will be bone-protruding thin, that binge eaters will be obese, and people with bulimia will have an average weight. It isn't that simple!
Anyone can have an eating disorder, no matter what shape or weight they have.
One difficulty with mental health, and perhaps especially dieting, obesity, and eating disorders, is that much of our conventional wisdom is inaccurate.
For example, nearly everyone knows that diet and exercise are essential for weight loss, right?
What most don't know is ...continue reading