Healing Processes & Options

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

There are several forms of independent health practices in the Greater Toronto Area. Similar to other large cities across North America, people are interested in a variety of treatment options to heal. Over the past twenty-five years, the field of regulated independent health practices has grown. Individuals have direct access to a continuum of health services that are increasingly covered by employee assistance and personal health insurance benefit plans. Most survey data suggests that individuals prefer to direct personal healthcare for non-crisis or emergency-based health problems. People with persistent or episodic physical or mental health challenges report having a choice in a robust range of health modalities increases their sense of control over personal wellness. This empowering aspect of healing is critical to the getter better phenomenon. Having the option to see a physiotherapist, massage therapist, or osteopath for arthritic pain diagnosed by your primary family medical doctor for example, allows the patient, client, or person to self-direct their own options for treatment and healing. Many people are willing to pay out of pocket for regulated and alternative health care services due to this increased sense of wellbeing that derives from directing one’s own treatment plan under the care of credentialed experts. There is a strong network of professional colleges that regulate healthcare practice standards for each of these credentialed services. For those that are currently unregulated, efforts are being made to meet the eligibility criteria under the law in health depending on the area in which the service is provided. This regulatory function and the interface with insurance company coverage plans increases the level of trust and protection that individuals are receiving expert health care. Long gone are the days where people without the appropriate education, credentials, or supervised standards of practice are able to provide fraudulent services to the public without protection. When I entered the social services field in 1984, almost everyone was referring to themselves as a social worker. Today, the title is protected under the law and practices regulated, so that individuals engaged in services are also protected. Recently, the controlled act of psychotherapy was introduced to further protect the public from unregulated practices and the possible risks associated with treatments provided by uncredentialled practitioners. Do you have the education, experience, and membership in a regulatory college to claim your credentials? What are the ways you engage with your local professional associations to ensure that your treatment modalities and interventions are evidence-informed, modern, ethical, and effective? What more can you do to further ensure that members of the public are guaranteed access to a range of best possible health care options for their own healing?

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Family Day

All families begin as strangers who grow in love & trust to include children.

Family Day is a relatively new holiday in most Canadian provinces. Falling on the third weekend in February, Family Day was created to provide people with one long weekend during the winter months. Clinical social workers offer services to children and families in settings designed for children such as education, children’s mental health, and adolescent health. Specializations in these areas develop over many years in the field. A deep understanding about childhood development is critical for effective counselling interventions to occur. It is not fair to expect that children, pre-teens, and perhaps even young adults respond to challenges at home or school in the same ways that adults do. It is also not reasonable for social workers with little to no direct experiences working with children to provide individualized support without close clinical supervision and/or additional training on work with children and families.

All families begin with the union of two people who likely first meet as strangers. Where a decision is made to have children and grow a family together, couples embark on the most important job they will ever undertake together as parents. There are several issues that emerge over a lifetime of raising children together. Not all problems require the supportive intervention of a clinical social worker, but some do. Deciding to provide private social work counselling support to children requires a reflective practitioner qualified to provide child-centered work. Children and families benefit from interventions mediated by professional clinicians who are not directly involved in the problems reported. Many parents are both pleased and grateful to learn their children are able to speak to a trusted adult about a problem at home, school or in the community. Opting to work with a private clinical social worker and child therapist is a personal choice that families have in a comprehensive continuum of service delivery models. Do you believe that you are qualified to provide child-centered work? Do you collaborate with registered social workers or psychologists with enhanced specializations for work with children, pre-teens, and young adults? If not, how will you develop a list of qualified experts to assist with requests for support with children and families moving forward?

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The dance of love ?

A dance of the heart, mind, and soul

Perhaps, one of the greatest reasons for referral to counselling support from social work is love related. Described in so many different ways, love is an idiosyncratic concept that defies any one definition.

In my view, love is best understood phenomenologically, that is experientially. In simple terms, love is what love does. Most people speak about loving experiences with partners in terms of the ways they behave and interact with one another.

Clinical complaints usually relate to matters of disrespect, neglect, betrayal, or disloyalty. Failed loving relationships are extremely difficult to maneuver for everyone. It is clinically significant when people have little to no emotional reactions to failed relationships. It may in fact signify that love was not truly present despite words, actions, or views to the contrary.

The emotional bond between two people in love is truly a sacred experience. It is mysterious, and often misunderstood by other people looking into or at the couple. In our modern world, notions of love have morphed in diverse ways, all the while remaining true to the fundamental essences of the human heart.

Traditional moral boundaries amhave shifted. Divorce, serial monogamous relationships, same-sex unions, and affairs with married people seem more widely accepted. Yet, the pain and devastation created by experiences of rejection, abandonment, and betrayal remain the same. Separation and divorce is one of the main reasons for referral to Clinical Social Work in Child and Family settings. The impacts in families and on children are disheartening.

In my view, families are worth fighting for and are quite resilient. Founded on true love, most people have the capacity to overcome and heal what are common obstacles on a journey of a lifetime together.

What is your role as social worker with couples who are at an impasse in their marriage due to an emotional or sexual affair ?

What are your views about the healing capacity of love? Are you triggered by stories shared in session, such that your own relationship is questioned at a later time?

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