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Back to the Future: Predictions for Behavioral and Mental Healthcare
MINES and Associates
This week was Back to the Future Day, marking Marty McFly's futuristic flight to Oct. 21, 2015, as imagined from 1985, when telephones were all leashed and something called the Internet was a sleepy backwater for a handful of military folk and academic researchers. While the film scored some direct hits -- wearable technology, video calls, fingerprint recognition -- some predictions fell well wide of the mark, though with driverless cars on the horizon, can flying cars be that far behind? Says Kimlinger: "We've seen remarkable advances in our field in the past couple of decades, from our understanding of the way our minds work to a greater awareness and sensitivity to various psychological conditions. But given the accelerated pace of change in all walks of life, from medicine to astrophysics, we can expect to see a lot of change in the field of behavioral health in just the next 12-18 months, let alone the next 5-10 years, driven largely by technology, from remote counseling to improved self-diagnosis via smarter mobile apps."
MINES and Associates, a business psychology firm, has published a list of the most significant advances in behavioral and mental health over the past 30 years -- from landmark legislation to groundbreaking research -- and has begun compiling a list of predictions for changes in the field over just the next five years.
Contact: Charles Epstein, [email protected]
Health Law Fine on Uninsured Will More Than Double
Dr. Elaina George
Board Certified Otolaryngologist
"An unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act is the sacrifice of the doctor-patient relationship enshrined in the Hippocratic Oath. The pressure for doctors to practice medicine driven by government-mandated cost-control measures will ultimately affect an individual's right to determine the course of their own healthcare."
Dr. George is a board-certified otolaryngologist. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in biology, received her master's degree in medical microbiology from Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. George completed her residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and is on the advisory council of Project 21 black leadership network, an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research. She hosts her own radio show, "Medicine On Call," and is also a keynote speaker many organizations.
Contact: Ryan McCormick, [email protected]
What's Needed in Fight Against Heroin/Painkiller Abuse and Addiction Following Obama's Plan
High Watch Recovery Center in Kent, Conn.
"There has to be a complete cultural shift in our country toward addiction and substance abuse, similar to the grassroots movement that took place with HIV/AIDS, in order for the government's efforts to be effective," said Kean regarding President Obama's plan for fighting heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. "Ever since the era of Ronald Reagan and the 'War on Drugs,' we have criminalized the illness of substance use disorder, exacerbating the horrible stigmatization of those suffering from behavioral health issues, whether it be mental illness or addiction. Rather than fighting a 'War on Drugs,' we need to start a war on how to keep our children alive. So what must be done is that the government needs to fully get behind putting real money into providing affordable treatment, money into education, money into research and new medicines to both treat those suffering from addiction and help change the culture toward them as well. And there needs to be regulations in place to prevent money-hungry corporations from taking advantage of this vulnerable population with outrageous costs for medications and treatment facilities, otherwise only the rich or those who are well off will be able to benefit. Price is a huge factor in driving people to cheaper alternatives like heroin, because they cannot afford to pay hundreds of dollars per pill for needed medications."
Kean is an internationally recognized expert and spokesperson in the field of substance abuse. She led the first AA meeting to ever take place in the Opiate Triangle of the World, the Yunnan Province of China, where she was invited to teach physicians how to properly care for patients with heroin addiction. She is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trinity College and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Yale University.
Contact: Gladwyn Lopez, [email protected]
Male Victims of Domestic Violence
Dr. Stephanie Dailey
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Argosy University, Washington, D.C.
"You don't hear a lot about domestic violence against men. Just as in many cultures, there's a stigma. A lot of times it goes against our cultural norms that women can't be the aggressor. Even the language around domestic violence is geared toward women. We need to pay attention to the male victim. This is not to negate that females are more victimized than men or that women are severely impacted by intimate partner violence, but it's something that needs to be brought to the forefront and something we need to talk about."
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Dr. Dailey can speak to domestic and intimate partner violence, the stigma around men as the victim, why men often don't come forward, why it is important to talk about men as victims, and what resources are available and why we need more. Dr. Dailey is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia, as well as national certified counselor and an approved clinical supervisor. She is also a certified American Red Cross disaster mental health responder and liaison to the American Red Cross disaster mental health partners for the American Counseling Association.
Contact: Mandy Wilson, [email protected]
Halloween Decor: Safety Tips, Decor Trends and Best Practices
"Halloween is as synonymous with candles as it is jack-o'-lanterns. This season, battery-operated LED lights continue to a popular choice for those seeking a safe option to leave out while trick-or-treating with family and friends. Hoping to use wax candles instead? Remember to place them on a flat surface and never leave them unattended."
With Halloween right around the corner, Isaac is open to sharing her expertise on all things regarding Halloween decor -- safety tips, decor trends and best practices. She can also discuss other candle- and lighting-related topics of interest.
Contact: Meghan Ely, [email protected]
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