The National Alliance on Mental Illness defines a mental illness as a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood which may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. The number of individuals with serious mental illness in jails is disproportionately large and growing rapidly. According to some estimates, as much as 50% of the U.S. prison population suffers from some form of mental illness (!!!!). Mental health courts are up-and-coming in communities across the country to address these individuals and the issues they bring to the courts.
Journal #1: My Thoughts on Becoming a Mental Health Counselor The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the views of becoming a mental health counselor. Although there are many professions to choose from, I decided a mental health counselor with a specialized area in women’s health and domestic violence is my true calling. Tiffany Rush-Wilson Ph. D. stated, “That if we are in this field is because we have a true passion and the seed to do this type of work” (Laureate, 2012).
Last week, we had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Julie Nickerson, a Junior at Simmons College. Nickerson is currently pursuing a double major in Business Management as well as Public Relations, Marketing & Communications and a minor in health care management at Simmons. Nickerson has built her career over a variety of roles ranging from interning at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts last summer, to currently working for Simmons College as a Student Worker in the Academic Programs Office. We wanted to get to know Nickerson more, so we asked her a couple of questions regarding her college decision and life post-graduation: Where did you grow up?
Mental illness is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society and learning more about it can benefit both people who struggle with it and those who do not. “Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these)” (What is Mental Illness). The subject of mental illness is nothing new, in fact it has been around for centuries. The first public understanding of what mental illness was and how to treat it came about when a man named Hippocrates, a pioneer in treating mentally ill patients, began to use techniques not rooted in any religious or superstitious beliefs, but rather in changing the environment and occupation of the patient (Early).
I completed my community service at Spindletop Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). Spindletop CSU is a nonprofit organization that is a community mental health, intellectual, developmental disabilities, and chemical dependency center here in Southeast Texas. The purpose of this community center is to provide services to people with mental disabilities to allow them to live and work in the community. The CSU provides a variety of behavioral healthcare services.
Objective assessments offer information about the pathology of the client’s past. Objective personality assessment formats provide the counselors a structured framework to evaluate different aspects of a client’s personality (Neukrug & Fawcett, 2015). The objectivity of the assessment is based on the client answers not being persuaded by personal feelings, understanding, or preconceptions; based on facts; unbiased (McGuire & Leak, 1980). There is great creditability in using objective personality test for clients. overall, human characteristics can be measure from an analytical viewpoint.
The biological approach founded by Cesare Lombroso is the best theory to support the argument being presented in this paper. The biological theory focuses on genetics and physiology of criminals, and chemical imbalances of the brain causing anti- social, and aggressive behavior along with depression and other disorders. The biological approach of criminology focuses on the mental illness, behaviors and substance abuse dependency personalities. The juvenile justice system is system made up of youth offenders of many different ages, and since the brain is not fully developed and everyone’s genetic makeup is different it is often a grey area of the justice system.
A main issue in It’s Kind of a Funny Story is depression. From the very beginning he starts to explain how he feels and the procedures he endures for his mental illness. Depression is not an easily identifiable illness. Around 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression every year and with reference to those 20 million only a small percentage are actually diagnosed or aware of it. In chapter 1 Craig says he looks the same as everyone else, “normal”, which gives proof that you can’t really see depression because it blends in.
The vulnerable population that sparked my interest are the homeless population. The homeless population is growing at an incredible alarming rate. According statistical data from National Coalition for the homeless, “there are over 3.5 million homeless Americans, it includes approximately 1 million children of these more than 300,000 are homeless children on any given night.” Some include street children, runaway teenagers, young adults who might have been thrown out of their homes or released from jail are most visible living in our cities streets, towns, subways, underpasses and highways.
Introduction I. Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, August Wilson, wrote about the African-American experience in profound way. He also founded the August Wilson Red Door Project to help change the racial ecology of the city of Portland through theater, film, literature, music, art, and dance. A. The project’s philosophy states: “All people, regardless of personal, cultural, and social history, internalize values and beliefs of the world they have been raised in. While some of these values and beliefs enable creative achievement and success, others create a sense of profound limitation and self-doubt.”