My new book is now available! Please visit the link below to learn more!
Social Work as a profession is now in higher demand than ever. Now is the time to advocate for equitable salaries in the medical and psychiatric fields.
This article states that high deductible plans have skyrocketed from 8% in 2009 to 19% last year. If they continue at this rate, about 50% of people will have high deductible plans by 2020. Oh what a wonderful world it will be.
We in the social work field are known for advocating for just about everyone — the poor, the homeless, LBGT, Veterans, the elderly, people with physical disabilities, people with mental disabilities, the unemployed, the incarcerated, and so on. But when it comes to advocating for ourselves, we seem to have a harder time, and the many groups who we speak for are often not able to provide the same kind of “got your back” advocacy in return. For that reason, mental health providers are a category, politically, that is easily stomped on. Though we represent many, we represent the underrepresented, the less powerful, and the very busy people who must work two jobs for a living.
Here is a chance to help out your fellow mental health provider. Please consider signing the petition linked below to help advocate for mental health providers to be adequately compensated for their work.
This essay from the NYTimes is a bit of an eye-opener for anyone who is thinking of going into private practice. Due to people seeking less therapy and using more psychiatric drugs alone (massive pharma marketing campaigns encourage this), we are now at a point where many therapists can’t get enough referrals to survive. Meanwhile, many people in need of help can’t get it because they don’t have insurance, have high deductibles and copays, or have very little coverage for mental health with their insurance policy.
“This book is an easy and fun read, a very friendly tool that can help kids get to know and befriend the different dimensions of themselves. It also provides their parents and therapists with a way to help them along their path to self-knowledge and rich and ever greater wholeness.” — Dr. David Stern
“Know Thyself” is a lovely, accessible introduction to Jung’s archetypes. It is suitable for kids of all ages (and the Jung at heart). Marek’s delightful workbook deserves a spot in any child therapist’s (or parent’s) library. — David Jaffe, LICSW
“Know Thyself” is available here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/kiersten-marek/know-thyself-a-kids-guide-to-the-archetypes/paperback/product-20212610.html
Originally posted on Therapy with Kiersten Marek, LICSW:
We got in a big delivery of books today, so those who have requested it will be getting your copies. Local friends: if you would like me to bring a copy to you, let me know! We are also beginning plans for a publication party in late July or early August, so stay tuned!
And for you folks who aren’t local, the easiest way to get a copy is through Lulu.com:
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