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A MINDFULNESS-BASED MULTI-DYNAMIC THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

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After years as a consultant clinical psychologist in different fields,
Dr Cheryl Rezek considers the need to see the whole person sitting in her office. This article sets out a multi-dynamic framework which includes aspects from various psychological concepts and practically applicable mindfulness theories.

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A UNIQUE APPROACH TO YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

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Jan Willem Poot is the founder of Yes We Can Youth Clinics, a mental health care facility in the Netherlands specialising in helping young people ages 13–25 with mental health challenges, addictions and related behavioural issues. Jan Willem is in recovery himself and Psychology in Practice had the honour to interview him about the experiences he brings to his work.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment Revisited: Almost 50 years later

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The Stanford prison experiment demonstrated the power of situational forces over otherwise good people. Transformations are more likely where the social forces are powerful enough to overthrow the attributes of personal morality, compassion, empathy, or a sense of justice. We can change systems and construct situations in which people are trained to act courageously against all forms of evil.

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Safeguarding your own mental health as a practitioner

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In most mental health and psychology teams and services it seems that client numbers are increasing year-on-year. Mental health practitioners may be expected to see more clients and often find their workload increasing. All of this must have an impact on the practitioner and their well-being. The importance of practitioners’ ability to ensure that they stay well cannot be overstated.

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PRIVATE PRACTICE: Combatting the isolation issue

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Working in private practice can make you feel extremely isolated, especially when you are first starting out. The good news is that, even if you feel alone, you are really not. Isolation is a common complaint from people running private practices.
The other good news is that there are ways to combat this.

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PRACTITIONER CHALLENGES: Digital therapy

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Compared to classic therapy where clients and practitioners meet face-to-face, in a space that is dedicated to this purpose and follows specific ethical and practical guidelines to interact in a safe and protected manner, the notion of space and ethics is much less clear when it comes to telepsychology.

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Mental Health in the Workplace

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Whether you are an occupational, clinical or counselling psychologist, you are likely to meet patients who are unable to attend work full-time due to poor mental health. On top of the mental health issue, which already complicates their work life, individuals often describe a great deal of anxiety at the thought of returning to the workplace.

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Diversity in Coaching

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Psychology professionals are also sensitive to unconscious biases and must take care to avoid fitting clients into different ‘disorder boxes’. To avoid unconscious bias compromising professional output, awareness and education of individual differences is key, as well as understanding the root cause of your bias.