Behavioral Healthcare

  • The Role of Expectation Management in Success

    The Role of Expectation Management in Success

    At its core, expectation management is about aligning hopes with reality.  We’re taught to manage customers’ or employees’ expectations so they don’t become unwieldy, but the goal isn’t to settle for mediocrity; instead, it’s about being mutually transparent about what is realistically achievable.   Managing expectations is a vital skill that can make the difference between…

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  • Advancing Behavioral Healthcare through VR & Machine Learning: A Conversation with Dr. Marc Lanovaz

    In this riveting interview, we have Dr. Marc Lanovaz, a University of Montreal professor at the forefront of integrating data science and machine learning in behavioral healthcare. We discuss the impact of cultural relevancy in behavior analysis, how machine learning can improve clinical decision-making in mental health, and a groundbreaking virtual reality application simulating the…

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  • From Battlefield to Society: The Lasting Impact of War on Mental Health and Human Behavior

    From Battlefield to Society: The Lasting Impact of War on Mental Health and Human Behavior

    War has long been recognized as a catalyst for significant societal changes. From the devastation it inflicts on physical landscapes to the trauma it leaves on individuals, the effects of war reverberate long after the last battle has been fought. Among the many consequences of war, one of the most significant is its impact on…

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  • 4 Reasons for the Mental Healthcare “Workforce Shortage”

    4 Reasons for the Mental Healthcare “Workforce Shortage”

    I am really tired of articles about “workforce shortages” in mental health. The questions these articles pose, such as:“How do we increase the workforce?”And “Where are the mental health professionals?”imply that:1. This problem just happened randomly.2. It would be solved if mental health professionals showed up. Those are the wrong questions and the wrong conclusions.My…

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  • Behavioral Healthcare: Helpers in Crisis

    Behavioral Healthcare: Helpers in Crisis

    Why is it so hard to get care? Behavioral healthcare is an umbrella term that includes treatment for mental health, substance abuse, learning differences, and disordered behavior resulting from mental illness or disability. Behavioral therapy and behavioral programs include talk therapy, detox and substance abuse treatment, occupational therapy, inpatient and psychiatric treatment, behavioral therapy for…

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  • Elephant in the Room – Rewarding Quality Care

    Elephant in the Room – Rewarding Quality Care

    It’s back-to-school season, and, I, like numerous other parents, am preoccupied with getting just the right classes or teacher assignments to help my kids’ chances of getting into a top university. My incoming sophomore is trying to get a waiver to take AP English on top of two other AP classes, and before we were…

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  • Bridging the Gap: Increasing Access to Behavioral Healthcare Services in Low-Income Communities

    Bridging the Gap: Increasing Access to Behavioral Healthcare Services in Low-Income Communities

    Access to behavioral healthcare services is crucial for individuals and communities to thrive. Mental health plays a significant role in our overall well-being, and yet many individuals in low-income communities face barriers when trying to access the care they need. Understanding the challenges in low-income communities Low-income communities often face a multitude of challenges when…

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  • Applied Behavior Analysis: Exploring The Benefits, Drawbacks, and Applications

    Applied Behavior Analysis: Exploring The Benefits, Drawbacks, and Applications

    What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a highly effective approach to improving the lives of individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. Using evidence-based techniques, ABA focuses on understanding and modifying behavior to promote positive outcomes. By breaking down complex skills into smaller, manageable steps, ABA helps individuals develop new skills…

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  • How To Make ABA Work For Your Family

    How To Make ABA Work For Your Family

    There’s no cure for autism – and there is no need to cure autism. While therapies can bolster skills needed to navigate successfully in the world, they are not magic wands, and it’s crucial for parents enrolling their child in therapies to understand that their child will not “outgrow” autism, nor can professionals “fix” autism.…

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  • Can ABA Be Harmful

    Can ABA Be Harmful

    Understanding the Complexities of ABA: Positive Impact and Potential Harms Short answer? Yes, it can potentially be, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. While the application of the science of ABA can be positively life-changing for many individuals and their families, there are a number of ABA recipients who have been harmed by…

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  • State of ABA Industry

    State of ABA Industry

    The behavioral healthcare industry is in trouble. For kids and families, the dire shortage of providers and difficulty obtaining services means long wait times for necessary evaluations for speech, behavior, occupational, and other therapies, prescriptions for services, and their services to begin. They may get through the entire process and not qualify for treatment. Many…

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