Tag - Mental Health

Why School Psychologists need to assess for trauma during evaluation

Educators and mental health professionals have grown increasingly concerned about the exposure to and experience of trauma among children and adolescents. In a school setting, childhood adversity and trauma are associated with lower achievement, truancy and dropout, behavioral problems, mental illness, neurobiological changes, and difficulty managing emotions and social relationships...

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Promoting healthy work environments and addressing mental health at work

Jennifer K. Dimoff, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and consults with companies across North American to help solve business problems. She designs, develops, and delivers evidence-based solutions to problems related to leadership, occupational health and safety, and mental health...

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ADHD in the Justice System: underdiagnosed and underserved

Individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may deal with symptoms such as inattention, disorganization, hyperactivity (often seen as restlessness in adults), and/or impulsivity. Symptoms of ADHD often continue into adulthood, causing challenges in social, academic, and professional functioning (American Psychiatric Association, 2022). Research suggests that ADHD occurs in most cultures in...

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The sofa is mocking me and other tests of resilience

“Summer,” for me, the word brings with it visions of long lazy days, sunshine, and splashing at the pool. Almost as soon as it starts, I also feel the existential dread that it will end too soon. This feeling is one many of my fellow educators share. Summer never seems...

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The critical need to address self-harm during youth ADHD assessment

Youth with ADHD are at a greater risk of self-harm (Simioni et al., 2017). These behaviors include non-suicidal self-injury (i.e., self-directed, deliberate harm of self in the absence of suicidal intent, such as cutting or burning), as well suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and completed suicide (i.e., direct, self-injurious behavior with...

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What can we do to prevent emotional burnout among correctional staff?

Emotional exhaustion or burnout experienced due to work overload harms employees and the organizations that employ them (Lin, 2013). As Maslach and Leiter (2008) pointed out, emotional "...exhaustion is not something that is simply experienced… it prompts actions to distance oneself emotionally and cognitively from one's work, presumably as a...

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Providing equal and appropriate mental health care to marginalized groups

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July, bringing awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected many people's mental health and created new barriers for people who experience mental illness and...

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Shaping the future of clinical and education-related assessments

Within our Education division, MHS provides the expertise and resources required to help children and adolescents reach their full potential in and beyond the classroom. We work together with our partners to identify and manage psychological and education-related concerns so all students, families, and educators can succeed. Within our Clinical division,...

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