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(The Care Guy)
» Dementia category
Posted on 9:16am Sunday 30th Sep 2012
Listed under: Challenging behaviour, Dementia, Mental Capacity Act, Mental health, Personality disorder, Safeguarding, Support work, The guide, Training
I've been making a few improvements to the way The Care Guy operates.
First - the podcast is now available on itunes. Just go to the itunes store and search 'The Care Guy' or 'The Care Guy show' and you can download the whole lot for free.
Second - The Care Guy is running a special offer for December 2012 and January 2013. If you book training to be delivered anywhere in UK during either of those months you'll get a massive 40% discount. That' means you'll save a full £200 per day with no hidden expenses. What you see is what you get.
So if you'd like to have first rate training delivered to your staff for only £300 per day give me a call.
You can see more about my training services here.
Posted on 2:49pm Friday 6th Jul 2012
Listed under: Anxiety, Challenging behaviour, Dementia, Depression, Mental health, Personality disorder, Psychology, Psychosis, Support work, The guide
If you have a mobile phone, a kindle, an iphone or ipad or any of a number of other electronic readers you can get the entire Mental Health Workers Guide from Kindle. If you don't have a kindle don't worry - just download the app (it's free) and turn your phone or PC into a Kindle reader.
Then nip on over to the Kindle store and get your copy of The Mental Health Workers' Guide in handy Ebook format.
The ebook is the completed version of the developing blog series. It covers:
What’s a mental health worker worth?
The problem of specialisation
Three models of mental health and disorder
The biological (medical) model
The social model
Merging the two (stress and vulnerability)
The importance of physiology
The meaning of psychiatric diagnoses
The psychology of anxiety
The psychology of depression
Delusions part 1
Delusions part 2
Types of dementia – Alzheimer’s
Types of dementia – Vascular
Types of dementia – Lewy Body
Types of dementia – Parkinson’s
Types of dementia – Korsakoff’s
Types of dementia – Fronto-temporal
Types of dementia – Mixed
Orientation and memory
The CAM scale
Working with the limbic system
High Expressed Emotion
Sympathy is not usually helpful
More on the Stress & Vulnerability model of mental health and disorder
The invalidating environment
The Self-fulfilling prophecy
The meaning of recovery in mental health
The three types of recovery
Duty of care: A slug in a bottle
‘Hanged if you do, hanged if you don’t’ – a duty of care myth
There is no ‘us and them’
People are just people
Coping skills develop slowly
Lapse is different from relapse
Don’t expect your service user to perform perfectly.
The word ‘support’ is meaningless in and of itself
“It’s just behavioural” (A workers’ excuse for lazy thinking)
Challenging behaviour means….
Behaviours that harm the individual
Behaviours that harm other people
Do we need help?
Consequence, learned behaviour and the need for boundaries
Maintaining the problem
The whole team approach
No ‘Pedestals’ And Staff Safety
Effective, Consistent Care
‘Corporate’ Identity – “You’re All The Same.”
Self-harm as a response to trauma
Responding to a person who harms themselves
Individual v Organisational risk (Risk-free is impossible. Manageable risk is the way to go)
Don’t flap (more haste – less speed)
The saviour fantasy
You’re probably not an emergency service – don’t try to behave like one
Ignoring the positive
Exaggerating the negative
Magical thinking (the Wizard did it)
Socratic dialogue and ‘the razors’.
The sticks we use to beat ourselves
Who put us in charge?
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Part 13 of 'The Mental Health Workers' Guide' will concentrate upon the dementias, what they are and how to recognise them. Then as The Guide progresses we'll look at some of the more useful things that care workers can do to help their residents and clients who suffer with these devastating disorders.
Don't forget that you can download the movies accompanying The Guide here.
Posted on 1:10pm Saturday 28th Jan 2012
I've just uploaded three new course outlines for dementia care workers. The new, updated courses (which are now available) are:
You can view the course outlines by clicking the links above. Click here to contact The Care Guy and arrange training for your organisation.