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Introducing social work practice

Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice? This free course, An introduction to social work, begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice.

Dual Diagnosis (Mental Illness and Substance Abuse)

The term dual diagnosis denotes a condition where substance dependence, or other excessive substance use, co-occurs with at least one mental health disorder that is not a direct effect of the substance use (intoxication and withdrawal symptoms).Substance abuse (alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and solvents) may affect a patient's mental illness in different ways. It may precipitate mental illness worsen mental illness alleviate mental illness have no effect on mental illness. The relationship between the patient's different mental health disorders and substance abuse is not necessarily always the same. In dual diagnosis, mental illness will persist even when substance use has ceased for a prolonged length of time.

The Self-Love Solution: A Simplified Guide for Overcoming Depression and Fulfilling Your Deepest Desires

Self-love is the solution to ALL your problems. I'm not saying that is easy to love yourself fully and unconditionally. No, it is certainly not easy when we have lived most of our lives doing the exact opposite, but through some simple practices, we can begin to turn our lives around into a purely positive direction. We can, by taking baby steps in the direction of self-love, make self-love a habitual way of being. When self-love eventually becomes an automatic habit of ours, we will know what it's like to live an effortless life.

The Legend of the Golden Raven: A Novella of The Wicker King

The Legend of the Golden Raven novella, part fairy tale and part gritty reality, follows a boy as he descends into madness.

August and Jack weren't meant to be friends. One is a misfit with a pyro streak and the other a golden boy on the rugby team. But as their relationship intensifies, Jack slowly begins to lose his mind--taking readers on an intimate journey into the fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of his world.

As the novella moves back and forth between a medieval legend and our own, contemporary world, nothing is as it seems. The boys alienate everyone around them as they struggle with their sanity and as Jack's quest to fulfill a dark prophecy begins to consume them both . . .

Devour this companion novella to The Wicker King.

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Praise for The Wicker King:

"An eerie and mesmerizing thriller that questions the spacewhere reality and perception overlap, The Wicker King is a spine-tingling read that will have you riveted." --Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving and White Rabbit

"An eerie piece of realistic fiction whose characters revelin intense emotions." --KirkusReviews

Teaching assistants: support in action

Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the skills and attributes that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and contribute to productive teamwork. This OpenLearn course introduces diverse roles and distinctive contributions of teaching assistants.

The Women's Health Book: An Introduction

The Women's Health Book: An Introduction

As a woman, looking after your health is the most important step you can take towards creating a healthy, happy family and a thriving community. But in today's busy world, with so many demands on your time, it's not always easy to find information you can trust.

In this introduction to The Women's Health Book, you will find out how and why women's health care is so different to men's; how you can keep your body and mind healthy as you grow older; and how to get the most out of a doctor's appointment.

For a comprehensive look at every aspect of your body and health, you can go to the complete edition of The Women's Health Book. It is written specifically for women by health professionals who specialise in women's health, clinicians who are well placed to help you look after your physical, mental and social wellbeing. The book is designed to help you participate as an equal partner in your health care, to empower you to ask questions and make better choices to improve your health. The Women's Health Book is an essential reference book for every Australian woman's shelf.

Teaching Mindfulness to Veterans: A Resource

The professional manual provides reflections, observations and suggestions about how to teach mindfulness to groups of military veterans. The book also summarizes the science behind teaching mindfulness for individuals with chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The goal of this book is to provide mindfulness teachers with an additional resource for teaching groups with these conditions.

Using qualitative research methodology, we sought to understand the experience of veterans who participated in, declined, or dropped out of mindfulness programs for chronic pain, PTSD and depression. The comments, reflections and occasional recommendations in the book were influenced and informed by the key voices in this endeavor - the voices of veterans themselves. Of note, although we sometimes refer to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is the 8-week program used to teach mindfulness in our setting, our intention is to provide observations and suggestions that more generally apply to teaching mindfulness to veterans in a group format. It is our hope that the quotes, reflections, observations, suggestions will prove helpful to others as they teach mindfulness to those whose burden of suffering is often quite large - our nation's veterans.

As part of the process of developing this resource, we interviewed many veterans who had completed MBSR, as well as veterans who were referred to MBSR but either dropped out or declined to participate. We used qualitative research methodology to understand their experience and identify themes that emerged that we hope will be beneficial for other mindfulness teachers who currently work with veterans or who plan to do so in the future. We also include the reflections of teachers who have extensive experience teaching mindfulness to veterans, so that they could share examples of their approach to teaching mindfulness when working with this population. Hence, this guide reflects the combined perspectives of veterans and mindfulness teachers who have a great deal of experience working with veterans. These reflections and examples range from practical logistical considerations to suggested approaches to group dynamics to observations about teaching specific mindfulness practices. Lastly, we have included supplemental education materials on conditions commonly borne by veterans - chronic pain, PTSD, and depression, to help educate teachers about ways these clinical conditions may be positively impacted by mindfulness. It is our hope that this resource will foster a better understanding by mindfulness teachers of issues often faced by veterans, which will in turn help them to skillfully respond to their needs.