Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses

I have a copy of a list of non-allowed MH diagnoses in Maryland that I find disturbing.  I do not know if Optum or BHA make these decisions. I want to raise the issue of re-evaluation of these non-allowed diagnoses such as post-partum depression (F53) and eating disorders (F50.01 & F50.02) and Bulemia (F50.2).  I… Continue reading Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses

Violence and Mental Illness

The following short article explores the role of interpersonal violence in establishing power over those with whom we disagree, get one’s needs met, and solve problems. Using negotiation and interpersonal discourse instead of violence to meet our personal needs or achieve a goal is a skill learned and practiced from the ages of 2-5.  Trembly,… Continue reading Violence and Mental Illness

Approaching Violence Prevention Through a Public Health Lens

See how the CDC is pushing for a health approach to violence prevention.  I received this email from cure violence global at cvg.org. “We continue to witness the shifting of the paradigm related to treating violence as a health issue. Most recently, we see this in the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) prioritization of funding… Continue reading Approaching Violence Prevention Through a Public Health Lens

Reducing Stress

Ben Warrington has created a site with ideas for reducing stress. He focuses on Grad School students, but his ideas are good.  He is now following the CARE2 site.  Visit for ideas about stress reduction. https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/194665907 Some Days Will Be Hard DR. Kathy

Mindfulness apps help teens with depression and anxiety

Youth are very attuned to phone apps.  I found the following on Linked In. ” Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)20,380 followers2h • 2 hours ago A free #smartphone app providing brief #mindfulness training sessions helped young teens ruminate less. Repetitive and negative self-focused thinking, often concerning stressful or negative past events, is often seen in #anxiety and #depression. http://ow.ly/onR350G3XAV“ I (Dr. Kathy)… Continue reading Mindfulness apps help teens with depression and anxiety

Public Comment on Civil Committment in Maryland

Comments on Civil Commitment Changes being considered in Maryland. By Dr. Kathryn Seifert, CEO of ESPS, Salisbury, MD Civil commitment due to dangerousness has three concepts that must be fully defined and understood before making decisions about what should be included in any related regulatory or legislative changes.  These concepts are dangerousness, civil commitment, the… Continue reading Public Comment on Civil Committment in Maryland

Description and Purpose of Levels and Domains of CARE

  The social determinants of health are now well recognized by practitioners and scientists.  Additionally, the relationship between childhood trauma and negative behavioral and physical health outcomes in adults was established by the ACE’s research ( (Felitti, 1998)) on 17,000 American adults.  It was a retrospective study comparing childhood trauma and adult health outcomes.  In… Continue reading Description and Purpose of Levels and Domains of CARE

School Shooting today in Winston Salem, NC

Sadly 1 student has been killed in a school shooting in Winston-Salem, NC. Thankfully, all staff and other students are safe. Now that schools are back in session across the country, I encourage all schools to consider establishing Threat Assessment Teams and Risk Reduction Planning.  Threat Assessment Teams include personnel from education, social work, psychology,… Continue reading School Shooting today in Winston Salem, NC

Welcome

I am Dr. kathy Seifert. You can find my work on my Psychology Today Blog: Stop the Cycle, my website, Discovery ID, my books and articles, Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Being young can be difficult, fun, exciting, and sad sometimes. My passion is supporting youth to build healthy lives on the road to become healthy,… Continue reading Welcome

Trauma informed care for ESPS

  I shared my new website, CARE2.care with ESPS staff today.  I have just started and I may combine a care2 newsletter with the trauma-informed newsletters for ESPS.  My goal is to create a trauma-informed program for ESPS. I hope others will join in and co-create this program and the newsletters.  I want to combine… Continue reading Trauma informed care for ESPS

The CARE-2 is unique in its emphasis on Risk Reduction Treatment Planning for youth with severe behavior problems. Dismiss

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