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Disruptive Behavior Disorders:
Evidence-Based Practices
16 CEU Hours: $48

Ethics for Mental Health Professionals
2 CEU Hours: $6

Problems of Domestic Violence
1 CEU Hours: $3

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Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Report Sexual Assault

By Roni Caryn Rabin

Sexual AssaultAn exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought.

Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and one in four reported being beaten by an intimate partner. One in six women have been stalked, according to the report.

“That almost one in five women have been raped in their lifetime is very striking and, I think, will be surprising to a lot of people,” said Linda C. Degutis, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the survey. “I don’t think we’ve really known that it was this prevalent in the population.”

The study, called the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, was begun in 2010 by the C.D.C. with the support of the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense. The study, a continuing telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 16,507 adults, defines intimate partner and sexual violence broadly.

Full story at The New York Times

Poor Mental Health Harming Productivity, Report Says

Reuters

Mental Health Slows ProductivityOne in five workers suffer from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety and these conditions increasingly affect productivity in the workplace as many struggle to cope, a report by the OECD said on Monday.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found people with mental illness are often off sick from work, and between 30 and 50 percent of all new disability benefit claims in OECD nations are now due to poor mental health.

Policymakers need to find new ways to tackle the social and economic problem of mental illness, the report said, as trigger factors, such as stress at work, are likely to increase.

“Increasing job insecurity and pressure in today’s workplaces could drive a rise in mental health problems in the years ahead,” it said.

“The share of workers exposed to work-related stress, or job strain, has increased in the past decade all across the OECD. And in the current economic climate, more and more people are worried about their job security.”

Full story at Fox News

Depressed moms linked to child disorders

UPI

Depressed MotherChildren whose mothers were depressed throughout their first year of life have a higher risk of mental disorders themselves by age 6, researchers in Israel say.

Ruth Feldman, a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, found 60 percent of children born to mothers who were consistently depressed across the first year of the children’s lives exhibited mental disorders when they were older. The children, similar to their mothers, also showed disordered functioning of the Oxytocin system.

Oxytocin, a mammalian hormone, is involved with sexual reproduction, childbirth, breastfeeding and pair bonding.

Researchers studied the mental health status, Oxytocin levels, genetic variation in Oxytocin receptors and interactions in 155 mother-child pairs during at-home visits. The mothers were surveyed for mental health symptoms at the birth of their child, and at 6 and 9 months after the birth of their child.

Full story at UPI

Happy to live longer but mental illness and obesity still need to be dealt with

By Kate Hagan

Healthy Happy Life IF LIFE expectancy at birth is any measure, Australians are some of the healthiest people on Earth.

United Nations figures show Australian women have the third-highest life expectancy in the world, at 84 years, and our men come in fourth, at 79 years.

Australia’s high life expectancy, which is set to continue its slow rise, is a measure that adds to our wellbeing on the Herald/Lateral Economics Wellbeing Index.

But the index’s authors felt life expectancy alone was inadequate in assessing people’s health over the course of their life.

They also counted as a positive the fact fewer people were being hospitalised for preventable conditions, such as those averted by vaccines or managed through changes in lifestyle, such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes.

Full story at The Sydney Morning Herald