Thinking Errors Are NOT Just a Client Problem: Provider Blind Spots

Thinking Errors Are NOT Just a Client Problem: Provider Blind Spots

To error is human. And yet, there appears to be a certain “elephant in the room” when it comes to our mental health profession. This is the false assumption that “thinking errors” are strictly a client concern, and we providers are somehow immune to the effects of such cognitive distortion or bias. However, in our profession, such oversights can be as destructive as a bull in a China shop (or an elephant as the case may be). Being aware of one’s biases is an important skill to hone in our work, and below appears several of the common thinking errors we providers sometimes stumble into, without even realizing it.

Hope

Hope

The definition of hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Many of the clients that we serve have lost a sense of hope. Circumstances and mental illness have brought pain and sadness into their lives.  Many become depressed and begin to feel like all is lost. Life holds no happiness in the present. The future only looks bleak and dark.

Mental Health Day at the Capitol

Mental Health Day at the Capitol

On March 14th, I had the privilege to be one of hundreds who traveled across the state to attend Mental Health Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Organized by the Mental Health Legislative Network (fifty members, including MN DHS, NAMI and Wellness in the Woods) this annual event serves to educate and advocate for building the state’s mental health support system.

Exercise: Think Outside the Box!

Exercise: Think Outside the Box!

We all can agree that exercise is important to our health. As a wellness counselor in my previous Mayo Clinic career, I counseled people all day about exercise, often getting groans and sighs in response. To many people, the word “exercise” conjures up images and memories of huffing, panting, sweating, and feeling miserable. We do want to include getting a cardiovascular and stretching/strengthening workout into our routine. But this blog isn’t going to address exercise in this sense. This blog’s focus is on another important component of physical activity called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT).

Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Hello! My name is Jesse Cebulla and I am a Registered Nurse for Milestones in Alexandria, MN.

What is wellness? The dictionary definition of wellness is, “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.”

Due to the fast paced lives we lead it is easy to disconnect, have an increase in stress, and lack sleep. All of these factors can increase our risk of mental and physical illnesses.

Acting in Emergency Situations

Acting in Emergency Situations

In 2019, with all our new year’s goals, why not add Thrive’ s CPR/AED/First Aid Training or a review to your list? It’s easy to sign up for and a great benefit Thrive provides.

Did you know that among 2,000 employees in corporate offices, hospitality, education, industry/labor:

  • 55% of the employees were not able to get CPR/AED/First Aid Training from their employer

  • If training was available, it was often just CPR or First Aid, not both.

Spreading Holiday Cheer at Thrive

Spreading Holiday Cheer at Thrive

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and it always has been. With that in mind, since I began working for the company in 2004, I have been devoted to trying to create a joyous time for the individuals that we serve. A few years ago we began booking a musician named Doug Spartz who comes to the homes in Detroit Lakes to perform for us. We pick a house where he will set up in the corner with his guitar and he will sing Christmas songs to entertain residents and staff. The smiles on the faces of the individuals are priceless as they tap their fingers or sing along. He even does a small skit as Santa Claus and his wife is Mrs. Claus. Along with that we all enjoy tacos in a bag, or as some call them walking tacos and cookies. Some of the guys start asking me in September/October if he is coming back. Music works wonders.