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Health Homes: A Next Step Toward Integrative Healthcare in the United States

By Kenneth L. Miller, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, BCPC, AMBPP
A.L. Stanley, MS Ed, NCC
Youngstown State University

Authors discuss Section 2703 the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which created an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit for states to institute Health Homes to serve the healthcare needs of Medicaid-eligible individuals suffering from chronic health conditions. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgated the expectation for state Health Home providers to adopt a whole-person philosophy by integrating and coordinating “acute, primary, behavioral health and long-term services” and supports. Authors clarify health home requirements, structures, functions, benefits, and limitations. They argue that Health Homes address deficiencies in the current system of health service delivery by providing integrative, efficient, and fiscally responsible services that result in improved outcomes for patients.

Health Homes: A Next Step Toward Integrative Healthcare in the United States


The Integrative Clinician, Part 2, Integrative Awareness in PTSD Treatment: Avoiding Unseen Risks of a Provider Drug Withdrawal

In “The Integrative Clinician” series, the author discusses the importance of exercising integrative awareness when treating patients with PTSD. Through integrative approaches, clinicians can develop a heightened awareness of the various ways in which their treatments interact dynamically (l) with patients, (2) with patients’ environments, and (3) with other disciplines and professional providers. In this segment, the author presents a case study in which a provider’s prescription of sleep-inducing medication intersected with environmental and interdisciplinary factors. The provider’s failure to exercise integrative awareness of these factors led to the patient’s experience of sudden and complete withdrawal from a multiple drug regimen. Analysis of the case demonstrates how integrative approaches, had they been adopted, could have improved the patient’s outcome and protected her from potentially lethal risks.

By Rev. Dr. Chrys Parker, JD

 

The Integrative Clinician, Part 2, Integrative Awareness in PTSD Treatment: Avoiding Unseen Risks of a Provider Drug Withdrawal


The Integrative Clinician: Integrative Approaches to Clinical Caregiving: A Personal Journey and a Worthy Endeavor

by Rev. Dr. Chrys Parker, JD

This article contains a brief discussion of (l) the author’s concept of practice as an integrative professional, (2) an overview of what integrative care does and does not involve, (3) why integrative approaches may play an important role in the creation of vital linkages between caregiving professions, and (4) how the regular series The Integrative Clinician will operate to enhance integrative knowledge among professionals.  The article also introduces the topic of integrative care by outlining three scenarios involving significant human problems, and identifying negative consequences in each of the caregiving situations presented.  In future  issues of The Forensic Examiner,  the author will deconstruct each of these scenarios and examine them through an integrative lens,  in order to acquaint the reader with the difference in outcomes which the professional exercise of an integrative approach might have made in lives of the individuals portrayed.

The Integrative Clinician: Integrative Approaches to Clinical Caregiving: A Personal Journey and a Worthy Endeavor By: Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D.


From Healing the Healer to Being Healed: A Therapeutic Harp Travels the Sound Waves

Marcie Swift, M.Ed.

Marcie Swift shares her experience with Barbara Russell getting ready to go into a recording studio for therapeutic harp.

From Healing the Healer to Being Healed: A Therapeutic Harp Travels the Sound Waves


Caregiver Burden

Lisa Cao and Ira Heilveil discuss the strain placed on the caregivers of loved ones. Learn how being a caregiver can adversely affect health and stress levels.

 

Caregiver Burden by: Lisa Cao and Ira Heilveil


Living With a Disability: A Gateway to Practicing Forgiveness and Compassion

Susan Stuntzner, PhD, LPC, CRC, NCC, DCC
Jacquelyn A. Dalton, PhD, CRC

Forgiveness and compassion are two helpful approaches toward reducing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual anxiety brought about by negative and harmful experiences. Disability, forgiveness, and compassion are terms that may not be thought of in relation to one another, but here the authors introduce the idea that the experience of living with a disability can be an opportunity to practice forgiveness or compassion, whether directed toward one’s self or toward others. Forgiveness and compassion are similar yet unique practices that influence the emotional well-being. The experience of disability includes both the disabling life event (in the case of acquired disabilities) and the many micro aggressions that the disabled experience over time.  It is the authors’ belief that forgiveness and compassion are tools applicable to people with disabilities that may be used as a means for personal growth and healing.  These tools can benefit not only people with disabilities, but also their loved ones and all those they encounter in life.

Living With a Disability: A Gateway to Practicing Forgiveness and Compassion by: Susan Stuntzner and Jacquelyn A. Dalton


Delicious Smells – and a Strong Immune System

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Have you ever picked a sun warmed peach from a tree – held it to your nose inhaling the smell that is only a warm fresh peach? Are you one of those folks who smell your food before you eat it? Well this may be the article just for you.

Many prescription drugs dull your senses—and weaken your body’s ability to repair itself. Additionally poor dental health, false teeth, smoking and zinc deficiency also change or dull senses.

Delicious Smells – and a Strong Immune System by Tammera J. Karr, PhD


The Integrative Clinician: Integrative Approaches to Clinical Caregiving: A Personal Journey and a Worthy Endeavor

By Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D.

This article contains a brief discussion of (l) the author’s concept of practice as an integrative professional, (2) an overview of what integrative care does and does not involve, (3) why integrative approaches may play an important role in the creation of vital linkages between caregiving professions, and (4) how the regular series The Integrative Clinician will operate to enhance integrative knowledge among professionals.  The article also introduces the topic of integrative care by outlining three scenarios involving significant human problems, and identifying negative consequences in each of the caregiving situations presented.  In future  issues of The Forensic Examiner,  the author will deconstruct each of these scenarios and examine them through an integrative lens,  in order to acquaint the reader with the difference in outcomes which the professional exercise of an integrative approach might have made in lives of the individuals portrayed.

The Integrative Clinician: Integrative Approaches to Clinical Caregiving: A Personal Journey and a Worthy Endeavor By: Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D.


How much and in what ways does watching the daily television news affect our daily lives? Are we better off ‘in the know’ or ‘in the dark?’?

Ask the Experts AAIM August Issue1


Elderly Need for Real Protein

Elderly Need for Real Protein
by Tammera J. Karr, PhD
© 2014 Holistic Nutrition for the Whole you

One of the challenges for older clients is muscle loss, to maintain muscle you must have protein along with weight bearing exercise. There are individuals who require less protein than others to maintain their bodies, but over the years I routinely see elderly clients consuming one or two meals a day, and often times little meat. Part of this is due to the nature of our digestive tracts producing less stomach acid, making it hard to breakdown proteins. Medications and excessive supplement use have an effect on hunger as well, if you are nauseous from a hand full of vitamins, food may not be appealing.

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