Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Professional Development for the Professional

I have come across a few companies that provide professional development in the field of health and mental health.  I will add to this list as I find new resources.  If you have any others to add, please let me know.

(These are Canadian resources).

Achieve Training Centre - Promoting Leadership and Organizational Performance

HQS Professional Development - Committed to organizing quality conferences and contributing to the professional development of health care providers in our community

Jack Hirose and Associates - Mental Health and Educational Seminars

-- Angela G. Gentile

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Prayer for Social Workers

Bless them in the work they do for our patients, residents and clients across the system. They are advocates for those we serve and their families with the staff and physicians. 

Social Workers lend themselves to listening not only with their ears but with their hearts to determine the myriad of needs to be filled. They are educators and provide direction to those in need as our residents, clients, patients and families attempt to maneuver through the complexities of health care.

As an integral part of the team they provide the bridge to outside resources and services so that those we serve may benefit from uninterrupted care and are enabled to continue their healing.

We ask You to protect each of them to provide them with sufficient grace to be your hands and feet as they care for our mothers and their children, the elderly, the sick and dying and all Your children with special needs.

Written by the Pastoral Care staff at Holy Redeemer Hospital. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Child Abuse Help Lines Around the World

If you ever suspect a child is being abused (includes physical and sexual abuse, and neglect), here are some phone numbers and websites to refer to.  Many of them also have online chats and email services.  Here is a list of child abuse help lines and hotlines from around the world.


Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

We're Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual (English and French) and anonymous phone counseling, web counseling and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide support to young people across the country. The service is completely anonymous and confidential - we don't trace calls, we don't have call display. You don't even have to tell us your name if you don't want to.


Childline  0800 1111

Online chats also available.

USA, Territories and Canada: 

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

World Child Abuse Hotlines:

- Angela G. Gentile, MSW RSW
Specialist in Aging

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Emotional Control

It's very possible that you can relate to the statement, "I lost it", or you know someone who lost control of their emotions. It can seem frightening and overwhelming for the person who has lost control as well as for the other person who is witnessing this even.  Why does it happen?  Well, it could due to a variety of reasons.  Here's some information that may give you some insight into what may be going on and what you can do about it.  Please feel free to add your comments.

Information on Emotional Control

The person has to be able to identify what the emotions are.  Sad, mad, frustrated, hurt, rejected, abandoned, confused, alone?  Maybe it’s a bunch of emotions, all at once.  That can be very overwhelming.

Some people are just more sensitive.  They have a gift.  These people just need to learn how to express themselves in private (or with a “safe person”), because yes, it can scare people.  In time, they will learn how to prevent these situations, or how to manage them better.

As people mature, they learn how to control their emotions.  Do a Google search on “how to stop crying” or “how to control emotions”. (example:  If they are really upset about something it is usually a sign that the situation they are in is not good for them and they should work on changing the situation.  Our outward physical expression of anguish is a physical display of our most deep-rooted emotions.  To get rid of the pain and suffering it either takes time, or a change in our circumstance.  Loss takes time to recover from.  A dysfunctional, unhealthy or toxic situation takes strength and courage to walk away from (difficult to do when you are feeling down).

Some people have trouble handling conflict.  It is harder for them to communicate their feelings and to express themselves.  Maybe they don’t have the experience or skills.  Some families/homes lack conflict (parents don’t fight in front of their kids which in my opinion is a good thing) so kids don’t actually see how to handle conflict.  This takes time and maturity to learn these skills.

Stress can put people on edge, and can affect the way we are able to control our emotions.  A build-up can end up in a catastrophic, uncontrollable, sobbing release of emotions. Look at what else is going on in the person’s life.  Is there too much stress?  Can some of that stress be alleviated somehow?

Hormones can be at the root of a catastrophic emotional reaction to a small stressor.  Like the pressure cooker that blows it’s lid.  Some birth control pills can cause a very controlled cycle of hormones, and the woman may be more susceptible to poor emotion control at certain times in the cycle.  A change in the type of pill may help.  PMS can also cause women to be more emotional and sensitive at times.

Depression or thyroid problems can also affect our ability to control our emotions.  It’s a good idea to talk to a doctor to get some blood work done, and if that all comes back normal, and the lack of emotional control continues, it may be a good idea to talk to a mental health professional.
Angela G. Gentile 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Helping Adults with Asperger's Syndrome

Here is a list of resources that may be helpful for an adult who has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.


Adult Asperger's: The Relief of a Diagnosis.  By Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed. D.  On PsychCentral.


Living Well on the Spectrum, by Dr. Valerie Gaus

Business for Aspies, by Ashley Stanford

Asperger's on the Job, by Rudy Simone


"Asperger Manitoba Inc." (Winnipeg).  If you leave your name and number at (204) 975-3037, someone is supposed to get back to you. 

The other national resource is the "Autism Society Canada", they can be reached at

If you know of any other good resources, please add them in the comments below.

Angela G. Gentile