Author Archives: Jennifer Vickery

Compelling Communications Attract More Money

We’re pleased to share this discussion—with tips you can implement for your nonprofit—with Jay Wilson, VP of Communications with our partner, National Strategies Public Relations, on the crucial role communication plays in philanthropy. Jay, given your 25 years of experience in communications, particularly for fundraising purposes, what do you see...

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Bias and Language in Behavioral Sciences Research and Analysis

In our previous post, we discussed the principles of ethical research and disclosure of funding sources. Now let’s explore avoiding funder bias and using inclusive language in the research and analysis of behavioral health. Guarding against Funder Bias and Other Bias Just as reporters should be committed to honest journalism,...

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Research and Analysis Best Practices in Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral and mental health conditions have a long history of misunderstanding and exaggeration. Societal factors play a significant role in how those with behavioral or mental health problems are perceived. Behavioral science research can be used not only to educate the practicing professional but also to educate the public and...

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Five Core Competencies for Peer Support Workers

In the field of behavioral health services, peer support workers must be able to help others. To achieve this, they should master five core competencies, which are mostly clusters of skills, knowledge and character traits. These competencies enable peer support workers to successfully aid people recovering from mental health and...

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Helping Clients Develop a Peer Support Network

Developing a peer support network during addiction recovery can be difficult for your client. He could respond negatively to his peers—or even hurt them. One client may trigger another, or they can relapse together. Despite such potential problems, research has shown that peer support networks are very beneficial. What’s more,...

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Stress Management Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

Working in a nonprofit dedicated to empowering children, youth and young adults ages 5-21 with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) to become independent, Project Director of NFusion IV Desoto County Tracey Humphrey, M.A., PCMHT, P-LPC, knows a thing or two about workplace stress. She and her team are not only trained...

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Implementing a Trauma-Informed Care Framework

Developing a trauma-informed care framework is a complex process that requires a lot of changes in the organizations and systems providing care. In a previous post, we’ve outlined some of the proposed principles on which every organization and system should base their care. However, the implementation of these programs remains...

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How to Develop a Framework for Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma and the way we approach it systematically still leaves a lot to be desired in 2019. It’s a widespread issue with many different possible causes, affecting people regardless of their age, background, gender, or race and ethnicity. Since it is both a pervasive and complex issue, it requires careful...

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2019 Recovery Month: Celebrating More of Our Partners in Recovery

September is National Recovery Month, and we’re thrilled to highlight and celebrate the work of four of our partners this month. We’ll close this series with Portland Recovery Community Center and CADA. You can read the first post here, and check out Facebook and Twitter for more. Jordan came to Portland...

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2019 Recovery Month: Celebrating Our Partners in Recovery

September is National Recovery Month, and we’re thrilled to highlight and celebrate the work of four of our partners this month. First up, Communicare and Metro Inclusive Health. Watch this space as well as our Facebook and Twitter for more.   Communicare has many amazing success stories, but a favorite...

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