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Not by Ourselves: The Essential Role of Family and Community in Maintaining Health -- A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img

Not by Ourselves: The Essential Role of Family and Community in Maintaining Health -- A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

"While medications have altered the landscape of living and dying from the virus, it is increasingly clear that pharmacological interventions alone are not sufficient to achieve acceptable levels of linkage, entry and retention in care," social worke...

Living With HIV: Are We 'Damaged Goods'? A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img
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Living With HIV: Are We 'Damaged Goods'? A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

"[Todd] struggled to cope with the psychological adjustments necessary for living with the virus and, although most of the time he had decent self-esteem, ... hurtful words consistently pushed him out of emotional balance. Over the years a small part...

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NASW's "HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project" Supports the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The sun was gleaming on Miami's Biscayne Bay. Palm trees swayed in the gentle breeze and, in the distance, cruise ships were about to set sail for exotic ports. English, Spanish and a dozen other languages drifted through the air as happy people enjo...

Under The Radar: Mental Health and HIV Risk -- A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img

Under The Radar: Mental Health and HIV Risk -- A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Long-time HIV survivor and therapist David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., laments how little attention we still pay to the mental aspects of HIV risk. "We need to be certain our outreach and prevention efforts incorporate the effects of mood disorders and...

"Supersized Alcopops": The Dangers of Excessive Alcohol Consumption for People Living With HIV A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img
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"Supersized Alcopops": The Dangers of Excessive Alcohol Consumption for People Living With HIV A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

"While the popularity of various illegal substances rises and falls, alcohol consistently remains the granddaddy of recreational drugs," David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., writes. In this blog entry, he offers an overview of exactly why too much booze p...

"Let Them Die"? The Dangers of Losing Compassion Img

"Let Them Die"? The Dangers of Losing Compassion

"It seems now that large (and growing) segments of our society have come to view basic compassion, the emotional capacity to experience another’s pain, as a character defect, yet it is an essential element of what makes us human," therapist and long-...

The HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project: Building Capacity to Improve Care for Mental Health and Substance Use: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img
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The HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project: Building Capacity to Improve Care for Mental Health and Substance Use: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

It was the peak time for the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. -- or so I was told. I only caught a glimpse of them from the Metro as I was riding in from Reagan National, and a few times out the window of the hotel conference room (along with rain...

The Healing Power of Being Present: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img
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The Healing Power of Being Present: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Sometimes, the best thing we can do for our patients or clients is just to listen to them, explains David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.: "Practicing acceptance of, as well as curiosity about, that patient in front of you can keep the experience grounded i...

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The Risk and Rewards of Optimism: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

"Smile, it can't be that bad!" My client Sam had just arrived in my office and was angry and upset that a total stranger had approached him with these words while he was shopping for groceries. "Can you believe that?" he asked before adding, "And tha...