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Living in Fear

Jamie Goffin, LCSW

All of us have experienced fear and if we aren’t aware of our condition of fear- we live in what Tara Brach calls the “Body of Fear.” We walk through life in a fear trance and our world becomes seen through fear lenses and we can become trapped in fear. We lose our capacity to live fully.

Often when patients are coming into care to work on making changes it can be very helpful to understand how the function of fear has presented in their lives. For many, the trance usually begins in childhood, when an infant or child experiences fear in attaching to caregivers. Or we may have experienced trying something new out, having it fail and feeling the chain reaction of fear in our body. Or we view failure as a reflection of not being “good enough.” When an individual experiences continuous fear over the years, it can lead to chronic habitual contraction in our bodies and our minds become trapped in rigid thinking patterns. Our mind almost becomes obsessed for the need to prevent and respond to perceived fears.

Fear is a difficult emotion to work through with patient’s who have experienced severe trauma by helping them sort out real threats. This is difficult; because fear does serve functions that we rely on to literally stay alive. How do we know if our sense of fear needs attention? Tara Brach, talks about the need to “attend and befriend” fear. We do this by examining fear and asking, “Is this something to respond to or mostly a habit?”

In order to successfully do this we need to have fear management strategies. The first and most important step is being able to recognize that we have fear. Unhealthy responses to fear might look something like this:

  • We want to deflect or ignore it
  • We seek to control it by reducing what feels wrong
  • We get busy- see how many things we can do. Not doing feels intolerable
  • Self soothe- use substance such as sugar, foods, marijuana to help take away the rawness of fear
  • We want to dull or numb it with TV, social media so we can take a temporary vacation

Those who respond to fear with the fight strategy will:

  • Attack themselves by trying to make themselves into a being better
  • Attack others who feel threatening with our judgments, thoughts of hatred

Starting with mindfulness of our body sensations and our thoughts allows us to step out of fear. Tara Brach states, “The key to transforming this trance is by becoming aware of it—mindful of all our strategies, stories, physical reactions and bodily sensations—and allowing ourselves to be present to all of it without added constriction and judgment.” When we resist fear it becomes more paralyzing leading to increased pain and suffering. It seems the more we want it to go away the stronger grip it has on us. If we can stay honestly and courageously awake to our fear, it can enable us to recognize and fully experience whatever is arising in the present moment, and keep us from falling into the trance.

date:  Apr 26, 2016
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Support Spot – April 2016

Recent Updates to BestNotes and Documentation

  • Look for new Meaningful use Stage 2 updates soon.

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Recent Common Tickets / Tips and Tricks

There are too many options for users in BestNotes.

Q: How do System Administrators restrict user access?

Answer: Here are three different scenarios:

  • Restrict users to only view the Client Name and Insurance Form = Regular with only the Contacts (to see client related data and activity log data) and Forms (to see Insurance Form and other Data Forms) permissions.
  • Restrict documents: keep anyone not in the specified group(s) from seeing saved documents on client pages. Templates can be restricted from the template level so once saved they are already restricted. Click Settings, Templates, and select the template. Click the groups that will be able to see the document when completed on a client from the green box at the top right corner. Click Save & Close.
  • To set up User Groups: Sign into the System Administrator account. Click Settings and Groups. Click New Group and add a name. Use the dropdown to add staff to the group. Click Save.

 

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Mountain Counseling & Training, Inc.
Orange County Detox
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Promise Recovery Center
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Social Network Updates

  • May 15 – 17: 2016 NAATP National Leadership Conference – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (For more information, Click HERE)
  • May 16 – 19: 32nd Annual Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency – Boise, ID (For more information, Click HERE)

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date:  Apr 18, 2016
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Support Spot – March 2016

Recent Updates to BestNotes and Documentation

  • Email provider ISPs (e.g. Yahoo) have tightened restrictions to block redirects. BestNotes will use notifications@bnemail.com in the From field when emailing your company and your contacts from the portal. This means that the client’s email in the message must be copied and pasted in a new email, in order for your company to reply (e.g. admissions).
  • If your company has more than 20 Sections with Classes that have to be recreated every Academic Year, have your System Administrator send BestNotes a ticket to have this done for you.

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Recent Common Tickets / Tips and Tricks

If a company uses a workstation with BestNotes, it is best practice to Save and close all BestNotes windows to secure Patient Historical Information (PHI). For example:

Q: Why am I locked out of a Group Note?

Answer: A person may have closed all the windows without using the BestNotes “Save” buttons and logged out the user who was actively working on that group note with a multi-person workstation.

  1. The original provider (user) must return to BestNotes (NOTE: This does not have to be at the original workstation)
  2. They must use the BestNotes “Save and Close” button on that locked group note.
  3. They must Save and close all windows
  4. They must log out to secure PHI from any other unauthorized person.

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Cast Recovery
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Cornerstones of Maine
Creative Care Calabasas
DeSanto Clinics
Directions in Education, Training and Consultation
Envision Recovery Services, Inc.
Inneractions
Mechling Shakley Veterans Center
Midwest Academy, Inc.
Midwest Recovery Centers
New Song Mission, Inc
Olive Tree Counseling, Inc.
Pacific Solstice
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Queen City Sober Living
Sanctuary Treatment Center
Shadow Mountain Recovery (Detox)
ShoutOutWithLove, LLC – Counseling & Consulting Services
The Good Life Treatment Center
The Lakehouse Recovery Center
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Three Bridges Recovery LLC
TruVida Recovery
Unity Home Care
Valle Counseling

 

Social Network Updates

  • Survey Winners: Heather Potter @ www.davesmithcentre.org, Eric Pitts @ www.lakehouseacademy.com, Marla Hicks @ www.mtpleasantacademy.com, Kim K. @ newvisionwilderness.com
  • April 3 – 7: Innovations in Recovery – San Diego, California (For more information, Click HERE)
  • May 15 – 17: 2016 NAATP National Leadership Conference – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (For more information, Click HERE)
  • May 16 – 19: 32nd Annual Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency – Boise, ID (For more information, Click HERE)

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date:  Feb 23, 2016
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Support Spot – February 2016

Recent Updates to BestNotes and Documentation

  • eMAR: Our current beta pool is closed. We are actively working with these customers to ensure that the latest release of the eMAR is functioning correctly, stable, and meets the needs of the different market segments. At this time, we are unable to give a time frame for general release of the eMAR. However, as we finish this latest round of testing, we are optimistic that it will be ready soon. We are creating documentation and training materials to help implement this feature at your facility. Features currently included are: Inventory tracking, client and staff signatures, integration with our e-Prescribing offering, reporting, and of course medication administration.

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Recent Common Tickets / Tips and Tricks

The iCal URL is not displaying:

Q: How do I connect the BestNotes Calendar to another system / device?

Answer: Your company’s BestNotes System administrator must give a user the Remote Mobile Access permission in order for that user to see their iCal URL.

  1. Please read NOTEs carefully, Click HERE.
  2. At this time, some calendars will only display BestNotes calendar in Central Time.

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Coral Gables Counseling Center
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First Step Recovery Center
Green Mountain Treatment Center
Guiding Light Counseling Services
InnerBalance Health Center
Luna Recovery Services, LLC
Lyric Recovery Services, Inc.
New Dawn Treatment Centers
New Freedom Academy
North Coast Medical Clinic
Pioneer Youth and Adult Community Services, Inc
Playful Healing Therapeutic Services
Positive Progression
Quality Living Center
Solstice East
The Counseling Group
The Ranch Recovery Centers, Inc.
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Social Network Updates and come see us at:

  • February 10-16:  NATSAP – Annual Conference (2016) – La Jolla, CA (For more information, Click HERE)
  • February 22-25: 37th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorder – Clearwater Beach, FL (For more information, Click HERE)

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date:  Feb 09, 2016
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Support Spot – January 2016

Recent Updates to BestNotes and Documentation

  • Diagnosis Totals report – has been replaced with TPL Diagnosis Report.
  • Diagnosis Axis Report – has been replaced with Diagnosis by Client, which allows filtering of clients by tag and filtering by episode/program.
  • The P-Diagnosis by Client report allows filtering by episode/program.
  • New Calendar Button – in a group calendar view,  each user now has a double calendar icon. This will expand to display that user’s M-F view. To return click the Exit <Provider>’s / Users Calendar button.
  • Medications Review Report has new filtering to make it easier to print off all medications for current clients.

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Recent Common Tickets / Tips and Tricks

An application did not populate all the Med/Clinical assessments/documentation as programmed during implementation:

Q: Will I have to manually enter this information?

Answer: No, if it was designed by your Implementer to map or populate to other parts of the Med/Clinical window then it will:

  1. Sometimes a client has some information already in their Med/Clinical, this requires a user to click that document’s refresh button (upper-right).
  2. A window will appear asking you to confirm adding information.
  3. Double check to see if the data you were looking for has populated the required sections.
  4. If not, please have your BestNotes System Administrator contact us at team@bestnotes.com and an Implementer will reply as soon as possible.

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Welcome to BestNotes

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Awakenings Recovery Program
Blue Tiger Recovery LLC
Catholic Charities of Wyoming
Desert Star ARC
Educational Alternatives LLC
Enterhealth
Epoch Integrated Health Services
Heartland Recovery Center
Insight Behavioral Health & Addiction Solutions, Inc.
Julie A Martin LLC
Live Free Structured Sober Living
Outpatient Houston
Recovery Advocates of America, Inc
Reflections Recovery Center, LLC
Serenity Now CMHC, Inc. (Delray)
Shannon Woolf
Shelby Recovery Services
Silicon Beach Recovery Center
Solstice Recovery
Sustain Recovery
The Villa Outpatient Services
Therapy Unlimited, LLC
Trinity Teen Solutions
University of Arizona/Health Promotion Sciences
Veterans Inc. / Independence Hall Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic

 

Social Network Updates

  • February 10-16:  NATSAP – Annual Conference (2016) – La Jolla, CA (For more information, Click HERE)

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date:  Jan 13, 2016
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