December 2011

Read the latest addition to the CPI article library, “Defining Workplace Bullying,” by Bill Badzmierowski, CPI’s Prepare Training® director of Instructor Services, about the many complicated factors that contribute to workplace bullying and harassment.

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The Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex in WI has undergone changes including adding special, separate units for vulnerable and/or violent residents in an effort to de-escalate these individuals from stages of agitation, according to a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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A study in Neurology suggests that the size of different areas of the brain could predict the likelihood of symptoms associated with early Alzheimer’s disease.

The findings were based on three years of research conducted with 159 people with an average age of 76 who did not have Alzheimer’s at the beginning of the study. Researchers used brain imaging to measure the thicknesses of different areas of the brain based on other research that already suggests that certain areas of the brain shrink in those with Alzheimer’s disease.

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The state of Wyoming released a survey indicating that over half of its middle school students have been bullied on school grounds in 2011, and that a quarter of them admitted to bullying other students. Findings also revealed that more female students reported being bullied than male students.

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Read Kim Warchol’s latest entry in the Dementia Care Blog: Facilitating Best Abilities and Quality of Life, “Caring for Physically Aggressive Persons With ADRD,” containing tips on how to help an aggressive individual change clothes.

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Read Tony Jace’s latest entry in the CPI Executive Blog, “Thank You for Another Great Year,” featuring a special video message from CPI staff.

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Ohio amended its Administrative Code for the Ohio Department of Mental Health Certification Standards to include Chapter 5122-26-16: Seclusion, Restraint, and Time-Out, effective January 1, 2012. This rule provides general requirements for use and reduction of seclusion and restraint.

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