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Melissa Floyd-Pickard

Melissa Floyd-Pickard completed her Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the Director of the BSW Program. Her research interests are : Practice with people who have serious mental illness, issues in family substance abuse recovery, innovative alternatives to involuntary treatment, professional dissonance in social work practice.

There are 15 included publications by Melissa Floyd-Pickard :

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Academia and Mental Health Practice Evaluation Partnerships: Focus on the Clubhouse Model. 2010 190 In this article, the authors explore evaluation between a local mental health agency and a researcher from the local university with a focus on issues for ongoing inquiry in the unique clubhouse setting and special attention to maximizing member part...
Baccalaureate student perceptions of challenging family problems: Building bridges to acceptance. 2011 85 This study explored the attitudes of 147 undergraduate social work majors to working with difficult families. Students indicated which problems (from a list of 42, including hot topics such as homosexuality, transgender issues, abortion, and substanc...
Changing conceptualizations of mental health and mental illness: Implications for “brain disease” and “behavioral health” for social work. 2004 351 Conceptualizations of mental health and mental illness continue to be an important influence in shaping social work practice and education. By critically analyzing the emergence of the current concepts of “brain disease” and “behavioral health,” we a...
Ethical Dilemmas of Practicing Social Workers Around Psychiatric Medication: Results of a National Study. 2003 385 It is acknowledged that social workers in mental health and other settings routinely experience client-related ethical dilemmas. Further, there is wide recognition of the potential impact of ethical dilemmas on social work practice with clients who u...
Experiences of consumers with mental illness in the jails of North Carolina: Lessons for policy change. 2010 34 This study aimed to explore the experiences of people with mental illnesses and their collaterals in the jails of North Carolina. Participants were interviewed by study personnel using semistructured interviews. Study recommendations that emerged for...
A family perspective for substance abuse: Implications from the literature. 2006 612 This paper calls for researchers and treatment providers to increase their recognition of the role that family and family functioning has for understanding the incidence and impact of substance abuse. Substance abuse is identified as a family problem...
Is self-determination still important? What seasoned social workers are saying. 2006 478 This study investigated the attitudes of 320 seasoned mental health social workers toward the social work value of self-determination. Social workers were asked to rate the importance of self-determination in their daily practice, both as a guiding v...
Negotiated coercion: Thoughts about Involuntary Treatment in Mental Health. 2010 197 This article, written by a service user/mental health advocate and an academic/ practitioner, explores the concept of ‘negotiated coercion’ as a way to frame involuntary treatment that acknowledges its coercive essence, yet advances suggestions to ma...
Operationalizing diversity issues in lead safety education. 2006 51 Immigrant children, especially those in large urban areas and those living in lower-income housing built before 1978 can be affected by lead paint and lead dust (HAFA, 2003). Additionally, some children may have been exposed in their home countries, ...
Professional dissonance among social workers: The collision between values and job tasks in mental health practice. 2005 150 This study investigated the relationship between individual and job characteristics of mental health social workers and professional dissonance—an experienced conflict between values and job tasks. A 33-item questionnaire, designed specifically for t...
Professional dissonance: A promising concept for clinical social work. 2007 284 Social workers in mental health face a complex climate where they encounter value-laden intervention choices daily. Examples of these choices may include deciding to initiate treatment in spite of a client's wishes to the contrary, making a decision ...
Screening and access to services for individuals with serious mental illnesses in jails. 2009 141 High rates of serious mental illnesses (SMI) among jail inmates pose challenges for the criminal justice system and risks for the individual with SMI. Research has identified actions to address these issues; it is unclear to what extent they have bee...
Screening for intellectual and developmental disabilities in jails: Are we there yet? 2009 80 Early identification of intellectual and developmental disabilities in persons in the criminal justice system is essential to protect their rights during arrest and trial, ensure safety when incarcerated, and maximize the opportunities to receive ser...
Social workers and involuntary treatment in mental health. 2005 62 Involuntary treatment is often a reality in mental health social work. The current research examined 330 mental health social workers' involvement in and opinions about involuntary treatment as part of their primary job functions. Varieties of involu...
Unforeseen implications of regulation in clinical practice. 2011 112 The authors, both long-time LCSWs, utilize an existential framework and postmodern lens to explore the implications of increased professional regulation in clinical practice. Specifically emphasized, are the themes of litigation-fear and the threat o...