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Help Get Mental Health Reform Passed

US Capitol The House of Representatives passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 (HR 2646) by an overwhelming majority of 422-2 last month. There is now promising momentum to see this legislation passed into law this year, but your help is needed. With Congress on its August recess, APA urges you to contact your senators (junior senator and senior senator) to encourage them to bring the mental health reform act of 2016 to the floor immediately and vote YES on S 2680. Read more.

Enjoy the Fall Weather in Nation’s Capital as You Prepare for Psychiatry’s Future

DC APA’s fall conference—IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference—will be held October 6 to 9 in Washington, D.C. In addition to a forward-looking scientific program, attendees will enjoy free wi-fi, free food and coffee service, daily prize drawings, and more. learn more about the meeting’s session tracks and register.

Psychiatry Innovation Lab Returns at IPS

Lightbulb Have an innovative idea that might benefit psychiatry or patients? Introduced at APA’s 2016 Annual Meeting, the Innovation Lab is being brought back for this year’s IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference. It is designed to promote creative solutions for improving the delivery of quality mental health care, while also providing a venue for discussion and networking. Individuals or groups can submit their pitches using the application form on the innovation lab website; the deadline is September 15. Selected finalists will participate in the IPS session “Psychiatry Innovation Lab: Pitch an Idea. Build a Team. Design a Venture. Measure your Impact” on Saturday, October 8, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thinking About a Career Move? Check out JobCentral

New Zealand APA JobCentral is the career hub for psychiatry. View open positions, post a resume, or set up email job alerts. Visit jobcentral to view recently posted jobs, such as outpatient psychiatrist in Berlin, New Hampshire, or consultant psychiatrist in South Auckland, New Zealand.

Free CME Course for Members Only

CME Each month APA makes available a free CME course exclusive to members only through its Learning Center. August’s selection is “updates in women’s health: psychopharmacologic approaches in the perinatal period.” This course provides an overview of the current evidence for the use of mood stabilizers and antipsychotics during pregnancy and lactation. Click here for more information.

2017 Annual Meeting Abstracts Submission Deadline Approaching

San Diego Now is your chance to submit a proposal for next year’s Annual Meeting scientific program. Since space is very limited in San Diego, the addition of last-minute sessions will not be possible. So please take a moment to review the submission site with your co-workers, council chairs, or anyone else with whom you might be collaborating. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on September 12. To access the online abstract submission system, click here.

Free Webinar: Mental Health & HIV in the South

HIV The APA Office of HIV Psychiatry and SAMHSA HIV/AIDS and the Mental Health Training Resource Center invite you to participate in a free webinar series: "rural mental health and hiv: addressing barriers and optimizing access to care.” This series will outline the disparities in access to mental health care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the rural South and highlight resources for optimal mental health care and treatment, including telepsychiatry. Participants are encouraged to register for the session “innovative approaches to rural mental health treatment and hiv,” which will demo live use of telepsychiatry, on August 30. CME credit is available.

Union Pacific Railroad Addresses Suicide Prevention

Train Employers are becoming increasingly aware that suicide is costly to workplaces in both emotional and financial terms. This month's issue of Mental Health Works, the quarterly publication from the APA Foundation’s Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, describes Union Pacific (UP) Railroad’s suicide awareness campaign aimed at its 44,000 employees on Suicide Prevention Day last fall. To subscribe to Mental Health Works, click here.

Applications Invited for Fellowship in Global Mental Health

CMS The UCSF Department of Psychiatry is accepting applications for a two-year fellowship in Global Mental Health in partnership with the Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative. The goal of this innovative and rigorous program is to train board-eligible/board-certified psychiatrists as leaders in clinical practice, capacity building, health systems strengthening, and health services research in low-resource settings in the United States and abroad. The deadline for applications is October 14. To obtain more information and to register, click here.


Nominations Sought for APA’s 2017 Election

Checkbox All APA members are invited to submit nominations for APA’s 2017 election for the offices of president-elect and secretary. APA members in Areas 2 and 5 are invited to submit nominations for trustees in their respective Areas. Resident-fellow members are invited to submit nominations for resident-fellow member trustee-elect. Nominations should include the full name of the APA member and the corresponding office(s) for which the individual is being nominated and be submitted by October 1 to election@psych.org. More information about APA’s 2017 election is available here.

Actively Involved in Research on Schizophrenia?

Awards The APA Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Alexander Gralnick, M.D., Award for Research in Schizophrenia to be presented at the IPS: Mental Health Services Conference in October 2017. Named after the late Alexander Gralnick, M.D., the award acknowledges research achievements in the treatment of schizophrenia, emphasizing early diagnosis and treatment and psychosocial aspects of the disease process. Additional preference will be given to researchers working in a psychiatric facility. For more information, click here. The deadline is September 15.


New 100% Club Benefits for Residency Programs

100% ClubAPA's 100% Club promotes a collaborative community of training programs throughout the United States and Canada. This year’s enhanced 100% Club benefits provide more day-to-day value. Check out the new 2016-2017 benefits and help your program earn this status! Want to know how close your program is to reaching 100% Club status? Email Claire Van Wagner at cvanwagner@psych.org. learn more.

APPLY NOW–FAPA Deadline Is Sept. 1

FAPABecome a fellow of the apa and earn the FAPA designation. APA Fellows are committed to psychiatry and the ongoing work of APA. Be among the prestigious 25% of APA's general membership. There are no additional fees or dues payments, just complete the application no later than September 1!


Publications From American Psychiatric Association Publishing

Psychiatric News
25 Years of Integrating Care at Safety-Net Health Care System

Robert Joseph, M.D.Robert Joseph, M.D., has spent 25 years perfecting the role of a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance, one of the nation’s premier safety-net health care systems. Even in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an urban area that has one of the highest concentrations of psychiatrists in the nation, it can be exceedingly difficult to get mental health care. Read more.

Psychiatric Services
Bringing Wellness to Schools: Opportunities for and Challenges to Mental Health Integration in School-Based Health Centers

Psychiatric ServicesProviders at 14 school-based health centers in a large, urban school district described a range of models implemented to integrate primary and mental health care. Staffing and operations, partnerships, and engagement were key factors influencing the integration of mental health in caring for highly underserved populations. Read more.


How to Prepare for the Psychiatry Board Exam

Christopher Fischer, M.D.For resident-fellow members who are taking the psychiatry board exam for the first time this year, studying for the exam can seem daunting at first. However, with the proper preparation, you will be sure to ace it. In the latest Psychiatric News Resident’s Forum, Christopher Fischer, M.D., gives tips on a few practices you might find helpful for getting through the next few months of studying. Read more.

AJP Residents' Journal

Resident's JournalThis month's residents' journal includes commentaries that address depression and burnout among medical trainees and the role of psychiatrists in competency-to-be-executed evaluations. The August issue also features an article on the role of addiction specialists in the evaluation and treatment of organ transplant candidates with substance use disorders and a personal account of conceptualizing bulimia as an addiction. Visit ajp's residents' journal.

Residents Want to Learn Psychotherapy: Thoughts on Supervision

Katherine KennedyA 2014 survey by J.G. Kovach, M.D., and colleagues published in Academic Psychiatry revealed surprising news: “Psychiatry residents want more psychotherapy education than they are receiving.” Despite their hectic schedules, anticipated managed care roadblocks, and biologically focused research, psychiatry residents are hungry to learn psychotherapy. What’s more, the survey found that supervision supersedes coursework, readings, and their personal psychotherapy as psychiatry residents’ favorite way to learn. Read more.


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• Integrated Care: What It Means to You

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DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder (301.7)

Determining Onset Timing of Postpartum Depression May Lead to Improvements in Treatment

Children of Psychiatrists Revisited

Is It Ethical to Skype With Patients?

Accepting Loss Said to Be Key to Overcoming Narcissistic Injury


Hinckley Freed, But Judge Sets Numerous Restrictions

APA Signs Onto Amicus Brief Supporting Confidentiality

Gender Diagnoses and ICD-11

Value-Based Payment Comes to Medicaid, Private Market Plans

Ex-Child Soldiers in Nepal Found to Be as Resilient as Nontraumatized Peers


American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Book of the Week

Book of the Week

The Social Determinants of Mental Health

Edited by Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H., and Ruth S. Shim, M.D., M.P.H.

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Job Hunting Made Easy: Here’s Help

Job CentralClick here for current job opportunities at APA JobCentral. Search the site for available positions, post your resume, and set up job alerts.


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APA’s major periodicals.

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services

PSAs Education, YouTube Videos Fall Short
A review of more than 4,000 YouTube videos purporting to show actual footage of persons with acute schizophrenia found that very few depicted the disorder accurately or served an educational purpose.

PSAre Psychiatrists Ready for Health Care Reform?
Psychiatrists have made measurable progress in adapting to new integrated practice models favored by the Affordable Care Act, according to a recent survey, but many are not receptive to other reforms, such as merit-based payment mechanisms and use of electronic health records.

PSCost-Effective Options for Refractory Depression
Between 25% and 27% of patients who did not respond to first-level treatment in the STAR*D depression treatment trial achieved remission after switching to one of three level-2 medications, at comparable costs.

American Journal of Psychiatry

American Journal of Psychiatry

Suicide Attempt as a Risk Factor for Completed Suicide: Even More Lethal Than We Knew
Suicide risk was nearly 59% higher than previously reported when based on a community sample, focusing on individuals making first lifetime attempts and including those whose first attempts were fatal. Risk was dramatically higher for attempts using firearms and was decreased in survivors given a follow-up psychiatry appointment.

Early Improvement in Work Productivity Predicts Future Clinical Course in Depressed Outpatients
Depressed patients with robust, early improvement in work productivity are more likely to achieve remission during antidepressant treatment, compared with patients having minimal improvement or a slight improvement from a high-impairment baseline. The association was independent of improvement in depressive symptoms.

The Transition From Psychiatric Symptom Complexes to Empirical Disease Forms
This review examines historical views on psychiatry dating back to the 1890s. Understanding the historical origins of key diagnostic concepts can help us evaluate the strengths and limitations of how we currently think of symptoms, the course of illness, and the classification of disease.


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