Psychologists and the Penal System: Ending Youth Solitary Confinement
Although youth incarceration in the U.S. has shown a welcome decline over the past decade, we still incarcerate more young offenders than any other industrialized nation– indeed, we are one of the few such nations to permit the solitary confinement of youth. Read more.
In the News
- Following a Justice Department review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, President Obama issued a series of executive actions banning the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates with serious mental illness.
- The most dangerous game: new research shows that a single concussion may triple the long-term risk of suicide.
- SAMHSA issued the 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer showing key issues facing communities across the United States.
- This podcast travels to war-torn Sierra Leone to examine how "Family Talk," combined with trauma healing and mediation, is restoring devastated communities and reconciling perpetrators and victims.
- Increasingly present in conversation, "-phobia" is a dangerous metaphor comparing bigots to the mentally ill.
- True crime is having its pop culture moment, drawing attention to the psychology behind making an innocent person confess.
- Children with a high risk of developing depression have brain changes that can be identified using an MRI scan.
- A Department of Health task force recommends that every American adult be screened for depression as part of their normal healthcare routine.
- Have kids? Try bantering young children to establish resiliency, backing off to raise a creative child, and not being overly critical, as that is linked to the persistence of ADHD. New research shows that parents can even mitigate the mental health challenges divorce can present in children.
- With the rise in genome testing, researchers are learning more and more about our health, including this link between Neanderthal DNA and risk of depression.
Spotlight: Mental Illness in the 21st Century
Glenn Close Among the #MindfulAllies
Digital media website Mashable invited people who experience mental illness to speak out and raise awareness by telling their stories. Among those featured was Glenn Close, actress and advocate behind Bring Change 2 Mind, an organization that seeks to end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Read more.
Broadcasting Your Mental Illness on YouTube
With groundbreaking research, scientists have moved closer to understanding schizophrenia's cause. That has not done much to fight the stigma of the disorder, which is where Rachel Star Withers comes in. Since 2008, she's made 53 videos documenting her journey with schizophrenia and depression and her therapy, building an online community of social support for herself and others feeling alienated by their mental illness. Read more.
Dear Google, Is There a Shrink for That?
The Internet increased the accessibility of therapy, but it has also changed the therapeutic landscape by making way for a niche therapy market. Some psychologists welcome this as a powerful branding tool based on shared experiences, while others feel pressured to fold themselves into a recognizable category. Read more.
Webcomics Illustrate Patient Perspective
Blogger Hyperbole and a Half broke ground by using her signature webcomic style to show what it felt like to be depressed (link contains graphic language) after emerging from periods of deep depression. Many comics about mental illness have followed, including Visible Illnesses Only, an autobiographical story of the author's personal introduction to mental illness. This Instagram, @LetsTalkAboutMentalHealth, uses stories submitted online to break down stereotypes and stigmas associated with mental health.
PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma: 2/17
This webinar from the Department of Veterans Affairs on February 17th will focus on addressing MST and MST-related PTSD. This free course offers 1 CEU. Find out more.
SAMHSA EHR Boot Camp: 6 Web Sessions
This series presents considerations and resources to guide the use and implementation of electronic health records over 6 weeks. Find out more.
Using Technology to Enhance Addiction Treatment: 2/25
This webinar will explore a variety of technology-based interventions for delivery of addictions treatment and recovery services in safety-net settings. Find out more.
National Register Integrated Healthcare Training Series: 3/11
We are filming a series of training seminars highlighting psychologists' role in integrated healthcare starting on March 11th at 10:00am & 2:00pm. Psychologists, psychology graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees in the Washington, D.C., metro area are encouraged to join us for the taping and earn free CEUs! Find out more and RSVP.
New on the Job Board
- Behavioral Health Consultant - Spokane, WA
A Patient Centered Health Home Initiative focused on providing services to underserved populations. Loan repayment opportunities available!
- Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation- Washington, D.C.
American University seeks a psychologist for their Counseling Center.
- Adult Clinical Psychology Professor-Columbus, OH
Ohio State University is hiring a clinical track faculty member with interest in Internet-delivered CBT.
- Clinical Fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology - Seattle, WA
A one year, full-time postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center.
- Postdoctoral Fellow- Miami, FL
This fellowship at FIU's Counseling and Psychological Services focuses on cultural differences of a diverse student body.
- Childhood Mood Disorders Fellowship- Columbus, OH
This grant-funded position is for a clinical and research fellowship focused on childhood mood disorders.
Update Your FindaPsychologist.org Listing
You can now add healthcare and insurance plans to your FindaPsychologist.org listing! Complete this survey and we will update your public profile for you.
Donate Today and Strengthen the Future of our Profession
The National Register's Internship Partnership Fund was launched to provide resources to APA- and CPA-accredited internship sites to increase the number of available internship placements. This endowment is a joint venture with the American Psychological Foundation. Read more and donate to this effort.