______________________________________________________________ VOLUME 2, ISSUE 3 THE INTERPSYCH NEWSLETTER DEC, 1994 ______________________________________________________________ SECTION C: INTERPSYCH AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP UPDATE ------------------------------------------------------------ |This section serves to foster awareness among InterPsych's | |members of discussions in different SIGs and to encourage | |people to become active in InterPsych. This section contains| |two general article types: a) Short articles discussing | |current developments at Interpsych and b) summarizations of | |recent discussions in the SIGs. If you are interested in | |writing a summary for a group that you belong to, please | |contact Sean Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org). To comment| |on an article in this section, send a message to | |(email@example.com). | ------------------------------------------------------------ ********* * INDEX * ********* 1: INTERPSYCH UPDATE 2: SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG) UPDATE: A. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY B. MANAGED-BEHAVIOURAL-HEALTHCARE C. PSYCH-COUNS D. TRANSCULTURAL-PSYCHOLOGY 3. NEW LISTS ON INTERPSYCH A. ADDICTION MEDICINE B. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION C. GERIATRIC-NEUROPSYCHIATRY ============================================================== 1. INTERPSYCH UPDATE ============================================================== In response to Mailbase's withdrawn support, InterPsych has established an account at Netcom (SEE NEWS, SECTION B1) and is in the process of transferring its mailing lists there. Nancy Tice is coordinating the effort. The transfer will be complete before Mailbase's December 31 deadline. The Traumatic Stress Research Group was awarded a development grant to be used in the furthering of the Rural-Care e- conference. This seed money, combined with the .25 release time provided to Beth Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D. by the College of Arts and Sciences of UAA will allow the group to purchase minimal equipment and hire two part-time graduate assistant with which to prepare applications for larger grants for the sustanance and expansion of the Rural-Care program. InterPsych's new groups seem to be attracting a good deal of interest based on the following membership numbers. List Members ---- ------- rural-care: 182 geriatric-neuropsychiatry: 152 hypnosis: 164 youth-anx-dep: 152 addiction-medicine: 104 ============================================================== 2. SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG) UPDATE ============================================================== A. CLINICAL-PSYCHOLOGY ------------------- The clinical-psychology list has continued to remain an active forum for interchange on topics relevant to the discipline. The move from Mailbase to NetCom, however, will bring with it a significant change in the list as well. Presently the clinical-psychology list is open to anyone, though it was originally founded as a list for members and affiliates of APA Division 12. In keeping with the original intent of the list, as well as the need for discussion geared towards mental health professionals, it was decided that the move to NetCom would bring with it membership criteria. In line with other IP lists such as psycho-therapy and psycho-pharmacology, the clinical-psychology list will be open to all clinical psychologists (who have obtained a terminal degree or its equivalent in the field), graduate students in clinical psychology (as well as counseling psychology), psychiatrists, non-psychiatric physicians with related interests, master's level social workers and above, and others whose accomplishments or credentials are not specific to the above, but who have a demonstratable appropriate background in these and related areas. [JJP] B. MANAGED-BEHAVIOURAL-HEALTHCARE ------------------------------ The list, "managed-behavioural-healthcare", is sponsored by the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare; the list-owner is Greg Alter, Ph.D., who may be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently, the list is unmoderated and open. This list provides an opportunity for the international discussion of ideas encompassing the area of managed behavioural healthcare, including, but not limited to, the impact of health care reform in the U.S. and comparison with other systems of behavioural health care around the world. The list also provides an opportunity for communication among members of the Institute for Behavioral HealthCare (Tiburon, CA., U.S.A.), and its component organizations, including the Council of Behavioral Group Practices and the National Leadership Council. Contributed by Gregory Alter. C. PSYCH-COUNS ----------- PSYCH-COUNS is in the process of becoming a part on InterPysch, but possibly won't switch over to netcom until early January, as it isn't on the mailbase "hit-list". PSYCH-COUNS is a maillist based discussion group for people who are interested in theoretical or research issues in counselling and psychotherapy. PSYCH-COUNS began in November 1994 and has, so far, been a focussed, relatively quiet maillist. It is an open, unmoderated list. The owner is Peter Booth. Contributed by Peter Booth. D. TRANSCULTURAL-PSYCHOLOGY ------------------------ TRANSCULTURAL-PSYCHOLOGY has thus far been a scholarly discussion forum of mental health service delivery to diverse cultures. Invited topics include, cultural differences in views on mental disorders, culture-specific syndromes, collaboration between Western and traditional healers, and cultural variance in symptoms. However, current and past discussions have gone well beyond these issues, encompassing a wide range of debates and inquiries. The discussion highlight has been on somatized depression, started by a member who's Indian patient showed this symptomatology; issues of nosology, theory, and treatment were discussed. The discussion faded away with a short exchange on possible stereotyping (i.e. somatizing Asians and psychologizing Westerners). There were various comments to a posting on indigeous (Maori) women and body image. Inquiries were on acculturation scales for Puerto Ricans, attributional styles, cross-cultural aspects of alcohol treatment. Consensus in the forum was reached to put forth announcements of calls for papers, conferences and other news, general and related to transcultural-psychology to the list; input in this regard is welcome from all members and non-members. A number of old and new members introduced themselves, illustrating again that the background of the subscribers - psychology in research and practice, literature, social work, different minority group members and nations - is quite diverse. Beginning in 1995, probably Feb./March, there will be some changes in the discussion forum, expanding from mental health service delivery to broader topics in cross-cultural psychology and minority issues. Everybody is welcome to help in the facelift, either by subscription to the list and active participation in the discussion, and/or by forwarding comments to the list moderator. Sunkyo Kwon. email@example.com. [SK] ============================================================== 3. NEW LISTS ON INTERPSYCH ============================================================== A. ADDICTION MEDICINE ------------------ This conference has been set up to encourage an exchange of ideas, opinions, and information among health care professionals working in the field of addiction to alcohol and/or other psychoactive substances. A broad working definition of addiction follows: "Addiction is a disease characterized by continuous or periodic; impaired control over the use of drugs or alcohol, preoccupation with drugs or alcohol, continued use of these chemicals despite adverse consequences related to their use, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial." (Adapted from the American Society of Addiction Medicine). We recognize that there is a spectrum of use of alcohol and some psychoactive drugs, from intermittent use that does not interfere with health, to malignant destructive use. For the purposes of this list we would in general encourage open discussion about all aspects of addiction as defined above. Please note that this list is intended for those working in the field and is not to be used as a recovery list to work on individual issues. Such work is supported by many lists on Internet. Strong opinions are welcomed, but flaming will NOT be tolerated! To join the addiction-medicine conference, send the following message to Majordomo@avocado.pc.helsinki.fi -- leaving the subject line blank: subscribe addiction-medicine. Contributed by Peter Mezciems. B. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ------------------------------------------- This special interest group has been set up to encourage an exchange of ideas, opinions, and information amongst those involved in research and clinical practice in the areas of child and adolescent anxiety and depression. The group is an interdisciplinary one involving a variety of mental health professions. The group will take a scientist-practitioner approach to the nature, etiology, assessment, and treatment of anxiety and depression problems amongst children and adolescents. It is hoped that the network will serve several functions such as: * drawing attention of other members to recent relevant publications in the field * summarizing one's own research and recent findings that are likely to be of interest to others (It is planned to invite contributions from group members on an occasional basis) * requesting information, comment or advice from others re: relevant topics * discussion of new assessment or treatment approaches The group is NOT a forum for on line diagnostic advice. Nor is it a forum for airing your own subjective personal views that are unsupported by empirical evidence or strong theoretical bases. Given that the group is an interdisciplinary one it should not focus excessively upon medication issues. To join the youth-anx-dep network, send the following message to Majordomo@avocado.pc.helsinki.fi -- leaving the subject line blank: subscribe youth-anx-dep. Contributed by Sue Spence. C. GERIATRIC-NEUROPSYCHIATRY ------------------------- A new electronic conference, geriatric-neuropsychiatry, has been started as part of InterPsych, the international consortium of resources in psychiatry and abnormal psychology. This conference has been set up to encourage an exchange of ideas, opinions, and information among persons concerned with neurobehavioral disorders in middle-aged and elderly adults. For purposes of this discussion, 'neurobehavioral disorders' are defined as medical or neurologic disorders leading to changes in cognition, mood, perception or behavior. Although this list is primarily intended for clinicians, input from caregivers, basic scientists and other concerned individuals is welcomed. To join the geriatric-neuropsychiatry conference, send the following message to Majordomo@avocado.pc.helsinki.fi -- leaving the subject line blank: subscribe geriatric-neuropsychiatry. Contributed by Mike Usman.