________________________________________________________________ VOLUME 2, ISSUE 4 THE INTERPSYCH NEWSLETTER MARCH, 1995 ________________________________________________________________ SECTION B: INTERPSYCH AND ELECTRONIC FORUM UPDATE ********* * INDEX * ********* 1. IP UPDATE 2. ELECTRONIC FORUM UPDATE A. CLINICAL-PSYCHOLOGISTS B. COMPUTERS-IN-MENTAL-HEALTH C. DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS D. EMERGENCY MEDICINE E. HELPLESSNESS F. HYPNOSIS G. PSY-LANGUAGE 3. IPN POSITIONS AVAILABLE 4. NEW "BEST OF INTERPSYCH" SECTION PLANNED =============================================================== 1. IP UPDATE =============================================================== Although fraught with difficulty (see News), InterPsych's move to Netcom has produced many positive results, such as extensive planning, systematizing, and expanding. InterPsych now has 38 forums and anticipates having 50 in the near future. A complete listing of InterPsych's forums will be included in a special issue of IPN that will be released in the next several weeks. Among the many changes, the move has led to a large amount of restructuring in the way that groups are formed and run. Forum leaders as well as forum proposals will now undergo a review process before being approved. This should ensure that forums are well-run and also contain subject matter that is of interest to InterPsych's members. Additionally, the names of a number of the groups have been changed. This was done to make group naming more systematic and also to make names more informative. For example, "assessment" was changed to "assessment- psychometrics". IP also created many more administrative groups so that forum leaders and others can more effectively communicate. InterPsych has created 17 "credential mandatory" groups - groups for professionals and students (these will be listed in IPN's upcoming special issue). The creation of such groups has been a source of controversy among IP's members (see Letters). For these groups, members must send a Curriculum Vitae to the IP registrar (email@example.com) in order to join. There is also provision to let in non-professionals who feel that it is important for them to belong to a credential mandatory group. These people must send a letter justifying their inclusion to the IP registrar. The move has had some immediate positive affects. The Depression forum, which previously was very low volume, has experienced a rebirth, with volume increasing dramatically since the move. The forum now exchanges between 60 and 100 messages per week! Similar changes have taken place in other groups. Although the move has clearly consumed a lot of InterPsych's efforts over the past month, progress has continued to be made throughout the rest of the organization. At release, InterPsych is very close to attaining non-profit status. This will allow IP to start aggressively seeking funding and funders to provide for the growing needs of the organization. InterPsych officials have already begun exploring funding possibilities and in general have met with enthusiasm. Several new staff members have joined InterPsych. Among them is Ellen Dickie who is working as an auditor. She is in charge of checking to see if forums are working and ensure that any technical problems in groups are dealt with accordingly. IP also has a new programmer, J.J. Lair who has been instrumental in making InterPsych's move to Netcom happen from a technical standpoint. J.J formerly worked as Vice President of Engineering at CGO. Finally, IP now has a Washington liaison, John Ambros. [SPS] =============================================================== 2. ELECTRONIC FORUM UPDATE =============================================================== A. Clinical-Psychologists ---------------------- Our slightly re-named and reconfigured forum dedicated to professional issues relevant to clinical psychology is finally up and running on Netcom. Among the first series of debates to come on line concerns prescription privileges for clinical psychologists. Ray Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association, has advocated for this possibility as well as the setting of standards. Other debates will likely begin now that our list is back on-line. Contributor: [JJP] B. Computers-in-mental-health -------------------------- This is a new, closed forum. Professionals interested in computing applications in mental health are welcome to apply to join. The forum will encourage discussions about educational programs, case registers, confidentiality, diagnostic and assessment programs and many other issues. The forum will be complimentary to the resources list which is primarily concerned with applications available over the Internet. Contributor: Martin Briscoe C. Dissociative Disorders ---------------------- The dissociative-disorders mailing list is mechanically ready to go at the Netcom end. An announcement about the list will soon go out to members of other InterPsych lists. Contributor: Peter M. Barach D. Emergency Medicine ------------------ The Emergency Room list is open to all professionals interested in discussing care in the ER. Currently we are discussing CPEP's (Comprehensive psychiatric emergency Program) and their various forms throughout the country comparing notes and hopefully learning from each other how to optimize the care we give. Contributor: Nancy Tice E. Helplessness ------------ The Helplessness Forum has been a bit quiet during the move from mailbase to Netcom. As soon as the transition becomes settled, we would like to initiate a periodic "journal club" discussion in a format similar to other InterPsych SIGs. As of late January 1995, we had about 425 members in this forum. Contributor: David Fresco F. Hypnosis -------- Hypnosis-l has been set up to encourage an exchange of ideas, opinions, and information among researchers and scientifically minded clinicians who are interested in hypnosis and in the broader topics of suggestion and suggestibility. It is intended for use by researchers and by credentialed health care professionals, and has been established as a service to the members of Division 30 (Division of Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH), and the national societies affiliated with ISH. Contributor: Irving Kirsch G. Psy-Language ------------ Psy-language seems to have successfully survived the move to Netcom. The number of members has increased over the last months to about two hundred. The forum functions as a space for the exchange of specialized information on language and psycho- pathology. There is not much discussion going on. Members tend to ask for information and answers are normally given privately. The group operates much less as a discussion forum than as a network to which professionals and researchers can appeal for specific information on their area of work or research, and through which they can build contacts with other research, and through which they can build contacts with other members on a private basis. Contributor: Eugenie Georgaca =============================================================== 3. POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT THE INTERPSYCH NEWSLETTER =============================================================== The InterPsych Newsletter is currently looking for people to fill a variety of staff positions. These positions are described below. If you are interested in working at the newsletter in any capacity (even other than the others listed below) or have questions about these positions, please send an e-mail message describing your interest and any relevant experience you have had to Sean P. Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, InterPsych Newsletter (firstname.lastname@example.org). All positions listed are volunteer positions. A. Editor: ------ Editors at IPN are responsible for all aspects of compiling and organizing the sections they are responsible for. Editors must be able to meet regular deadlines for submission of their sections. Editors at some positions oversee other staff members and are responsible for editing articles to ensure correctness and quality of writing. Although editorial experience is desired, it is not a prerequisite. Interested parties should send a message to the above address. B. Journalist: ---------- Journalists will work on the newsletter on an irregular basis, dictated by the needs of the newsletter, their own time constraints, and their subject of expertise. Articles in the newsletter focus largely on issues associated with mental health care and its delivery. The newsletter is also interested in finding people to regularly report on the electronic forums they are subscribed to. This would involve writing monthly summarizations of any one of InterPsych's electronic forums. Although writing experience is desired, it is not a prerequisite. Interested parties should send a message to the above address. =============================================================== 4. NEW "BEST OF INTERPSYCH" SECTION PLANNED =============================================================== Starting with next month's newsletter, the InterPsych and Electronic Forum update section will contain a new sub-section that will contain some of the eloquent, timely, or particularly informative messages from recent discussions on InterPsych's forums. The currently working title for this section is "Best of InterPsych", modelling it after the "Best of the Internet" USENET group. Matt Merkley will be editing this section. If you have seen a posting that falls into this category and deserves another look by the larger InterPsych community, please forward it to the IPN mailbox at (email@example.com). Please include either a "Best of IP" subject heading or put a note to this effect in the body of the message.