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USPRA's 36th Annual Conference is now available online
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USPRA is committed to providing continuing education in psychiatric rehabilitation. For those who were unable to attend the 2011 conference in Boston, USPRA's Online Conference provides you with the ability to view 15 conference sessions. You will receive continuing education credit for the sessions you attend online following the completion of their respective competency exams. More

Now Hiring! Psychiatric Disability Examination Providers

The VA Locum Tenens Program seeks psychiatrists to perform disability examinations for various mental health conditions. Physicians will provide compensation & pension examinations for Veterans who file for disability claims. These exams are considered administrative, not clinical. This position requires extensive travel around the country. Compensation package includes salary, full travel and full government benefits. Send your CV to locumtenens@va.gov or contact us at 1-866-664-1030.
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Obama approves condolence letters in military suicides
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The Army general tasked with stemming the rise in suicides among soldiers praised President Barack Obama's recent decision to send condolence letters to the family of service members who kill themselves while serving in combat overseas. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff, said it was a monumental step toward reducing the stigma in the military that surrounds mental health and seeking therapy. More

The therapist will see you now, via the Web
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See a therapist without leaving your home? In an article in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Thomas F. Dwyer says he has practiced "telepsychiatry," via video teleconferencing, for five years. Its "adoption by psychiatrists and patients," he predicts, "will proceed quickly if the organizers cope with the irrational responses of some users." But wait: That article appeared almost 40 years ago. Today, even with the rise of the Internet, virtual therapy hasn't been widely adopted. But several companies are trying to make Dwyer's decades-old vision a reality. More

Thinking globally to improve mental health
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Mental health experts are calling for a greater world focus on improving access to care and treatment for mental, neurological and substance use disorders, as well as increasing discoveries in research that will enable this goal to be met. Similar to past challenges, this initiative seeks to build a community of funders dedicated to supporting research that will significantly improve the lives of people living with MNS disorders within the next 10 years. More

Dogs offer healing paw to mentally ill
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Service animals long have helped people with physical impairments, but now mental health clinicians are recommending patients supplement their treatment with the help of psychiatric service dogs. "Even though a psychiatric service dog may calm a person down, keep them out of certain places ... they have to be specifically trained. They have to be able to key on whatever the person's needs are," Dr. Philip Mosca said. More

Award-winning musical about mental illness anything but 'normal'
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"Next to Normal" is a musical about a topic most don't often broach because of fear of stigmatization. "Mental illness is so taboo," said Emma Hunton, who plays Natalie in the national tour of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning show. "It's something people feel like they can't talk about." But a suburban family's struggle with the mother's incapacitating mental illness is the driving force behind the rock opera. More




Cost of mental health programs for soldiers is high
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A four-year-old Pentagon effort to improve psychological health services across the military is spending tens of millions without providing a clear picture of how the money is used, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report reflects the Pentagon's rush to expand research on post-traumatic stress disorder. More




3 suicides, other mental issues tied to Missouri tornado
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Depression caused by the devastating May 22 tornado has been linked by medical experts to three suicides and a significant increase in mental health issues in Joplin, Mo. Officials at the Freeman Hospital's mental health center said calls to its crisis hot line have quadrupled since the storm, many involving post-traumatic stress disorder. More
   

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