APA seeking nominations for early & mid-career child psychologists

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American Psychological Association Early-Career and Mid-Career Awards for  Outstanding Contributions to Benefit Children, Youth, and Families

The Committee on Children, Youth and Families (CYF) invites nominations for the APA annual award for early career and mid-career psychologists whose contributions benefit the psychological functioning or well-being of children, youth, and families.

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in science, policy and practice that benefit the psychological functioning or well-being of children, youth, and families. Well-being is defined broadly to include mental and physical health, cognitive/educational, and socio-emotional outcomes. These outcomes can extend beyond the individual and include parents and family systems as well. 

Nomination criteria: In order to be considered, nominees must be members of APA and submit materials by January 31st.  Materials must include; a 500-1000 word nomination letter (either self-nomination, or a nomination letter from someone else), plus two letters of support, and a curriculum vitae. Early career is defined as those who have received their doctoral degree within the past ten years. Mid-career is defined as those who have received their doctoral degree between ten to twenty five years.

The nomination must address how the nominee meets the following award requirements:

  • In which 2 of the 3 domains of psychology has the nominee made contributions (science, practice, policy)?
  • What contributions has the nominee made regarding the psychological functioning or well-being of children, youth and families? (Well-being may include mental health, physical, cognitive, educational, social, emotional, and relational outcomes; family functioning, and other outcomes that support children’s healthy development.)
  • How do these contributions benefit children, youth and families? (Benefits may be at the individual, dyad, family, community, or systems level.)

Materials may be sent via mail or email:

  • CYF Awards Nominations
    Amani Chatman, Public Interest Directorate
    American Psychological Association
    750 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC, 20002-4242
    Email: achatman@apa.org

Advocates needed to participate in dissertation research study

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lizaHi, my name is Liza Long and I am a doctoral candidate at Argosy University Online working on a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership / Doctor of Business Administration degree. I am conducting a study entitled “Fault Lines: Five Factor Personality Styles and Leadership Priorities of Mental Health Advocates in the United States." The purpose of this study is to learn more about mental health advocates, their personality styles, and their leadership strengths.

I am seeking 250 advocates who meet the following criteria in order to participate in the study:

  • Identify themselves as an advocate living with mental illness, a family member/caregiver advocate to someone living with mental illness, or both.
  • Live in the United States.
  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Are not currently residing in an institution.

The participant’s name will not be used in the material write-up so there will be no manner of knowing from where the participant works nor will the particular organization’s name be shared in the material write-up. Participants will be given pseudonyms such as Participant 1, Participant 2, etc. Should organizational names emerge in the interviews, the organizations will be given pseudonyms as well such as Organization 1, Organization 2, etc. and only the principal researcher will know to which participant or organization the pseudonym aligns.

By participating in this study, the participant might contribute to new ideas about mental health advocates and leadership. Also, the participant will know that he/she has contributed to adding to the body of knowledge in Organizational Leadership.

An informed consent form will be presented ahead of the questionnaire and must be acknowledged prior to proceeding to the questionnaire.

Disclaimer: Any responses sent to the principal researcher via a potential participant’s work/organization email address will not be considered for the study. In addition, by responding to this posting, potential participants who become participants acknowledge that any responses made regarding the study are the participant’s personal opinions and are not the opinions of the participant’s employer organization. Participants further acknowledge understanding this study is not targeting any particular organization but is seeking industry knowledge from professionals in the industry.

Jed Foundation & Steve Fund forge partnership to support mental health of college students of color

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NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Jed Foundation (JED) and the Steve Fund, two leading mental health organizations, announced a joint plan to provide colleges and universities with recommended practices for improving support for the mental health and emotional well-being of America's college students of color. The announcement is accompanied by the release of new data showing the urgency of improving mental health support for this population.

Newly analyzed data from a 2015 national survey conducted by JED, Partnership for Drug Free Kids and The Jordan Porco Foundation reveals an unmet need in providing mental health support, education and programming that caters to the unique challenges faced by America's college students of color. Based on current research, evidence and expert input, JED and the Steve Fund will develop a comprehensive set of guidelines to enable college decision-makers, administrators, professionals, students and families to offer more effective support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color, and help them take action to reduce the shame, prejudice, secrecy and stigma surrounding mental health challenges, and prevent suicide among this student population.

"The partnership between the Steve Fund and The Jed Foundation will allow us to make significant progress in addressing an alarming deficit in effective, culturally relevant and broadly-adopted mental health programming for students of color in our nation's colleges and universities," said Evan Rose, President of the Steve Fund. "Together, we will provide practical, actionable recommendations to stimulate dialogue and best practices that reduce stigma, build knowledge, and support assistance so that young people of color can thrive in higher education environments."

"We are excited to be collaborating with the Steve Fund to help school communities best support the well-being and mental health of students through specific actions and programs that are meaningful, relevant and effective," said John MacPhee, Executive Director, The JED Foundation.

New data show the discrepancies in the first year college experiences of students of color and their peers.

  • Caucasian students are more likely than African American and Hispanic students to say they feel more academically prepared than their peers during their first term of college (50% vs. 36% and 39%).
  • Caucasian students also are more likely than African American students to feel more emotionally prepared than their peers (35% vs. 23%).
  • African American students are more likely than Caucasian students to say that college is not living up to their expectations (57% vs. 46%).
  • African American and Hispanic students are more likely than Caucasian students to say that it seems like everyone has college figured out but them (52% and 49% vs. 41%).
  • African American students are more likely than Caucasian students to say they tend to keep their feelings about the difficulty of college to themselves (75% vs. 61%).

Over the coming months, the teams will be conducting new research, analyzing existing studies and programming, and working closely with college leaders and mental health practitioners with the goal of developing an integrated and comprehensive set of recommended practices to support the mental health needs of college students of color.

The Steve Fund and The Jed Foundation have also co-produced an infographic illustrating the new data. It can be downloaded at http://settogo.org/the-research.

About the Survey
The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll between March 25 and April 17, 2015 among 1,502 students who met the following criteria: 17-20 years old, graduated from high school, currently attends a 2-year or 4-year college in the U.S., currently a first year student/freshman in their second term, and currently attending at least some of their college classes in-person. Data are weighted where necessary by age within gender, race/ethnicity, and region to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population.

About the Steve Fund
The Steve Fund is the nation's only philanthropic organization focused on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. It prioritizes students transitioning into college, those enrolled in college, and young people transitioning from college into emerging adulthood. The Steve Fund uses programs, research, thought leadership, strategic partnerships, technology innovations and communications to stimulate dialogue and best practices that reduce stigma, build knowledge, and support assistance to its target group of young people. Enhancing the effectiveness of higher education institutions around the emotional and mental health of students from diverse families and communities is critical to the mission of the Steve Fund. Visit http://www.stevefund.org/programs/ to view the JED and Steve Fund webinar series for college mental health and student services providers on a set of critical themes related to the mental health of college students of color. Learn more at http://www.stevefund.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook | Twitter

About The Jed Foundation 
The Jed Foundation (www.jedfoundation.org) is a leading nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and colleges students. Our programs are inspiring a new national dialogue on mental health, encouraging millions of young people to speak up and take action, and changing the way academic institutions create healthier campus communities and prevent substance abuse and self-harm.  These programs include:  The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, a groundbreaking self-assessment and feedback program that helps colleges create more comprehensive solutions to support their students; ULifeline, an online resource that helps students understand and address mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders; the Half of Us campaign, with MTV, which uses online and on-air programming to share stories and encourage help-seeking; the Love is Louder movement that helps individuals, communities and schools build resiliency, create connectedness and promote acceptance; Transition Year, an online resource for parents aimed at helping to ensure a smooth, healthy transition into college life; and a portfolio of resources that helps campuses promote emotional health and protect at-risk students. Learn more at www.jedfoundation.org.  

Learn more by visiting www.jedfoundation.org, www.thecampusprogram.org, www.halfofus.com, www.loveislouder.com, www.ulifeline.org, and www.transitionyear.org.

John Colucci Makovsky
for The Jed Foundation
Direct: (212) 508-9646
Email: JColucci@makovsky.com

Family Executive Director organization offering learning community for family leaders

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fredlaThe Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) invites family leaders connected to SAMHSA funded System of Care sites AND non-funded sites and family-run organizations to join us on January 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm ET for the launch of a new Learning Community for Family Leaders.

  • Every day family leaders are faced with a variety of challenges as they implement, expand and sustain family voice, and leadership at local, state and national level. To support family leaders in these tasks, he Learning Community will offer peer-driven technical assistance and support.

The initial call will be an opportunity for family leaders to weigh in on key issues of importance to family leaders and family-run organizations. The information obtained through this initial call will determine the calendar of monthly activities Monthly activities may include conference calls, podcasts, Facebook or Twitter chats, webinars, etc.

The Learning Community for Family Leaders is funded by the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health (NTTAC), operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch. FREDLA is a core partner in The National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with other family leaders throughout the country for peer-led, field-based support. Download the Learning Community flyer and plan to participate on January 28th!

Webinar showcases online tool for school-based child development

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On January 26, 2016, the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) will host a webinar that features a recently launched online tool called Partner Build Grow. The Center promotes child wellness and school success by partnering with communities to create collaborative solutions that bridge health and education so that kids are happy, healthy, and motivated to learn. Partner Build Grow uses a four-pronged approach based on promising practices to assist community coalitions in advancing and sustaining school-based child development and behavioral health objectives.

The 90-minute webinar will feature several communities that have successfully implemented cross-sector, school-connected, child health initiatives. Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D., director of CHHCS at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health, will be moderating. Her expertise is in the design, implementation, and evaluation of school behavioral health programs and policies.

Panelists will include:

  • Liz Warner (School Culture and Climate Initiative Co-Director) & Patricia Heindel, Ph.D. (School Culture and Climate Initiative Co-Director)
    The School Culture and Climate Initiative is a project undertaken in partnership between the United Way of Northern New Jersey Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA) and the College of Saint Elizabeth Center for Human and Social Development. The Initiative provides school districts in Northern NJ with the means to improve their culture, climate and health resulting in an environment where children can thrive socially, emotionally, physically, and academically, and where students, the family, and the wider community are engaged in the schools.
  • Luann Kida, MA, LMSW (Community Schools Director, Broome County Promise Zone)
    In Broome County, New York a team that encompasses the county school districts, Binghamton University, the Broome County Mental Health Department, and numerous public and private social service organizations combined forces to become a New York State Promise Zone, providing services through a community school model to underserved children in 12 districts.
  • Date & Time: January 26, 2016, 12-1:30 PM EST

Registrants are encouraged to preview the Partner Build Grow tool prior to the webinar on January 26, 2016.

Questions and comments can be sent to chhcs@gwu.edu.

How heroin and opioids hijack the brain

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Worthy read from the NPR Shots Blog ~

“When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.

‘This will fix me,’ O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. ‘It better fix me or I'm screwed.’

After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, O'Connor completed basic training, but he started using again immediately.

‘Same thing,’ he says. ‘Percocet, like, off the street. Pills.’

Percocet is the brand name for acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is a powerful opioid. It's one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers, and is a key factor in one of the country's most pressing public health problems — an opioid addiction epidemic. It is a crisis that started, in part, from the over-prescription of painkillers, like Percocet, and then shifted to heroin, as people addicted to prescription drugs looked for a cheaper high.

O'Connor is one of an estimated 2.5 million Americans addicted to opioids and heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Over three years, he detoxed from prescription painkillers — and heroin — more than 20 times. Each time, he started using again. So why is it so hard for opioid addicts to quit? You can boil it down to two crucial bits of science: the powerful nature of opioids and the neuroscience behind how addiction hijacks the brain.

World of Children accepting nominations for 2016 Awards Program

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The World of Children awards recognize real-life heroes working to dramatically improve the lives of children. Honorees also receive grant funds and media attention, both of which help their gold standard programs grow so that they will ultimately impact the lives of even more children.

The program awards grants of up to $50,000 to support proven, high-impact programs created by individuals for children that help ensure more children’s lives will be touched, improved, and changed forever.

  • To learn more about the awards and make a nomination, please visit http://www.worldofchildren.org
  • The deadline for submitting nominations is April 1, 2016

Broward Court fails mentally ill people

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Article by By Amy Shipley, John Maines and Ann Choi, Sun Sentinel

People charged with minor felonies in Broward County's mental health court face punishment even if they are never found guilty, and spend more than six times longer in the criminal justice system than those in regular court.

Nearly a third can spend five or more years in the legal system without being convicted, the Sun Sentinel found in a six-month investigation.

The county's felony mental health court launched 12 years ago with a dual goal: Treating mentally ill defendants while holding them accountable for their alleged crimes. The idea was to link those defendants with services and prepare them for trial, moving them quickly through the criminal justice system.

Surgeon General set to issue a report on substance use, addiction and health

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Take a look at the recent notice in the Federal Register announcing the commission of a Surgeon General's Report on Substance Use, Addiction, and Health. The notice states, "The report will examine the health effects of drug and alcohol misuse from the perspectives of prevention, treatment, recovery, neurobiology and delivery of care." According to data from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 27 million people who are at least 12 years old were illicit drug users and 16.3 million were heavy drinkers.

  • Read more about the upcoming report here.

E-cigarette ads are reaching middle and high school students

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CDC Report ~ January 5, 2016 ~

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. E-cigarette ads use many of the same themes – independence, rebellion and sex – used to sell cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products. Advertising of tobacco products has been shown to cause youth to start using those products. The unrestricted marketing of e-cigarettes and dramatic increases in their use by youth could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth. Efforts by states, communities, and others could reduce this exposure.

CDC Vital Signs. E-cigarette use among youth is rising as e-cigarette advertising grows.

E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine, which at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use. In 2014, e-cigarettes became the most-used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarette use. From 2011 to 2014, current e-cigarette use among high school students jumped from 1.5 percent to 13.4 percent, and among middle school students from 0.6 percent to 3.9 percent. Spending on e-cigarette advertising rose from $6.4 million in 2011 to an estimated $115 million in 2014.

“The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “I hope all of us can agree that kids should not use e-cigarettes.”

Here’s what states and communities can do to fight e-cigarette and other tobacco product use by young people:

  • fund tobacco prevention and control programs at CDC-recommended levels to prevent youth use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes;
  • work to reduce youth exposure to e-cigarette ads by limiting where and how e-cigarettes and all tobacco products, are sold, including in stores and online; and
  • support efforts to implement and sustain proven youth tobacco prevention actions such as tobacco price increases, comprehensive smoke-free laws, and high-impact mass media campaigns.

To learn more, visit the Vital Signs on e-cigarette ads and youth.

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