February 1st, 2010

Stimulus money will fund Rhode Island Early Head Start

By Elinor Nelson

The most vulnerable population in R.I. is about to get a leg up – or at least a tiny percentage of them will. Federal stimulus money totaling $1.6 million will be funding an expansion of R.I.’s Early Head Start program, which will provide for the program to serve another 80 families. But, that still leaves more than 90 percent of R.I.’s most impoverished infants and toddlers without these services. But for those recipients, Early Head Start offers a range of services that can make a difference for a struggling family. “Research shows positive outcomes for these families,” says Rhonda Farrell, [More]

February 1st, 2010

Study shows potential to re-write emotional memory

By Nan Shnitzler

In a new study, researchers have manipulated the brain’s own memory process to extinguish fear. In a series of experiments using only colored squares and skin shocks, a team from New York University and the University of Texas induced a fearful memory and then erased it. Participants remained free of the specific fear memory for at least a year. “It’s the first evidence that emotional memories in humans can be affected without drugs. That’s why it’s so exciting,” says Daniela Schiller, Ph.D., of New York University’s Center for Neural Science and Psychology Department, lead author of the study that appeared [More]

February 1st, 2010

Federal funds to assist health centers

By Pamela Berard

Sixteen New England community health centers will benefit from the nearly $600 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards that President Obama recently announced will fund renovation or construction projects at 85 centers nationwide. The awards aim to provide care for more than half a million additional patients in underserved communities, in addition to creating jobs in construction and health care. Lowell Community Health Center in Massachusetts received more than $9 million. Maura Smith, director of development and external relations, says the award will help renovate an historic vacant mill downtown. “We will consolidate all of our operations, which [More]

February 1st, 2010

Consumers rate their satisfaction on N.H.’s mental health services

By Catherine Robertson Souter

In a new research report, consumers of New Hampshire’s 10 community mental health centers (CMHCs) have shown that although they are overall pleased with the services that they receive, there are many areas where the system still falls short. In the second consecutive year of this survey, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire asked adult, youth and the families of consumers of the health centers to provide feedback on the level of satisfaction that they had in working with them. Questions were asked about their satisfaction with the services themselves, access to those services, participation [More]

February 1st, 2010

Connecticut children’s program escapes budget cuts

By Phyllis Hanlon

In 1991, stringent efforts by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights resulted in the creation of the Voluntary Services Program, which is specifically for children in state custody and those in jeopardy of entering state custody. Budget cuts in December threatened the existence of this program and spawned protests from statewide advocacy groups. In 1989, Children’s Rights brought a class action suit against Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF). The group cited unacceptable and inadequate child protective services; inordinately long waiting times in state custody and overworked and inadequately trained caseworkers as some of the most prevalent systemic problems. [More]

February 1st, 2010

Maine focuses on efficacy of services

By Ami Albernaz

Maine is gearing up for sweeping changes in how the efficacy of services is evaluated and how clients make progress toward mental health goals. Implementing these changes will be the state’s main priority in 2010, says Ron Welch, MBA, director of Maine’s Office of Adult Mental Health Services. Training is now underway for the use of an assessment tool that will let clients and clinicians or case managers know whether treatment is meeting targets or needs adjustment. The assessment, developed by Ohio-based company OQ Measures, is relatively short and can be completed on a personal digital assistant, such as a [More]

February 1st, 2010

Psychologist advocates for psychological testing coverage

By Catherine Robertson Souter

What happens when a child is referred for psychological testing but his insurance does not cover even half of the cost? What about when this child has needs far greater than what a school’s counseling department can diagnose? Who will help him? Over the past 30 years, these questions and others have plagued Jerold Pollak, Ph.D., ABPP, ABN. A forensic psychologist with the Portsmouth, N.H.-based Seacoast Mental Health Center for the past 12 years, Pollak has seen countless adolescents and children for diagnostic testing. Pollak has seen how difficult it is for families to get proper testing for their children, [More]

February 1st, 2010

The Glass Ceiling in the 21st Century: Understanding Barriers to Gender Inequality

By Paul Efthim PhD

“The Glass Ceiling in the 21st Century: Understanding Barriers to Gender Inequality” Edited by Manuela Barreto, Michelle K. Ryan & Michael T. Schmitt American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2009 Compelling volume looks at discrimination in the workplace Reviewed By Paul Efthim, Ph.D. Recent references to the “glass ceiling” in public discourse suggest that women finally are breaking through this longstanding barrier. On the cover of the January 2 issue of the Economist, a wartime Rosie the Riveter flexes her bicep, declaring “We Did It!” An accompanying editorial notes that women now make up the majority of the American workforce, gushing [More]

February 1st, 2010

Case Studies in Emotion-Focused Treatment of Depression: A Comparison of Good and Poor Outcome

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Case Studies in  Emotion-Focused  Treatment of  Depression:  A Comparison of Good and Poor Outcome By Jeanne C. Watson, Rhonda N. Goldman, and Leslie S. Greenberg American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2007 Depression treatment method examined in book Reviewed By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA Depression is a frequent clinical problem seen by mental health professionals. This book has to do with a specific therapeutic approach called Emotion-Focused Treatment (EFT). The theory behind EFT is that “depression arises from problems in affect regulation and results from maladaptive, blocked and unprocessed emotional experience.” Accordingly, the purpose of the book is to [More]

February 1st, 2010

Wish you were here

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

When the hospital closes, sometimes the best we can do for a patient is to transfer him or her to another hospital where they will receive similar care until they are ready to return to the community. For most of these people, such a transfer is a disappointment but not a defeat. It means getting used to a new environment with new sights, sounds, smells, rules and routines. It means learning to relate to new peers and treatment providers and telling one’s life story over again in pursuit of that elusive yet all important feeling of being understood. Often, a [More]

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