A roundup of new resources, articles, and information on Psych Central. Publishing note: The staff of the newsletter have decided to take some time out this summer, so we're going to skip a month. The next issue published will be the September 2005 issue. Have a great spring!
Poetry Book Project
Just to give you an update, we've gotten everybody's permission form back and will be finalizing the formatting of each poem by the end of July. Each author will get a chance to "proof" their poem(s) before the book goes to press in early August! Final pricing has not yet been set. As a reminder, all proceeds from this project will be deposited into a community fund, for use by members of the Psych Central community.
We've added 32 new resources to our Internet directory in the past two months. Some highlights include:
Out of the Shadows
Out of the Shadows is a place where we hope to shed some light on mood disorders. The dark places of the mind that seem to overshadow our daily lives. It affects us at work, at home, and keeps us from really enjoying our lives.
A site by a mother of a son who attempted suicide and then was diagnosed with bipolar, possible schizophrenia - it chronicles a continuing process of healing and comments on resources that are personally helpful in some manner.
Monica Pignotti, MSW's Blog
One of my current professional missions is to bridge the Scientist-Practitioner gap that currently exists in the mental health field. John Riolo has written very eloquently about this problem elsewhere on psychjourney. I became interested in this issue after having been extensively involved with Thought Field Therapy (TFT) for seven years. One year ago I severed my ties with TFT and its Founder because I could no longer stand by the unwarranted claims that were being made. In addition to debunking, I am also very interesting in understanding more about the reasons therapists choose to use these methods in their practices. It has been my experience that most of these therapists are well-intentioned, but something has been missed in their training that they did not learn about the existing empirically supported methods (or, for some reason choose not to use them). Another question I've been exploring lately is what, if any, differences exist between these clinicians and those who choose to use the scientist-practitioner model.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Jul 2005
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