What’s New at the APA
- APA released new practice guidelines on the treatment of patients with schizophrenia. The goals of the new evidence-based guideline are to reduce the mortality, morbidity and significant psychosocial and health consequences of this disorder. You can see the full guidelines and related materials here.
- The American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) joined a new public-private partnership launched by the National Institute of Health (NIH) aimed at meeting the urgent need for early therapeutic interventions for people at risk of developing schizophrenia. This effort is part of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) that promotes development of effective, targeted treatments. In addition to the APAF, AMP Schizophrenia brings together NIH, the Food and Drug Administration and multiple non-profit and private organizations. You can more about APAF joining AMP Schizophrenia here.
Course of the Month – Psychopharmacology Algorithm for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project at the Harvard South Shore Program was founded in 1993 and it consists of evidence-based recommendations considering efficacy, tolerability, and safety. A previous algorithm for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) was published in 2012. In this course, the speakers explain the role of algorithms and present the reasoning justifying the sequence of recommended treatments and the specific medications preferred.
Featured Course for Members: Updates in Treating Tobacco Use Disorder
Tobacco causes a staggering 50% of deaths in those who use it, yet there is evidence that behavioral health care professionals don’t do enough to intervene and provide treatment. This course provides updates in treatment and reviews relevant issues related to poor outcomes, including levels of nicotine dependence and lack of access to cessation treatments.
[New Resource] College Mental Health, Telepsychiatry: Best Practices, Policy Considerations & COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19, college students have been abruptly displaced from their campuses, leaving many to rely on telehealth to continue seeing their on-campus mental health provider. While numerous state and federal regulations have been introduced to increase access to telehealth services during the pandemic, challenges to continuity of care remain unique to college students during the public health emergency. Learn more about these special considerations for this patient population in this new resource developed by APA’s Committee on Telepsychiatry and APA’s College Mental Health Caucus.
New Episode of Psychiatry Unbound: Advocacy in Mental Health
The editors of the new book A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Advocacy join Laura Roberts for a discussion exploring the diverse definitions of advocacy and how personal passions in medicine and life can have an impact on the world. Listen online or on Spotify.
APA Advocacy on Scope of Practice
APA is actively involved in work to confront state legislative efforts by non-physicians to gain practice without physician involvement. APA and District Branches work closely together on a state-by-state basis to address this legislation. Members can learn more about this advocacy work by accessing the non-physician scope of practice advocacy center at psychiatry.org/scope.
APA Coronavirus Resources: Psychiatry.org/coronavirus
APA is collecting authoritative and timely resources at psychiatry.org/coronavirus and will update this page on a continual basis. Upcoming webinars to help you navigate the rapidly changing clinical practice environment will be linked here, along with information for your practice, patients and their families, the public, and health care and community leaders.
Keep up with APA’s Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry
The APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry was formed by APA President Dr. Jeffrey Geller in June 2020, and its work is ongoing. Visit the Task Force’s resource page to learn about its charge and activities, view APA Town Hall recordings, explore recommended readings, and more.