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The Arkansas Psychiatric Society is a non profit organization begun in the early 1950′s and is a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association (www.psych.org) The APS is dedicated to the education and scientific values of psychiatry and has a mission to promote the highest quality care for individuals and their families with mental illness […]
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TOPICS AND PRESENTERS
Mental Health and Religion in the Evangelical South, Rhonda Mattox, MD
Public perceptions of psychiatric conditions are shaped by a number of factors including how mental illness is portrayed in the media. Christian clergy who reach large audiences through televised sermons can be influential in shaping attitudes about this subject, especially in the South. This presentation will give an overview of how televised clergy conceptualized mood, anxiety, and emotional disturbances. It will describe the social norms within the Southern Evangelical Christian Community (SECC) framework that may contribute to delays in accessing mental health treatment.
Hispanics and Mental Health: A Growing Concern, Maria Llorente, MD
The Hispanic population in the US is growing and will soon represent the largest proportion of minorities in the country. Hispanics are a diverse group, with differing experiences. While the overall prevalence of many psychiatric disorders is lower in countries of origin, once a critical time period has elapsed, prevalence of psychiatric disorders among Hispanics in US approaches that of Americans. Hispanics, as a group, tend to underutilize mental health services. Cultural and sociopolitical factors for this underutilization will be reviewed and discussed. Strategies to work with Hispanic families effectively will also be reviewed.
The New Normal and Why LGBT Individuals Aren’t Like Everyone Else, Michael R. Kauth, PhD
This presentation will give an overview of mental health problems experienced by American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals within a heteronormative culture. Heteronormativity refers to cultural norms that privilege heterosexuality and traditional gender roles. Within this framework, rigid binary gender roles, stigma, and marginalization are viewed as major contributors to mental health problems experienced by LGBT individuals. The “New Normal” of American culture that we see on television and popular culture has not reached deep enough in society to eliminate these problems.
DSM-5: What You Need to Know: A Master Workshop from the Experts, Erick Messia, MD & Purushottam B. Thapa, MD
This presentation will highlight the many changes too DSM-5 and the rationale behind them including the reorganization of the chapters (the “metastructure”), the creation of new diagnoses and categories, the consolidation of some diagnoses, and the deletion of others. The demise of the multiaxial diagnosis will be reviewed. The changes include an emphasis on dimensional ratings, gender, and cultural issues. Controversies accompanying the development of DSM-5 will be explored. Persons attending this meeting will understand the use of DSM-5 in clinical and research settings, and for administrative purposes.
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Arkansas Psychiatric Society Advocacy Day
March 5, 2013
8:30 – 1:00
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Arkansas Psychiatric Society (APS) is hosting our first Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 8:30 – 1:00 at the Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas. We will spend the morning meeting with legislators and discussing legislative issues that are important to you, your profession and your patients.
The schedule for the day includes:
Join your colleagues as we educate our legislators about mental health issues in your region. Our presence in Little Rock can make a difference.
This promises to be an exciting day, so don’t miss out! Don’t worry if you’re new to advocacy; we’ll try to pair you with someone who’s done this before.
As a convenience, we are happy to set up the appointments with your legislator. For APS to coordinate the appointments, you must RSVP by February 18, 2013. If you are scheduling your own appointments, an RSVP is necessary by February 25, 2013 so that we have enough promotional materials for distribution.
Watch APS’s website and your email for more advocacy materials and information.
If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Cook, Executive Director at (502) 695-4843.
President: Robert Forrest President-Elect: Puru Thapa Secretary: Justin Hunt Treasurer: Laurence Miller Are V ...