Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), originally founded at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters for over two decades. Its clinical program serves as a global model that has been replicated worldwide. HPRT designed and implemented the first curriculum for the mental health training of primary care practitioners in settings of human conflict, post-conflict, and natural disasters. Its training activities have been successfully conducted in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Japan, and the United States. HPRT’s landmark scientific studies have demonstrated the medical and mental health impact of mass violence as well as the cultural effectiveness of its clinical treatment and training programs. Working closely with Ministries of Health throughout the world, HPRT has developed community-based mental health services primarily in existing local primary health care systems. It has also successfully established linkages to major foreign university settings. HPRT’s bicultural partnerships with international collaborators have resulted in culturally effective and sustainable programs that rely primarily on local human resources and indigenous healing systems. In order to achieve its mission, memorandums of agreements have been signed between HPRT and universities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Italy, Japan, and Thailand. As a university-wide program, HPRT has access to the full resources and talents of Harvard University, including the Medical School (HMS), the School of Public Health, the School of Education, and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). HPRT is currently administered by MGH, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious hospitals, which is a major teaching hospital of HMS.

Alzheimer Research Forum Home

alzhiemers research foundationThe Alzheimer Research Forum Home is a one stop site for those who have to deal with the awful experience of alzheimers.  What can a person or a family do?  First step:  knowledge is indeed power.

This site definitely has a lot of knowledge  inside its’ boundaries.  There are lots of news, research and discussion about Alzheimer’s and ways to go about treating it [mostly be it at a professional/researcher stance] and dealing with the issues at hand.  Discuss possible issues with other members by becoming a member and leaving a comment.  Best of all, become a better informed Alzheimer’s caregiver or researcher.

Knowledge is indeed power, and to those who have Alzheimer’s–some of their memory has disappeared–let’s increase ours and fight this insidious disease.

 

 

Birth Psychology (APPPAH)

birth psychologyThe Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) helps benefit pregnant women and the overall general community by helping to expound on the field of birth psychology.

There is nothing sweeter than seeing a newborn baby and holding it and loving it.  It is very important to understand (and is becoming more apparent) that babies understand many things going on around them, even inside their mothers’ womb.  Babies can hear the music their parents listen to and kick, or parents can read a story and the baby will hear the story.  We are finally understanding this as well as psychologists and as adults.

The Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health has many different ways for us to understand babies and ourselves better.  There are journals, newsletters, articles, books and recordings.  There are many different stories in the news for people who are interested to read and finally, there are directories and conferences with APPPAH members.  For 25 years, the APPPAH has been working towards helping babies and their families understand each other and the world.

Behavior Online

behavior onlineBehavior Online was just recently relaunched in 2013.  It wants to be the main website for professionals in the mental health field.  There are many different trusted contributors on the website, from Dr. John Grohol to Jefferey Zeig.  There are forums and a RSS feed for those who are interested.  There are discussions on emotions, therapy, and neuropsychology.  A great site to visit and one well worth staying at!

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Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging. Toward this end, the Institute facilitates and coordinates a number of activities, some of which are listed below:

  • Recruit subjects to maintain a research cohort of memory disorder patients, mild cognitively impaired patients, Down syndrome patients, and healthy elderly control subjects.
  • Follow patients longterm to evaluate their clinical and neuropsychological health.
  • Provide investigators with biological resources such as human brain tissue, serum, DNA and cerebrospinal fluid from well-characterized clinical subjects.
  • Cultivate community-based AD-related programs and transmit new information to community professionals and the general public.
  • Sponsor seminars and meetings to promote scholarship and information exchange.
  • Pursue resource development to stimulate research through individual and collaborative grants.
  • Train and educate the next generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of brain aging and neurodegeneration.
  • Develop and maintain common facilities.
  • Develop a base of community supporters to facilitate fundraising.
  • Support interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research and recruit and train the next generation of investigators.

The Trauma and Attachment Report

The Trauma and Attachment Report is a weekly online research report published out of York University in Toronto.  Its purpose is to provide clear, accurate information to members of the community, on the topic of interpersonal trauma.  The report will cover topics such as the causes and consequences of trauma; treatment, prevention, and implications of trauma for society at large.  The articles draw upon primary sources such as interviews with survivors, therapists, and others who work in the field of interpersonal trauma.  The Trauma and Attachment Report seeks to disseminate knowledge by discussing research findings published in reputable scientific journals, in a manner that can be easily understood by readers.

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Generally Thinking

The Psychology Study Guide:  An ebook I wrote for psychology students to help them get better grades and better understanding of the subject.

Rethink:  Kamila Wita has a blog on the site called Rethink, helping you look at mental health issues in a new way.

The Research Database:  A database pointing you to the research of the various sub-fields of psychology, to help you do psychology research.

Positive Psychology Digest:  Positive Psychology Digest is usually referred to as “The science of well-being and optimal functioning.” This category is a mixture of the theory and applications to come from fields that fit under this broad umbrella.

Medicine Net.Com Mental Health

Learn about mental health info includes addiction, anxiety, depression, food and diet, sex, stress, and work related issues.  Includes RSS Feeds, quizzes, interactive approaches, and more.  Also includes a pill finder.