2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening

2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will address concerns for child and adolescent mental health at the 2010 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C, July 1-3.

The 2010 NAMI Convention also will honor journalist Judith Warner with an award for the book, We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, which explores difficult decisions parents face in finding help for children who “suffer enormously” from mental illness.

Only one in five children who has a diagnosable mental illness receives treatment, yet children who receive earlier treatment interventions have better outcomes.

On June 1, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) mental health task force called for pediatricians to perform mental health screenings for children at each doctor visit. The AAP also underscored a need for more child psychiatrists and mental health professionals in communities—to overcome critical shortages.

NAMI maintains a Child & Adolescent Action Center that focuses on child and adolescent mental health..

The 2010 NAMI Convention full schedule offers many symposia and presentations, including:

Friday, July 2


Financing and Expanding Children’s Mental Health Services (10:45 a.m.)

Despite state budget crises, state governments and local communities can invest in a full array of mental health services, including home and community-based services for children.

Crisis Intervention in Schools (3:45 pm.)

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) can help schools, mental health providers, police and the juvenile justice system provide safer, more effective help to youth experiencing psychiatric crises.

Understanding and Treating Kids’ Behavior Challenges (7:30 p.m.)

Ross Greene, Ph.D., author of The Explosive Child, will discuss “why challenging kids are challenging,” child behavior as development delays and how caregivers improve relations and communications through collaborative problem-solving.

Saturday, July 3

StrengthofUs: A Social Networking Community for Young Adults (8:45 a.m.)

Learn about StrengthofUs.org, NAMI’s new online resource center and social networking website for young adults working to overcome mental health issues.

“Ask the Doctor Session” on Children and Adolescents (3:15 pm.) with Michael Houston, M.D.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.nami.org

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The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Announces 2010 Course Schedule

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Announces 2010 Course Schedule












Battle Creek, Mich. (Vocus) January 7, 2010

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) today released its initial training course schedule for 2010. Registration information including dates and locations can be found at http://www.ifpti.org . The schedule represents the Institute’s initial course offerings and IFPTI will be adding new courses throughout the year. Additions to the 2010 schedule will be posted on the Institute’s website.

All costs associated with training and travel will be reimbursed by IFPTI to help state and local food protection professionals overcome the limited funding and travel budgets that often have prevented them from attending training.

Since July 2009, approximately 300 state, local, tribal and territorial food regulators have enrolled in courses delivered through IFPTI. Joanne Sax, Environmental Protection Specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, took “Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation” to add wholesale food manufacturing know-how to her existing set of skills related to retail food inspection.

“I appreciated learning more about food laws and safety procedures as well as having the opportunity to network with students from other states,” Sax said. “I performed many hands-on exercises to reinforce the concepts taught during the course, and the lessons on report writing I applied in my job immediately.”

“Based on the attendance and response we have received thus far, it is clear there is a need for improved training that meets U.S. food safety standards,” said Gerald Wojtala, Acting Executive Director of IFPTI and Past-President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO). “Our 2010 curriculum schedule meets needs across all experience levels in food safety and addresses the critical issues that all food protection professionals face routinely,” he added. Wojtala also noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been instrumental in partnering with IFPTI by providing course instruction to assist state and local regulatory officials.

2010 International Food Protection Training Institute Course Schedule

January    


Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation (AFDO) — Battle Creek, Michigan
An Integrated Food Protection System (AFDO/FDA) — Webinar
February

Food Processing Technology (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food Emergencies: Practice and Execution (NCBRT) — Battle Creek, Michigan
March

Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation (AFDO) — Vancouver, Washington
Agriculture and Food Vulnerability Assessment (U. of Tennessee) — Battle Creek, Michigan
April    

Basic Low Acid Canned Foods (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food Equipment Standards (NSF International) — Battle Creek/Ann Arbor
Retail Plan Review (NSF International) — Battle Creek, Michigan
May    

Seafood HACCP- Domestic, Train the Trainer (Seafood HACCP Alliance) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food GMPs 110 (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Biology and Control of Insects and Rodents (NEHA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
June    

Seafood HACCP- International (Asia), Train the Trainer (Seafood HACCP Alliance) — San Francisco, California
Seafood HACCP- International (Central & South America) Train the Trainer (Seafood HACCP Alliance) — Miami, Florida
Produce Traceability (AFDO) — Norfolk, Virginia
Food Inspection Techniques/ Evidence Development (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Managing Retail Food Safety (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Milk Pasteurization Controls and Tests (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
July    

Acidified Foods (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food-borne Illness Investigations (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food Emergencies: Practice and Execution (NCBRT) — Battle Creek, Michigan
September    

Laboratory Investigation of Food-borne Illness (pending APHL approval) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Managing Food Recalls Effectively (AFDO) — Battle Creek, Michigan
GFSI: 3rd Party Standards Awareness for Regulatory Officials (NSF International) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Instructor Development Workshop (NCBRT) — Battle Creek, Michigan
About IFPTI

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to deliver career-spanning food protection training for state and local food protection professionals to assure competency and equivalency in meeting established U.S. federal food safety standards. Working in partnership with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the Institute seeks to protect the public’s health by working with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial food protection officials in the creation of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply. Initial funding for IFPTI provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

About AFDO

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) is an international, non-profit organization that is in the forefront of streamlining and simplifying regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level. More information about AFDO can be found on its website at http://www.afdo.org . Inquiries about AFDO can be directed to AFDO’s Executive Director Joseph Corby.

SOURCE: International Food Protection Training Institute (http://www.ifpti.org ).

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Privasoft 2010 Scholarship Awards Presented at University of Alberta

Privasoft 2010 Scholarship Awards Presented at University of Alberta










Ottawa, ON (Vocus) July 27, 2010

Privasoft, a world leader in specialized software for freedom of information (FOI) process automation, is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Privasoft Scholarship for Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate Program (IAPP) at the University of Alberta.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to the two students with the highest academic standings completing the IAPP Certificate Program with the Faculty of Extension, Government Studies.

For 2010, congratulations go to Jennifer Marks of Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Promotions and Tracy Hoskins of Research in Motion. Both students displayed excellent academic performance and leadership skills. They will be valuable assets to the FOI community as a whole.

Previous winners include Brian Perry, Jeffrey Meyer, Mary Penny, Andrea Hare, Kathryn Smerechinskiy, and Judy Boufford.

To learn more about the Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate Program at the University of Alberta go to: http://www.extension.ualberta.ca/govstudies/prog-iapp.aspx

About Privasoft

For nearly 20 years, Privasoft has been delivering software and services to automate case management in public sector and regulated industries. Privasoft customers must comply with legislative, regulatory and internal requirements and are represented in health care, law enforcement and all levels of government. They rely on Privasoft to capture, analyze, track, process and report on case work related to information disclosure processes. Privasoft is a Microsoft Certified Partner with offices in Ottawa, ON, Arlington, VA, and Brentford, Middlesex.

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