International Network on Integrative Mental Health information Sierra Tucson sponsors 4 day planning retreat  Integrative mental health now has a new, international organization to network interested parties the 501C3 International Network on Integrative Mental Health (INIMH). The group’s formation followed

International Network on Integrative Mental Health information; Sierra Tucson sponsors 4-day planning retreat 

Integrative mental health now has a new, international organization to network interested parties: the 501C3 International Network on Integrative Mental Health (INIMH). The group’s formation followed the sold out conference on the topic in March 2010 hosted by the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (ACIM). According to a note to the Integrator from one of the lead organizers Sally Dodds, PhD, the Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation “gave a generous gift for integrative mental health and INIMH was formed.”  Says Dodds: “Our main purposes are to advance clinical, research, and professional education in IMH both in the US and internationally.” The organization’s website is expected to go “live” in the next couple of weeks. The next step for the founders is an April 14-16 working retreat hosted by James Duffy, MD and Sierra Tucson (ST), an addiction treatment center situated adjacent to the Miraval Resort. The objectives of the retreat:

  • Network and collaborate among thought leaders and change agents in IMH.
  • Learn about the IMH model at ST and obtain feedback from INIMH members on optimizing the model.
  • Discuss differences between a conceptual model of Integrative Psychiatry and Integrative Mental Health (IMH) and the strengths and limits of each.
  • Develop a plan and a working group to develop a white paper on IMH as a separate discipline.
  • Develop a plan and a working group to develop curricula/training projects in IMH, including an interdisciplinary fellowship in Integrative Mental Health at Sierra Tucson.
  • Develop a plan and a working group to develop an agenda on IMH research priorities.
  • Develop a plan and a working group to establish model best practice IMH clinical guidelines (for 3 major disorders).
  • Introduce and demonstrate INIMH website.
  • Develop a strategy for broadening international representation within INIMH

On a related note, the March 2011 Integrator Round-up noted the formation of a sub-group on Integrative Mental Health in the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. Dodds and Ron Glick, MD took the lead in developing understanding of the value of this work at the Consortium’s fall 2010 meeting.

Comment: This is excellent, important and obviously needed work. How many clients of mental health providers have never been urged to go for a walk? Or swing their arms a bit? Eat well? Take appropriate micronutrients? I look forward to continuing to follow the organization’s work. (Thanks to Patricia Herman, ND, PhD, for linking me to this development.)

Dr. Rogers’ $250,000 Prize calls for nominations, sets September 23rd for awards dinner 

The call for nominations for the 2011 Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine has been published. The $250,000 Prize will be awarded Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at a gala dinner in Vancouver, British Columbia. The prize, previously awarded in 2007 and in 2009, is named after pioneering integrative medical doctor Roger Rogers, MD. The day-long celebration includes a Colloquium that is “still in the planning stages but is expected to focus on how integrative medicine is actually practiced in Canada, exploring the successes of a number of integrative clinics from across Canada.”

The nomination deadline for the 2011 competition is May 31, 2011. For those who submitted in the past, the process is simplified. Submissions from 2009 can be accessed online for revision and resubmission. The same esteemed, international set of jurors will decide on the prize winners: James Gordon, George Lewith, Joe Pizzorno, Mary Ann Richardson and Simon Sutcliffe. Also new on the Dr. Rogers Prize site is a gallery with photos from the 2007 and 2009 events. The prize is funded through the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation.


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