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Tuesday
Sep102013

WMHC Social Action Grant, 2013 Call for Proposals

Call for Grant Proposals
 
The Women's Mental Health Consortium (WMHC) is soliciting proposals for innovative programs or projects whose mission is to support the emotional health and well-being of girls and women, particularly those affected by adversity.
 
Eligibility Criteria
 
Grant applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations proposing specific projects or programs that fit the WMHC’s mission.  We do NOT fund individuals, government entities, or for-profit businesses. Organizations should be based in the New York Metropolitan area, although the reach of the program can be local or global.
 
What We Look For
 
One to two grants will be awarded. Awards can be in the $5,000-$10,000 range, depending on the scope and needs of the project. We look for proposals that aim to start-up new projects or programs, or that provide support for specific existing ones. Grants cannot be used exclusively to support day-to-day operating expenses of an organization. We are interested in proposals for programs/projects that promote girls/women’s individual and collective empowerment and psychological well-being. Priority will be given to proposals that address the needs of marginalized or disenfranchised groups. Applicants should demonstrate the longer-term sustainability of their work and their organization.
 
How to Apply
Application deadline is October 15, 2013. We aim to notify award recipients in mid-November, 2013.
Applications should be submitted via email to: wmhcnyc@gmail.com. General grant questions and inquiries can be directed to this email, c/o Lisa Rubin, Social Action Committee Chair.
 
Submit the application cover page (below) along with an application packet that includes the following:
 
I.          Statement of the project’s specific aims (up to one page)
II.         Project proposal (up to five pages) including:
·   Background information on the issue to be addressed
·   Description of the program/project proposed, the population that will be served by
·   Resources and environment of the organization, including space, computing resources, personnel
·   Strategy for program evaluation. How will the impact or effectiveness of the proposed program be evaluated?
III.        Itemized budget and budget justification (1-2 pages)
All budgetary needs should be described and justified. Given the duration of the grant, we discourage the use of grant funds for items equipment (e.g., computers). Any requests for such needs should be adequately justified. Matching funds from the organization, or from other grants, are strongly encouraged.
 
Terms of the Grant
 
Finalists may be asked to provide up to three years’ tax returns. Strategy for dispensing funds will be negotiated with the grantee, depending on the nature of the project. However, funds will not be dispersed as a “lump sum” award.  Reimbursing paid expenses, direct payment to vendors, or quarterly payments to grant recipients are sample approaches that may be negotiated for award disbursement. Grantees will be expected to submit a six-month progress report, and will submit a year-end report and presentation to the WMHC.
 
  
About Us
 
The Women's Mental Health Consortium (WMHC) is an association of mental health professionals in the greater New York City area whose work addresses social and psychological issues affecting girls and women across the lifespan. Members include clinicians, researchers, and educators, advocates and activists. The first resource of its kind nationwide, the WMHC brings together different specialists to help women access the best mental health care available.
 
The WMHC was founded by Catherine Birndorf, MD, a reproductive psychiatrist who trained at Weill Cornell Medical College, and who was invited to return to Weill Cornell to start a women's mental health program. She began the task by reaching out to doctors and practitioners in the region who specialize in women's issues. But she quickly found that many of these experts practiced in isolation, unaware of colleagues nearby who treat patients with similar concerns. So in November of 2002, over fifty mental health professionals decided to join forces in order to learn from each other, educate other practitioners about women's mental health needs, and better serve their patients. The organization has continued to expand, growing to now include several hundred members.
 
Each WMHC member makes a difference in the lives of girls and women through her clinical practice, research, teaching, and community engagement. As an organization, the WMHC is committed to using our collective resources to support community-based organizations doing work that reflects the goals and values of our organization.
 
WMHC Executive Committee (2013)
President: Dawn Hughes, Ph.D.  (hughes@drdawnhughes.com)
Treasurer: Stephanie Levey, Ph.D. (stephanie.levey@gmail.com)
Membership Chair: Meredith Singer, Ph.D. (shaddrack@mindspring.com)
Education Chair: Carol Bloom, LCSW (carol.bloom155@gmail.com)
Website Chair:  Robin Halpern, LCSW, DCSW (psychoartist@verizon.net)
Social Action Committee Chair: Lisa Rubin, PhD (lisarrubin@gmail.com
Listserv Chair: Patricia Moscou, Ph.D. (pmoscou@earthlink.net)
Sunday
Jul142013

Kelly Brogan, MD: Monthly Newsletter and Guest Blog Post

I'm starting a monthly newsletter to keep women up to date on evidence-based holistic health, my approach to treatment and wellness.

Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/BtnQL

Featured Guest Blog: Your Body. Your Baby. Their Flu. 

As a conventionally trained, dyed-in-the-wool psychiatrist, I learned that mental illness is a manifestation of an imbalance of brain chemicals that can be largely reduced to too little serotonin and/or norepinephrine, too little dopamine, or messed up excitatory signals at the membrane level.  These deficits required pharmaceutical intervention for repair, just as one of my attendings once patronizingly said to an inpatient post-suicide attempt: if you had poor vision, you would need glasses.  There would just be no way for you to navigate the world without those glasses no matter how much you wanted to.

I don’t believe this anymore.  I’ve left the church and I’ve run into the woods where I’m listening to the sermons delivered by the natives there…those who believe in a natural order, in the body’s capacity to heal, in the sanctity of a clean environment, and in the interconnectedness of spirit, nourishment, and movement.  But this was a journey for me.  I started to open my eyes during my first pregnancy, when I began my fellowship in treating pregnant and postpartum women.   I learned how to consent them, and what informed consent really looked like, around treatment with psychotropics in pregnancy and lactation.  Many of these women had been on medication for the better part of their adult lives and either found themselves pregnant, were planning to become, or developed symptoms despite treatment.  I poured over the literature for hundreds of hours, memorizing authors and statistics, distilling complex analytic concepts, and building a rational path, with some forks in the road, for these women to travel.  I helped them to understand the known risks, the unknown risks, the alternatives, and allowed them to assess the perceived benefits.  This process would often culminate in a 90-120 minute session involving all and any interested family members and extensive communication with other providers – general psychiatrists, obstetricians, therapists, so that everyone was on the same page. 

See more at: http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/featured-guest-blog-your-body-your-baby-their-flu

Posted by: Kelly Brogan, MD

Sunday
May192013

WMHC member, Joyce McFadden, has been quoted in a New York Times article on May 12, 2013

The article addresses the issue of how girls are objectified in popular culture and the ensuing complications for parents navigating these situations.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/fashion/clothing-straddles-the-line-between-sweet-and-skimpy.html?_r=0

 

 

Sunday
Apr212013

Your Daughter's Bedroom by Joyce T. McFadden

 

Psychoanalyst and Huffington Post columnist McFadden offers insight and honesty in a discussion of the healthy ways mothers can help their daughters grow comfortable and knowledgeable about their sexuality. In August 2005, the author launched the Women’s Realities Study, a research project that aimed to take the pulse of modern women by asking open-ended questions about relationships, motherhood and mental health, among others. Her intended goal was to create a companion piece to the classic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Mission accomplished. The author clears away the heavy clouds that overshadow topics many daughters do not learn about from their mothers (and which mothers often dread sharing with their daughters): menstruation, masturbation and sex... There are hurdles to cross and backs to be straightened when it comes to this topic, but daughters need their mothers, and it’s time they heard their voices. An empowering resource for mothers and daughters everywhere.”

—Kirkus Reviews

submitted by: Joyce. T. McFadden, NCPsyA

 

Friday
Apr052013

Lisa Rubin, PhD, promotion to Associate Professor 

Congratulations to WMHC member Lisa Rubin, PhD, on her recent promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure at The New School for Social Research, where she is also the Assistant Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.

In addition, Lisa is currently chair of the WMHC social action committee. Lisa's research and clinical work focuses on women’s health concerns, including body image and eating problems, psycho-oncology, and assisted reproductive technologies.

Her scholarship includes publications in Cancer, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Health Psychology, Sex Roles, Psychology & Health, Culture Medicine & Psychiatry, among other journals. She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Women & Therapy on women and cancer.

Lisa Rubin, PhD

Thursday
Dec272012

Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Community

The Head Bone’s Connected to the Body Bone

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December 18, 2012

We have long been told that “low levels” of serotonin in the brain equal bad and sad, and we have been educated by the Pharmaceutical industry about the opportunity we have, through the use of antidepressants, to retrain our wayward neurons: by making the proverbial holes in the strainer that much smaller. But even if you accept the conventional wisdom regarding the role of serotonin in the narrative of mind, merriness, and misery, from where do we think that this magical neurochemical arises? 
Full Article 

My Journey Home to Self

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December 11, 2012

It is not the responsibility of those exposed to demonstrate danger, it is the responsibility of pharmaceutical, commercial, and industrial companies to properly evaluate the long-term safety of such exposures, including an evaluation of the severe risks to a potentially genetically vulnerable minority. Only then can a governing body be in a position to sanction, condone, or even promote such chemicals. 
Full Article 

Sunday
Sep162012

Truth is a Quiet Thing

Finding peace in a forward fold

As a professional performing artist for over 10 years in musical theater, I adored the process of making a show. The rehearsal process meant learning and honing new music and choreography, drilling it to as close to perfection as possible, and of course making new friends and acquiring new skills.

But nothing compared to the moment the curtain went up and there was an audience. My kicks were higher, smile broader, adrenaline was coursing through my body and my voice felt more expansive than ever. All those hours in class and in rehearsals paid off big time.

So it was quite a shock for me to take my first yoga class, and truth be told, I didn’t appreciate it much.

Where were the mirrors? How would I know if I was doing the poses right? Without my body to look at, and my voice to listen to, how would I know my place in this practice?

To read more click here:www.elephantjournal.com/2012/09/the-truth-is-a-quiet-thing-alena-gerst/

submitted by Alena Gerst, LMSW, RYT alena.gerst@nyumc.org 

Saturday
Jul282012

Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions and Solving Family Problems

In his recently published book Pride & Joy, child psychologist Kenneth Barish elaborates on a particular perspective to illustrate the path towards building a child's sense of optimism and emotional resilience.
 
Readers are reminded to focus on their child's efforts and what enabled them to achieve their goal. This in turn helps to promote the child's ability to persevere at a task rather than merely focusing on their accomplishments.
 
Providing real-life examples of various issues that parents face with their children, he offers the reader an opportunity to become more attuned to their child's emotional health.
 
Rather than merely provide a how-to book on parenting, he helps parents gain a deeper understanding of both their child and of themselves in relation to their child.
 
Pride & Joy is a very readable book for the intelligent parent and all those who interact with children.
 

To buy the book click here: Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions and Solving Family Problems

Saturday
Jul072012

Being Content With Intent

An article written by Alena Gerst on Yoga and mental health has been published in Dr. Frank Lipman’s weekly newsletter.  Dr. Lipman is an internationally recognized expert in Integrative and Functional Medicine, and Founder and Director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center.  The article focuses on the principle of Samtosha, a concept in yogic philosophy relating to “contentment”, and how Alena applies it to her therapeutic yoga work in hospitals.

To read the article click here: http://www.drfranklipman.com/being-content-with-intent/

submitted by: Alena Gerst, LMSW, RYT 

For more information: alena.gerst@nyumc.org or 917-562-2921

Wednesday
Jun202012

Announcing a new book entitled: FIERCE JOY a memoir

          
   
I would like to recommend a memoir to all those who are dealing with a serious and debilitating health or life challenge or who knows someone who is facing this type of situation.
                        
Written by author Ellen Schecter, a courageous woman and gifted writer, this book describes her personal journey battling an illness that challenged her in every way.
              
Most impressive and inspirational, is how she builds and maintains her spirit, sense of humor and interpersonal ties while her body belies her emotional strength and courage.
     
submitted by Robin Halpern, LCSW, DCSW