Ortho was founded in 1924 by a small group of individuals with a shared interest in providing a common meeting ground for those engaged in the study and treatment of problems in human behavior. To reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the organization and their work, such as redirecting youth development in a positive direction, they combined the prefix "Ortho" (from the Greek "to straighten") with "psychiatry." Today, Ortho continues to attract professionals from psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology, nursing, and law who are concerned about the application of mental health research to the creation of humane social policy, the improvement of mental health practice in a manner consistent with human rights, and the prevention of mental health problems.
Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow at the Pew Research Center, thinks so. In his book, The Next America, Taylor writes, “In the decades since Boomers first came bounding onto the national stage, no generation of young adults had made nearly as loud an entrance–until now. Meet the Millennials.” Indeed the gaps between the Boomers and the Millennials in trust, anxiety, religious affiliation, wealth, politics, optimism, education, race/ethnicity, marriage, and child-bearing are astounding. The degree to which the generations differ raises many questions relevant to mental health: When young people and their parents and grandparents have such markedly different attitudes and values, how are families and communities to bridge the generation gap? What are the challenges for mental health professionals in working with teen and young adult clients? With families? In building community acceptance? These questions will be addressed by Taylor, whose eye-opening book has been featured on The Daily Show and who is this year's winner of the Blanche F. Ittleson Award, the American Orthopsychiatric Association's highest honor.
Building on Taylor's observations, Gary Melton will argue that the current emphasis on evidence-based practice is a major obstacle to significant improvement in the average mental health of children, youth, and young adults and the well-being of their families. The only four-time recipient of the American Psychological Association's prestigious Distinguished Contributions Award, Melton will contend that meaningful improvement will happen only when policymakers and practicing professionals work together to engineer a culture change.
Mary Armstrong will build on the panel discussion by further exploring challenges to culture change in mental health. Armstrong will discuss what the implication of culture change are for the mental health system–including how funding is allocated, how professionals are trained, and the role of state agencies–and possible strategies for addressing those challenges. Armstrong is Director of the Division of State and Local Support in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at University of South Florida and President of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.
The workshop will conclude with an examination of the need for an intergenerational community mental health system. Led by Jill McLeigh, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, this presentation will include a discussion on the challenges related to having separate child and adult systems, especially for young adults.
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