We are proud that several members of the Regroup team, including Hossam M. Mahmoud, M.D., M.P.H., Omar Elhaj, M.D., and Naveen Kathuria, J.D., will contribute to this year’s conference theme, Revitalize Psychiatry: Disrupt, Include, Engage & Innovate, by presenting on four important areas in the field of psychiatry. Join them during the following times to learn about telepsychiatry, LGBT mental health, and refugee mental health and healthcare advocacy.
Telepsychiatry: From Concept to Implementation
Date: Sunday, May 19
Time: 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
This session aims to focus on the practical components that facilitate and - at times - restrict the implementation of telepsychiatry services. Presenters will discuss three practical aspects of implementation, including regulatory complexities, steps for successful deployment of telepsychiatry services from the healthcare facility perspective, and opportunities and challenges facing clinicians practicing telepsychiatry.
Refugees, Immigrants and Asylum Seekers: Mental Health, Advocacy, and Human Rights
Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
This session will discuss different aspects of forced migration and its connection to mental health. Presenters will discuss a variety of elements related to this topic, including: forced migration and its contributing, perpetuating and mitigating factors, mental health sequelae of the trauma associated with the forced displacement and family separations, and diagnostic and clinical challenges that clinicians face when working with refugees, asylum seekers and other forcefully displaced populations.
LGBT Mental Health: Health Care, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 3:00 PM–4:30 PM
This session discusses the different roles that mental health professionals play, as clinicians, healthcare innovators, and human rights advocates in advancing the mental health of the LGBT community. Presenters will highlight considerations when providing LGBT mental healthcare, the role of telepsychiatry as an approach to providing mental healthcare access to LGBT individuals, and the role mental health professionals play when LGBT refugees seek asylum in the United States.
Creating Impact at the District Branch Level: Lessons Learned From Illinois
Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM EST
In this session, panelists will discuss the important roles of district branches and highlight the need to continue to expand such roles, coordinate efforts and share experiences to enhance their impact at the local level. They will focus on the experiences and lessons learned from the Illinois district branch, the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS). They will highlight past, present and planned initiatives by IPS in the areas of member engagement, mental health advocacy, and physician well-being.
For complete session descriptions, visit the APA’s Annual Meeting website.