June 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this finds all of you well. There are several announcements I am pleased to share with you, including some great news regarding the PPDA and the discovery of a body of research that should be of great interest to all practitioners interested in PPD/TMS. In this edition:

  1. PPDA 501(c)(3) Status Update
  2. June Peer Supervision Teleconference with Dr. Dave Clarke
  3. Review article of Dr. Allan Abbass ISTDP Research



PPDA 501(c)(3) Status Update

I am pleased to announce that the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) has received federal tax-exempt status from the IRS. This means that the PPDA can begin to collect individual donations, which will provide the organization with the resources to begin more activities and reach more practitioners. The recent strides the PPDA has been making are a great sign of things to come.

June Peer Supervision Teleconference

The next Peer Supervision Teleconference will be on June 11, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST. This month the guest speaker will beDr. Dave Clarke, MD, the author of the bookThey Can't Find Anything Wrong, the president of thePPDAand the International Clinical Advisor for the UK basedSIRPA(Stress Illness Recovery Practitioner's Association). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at Oregon Health & Science University who has been treating patients with PPD since 1983 and seen over 7000 patients with these conditions. At thefirst TMS Conferencein Ann Arbor, Dr. Clarke gave a presentation entitled "Interviewing to Elicit TMS Triggers." He again presented at theL.A. Mind Body Conference, where he gave a lecture entitled "Connecting Stress to Physical Symptoms."

We are requesting a simple one line (i.e. "I'm coming") RSVP from participants in the peer supervision teleconferences. For the first time that you attend a teleconference, we also request a short, 2-3 sentence description of your experience with PPD and your professional interest. These aren't required, but they help us give the guest an idea of what to expect and ensure that you get appropriate reminder emails and materials. Please don't hesitate to drop in even if you are not able to RSVP or send an introduction of yourself. Contact Forest for more information.

ISTDP Research by Allan Abbass, MD

In doing research for a wiki page, I came across a series of 7 articles that I think should be of interest to anyone interested in the academic literature supporting the TMS/PPD approach. They are all written by Dr. Allan Abbass, MD, FRCPC and coauthors about how Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) can be used to treat PPD (also known as TMS).

To read the article please visit the page Seven Articles About ISTDP and Medically Unexplained Symptoms

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