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Noteworthy October 2010
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Pfizer Provides Free Access to Mental Health Assessments

Since July, mental health counselors and their clients have been able to download the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and the General Anxiety Disorder questionnaire (GAD-7) without copyright restriction and at no charge. Both assessment scales are widely used tools for evaluating certain mental disorders. 

PHQ-9 is self-administered and utilizes a scoring method to specifically measure depression-related symptoms. In less than a decade, the PHQ-9 has become commonly used by both clinicians and researchers in large federally sponsored U.S. surveys and has been adopted as a standard measure for depression risk and severity by the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, as well as integrated healthcare systems and public health departments. 

“As depression and anxiety are the most common mental disorders in primary care, the PHQ and GAD instruments are important aids for making accurate diagnoses,” said Kurt Kroenke, MD, one of the co-developers of the tools from the Department of Medicine, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care and Indiana University School of Medicine.

The assessments include a number of scaled treatment options for physicians and patients to consider, depending on the severity of the disorder, Kroenke notes. These include watchful waiting; follow-up for repeating the severity measure; counseling, follow-up and/or pharmacotherapy; and referral to a mental health specialist for psychotherapy and/or collective management.  

In addition to making both The PHQ and GAD instruments available, the Pfizer website includes different variations and translations in nearly 80 languages, comprehensive instruction documents, articles, a bibliography, and a direct point of contact email.
Call for Proposals: Journal of Counseling and Development

The Journal of Counseling and Development (JCD), the official journal of the American Counseling Association, invites submissions for a special issue on the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. The purpose of this special issue is to provide a format for disseminating research, theory, and practice related to effective prevention models and best practices in the treatment of eating disorders. The issue will include guidelines not only for working with European-American women, but also for diverse client groups, including men, GLBTQ clients, ethnic minority groups, and international populations. 

Scholars and practitioners are invited to send proposals of original manuscripts appropriate for the journal. Areas of scholarship include but are not limited to: 

          (a) Manuscripts that describe and provide support for effective                     primary-prevention programs in schools and communities                               or for secondary-prevention programs for groups at highest risk for               the development of eating disorders; and 

          (b) Manuscripts that describe and provide support for best practices in the treatment of eating                     disorders (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy,           Maudsley Family Therapy Approach, Feminist Therapy).

Manuscripts that address the unique treatment needs of diverse client groups are strongly encouraged. 

Submit proposals, or questions on preparing proposals, electronically to Laura Choate, EdD, LPC, NCC, guest editor of the special issue (, no later than Dec. 15, 2010.