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The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry
Edited by Deborah J. Hales, M.D., and Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D.
Earn up to 44 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits!
Earn up to 24 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits
Interested in a specific topic issue such as Psychosomatic Medicine and Integrated Care? Please call Customer Service at 1-800-367-5777 to purchase a single issue. Please note: CME credit is only available with a yearly subscription.
FOCUS is the best system to meet Maintenance of Certification requirements of the ABPN, Self-Assessment, Performance in Practice and Lifelong Learning. In one four-issue subscription FOCUS provides a comprehensive review of current clinical practice based on the content outlined by the ABPN recertification exam. Each issue offers: Clinical Reviews, Patient Management Exercise, Seminal Articles, and a CME quiz with 20 hours of CME per year for the journal and 24 additional hours can be earned through completion of the Self-Assessment Exam. All current and back issues are accessible online with available CME credits only for your subscription year. A subscription to FOCUS also provides ABPN approved Performance in Practice Modules that meet requirements for MOC Part 4 and an opportunity to earn an additional 20 CME credits per module.
The FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam is an annual 120 question, multiple choice supplement written by practicing psychiatrists and academic experts that allows you to earn 24 CME credits and the opportunity to anonymously compare your knowledge to that of your peers either online or paper. Each question is similar to those used in board-type exams. The FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam is listed by the ABPN as an approved self-assessment activity that fulfills the requirement of psychiatrists applying for and taking the recertification examination.
Six Performance in Practice Modules, approved by ABPN for the clinical chart review component of MOC Part 4, are included in a subscription to FOCUS. Screening of Adults with Substance Use Disorder; Assessment and Treatment of Adults with Substance Use Disorder; Assessment and Treatment of Adults at Risk for Suicide and Suicide-Related Behaviors; Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Adults with Schizophrenia; Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder; and Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder are easy to use, paper-based PIP Modules. Completion of three stages of a PIP Module provides 20 additional CME credits per module and qualifies as a completed MOC Part 4 activity.
FOCUS addresses the core content in psychiatry in four year cycles. Each issue briefs you on new developments and reviews the current state of practice in that topic area through:
- Comprehensive review articles summarizing current research
- Clinical synthesis articles written by leading experts in the field
- Patient management exercises, ask-the-expert column, ethics column, and communications commentary
- Recent influential works selected by experts in the field
FOCUS updates you in core content areas:
- Volume IX (2011): Addiction Psychiatry; Bipolar Disorder; Professionalism and Quality Measures in Psychiatry; Anxiety Disorders
- Volume X (2012): Womens Mental Health; Schizophrenia; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Depression
- Volume XI (2013): Geriatric Psychiatry; Personality Disorders; Posttraumatic Stress Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury; Integrated Care and Psychosomatic Medicine
- Volume XII (2014): Sleep: New Biologies and New Therapies; Psychopharmacology; Psychotherapies; Eating Disorders
- Volume XIII (2015): Bipolar Disorders; Obsessive Compulsive Disorders; Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders; Psychiatry and Society
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry and the FOCUS Self-Assessment Examination and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning and self-assessment program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the FOCUS Performance in Practice Modules: Screening of Adults with Substance Use Disorder; Assessment and Treatment of Adults with Substance Use Disorder; Assessment and Treatment of Adults at Risk for Suicide and Suicide-Related Behaviors; Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Adults with Schizophrenia; Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder; and Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and has approved each of these modules for ABPN MOC Part 4 (clinical module) requirements.
The Focus Self-Assessment Program (Vol. 12) is an accredited self-assessment program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association on Oct. 1, 2014. This program expires Sept. 30, 2017. You may claim a maximum of 24 hours (credits are automatically calculated).
The American Psychiatric Association designates the FOCUS enduring material for a maximum of 44 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This Self-Assessment CME program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 24 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid until 10/31/2017. Physician Assistants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards.
To visit FOCUS online, please visit http://focus.psychiatryonline.org
The new issue of FOCUS, Psychotherapy: New Evidence and New Approaches, explores the field of psychotherapy in the 21st century—where we are now and where we are headed.
Psychotherapy and Neuroimaging
Technological advances in neuroimaging have enabled researchers to examine, in vivo, the relationship between psychotherapeutic interventions and markers of brain activity. This review focuses on two kinds of neuroimaging studies in psychotherapy: those that examine the patterns of brain activity associated with response to treatments and those that examine the changes that occur in brain activity during treatment.
Internet-Delivered Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders and Depression
Anxiety and depressive disorders are highly prevalent, but fewer than half of those who meet diagnostic criteria seek treatment each year. Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy may improve access to evidence-based psychological treatment for people with these conditions.
Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder in Adults
Although pharmacotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for bipolar disorder, medication offers only partial relief for patients. This review summarizes the available data on psychotherapy for adults with bipolar disorder.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Next Generation of Treatments
CBT has been established as an empirically supported treatment for virtually any mental disorder and has usually been conducted in face-to-face individual or group format. In recent years, newer CBT treatments have been developed, including meta-cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and other transdiagnostic treatments.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy: Healing with a Relational Focus
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on relationship stressors and ways to adaptively engage with social supports. With its clear clinical guidelines, therapist- and patient-friendly approach, and data supporting its effectiveness, IPT is easily integrated into mental health care to help patients with mood or eating disorders and interpersonal problems.
Deborah J. Hales, M.D., is Director of Education at the American Psychiatric Association and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University.
Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D., is Chairman and Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and the Polier Endowed Chair in Schizophrenia and Related Disorders at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California; Vice-Chairman and Professor in Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Deborah J. Hales, M.D.
Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D.
Patient Management Exercise
Ian A. Cook, M.D., Associate Editor
Laura W. Roberts, M.D., Associate Editor
Senior Advisory Board
Carol A. Bernstein, M.D.
Paula J. Clayton, M.D.
Pedro L. Delgado, M.D.
Howard H. Goldman, M.D.
Ira M. Lesser, M.D.
Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D.
Pedro Ruiz, M.D.
Stephen C. Scheiber, M.D.
Daniel K. Winstead, M.D.
Joel Yager, M.D.
Josepha A. Cheong, M.D.
Laura Dunn, M.D.
John B. Herman, M.D.
Donald M. Hilty, M.D.
Geetha Jayaram, M.D., M.B.A.
Thomas A.M. Kramer, M.D.
Daryl Matthews, M.D.
Cheryl F. McCartney, M.D.
Philip R. Muskin, M.D.
Michele T. Pato, M.D.
Cynthia W. Santos, M.D.
Deborah Spitz, M.D.
James W. Thompson, M.D., M.P.H.
Joyce A. Tinsley, M.D.
Owen M. Wolkowitz, M.D.
FOCUS Self-Assessment Editorial Board
J. Michael Bostwick, M.D.
Robert Boland, M.D.
Arden D. Dingle, M.D.
Laura Fochtmann, M.D.
James W. Jefferson, M.D.
Vishal Madaan, M.D.
Annette M. Matthews, M.D.
Rima Styra, M.D.
Marcia L. Verduin, M.D.
Isaac Wood, M.D.
Joel Yager, M.D.
Eric R. Williams, M.D.