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Posted: 7/1/2008 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

MindLeaders, Inc. and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) have announced a cooperative agreement that provides for the development and distribution of new online and instructor led food safety training programs.Formal announcement of the agreement is expected at NEHA’s 72nd Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition June 22 through June 25, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona.“NEHA’s partnership with MindLeaders has greatly enhanced our capacity to provide effective learning materials to food service industry trainers, managers, and employees while helping us to meet our goal of strengthening the foundation of food safety training in the United States," says Nelson Fabian, NEHA’s executive director. “NEHA does not choose its partners lightly. After thoroughly researching this company and asking many tough questions, we were impressed not only with MindLeaders’ track record and expertise, but with the opportunity available for us to further the goals of the environmental health profession and to increase our business opportunities. We look forward to a long and healthy future together.”When fully implemented, the program will complement NEHA’s core products that include instructional texts for managers and food handlers as well as on-line food safety training programs. The cooperative agreement combines MindLeaders expertise in the design and development of content-rich, highly engaging and interactive e-Learning with the regulatory expertise of NEHA- expertise gained through close affiliation with health departments and agencies throughout the U.S.“Because of NEHA’s access to in-depth environmental health resources including food safety experts, epidemiology resources and the most advanced research in the field, this partnership will ensure that the products that result from our association will meet the latest regulatory requirements in every jurisdiction that an establishment is located. The strength of the NEHA brand will provide assurance to the owners of these establishments that their managers and employees are getting the very best food safety training available anywhere in the nation.” says Bill Vear, MindLeaders Sales Director, who will oversee deployment of the NEHA program. “Our unique delivery system, the pen-based tablet PC, eL-Box, will bring training right into the food establishment without the need for an internet connection.”About MindLeaders:An early pioneer of e-Learning, MindLeaders brings 27 years of experience in the technology-based, self-paced training field to the challenges of comprehensive Food Safety training. The Company’s e-Learning products include over 2,200 courses, complete online reference library, personal learning advisor, centralized administration/ reporting and online helpdesk, all, accessible, 24/7, via the internet.About NEHA:The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) was incorporated in 1937 to create a national professional society for environmental health practitioners. For the 5000 individual, organization and college members, NEHA’s mission, “to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all” is represented in the services provided for the profession. NEHA offers seven national credentials, produces the Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition, publishes the widely-respected and peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health, serves as a “one stop shop” for publications in virtually every area of the environmental health field through its online bookstore, posts job openings on its online JobCenter, provides networking and committee participation opportunities, develops positions on timely and serious environmental health concerns, and provides several other services, serving as a constant resource for the environmental health professional.# # #Editorial Contact:MindLeaders: John McCann, Marketing Communications Manager, jmccann@mindleaders.comNEHA: Christine Hollenbeck, Program Administratorchollenbeck@neha.org
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On March 20th Dr. Norma Perez, mental health specialist and coordinator of her hospital's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) clinical team, sent a startling email to her staff,"Given that we are having more and more compensation seeking veterans," she wrote. "I'd like to suggest that you refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out. Consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder." Dr. Perez has since argued that her email was meant to better support veterans who sometimes struggle to get a correct diagnosis. Critics say that her email is a sign that the VA is cutting back on appropriate care for soldiers by using a lesser diagnosis that is not eligible for the same services as PTSD.An April 2008 private study found that at least 300,000 American military personnel are suffering from PTSD but according to Pentagon findings only 40,000 veterans have been officially diagnosed. Mark Dombeck, PhD, Director of MentalHelp.net, says that PTSD can be challenging to identify. He adds that this may be the reasoning behind Dr. Perez's controversial email.PTSD is a reaction to violent, dangerous trauma that causes intense stress and fear. The intensity of his or her experience causes the trauma to be "written into the victim's memory." Veterans suffering from PTSD are unable to turn off obsessive thoughts about their experiences and so are forced to re-live their fear and horror over and over again.People suffering with PTSD often present with the following symptoms:• Dissociation• Intrusive trauma memories at inconvenient times • Intense clarify of recall • Nightmares or hallucinations • Substance abuse• Reclusive behavior and avoidance• Jumpiness, heightened startle response• Hyperawareness• Guilt over surviving traumaTreatments for PTSD include medications and psychotherapy. Accurately diagnosing PTSD can be a time-consuming process and patients need support while they wait for their official diagnosis. Adjustment Disorder can be used as a temporary label for a veteran whose testing is not yet complete but who needs services."Adjustment Disorder is a stress disorder in its own right," says Dr. Dombeck. "When it's used to address the need for further testing then it's an appropriate diagnosis. But if it's used for political purposes – like to save the VA from having to pay out money to a disabled veteran – then that amounts to malpractice."Dr. Dombeck says he is sympathetic to the challenges of the Veteran's Administration but adds that his first concern is for struggling veterans and their need for effective, ongoing mental health support."In our current war-time circumstances the serious issue is how quickly can veterans can get the care they need to address their healthcare concerns," says Dr. Dombeck. "We're happy to fund the actions that break our troops, but not to fund the actions that help to put them back together again."About MentalHelp.netThe MentalHelp.net website exists to promote mental health and wellness education and advocacy.