POSTSCRIPTUMPatients and mental health professionals in the next century can look forward to
not only bright hopes but also many challenges and confrontations. No, I do not
have a crystal ball. What I do have are some solid predications from impeccable
sources—Harvard University and the World Health Organization.Richmond and Harper (1996) state that the following needs for child and
adolescent psychiatry will be priorities for the next generation of professionals. First,
a commitment to equity is necessary so that all children and families have access to
services. Second, a greater emphasis on health promotion and prevention is in order.
Professional activities that apply knowledge are needed to influence not only
healthcare policy but also social policy recommendations as well, since much of
prevention and health promotion requires improving the environments of children
and families. Third, an awareness of resource limits will be needed by those who
seek to improve the lives of children. Fourth, research support must continue if
interventions are to improve. Research is the engine of change.Professional organizations will have to reaffirm their social responsibilities by
emphasizing priorities and social roles:
|• ||The maintenance of professional standards and ethics|
|• ||Social conscience; individual strategies must become essential to preserve
professional ethical standards|
|• ||Advocacy for the whole child, for an integrated biopsychosocial approach,
and for community interventions|
|• ||Partnership in advocacy; alliances with groups that represent the public interest will make for more effective advocacy|
Our Children Are Our Future
A 5-year study by an international team at Harvard University School of Public
Health stated that the causes of death and disability will change dramatically by the
year 2020 (Maugh, 1996 ). The study is called "The Global Burden of Disease" by
the World Health Organization. When the study is completed, they are projecting ten
volumes. The first two volumes of results compares the statistics of death in 1990
with the projected statistics of 2020.____________________
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Crisis Intervention: Theory and Methodology.
Contributors: Donna C. Aguilera - Author.
Place of publication: Philadelphia.
Publication year: 1998.
Page number: 283.
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