TIPS & TOPICS Volume 2, No. 8 December 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – SUCCESS STORIES – Until Next Time Welcome readers! As usual, I operate under the pressure of deadlines. Welcome to this last edition of 2004 as I scurry to get ready for the holidays. Perhaps you are more organized than me this year.
TIPS & TOPICS Volume 2, No. 7 November 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – Until Next Time Welcome readers! Since this is Thanksgiving time (at least for USA readers), I give thanks to you for reading TIPS and TOPICS, and to the many of you who have told me how much you appreciate receiving it. It is gratifying to me to know that TIPS and TOPICS has had a positive influence on many, and the ideas help improve treatment for the people we serve.
TIPS & TOPICS Volume 2, No. 6 October 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – STUMP THE SHRINK – Until Next Time Welcome readers! I want to welcome the very large number of new subscribers to TIPS and TOPICS in September- October! You’ll quickly get the gist of the “S” format. When ever any of you have a question or comment, email me. It may be included in “Stump the Shrink.”
TIPS and TOPICS Vol 2, No.5 September 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – SUCCESS STORIES – SHAMELESS SELLING – Until next time WELCOME! I have just returned from a national conference on behavioral health care, sponsored by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The focus was on outcomes research and the use of data. If you are a clinician, just wait! Before you turn off, and write this edition off to statistics and dry research information, let me assure you that I am interested in bridging the gap between research and clinical practice. Give this edition a chance!
TIPS and TOPICS Vol 2, No.4 August 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – SUCCESS STORIES – Until next time WELCOME! A new reader of last month’s June/July issue of TIPS and TOPICS asked me if I had considered making the newsletter a monthly publication. I quickly reassured her that it is indeed a monthly publication- except for the summer-when I combine a couple of the months to give myself a little bit of “laid back” relaxation.
TIPS and TOPICS Vol 2, No.3 June-July 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – STUMP THE SHRINK – Until next time WELCOME! Welcome to the June/July edition of TIPS and TOPICS. This monthly publication just suddenly turned into a two-editions-in-the-summer, “monthly” newsletter! You will receive a July/August edition around mid to late August. You can also see this and previous editions on my website.
TIPS and TOPICS Vol 2, No.2 May 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – STUMP THE SHRINK – Until next time WELCOME! Welcome to the May edition of TIPS and TOPICS. Unlike big magazines like TIME where you receive the week’s edition before the date on the cover, this humble effort usually comes late in the month. Finding the “spare time” to get this to you often gets lost in other deadlines. But here it is.
TIPS and TOPICS Vol 2, No.1 April 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – STUMP THE SHRINK – SUCCESS STORIES – Until next time WELCOME! This April edition of TIPS and TOPICS marks the beginning of the second year of these monthly bits and pieces from me to you. If you have been getting these from the very first edition, I hope they have been useful in your work and life. If you are new to TIPS and TOPICS, welcome to an unscripted array of issues that arise from reflections about my training and consulting practice (often as I sit on airplanes).
TIPS and TOPICS Vol 1, No.11 March 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – Until next time WELCOME! Recently I was training on the ASAM Criteria. I was surprised by some fundamental misunderstandings even from people using the criteria for many years. As you may know, I have been involved with, and chaired the development of the Patient Placement Criteria (PPC) for the Treatment of Substance Related Disorders of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) since its beginning in the late 1980’s. For those of you who do not know the ASAM PPC, these are consensus criteria that match people with substance use problems to the appropriate level of care within a broad continuum of services.
TIPS and TOPICS Volume 1, No. 10 February 2004 In this issue – SAVVY…….. – SKILLS…….. – SOUL……… – STUMP the SHRINK… – SUGGESTIONS……… – SHARING SOLUTIONS……. – Until next time…….. WELCOME! On February 11, 2004 there was a press release from Join Together- a project of the Boston University School of Public Health- that had convened a national policy panel in the summer of 2002. Their task was to address the quality of treatment for substance use disorders. The panel’s primary recommendation called for a fundamental change in the payment system for treating drug and alcohol disorders – that payment should be based on the results achieved; that purchasers of treatment services should reward results.
TIPS and TOPICS Volume 1, No. 9 January 2004 In this issue – SAVVY – SKILLS – SOUL – STUMP the SHRINK – SUCCESS STORIES – Until next time WELCOME! It is already moving towards February. I know it is clichéd to say, but I can’t believe how fast the year is racing by. I hope you are as busy (in the productive sense) as I am. But I also hope you have more balance in your life than I have at present. I have already broken my New Year’s resolution for more balance. By declaring this here I am putting myself on notice to check the balance-meter more often and more effectively.