The American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry (ASAP) is hosting its 2014 annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting will be held at the Grand Historic Venue. It is an exciting time for adolescent psychiatry. Our field is confronting a significant time of change. The adolescents of the world are reflecting that change and it is our responsibility as adolescent mental health professionals to understand and develop the skills necessary to work with them.
As part of that responsibility, ASAP is expanding its annual conference- adding a third preconference day - which this year will address School Mental Health. The preconference on school mental health will be given in association with the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the APA Foundation, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles, California.
The conference is drawing its faculty from the medical community of Baltimore. The Schonfeld lecture will be given by Dr. Robert Findling, Professor and Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and Vice Chair of the Department. Dr. Findling has been honored with numerous awards. His clinical manual of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology is in its second edition. He is the co-author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child and Adolescents. He has co-headed the Longitudinal Assessment of Manic Symptoms (LAMS) - an NIMH funded study that followed some 700 children with elevated irritability and sudden mood changes which suggested bipolarity.
The conference will address major topics of concern to adolescent mental health professionals including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, mood dysregulation, ADHD, the adolescent sex offender, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, psychosis prodrome and atypical anti-psychotic treatment.
This year the ASAP Welcome Reception and Dinner will be Saturday evening at the National Aquarium of Baltimore, one of the premier aquariums in the country. Baltimore hosts many exciting attractions including Fort McHenry (Birthplace of The Star Spangled Banner); The Baltimore Museum of Art, featuring its famous Cone Collection; The Walters Art Museum with its extraordinary exhibitions; The American Visionary Art Museum; The Jewish Museum of Maryland; The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture; The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Center Stage; The Lyric Opera House; Johns Hopkins, and, of course Washington, DC which is only 45 minutes away.
ASAP has reserved a block of rooms at The Embassy Suites (Hotel Tremont), 222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, please call 410-727-2222 to reserve a room in the "ASAP" block of rooms.
We are looking forward to an exciting conference and hope you can bring your expertise and suggestions.
Sheldon D. Glass, M.D., M.Ed. President elect, Program Chair