CFP: Mental Health Conference

Proposals sought for: The Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action, hosted by the Institute on Social Exclusion, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, June 3rd and 4th, 2010, The Drake Hotel, Chicago

The purposes of the conference are:

* To increase awareness about how social conditions impact mental health;

* To develop and disseminate mental health prevention and intervention strategies that are informed by the social determinants framework;

* To create multidisciplinary collaborations to identify and address the multifaceted social conditions that impact mental health; and

* To develop new knowledge and practice innovations.

We invite papers that create new knowledge and/or practice innovations by doing one or more of the following:

* applying the social determinants frame to mental health;

* bridging disciplinary and professional perspectives on the social determinants of mental health;

* illustrating the mechanisms and pathways by which social context impacts mental health;

* illustrating the relationships between “macro” (e.g., national and international economic, climatic, political, demographic, and social forces), “meso” (e.g., family, neighborhood, and community characteristics) and “micro” (e.g., individual attributes) variables and mental health.

* proposing new or describing existing policy and programmatic mental health interventions that are based on the social determinants frame.

Topics might include the impact on mental health of:

* national and international forces (e.g., globalization, urbanization, industrialization, privatization, climate change, migration);

* legislation and public policy (e. g., labor, immigration, environmental, housing, trade, land use, fiscal, monetary, education, social welfare, criminal justice);

* institutional behaviors (e.g., the media, private corporations, government agencies);

* social, political, and economic ideologies (e.g., liberalism vs. conservatism; private markets vs. government intervention; personal vs. social responsibility; individualism vs. communitarianism);

* macro-social phenomena (e.g., natalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and ablism; as well as stratification, cohesion, and exclusion)

Papers are invited from not only from mental health professionals, but given the multidimensionality of the social determinants, submissions are also invited from professionals in other fields such as law, public safety, architecture, planning, housing, transportation, environmental sciences, social work, and human rights; and other disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, demography, criminology, and anthropology. We seek submissions from authors representing the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, as well as those representing local, national, and international bodies. Papers submitted by cross-disciplinary, cross-professional, cross-sectoral teams of authors are especially welcomed.

Submission Requirements: The working language of the conference is English. Please submit a 300 word abstract to ise@adler.edu  by December 31st, 2009. In the subject line, please “SDOMH Abstract Submission”. In the abstract, be certain to:

(1) Describe how the submission is relevant to the conference theme;

(2) Describe how the submission builds new knowledge and/or practice innovations by doing at least one of the following:

* applies the social determinants frame to mental health;

* bridges disciplinary, professional, and sectoral perspectives on the social determinants of mental health;

* illustrates the mechanisms and the pathways by which social context impacts mental health and well-being;

* illustrates the relationships between “macro” (e.g., national and international economic, climatic, political, demographic, and social forces), “meso” (e.g., family, neighborhood, and community characteristics) and “micro” (e.g., individual attributes) variables and mental health; and/or

* proposes new or describes existing policy and programmatic mental health interventions that are based the on social determinants frame.

(3) Note the contact information and professional/disciplinary background of the author(s).

Authors accepted for presentation will be notified by January 31st.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference proceedings. For more information, please contact ise@adler.edu

Lynn C. Todman, PhD, Director, Institute on Social Exclusion, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Suite 2100, 65 E. Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601-7298; Tel: (312) 201 5900 ext. 264; Fax: (312) 261-4061; Email: ltodman@adler.edu

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