Archive | August, 2010

Optimism Mood Charting Application Donation

24 Aug


The Aberdeen PRP would like to thank James Bishop with Optimism Apps for generously donating several licenses to Key Point for use of their online Optimism software.  We are beginning to approach a group of pre-selected clients about the exciting uses this software can be put to.  Other departments around Key Point are evaluating if they will be able to offer a few accounts to clients most likely to benefit.

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“Optimism applications are mood charts to help with managing mental health. They are used as self-help or self-improvement tools, for depression and bipolar disorder, and other illnesses. The core purpose of the apps is to help you discover what causes your mood swings, to find the warning signs of a decline in health, and learn strategies, often specific to you, that help you to remain well.  The Optimism apps help you to be proactive. A continual feedback loop, in the form of charts and reports, improves your understanding of your mental health and the things that are helping or hindering you.”

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Clients enter a daily record of their mood, symptoms, and triggers.  They also track quality and amount of sleep, medication compliance, exercise, and a host of “stay well strategies” (walk, call a friend, etc.).  Space is provided for notes, customization, and development of an online wellness plan.  Reports and graphs may then be generated to show what works and what does not.  One client may find that 3 days of exercise tends to improve mood.  Another may find that regular water, meals, and meds does the trick.

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The company is working on developing ways for clinicians to monitor the entries made by their clients, including automating the emailing of charts and reports (e.g. before appointments), and the receipt of alerts according to individual-specific data entry rules (e.g. specific words in the notes area, drop in mood, lack of sleep).   These enhancements would further help mental health professionals to stay on top of how their clients are faring.

Several huge benefits of this software immediately come to my mind:

  • Taking personal responsibility for health progress.
  • Fostering the sense that there are things one can do for one’s self — not just rely passively on the mental health system.
  • General awareness building of symptoms and wellness through daily tracking and reminders.

I’m curious to see who takes to this system best.  I’m betting on several of our

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 younger, more computer literate clients.  I also predict this software will appeal to clients who control anxiety through doing tasks and organizing.  I think our more science- and engineering-minded clients will appreciate the greater precision this tool brings to wellness.

— Michael


New Ping Pong Table

10 Aug

The Harford Co Residential program and the PRP have pooled resources to get a new ping pong table for our clients.  We are thinking a tournament may be in order soon…  It’s also a good way to work up a sweat without having to go outside.  We think it will be popular.

Steve Earns CPRP Certification

3 Aug

Stephen Cannon has recently passed his examination to become a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).  CPRP certification is granted by the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA), the professional association for practitioners of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and persons and families living with psychiatric disabilities.

Stephen looks forward to continuing to work within the rehabilitation program setting and pursuing quality services for consumers’ needs.

The CPRP is a test-based certification that shows mastery of a wide range of subject matter relating to recovery from serious mental illness.  The certification also shows a commitment to an ethical code and requires both significant experience and ongoing professional training.  More information available here.

Congratulations to Steve on a job well done!