Welcome to the web page of the Schizophrenia and Other Serious Mental Disorders Special Interest Group (SOSMD-SIG) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)! We invite you to join our SIG and make it your professional home.
Who We Are:
SIG members are researchers, clinicians, program directors, and/or administrators pursuing the development, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions (e.g., social skills training, cognitive therapy, cognitive remediation, illness management, behavioral family therapy) for people with serious mental disorders. We also have many student members preparing for these careers.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values:
MISSION (our current focus/purpose)
Our SIG promotes the development, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based interventions and behavioral assessments for persons experiencing, or at risk for, psychosis and problems on the schizophrenia spectrum.
VISION (the ideal future we seek)
Together we work toward a future where evidence-based interventions and behavioral assessments are available to all experiencing psychosis and problems on the schizophrenia spectrum, empowering them to achieve the best possible quality of life.
VALUES (the principles that guide our efforts)
We are committed to the following core values that guide us in these efforts: 1. Biopsychosocial research as a fundamental tool for discovering and developing effective interventions and sound assessments. 2. The social context as a vital perspective from which to understand and address clinical problems. This includes: a) Research on stigmatization, diversity, and disparities in access to evidence-based treatments. b) Advocacy, mental health policy, and well-coordinated systems of care which promote our mission. c) Partnership with those who have lived experience with the mental health problems we address, their families, and other stakeholders in the system of care.
- Convention: The annual ABCT Convention, usually held in November, is the culmination of the SOSMD-SIG’s activities for the year:
- Member collaborations are prominent among the research symposia, panel discussions, and workshops on serious mental disorders at the convention.
- ABCT's SIG Exposition (Poster Session): Current and recent students are invited to submit posters for this event to be considered for the SOSMD-SIG’s Student Research Award.
- SIG meeting: Annual meeting of SIG members
- Opportunities for networking
- Presentation of Student Research Award
- Presentation of Trailblazer Award to a mental health scientist-practitioner who has made a pioneering impact on the understanding and treatment of persons with serious mental disorders, including a talk by recipient (or other presentation by leading researcher in a year when there is no award).
2. Year-round Opportunities for Networking, Collaboration, and Information Sharing:
- This website: News and events (including training opportunities) related to serious mental disorders posted
- Facebook Page ( Schizophrenia@ABCT): Social networking with members
- Google Groups Listserv: Send messages to large swath of SOSMD-SIG members to network, share your news, and (with pre-approval) publicize your events.
Please see the "News" tab for information about upcoming trainings, the "Membership" tab for more information on how to join the SIG, and the "Leadership" tab for more information on our SIG's leadership, including contact information.
If you have information you think would be helpful to include on the website, please email both Jerome Yoman (President) and Andrea Avila (website moderator).
This website is created and maintained by the Schizophrenia and Other Serious Mental Disorders Special Interest Group (SIG). The contents of this web site have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). ABCT disclaims any responsibility for information and materials posted by any of its SIGs. Such information and materials do not necessarily reflect the values, attitudes, or opinions of ABCT and its members and staff.