CPD Online eNewsletter June 2014

Welcome to the June 2014 CPD Online eNewsletter




RCPsych International Congress The International Congress 2014 will take place from 24 to 27 June at London’s Barbican Centre. Do visit us at the CPD Online stand (in the RCPsych Info Zone) to have a one-to-one demonstration, to receive help with getting the best from CPD Online, or simply to meet the team.  


Trainees Online – Expert Reviewers Needed Trainees Online (TrOn) – a new e-learning resource from the College designed to support the learning needs of core trainees – is due to launch at the College’s International Congress. We are currently looking for expert reviewers to provide feedback on our commissioned modules which cover the basic sciences on the MRCPsych syllabus and are written by higher trainees. Interested? Please see our full module list and our expert reviewer page for further information on how to get involved.


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Educational feature:

A changing culture

By Dr Suhaib Bin Bilal Hafi, CPD Online Trainee Editor


Changes ahead

It never ceases to amaze me how information provision and social interaction change over the years. Over the centuries we have gone from pigeon post to emails; from lectures to students to having whole curricula online on a tablet; from coffee houses to Facebook and Twitter to meet our social interaction needs. I started my life looking at one or two terrestrial television channels, yet my two-year-old son navigates his way on a tablet effortlessly, instantly accessing the seemingly limitless store of human knowledge. Although he is currently focusing on the cartoons. Such has been the extent to which things have changed over the past 25 years. Who knows what’s in store for us over the next 25 years?


Looking at recent history and literature, it is evident that strategies to resist or modify change in culture are proving unsuccessful. Keeping up with changes in culture is a necessity for success in the ever-moving world. In my view, this is just the beginning. We will go through several more changes in culture in our lifetime, and if we fail to align ourselves with the present we will risk lagging further behind in future.


RCPsych has moved along to align with the modern culture of information provision and social interaction. CPD Online is a stride in the right direction, designed to meet these changes in culture. By providing up-to-date online modules and podcasts in psychiatry we are striving to make it easier for mental health clinicians across the world to adapt to the growing culture of maintaining continuous professional development. And for those of you who tweet, do follow us on Twitter, to get closer together and interact in these new virtual worlds..


New podcasts:

Professor Heidi Feldman, from the Stanford University School of Medicine, talks about attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents.


Dr Joyce Almeida, author of the College’s popular Minds on Film blog, discusses the use of film for teaching and learning psychiatry.


Dr Madhav Goyal talks about his recent study and some surprising findings about the effectiveness of meditation.


Forthcoming modules:

Transferring care between age-specific services

Managing the adverse effects of clozapine

Social media and mental health


Feeling better

  Feeling better – Lifestyle management for chronic mental disorders [Fully revised and updated by the author]
This module aims to familiarise all clinicians treating patients with chronic severe mental disorders with a systematic and practical approach towards the diagnosis of lifestyle-associated physical health problems and potential treatment strategies.
The use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) in patients suffering from mental health problems is well documented.  

Complementary and alternative medicine in psychiatry [Fully revised and updated by the author]

The goal of this module is to acquaint psychiatrists with the most common complementary and alternative medicines routinely encountered in clinical practice and to enable them to deal confidently with clinical queries in this area.


View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past month


New from Advances in Psychiatric Treatment:



  The therapeutic power of volunteering
Supported volunteering can help recovery and be a pathway into paid work for people with serious and fluctuating mental health conditions. Fegan and Cook discuss the principles of a supported volunteering scheme and the benefits psychiatric patients gain from volunteering within health and social care settings.
Paraphilias   Paraphilias and paraphilic disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management
Classifying paraphilias as mental disorder remains difficult, despite efforts in DSM-5 to clarify the difference between the non-pathological paraphilias and the pathological paraphilic disorders. Yakeley and Wood consider the DSM-5 diagnostic category, along with epidemiology and aetiology of paraphilias. They offer guidance on assessment, disclosure and referral, and consider the limited evidence on effective treatments.



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