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AABH Conference Recap

August 27, 2007
by Greg Kuras
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This article appeared in the August 22, 2007, edition of Behavioral Healthcare

's e-newsletter.

The Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare (AABH) held its 39th Annual Training Conference in Boston from July 29 to 31. As a national organization of providers dedicated to the recovery principles of noninstitutional care, consumer involvement, and community interface, the AABH’s mission is to promote partial-hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) as vital components of the behavioral healthcare continuum. AABH’s more than 300 members are professionals from hospital-based and community mental health center programs offering these ambulatory levels of care. National and regional training conferences work to advance this vision, providing education, support, and advocacy to AABH members and nonmembers.

At the July conference, Roots in Recovery...Empowering through PHP and IOP, more than 100 members and nonmembers from 27 states received three days of focused trainings in clinical delivery, administrative, and managerial topics. Sixteen presenters, 12 sessions, and 17 hours of continuing education units for mental health professionals were available. Conference attendees received information critical to the profession as well as their individual organizations.

Keynote speakers opened with presentations that underscored the “Roots in Recovery” theme. Ed Neuhaus, PhD, ABPP, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and director of Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Programs at McLean Hospital, and Dori Hutchinson, ScD, director of services for the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, presented on evidence-based knowledge for designing PHPs and IOPs for severe psychopathology, as well as for the incorporation of recovery model principles and practices throughout.

This year’s “bonus” feature included a field trip to McLean Hospital, where participants attended overviews of the PHPs for substance abuse, OCD, eating disorders, and trauma and dissociative disorders, presented by Dr. Neuhaus and key program staff.

The 40th Annual Conference, A Congress of the Ambulatory Healthcare Continuum, will be in Baltimore in late July 2008. A regional training, Give Recovery a Chance, will be in Las Vegas in late January 2008. For information about AABH membership and upcoming training conferences, visit


Greg Kuras is the AABH Conference Chairman.