Monday, August 3, 2020

Welcome Colleagues!

The Center for Environmental Therapeutics (CET) is delighted to welcome colleagues to, and mention a few resources that may be of special interest. Several of these resources are list in the Clinicians tab. Other resources are located in disparate parts of the site, including:

  • recommendations, and products, for particular problems with mood, and sleep
  • free, confidential self-assessments
  • fact sheets, and other material, you can give clients and patients.

This Treasury of carefully chosen selection of seminal papers and books gives an overview of all major topics in the research, and applications, of the science of circadian rhythms. The paragraphs introducing each section can stand alone as a rich, often fascinating, history of the field.

Our suggestions range from manuals offering step-by-step guidance for chronotherapy to reflections on the evolution of circadian rhythms within the cycle of day, and night.

This collection of assessment instruments, designed and produced by the Clinical Chronobiology and Biometrics Research groups at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, is available as a set at CET. Regardless of whether you want to purchase the collection, you may want to see what tools health professionals find useful in working with affective disorders and sleep problems.

CET Recommendations is a boutique of information and tools. Articles written especially for CET explain light therapy for beginners, the benefit of ionizers, and so on. This educational literature can introduce clients and patients to new treatments, or reinforce explanations from therapy. Articles are matched with a relevant product that CET has carefully chosen, and vetted. Some products, such as our light box, were developed by CET.

More than a million people have taken one or more of our three confidential Automated Online Self-Assessments. Your clients and patients can take self-assessments, and share their printed results with you to help you assess, and monitor, the extent of their depression; choose the best time of day for a client to begin light therapy, if light therapy is indicated; and so on.

Some of our resources for patients and clients include fact sheets on topics relating to sleep and mood. One sheet, tailored to the challenges the elderly face in getting a good night’s sleep as their eyes change with age, has been hugely popular. Clinicians serving a geriatric population might find this sheet helpful for that growing segment of the US population.

We hope you will return to often, stay connected via social media, and tell your friends, and colleagues, about this resource.

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