Task Forces and Committees

Task Forces

We organize task forces and study groups on issues of grave concern to the Alliance. Members are researchers, clinicians, practitioners, students and policy experts with expertise on the topic. We welcome individuals at various stages in their careers, from across disciplines, and who who work in a variety of settings.

Products from the task forces vary depending on the interests of participants.  In the past, task forces have developed special issues of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, policy statements, resolutions, briefs, and white papers, and conference presentations.    New members are welcome to any of the task forces!  Contact us at [email protected] to let us know you're interested.  

Our current priority topics are:  

Global Mental Health

As a global organization that recognizes a threat to injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, our global mental health task seeks to draw attention to disparities found throughout the world in mental health services and the too frequent violation of the rights of individuals with mental health concerns.

LGBTQ and Mental Health

Discrimination against individuals identifying as LGBTQ has been associated with higher rates of mental health disorders, substance abuse and suicide.  Youth identifying as LGBTQ experience higher rates of violence, victimization and homelessness.  The concerns of our members about discrimination against individuals identifying as LGBTQ led us to adopt a resolution in March 2017 on protections for transgender students.  The Task Force is now identifying the next questions of interest.  

Want more information about the topic in general, research on the topic or what you can do to help?  Click here.   

Human Trafficking

Our human trafficking task force is focusing on the prevention of trafficking of children and youth. Members of the task force presented on the development of a child trafficking prevention framework at the 2017 Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking. The task force also represented the Global Alliance at a Congressional Briefing on human trafficking prevention in November 2017.

The Rights and Mental Health of Immigrant and Refugee Populations

A previous task force of the Global Alliance called for the development of comprehensive immigration reform incorporating family-centered policies and promoting family unity.  The task force called for an interdisciplinary dialogue among mental health professionals, child advocates, policymakers and other stakeholders to address gaps in existing immigration enforcement practices and to prevent, as much as possible, the separation of families (see our position paper on the Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Children and Families and our resolution on protecting immigrant children and families). 

More recently, the Global Alliance has adopted a resolution on families crossing borders.  The Task Force is in the process of identifying the next questions related to protecting the rights of immigrant and refugee populations.     

More information is available about immigration and our work under topics.     

The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Children, Families and Communities

The Global Alliance formed a task force on incarceration in 2015 to address challenges related to mass incarceration. The task force worked on a policy brief on mental health and the criminal justice system.  

 Prior Task Forces 

In the past, we have sponsored task forces on the Family Homelessness; Children's Rights to Protection of Important Family Relationships; Mental Health and Human Rights; Intimate Partner Violence, and Schools as Places of Community.

Committees

The Global Alliance Board of Directors appoints committees to assist in carrying out the business of the association.  Global Alliance members are welcome to join these committees.  Current committees include:  
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