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Updates & Media Coverage

Division 32 Symposium Attracts More Than 500 at APA Convention!!

By Dave Elkins, Immediate Past President of Division 32 The DSM-5 Symposium sponsored by Division 32 at the APA Convention in Orlando (August 2-5, 2012) was an astounding success. The symposium, which was held on Friday morning, attracted more than 500 attendees, one of the best-attended symposia of the APA convention. APA filmed the session and plans to make it …

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International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry Lends Its Support With This Letter

ISEPP STATEMENT ON THE DSM-V It is the position of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, is a political rather than scientific document, one which damages human beings. Despite the position of its authors that it is primarily descriptive, the …

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Response to the Final DSM-5 Draft Proposals by the Open Letter Committee

To the DSM–5 Task Force and the American Psychiatric Association. As you know, the Open Letter Committee of the Society for Humanistic Psychology and the Coalition for DSM–5 Reform have been following the development of DSM–5 closely. We appreciate the opportunity for public commentary on the most recent version of the DSM–5 draft proposals. We intend to submit this brief …

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The Association of Black Psychologists Lends Its Support to the Coalition’s Open Letter.

The Association of Black Psychologists recently released a letter calling attention to similar concerns of The Coalition for DSM 5 Reform.

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Psychologist Dr. Cacciatore Addresses DSM 5 on Grief & Bereavement

“Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog opposing the DSM 5′s proposal to reduce the DSM IV bereavement exclusion. This blog has since gone viral in the most incredible way- 100,000 readers within its first few weeks. It seems that this proposal is experienced as an outrageous insult by the very people it is intended to help. I have more than …

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DSM-5 Hires PR Firm

This week, Allen Frances, MD, addresses the fact that the American Psychiatric Association has hired a PR spokesman. Frances also discusses his involvement and passion for bringing accountability to the DSM 5 Task Force.

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DSM-5 Tied to Drug Industry

On March 13, 2012, British journal, New Scientist, published a pieced entitled “Many authors of psychiatry bible have industry ties”.

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The APA Responds to Call for Independent Review

The below link is a letter from the American Psychiatric Association president John Oldham, M.D. to the Open Letter Committee of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association).  This letter from the APA is a response to a recent letter the Open Letter Committee sent the DSM-5 Task Force calling for an independent review. APA letter …

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Open Letter Committee Calls for Independent Review

The Open Letter Committee of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association, has written a new letter to the DSM-5 Task Force, calling for an independent review of the DSM-5.  

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British Psychological Society Issues Statement to DSM-5

From the British Psychological Society website: The Society has today (13 December 2011) released a statement expressing concerns regarding the proposed revisions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, which is one the main internationally-used classification systems for diagnosis of people with mental health problems in clinical settings and for research trials. The Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division …

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