Wednesday, May 10, 2017

AAPDP Hosts 2016 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Conference in Georgia

Since March 2014, Dr. Antonio Bullon has worked as medical director of the geriatric and neuropsychiatry treatment unit at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts. To help him stay up-to-date on changes made within the industry, Dr. Antonio Bullon maintains membership with several professional organizations, one of which includes the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP).

Founded in 1956, the AAPDP consists of psychiatrists who are interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy within clinical practices. As an affiliate of the American Psychiatric Association, the AAPDP also has members who are psychiatric residents and medical students. A nonprofit organization, it strives to advance psychodynamic psychiatry, encourage research, and provide a forum for those interested in the practice.

In addition, the AAPDP hosts an annual meeting where members converge and share ideas. Its 60th annual meeting, which occurred in May 2016 in Atlanta, had a theme of “Let’s Play! The Role of Play in Treatment and Across the Lifespan.” The three-day event featured symposiums, workshops, and presentations. Keynote speaker Dr. Kimberly R. Best discussed the role of playfulness in child and adult treatment. The 61st annual meeting is scheduled for May 2017 in San Diego.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

American Psychiatric Association Upholds Goldwater Ethics Rule

Since early January 2017, Dr. Antonio Bullon has treated patients at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Maryland, as an attending psychiatrist. In addition to caring for geriatric patients at the hospital, Dr. Antonio Bullon remains actively involved with his professional community through the American Psychiatric Association (APA). This organization supports psychiatric patients and helps ensure they receive the highest level of care possible.

The APA is also concerned with ethics regarding the care of psychiatric patients. Recently, the organization upheld the Goldwater Rule, an ethics guideline that states member psychiatrists should refrain from giving professional opinions about individuals they have not personally evaluated.

The Goldwater Rule dates back to 1973, although it came about from the 1964 presidential election. At this time, Fact magazine questioned more than 12,000 psychiatrists about Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican candidate. More than 2,400 psychiatrists responded to the survey, with 1,189 saying that he was psychiatrically unfit for the presidency.

Goldwater sued the magazine for publishing the results of this survey and Fact was found liable for damages. The APA came to the conclusion that it was unethical and unprofessional for theses care providers to issue an opinion about someone they had not personally evaluated, and subsequently drafted the rule to prevent such occurrences in the future.