Is It Responsible for Mental Health Professionals to Comment on the Mental Fitness or Mental Health of the President in the Public Media?

Four colleagues will present their differing perspectives on whether it is appropriate for mental health professionals to comment on the mental fitness/health of the President in the public media. Drawing on his recently published book, Diagnosing from a Distance, Dr. Martin-Joy will present a historical perspective.

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1 Session: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schedule: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Group Discussion
All courses will take place online until further notice. 
 
Is It Responsible for Mental Health Professionals to Comment on the Mental Fitness or Mental Health of the President in the Public Media?
 
Four colleagues will present their differing perspectives on whether it is appropriate for mental health professionals to comment on the mental fitness/health of the President in the public media. Drawing on his recently published book, Diagnosing from a Distance, Dr. Martin-Joy will present a historical perspective. Drs. Glass and Dodes, contributors to the book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, will describe their reasons for moving from the consulting room to the public square. Dr. Robbins will state his concerns about the appropriate limits on such ventures. This session will provide time for Q & A with attendees.
 
 
Instructors
 
Leonard Glass, MD, MPH
Psychoanalyst Member, Psychoanalytic Training Program Faculty, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program Faculty, and Explorations in Mind Program Faculty, BPSI.
Lance Dodes, MD
Psychoanalyst Member, Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus, Explorations in Mind Program Faculty, BPSI. Dr. Dodes is the founder of Psychoanalysis Now.
Michael Robbins, MD
Psychoanalyst Member, and Explorations in Mind Program Faculty, BPSI.
John Martin-Joy, MD
Candidate Member, and Explorations in Mind Program Faculty, BPSI. He has written and presented extensively on the ethics of psychiatrists commenting on public figures. Private Practice in Cambridge, MA.
 
This course is open to participants from multiple disciplines including scholars, clinicians, management consultants, and organizational leaders and practitioners. Continuing Education credits are offered for psychologists, and social workers.
 
 
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
 
  1. Describe Erik Erikson’s approach to understanding the fit between a culture and a malignant leader, e.g., Adolf Hitler.
  2. Assess and apply the limits and boundaries between professional practice, private and public, and personal expression; specifically the role, if any, of public comments about controversial persons.
  3. Assess the balance between respecting the limitations of what can be responsibly said about a person in a position of power without examining him or her versus the risk to society of professional silence.
  4. Describe the advantages and risks of professional public engagement with public figures as it affects the credibility and relevance of the mental health sciences in the public’s eye.
 
 
 
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $75 Early Bird(Use code: EB2020PM); $100 Regular (after Sep 28, 2020)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.
 
 
Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan (cnathan@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to www.bpsi.org, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program Administrator
Stephanie Cavanaugh: scavanaugh@bpsi.org
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com
 
 
 
Continuing Education 
Physicians: CME credits are not available for this course.
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 2 hours of CE.
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of the social work CE accreditation.
Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.
 
 
Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon-Cardoso at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.
 
Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.
 
The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions to or administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.
 
 

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