APA Convention takes on Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry

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APA Convention in Hawaii takes on Scientology

On the heels of the successful workshop delivered in Toronto in Sept at the CPA, Dr. Steve Wiseman has organized an international "all-star" panel workshop entitled:


The War: Understanding and Confronting Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry

Bottom line is that again this is historical, the first time the American Psychiatric Association has hosted such a presentation on this important subject. It represents the next major level of interest and engagement on behalf of professional psychiatry to push back against the distortions and misinformation put out by Scientology for years.


The panel is:

Stephen Wiseman MD (Chair)
Psychiatrist


Stephen Kent PhD
Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada
Aruguably world's #1 academic expert on Scientology


Lynn Partridge MD
Psychiatrist, Colorado


Nancy Many
Author of "My Billion Year Contract"


The workshop is at the annual American Psychiatric Association convention, taking place in Honolulu Hawaii May 14-18, 2011. The workshop itself is scheduled for Monday May 16, in the morning.

http://www.psych.org/annualmeeting


2011 APA Annual Meeting syllabus book (pdf pages 398/399)
http://www.psych.org/MainMenu/Education ... px?FT=.pdf

[Reformatted for forum posting]
[Event day: May 16th 2011]

8:00 AM - 9:30AM
WORKSHOP 59

THE WAR: UNDERSTANDING AND CONFRONTING SCIENTOLOGY’S EFFORTS TO DESTROY PSYCHIATRY
Chairperson.: Stephen R Wiseman, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, St. Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, V6Z1Y6 Canada,
Presenter(s): Stephen Wiseman, M.D., Nancy Many, B.S., C Lynn Partridge, M.D., Stephen Kent, M.A., Ph.D.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:
At the conclusion of this session, the participant should be able to:
1) Understand Scientology’s development and nature as a New Religion;
2) Appreciate the historical development of, and reasons for, Scientology’s opposition to the practice of psychiatry;
3) Identify some of Scientology’s current methods of opposing and stigmatizing psychiatric treatment; and
4) Appreciate the experience of mental illness and how it is handled from within Scientology.

SUMMARY:
L. Ron Hubbard published “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” in 1950, prior to then developing Scientology and registering it as a religion in 19534[sic]. During this time, he referred to psychiatry as a potential rival but not an enemy to be demonized and destroyed. This suddenly changed in 1955, however, and since this time, Scientology has been vociferously opposed to psychiatry to the degree of advocating for, and actively working towards, its entire destruction as a system of treatment. Today, both psychiatrists and the public alike are surprised by the degree of influence Scientology and its various affiliates have had, and continue to have, on antipsychiatry initiatives.

Utilizing sophisticated propaganda techniques to disseminate apparently legitimate criticisms of psychiatric practice, Scientology has supported and paved the way for more comprehensive and damaging attacks on the profession using legal and political methods. Any understanding of the ongoing stigma against psychiatry, its practice, and by extension those in need of psychiatric treatment, is entirely incomplete without an appreciation of the major role Scientology has played over the years in its perpetuation. This workshop explores the relationship between Scientology and psychiatry by commencing with an academically oriented discussion of the nature and internal mechanisms of new religions and cults in general and Scientology in specific. A detailed history of Scientology’s opposition to psychiatry, with specific ideas as to how and why this was triggered, is then presented.

Thirdly, Scientology’s current propaganda, legal, and political efforts to destroy psychiatry are reviewed, along with examples of how these have in fact had a stigmatizing influence. Finally, a personal testimony of Scientology’s teachings, and a struggle against mental illness from within the Church, is presented by a prominent exmember who has also published her story in the book “My Billion Year Contract”. This will be a controversial workshop, in that it will be the first presentation of its kind in North America to address this issue directly.
Traditionally, the concern of legal action or even personal retribution against those who would speak out against Scientology’s antipsychiatry practices has been enough to preclude any such workshop as this until now.
 
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uniquemand

Unbeliever
Re: APA Convention in Hawaii takes on Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry


About fucking time. Their silence on this issue while they've been under attack has been a stupid strategy from the start. If the APA testified before congress about this, it might have a major impact on people being aware of the dangers of this cult. People would still join, but that sort of testimony could result in serious talks to amend the constitution to define religion, instead of allowing anyone to call themselves a minister of their own religion and exploit ignorant or vulnerable people without recourse.
 

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Shiny & Free
Re: APA Convention in Hawaii takes on Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry

I think this is a really big deal and I hope it gets media attention.
 
Re: APA Convention in Hawaii takes on Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry

About fucking time. Their silence on this issue while they've been under attack has been a stupid strategy from the start. If the APA testified before congress about this, it might have a major impact on people being aware of the dangers of this cult. People would still join, but that sort of testimony could result in serious talks to amend the constitution to define religion, instead of allowing anyone to call themselves a minister of their own religion and exploit ignorant or vulnerable people without recourse.

I'm not sure if being silent on this issue even was a strategy, I think they just weren't interested in what an obscure batshit crazy cult thinks, as is the case with about 99% of the rest of the population. The cult probably shot another one of their toes off that caused he American Psychiatric Association to finally swat the flea that has been buzzing around them looking for attention.
 

Infinite

Troublesome Internet Fringe Dweller
Huh?

About fucking time. Their silence on this issue while they've been under attack has been a stupid strategy from the start. If the APA testified before congress about this, it might have a major impact on people being aware of the dangers of this cult. People would still join, but that sort of testimony could result in serious talks to amend the constitution to define religion, instead of allowing anyone to call themselves a minister of their own religion and exploit ignorant or vulnerable people without recourse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLm_N2z60Ko
 

SchwimmelPuckel

Genuine Meatball
Re: APA Convention in Hawaii takes on Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry

I'm not sure if being silent on this issue even was a strategy, I think they just weren't interested in what an obscure batshit crazy cult thinks, as is the case with about 99% of the rest of the population. The cult probably shot another one of their toes off that caused he American Psychiatric Association to finally swat the flea that has been buzzing around them looking for attention.
In fact.. Scientology could be classed as a 'new' mental diseace.. Scientolochosis?

or: Acquired Mental Damage by Hubbardian Mindboggeling.. AMDHM..

- If we could have a pill that cures it.. That would be nice!
 

Terril park

Sponsor
Re: APA Convention in Hawaii takes on Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry

About fucking time. Their silence on this issue while they've been under attack has been a stupid strategy from the start. If the APA testified before congress about this, it might have a major impact on people being aware of the dangers of this cult. People would still join, but that sort of testimony could result in serious talks to amend the constitution to define religion, instead of allowing anyone to call themselves a minister of their own religion and exploit ignorant or vulnerable people without recourse.

My thought is that CO$ was so inefectual that psychaitry didn't even notice. Like they didn't notice a cleaered planet in progress?

You may have good comments on this point.
 

paradox

ab intra silentio vera
Hopefully they'll destroy each other.

Psychology - great.
Neuroscience - great.
Neurology - great.

Scientology - sucks.
Psychiatry - mostly sucks.
 

uniquemand

Unbeliever
Re: APA Convention in Hawaii takes on Scientology's Efforts to Destroy Psychiatry

I'm not sure if being silent on this issue even was a strategy, I think they just weren't interested in what an obscure batshit crazy cult thinks, as is the case with about 99% of the rest of the population. The cult probably shot another one of their toes off that caused he American Psychiatric Association to finally swat the flea that has been buzzing around them looking for attention.

Hmm... Well, that's all well and good, but if they don't care, why are they doing a workshop about it? Agreed that many members might be unaware of Scientology, but the idea that the organization, itself, would be either ignorant of the campaign against them or unconcerned about it... well, that seems unlikely. While the Church might have been considered whacko, they were well-recognized as litigious and nasty.
 

Gus

Patron with Honors
Man, they better get a big-ass conference room for that discussion! I bet it'll be the most popular one there - standing room only.
 
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