October 2012 Meeting


I wanted to report to you all after this Fall’s IPS meeting. A small but engaged group of us convened at the meeting on Saturday the 6th, and Harold Koenig gave a wide-ranging and well-received Oskar Pfister address to at least 60 in attendance at 8 AM Sunday morning. A few items of note from the Caucus meeting: We decided to have those in attendance on Saturday constitute a Nominating Committee charged with presenting a slate of officers to members in attendance at the May meeting. Some of you have already indicated to me a willingness to serve, but we want to invite anyone to suggest additional names. For simplicity, we agreed to revise the draft bylaws to state that officers will be elected at the May meeting and will begin serving as of the end of the meeting. We also discussed funding for the Oskar Pfister Award Lecture, and agreed to do more research on this before the May meeting in preparation for a possible plan to raise funds through the Foundation. The deadline for submitting proposals for the Scientific Program of the IPS, to be held next October in Philadelphia, is December 14th. Theresa Yuschok from Duke, Mike Norko from Yale and I have some interest in developing a workshop proposal on educating psychiatry residents in religion/spirituality and psychiatry, and would live to hear from anyone interested in joining us.  Let me know if you have questions, or comments about any of this. Thanks.

Published by John Peteet

As a psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, my interest in the psychiatry/spirituality interface has been stimulated by work in addiction, life-threatening illness and the treatment of religious patients. I co-teach a medical school course Spirituality, Healing and Medicine, an Ethics in Psychiatry course to PGY 2 residents, and a Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry course to our PGY 4 residents. In addition to papers and chapters I've authored or co-edited Doing the Right Thing: An Approach to Moral Issues in Mental Health Treatment (APPI, 2004), Handbook of Spirituality and Religion in Clinical Practice (APPI, 2004), Religious and Spiritual Issues in Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Research Agenda for DSM-5 (APPI, 2011), Depression and the Soul: A Guide to Spiritually Integrated Treatment (Routledge, 2011) and The Soul of Medicine: Spiritual Perspectives and Clinical Practice (Johns Hopkins, 2011). I'm interested in collaborating with others on projects at the APA Annual Meeting.

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