Message from the President

Gerald P. Perman, MD, DLFAPA
AAPDP President (2018-2020)

Dear Fellow Academy Members,

I continue to bask in the glow of the recent 63rd Annual Academy Meeting in San Francisco this past week. We had interesting and exciting presentations from the U.S. and from countries around the world that included Italy, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Germany, France, Morocco and New Zealand. I offer my congratulations to Silvia Olarte, M.D. and Alicia McGill, M.D. for organizing this excellent meeting!

Following the recent merger with the American College of Psychoanalysts, we’ve added 40 members who had not previously belonged to the Academy. This has resulted in the formation of the Committee for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (CAP) within the Academy that will contribute to future Academy programs and will support the attendance and mentoring of Laughlin Fellows – psychiatric trainees in the city in which our meeting takes place. This year, CAP chaired a two-hour panel in which a dream was discussed from three psychoanalytic perspectives – relational, ego psychological and French.

One issue continues to leave me perplexed. Whereas I am pleased that 150 or so Academy members attend our annual meeting each year, I wonder: why don’t all Academy members take advantage of this opportunity for additional education, to socialize with colleagues and friends, and to enjoy the cultural and gustatory delights that each of these unique American cities has to offer?

I invite each of you to attend the 64th Annual Academy Meeting in Philadelphia in April 2020 that is being held almost a month earlier than usual. You will be receiving a call-for-papers shortly for those of you who would like to contribute to the program. If you have questions about the Academy, please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 202-331-8213. I’d love to hear from you!!!

Best wishes for an enjoyable summer,

Gerald P. Perman, M.D.
President, American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

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