The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 36,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual developmental disorders and substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.
APA Members are primarily medical specialists who are psychiatrists or in the process of becoming psychiatrists.
APA members are medical specialists who are psychiatrists or in the process of becoming psychiatrists.
APA works to
■ Promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental disorders
■ Promote psychiatric education and research
■ Advance and represent the profession of psychiatry
Education and Training
APA supports education, training and career development of psychiatrists and other physicians. APA offers educational programs that support professional development and performance improvement through annual scientific meetings, online training, and journals and other publications. APA provides support to psychiatric educators, residents, and medical students. APA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
APA hosts two major educational conferences every year: the APA Annual Meeting and the Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS). Both meetings provide a robust scientifi c environment featuring new research, patient care strategies, and new treatment choices.
American Psychiatric Publishing, a division of the APA, is the world’s premier publisher of books, journals, and multimedia on psychiatry, mental health and behavioral science. APP offers authoritative, up-to-date and affordable information geared toward psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, psychiatric residents, medical students and the general public. American Psychiatric Publishing publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard for the diagnosis of psychiatric conditions; several journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry; Practice Guidelines on a range of disorders and topics; and a bimonthly newspaper, Psychiatric News. PsychiatryOnline.org brings all these resources together in the most comprehensive online access to psychiatric literature available. More information can be found at www.appi.org and www.PsychiatryOnline.org.
APA’s research efforts are aimed at contributing to psychiatry’s science base and to improving the quality of psychiatric care through research, education, health policy analysis and dissemination. Programs include managing the Practice Research Network, clinical and health services research, producing evidence-based practice guidelines, and oversight of development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). APA promotes physician education related to new and emerging research, with an emphasis on translation of research into clinical practices.
APF is the charitable and educational affiliate of APA, which works to advance public understanding that mental health are real and can be effectively treated. APF promotes awareness of mental health and the effectiveness of treatment, the importance of early intervention and access to care through grants, programs, research and awards. www.PsychFoundation.org.
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