Association News
 DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2013.7a25
New Formats, New Courses Make IPS a Can’t-Miss Experience
Psychiatric News
Volume 48 Number 13 page 1-1


Integrating psychiatric and primary care will be a major focus of sessions at this fall’s Institute on Psychiatric Services, which will be held in Philadelphia, the city in which APA was born.

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It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2013 Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS), which is being held October 10 to 13 in Philadelphia. This year’s meeting, whose theme is “Transforming Psychiatric Practice, Reforming Health Care Delivery,” will be innovative, diverse, comprehensive, and professionally fulfilling.

The IPS has become a “must attend” professional meeting, attracting an international audience yet still maintaining a community and public mental health focus. Attendees this year will be able to select from many high-quality scientific sessions related to the meeting’s theme, including the expanding field of integrated care and its impact on the future of psychiatry and psychiatric practice, the movement of the Affordable Care Act toward full implementation, homelessness, and veterans’ issues, to name just a few.

Additionally, the institute is an excellent one-stop resource for those who need to satisfy professional CME or Maintenance of Certification requirements, and, as always, there will be ample opportunities for attendees to network with experts, colleagues, advocates, and peers.

More than 100 workshops, lectures, symposia, innovative programs and forums are planned, as well as half- and full-day seminars and courses. Some of the more popular courses from previous meetings will again be offered to assist attendees in mastering important new material in depth and will cover diverse issues including primary care skills for psychiatrists and psychopharmacology. And in keeping with the recent changes in our field, we are pleased to add to the program new courses in CPT coding and DSM-5.

This year’s IPS will offer these other exciting features:

  • A new format—invited seminars—will provide up-to-date information in areas of special interest to the meeting’s diverse attendees, including HIV management in psychiatric disorders, career paths for IMGs, clinical work with people who are homeless, buprenorphine training, integration of primary care and behavioral health, neuropsychosocial mechanisms underlying racist and sexist events in our daily practice, and finding the ideal job in psychiatry.

  • An “un-debate” led by Pennsylvania consumer advocate Joseph Rogers.

  • A special session commemorating a half-century of community mental health featuring, among others, pioneers John Talbott, M.D., and Paul Fink, M.D.

  • A behavioral health and primary care integration track encompassing multiple sessions in which psychiatrists, behavioral health professionals, and primary care providers will discuss their different clinical perspectives and how we can more effectively collaborate in providing care to our mutual patients.

  • Sessions on culturally appropriate assessment, the impact of health care reform on the mental health of diverse and underserved populations, suicide screening and response in general hospitals, as well as racial stress, coping, and socialization in black families, will be offered as part of the 10-year tradition of the APA Office of Minority and National Affair’s OMNA on Tour series.

  • The Opening Session keynote address will be delivered by Estelle Richman, a nationally recognized expert on behavioral health and children’s services, a pioneer in creating consumer-driven and consumer-friendly mental health services, an advocate for the integration of funding for behavioral health systems, and a recipient of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Innovation Award for the redesign of the Philadelphia behavioral health system.

Among this year’s lecturers are SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde, J.D.; prominent community psychiatrists Mark Ragins, M.D., David Pollack, M.D., and Lisa Dixon, M.D.; Ezra Susser, M.D., who will discuss global community mental health; Howard Goldman, M.D., who will discuss health care reform and psychiatric services; colleagues from the psychiatric administration and research arenas, including Raquel Gur, M.D., Ph.D., who will discuss the detection and intervention of psychosis-prone youth, and Arthur Evans, M.D., who will discuss models of health reform and financing; and Fran Silvestri, M.B.A., who will discuss leadership and knowledge exchange in transforming mental health services.

Come participate in what promises to be a vibrant educational exchange at APA’s 2013 IPS and enjoy the cultural and historic offerings of Philadelphia—the city where APA was founded and is considered by many to be the birthplace of American psychiatry! ■

The IPS will be held at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. Register now and save on fees. More information, including online registration, can be accessed at http://www.psychiatry.org/learn/institute-on-psychiatric-services.

Altha Stewart, M.D., is chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the Institute on Psychiatric Services. She is also project director for Just Care Family Network, Memphis’s federally funded System of Care initiative for children with serious emotional disorders.

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