The APA Board of Trustees met last month in Arlington, Va. Among the issues discussed and actions taken were the following:
The Board voted to approve as a resource document the extensive report of the Task Force on Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder.
Chaired by William Byne, M.D., Ph.D., the task force was charged to address issues that go beyond those in the purview of
the DSM-5 work group that is focusing on gender identity disorder (GID). The task force was to consider treatment controversies regarding
GID, especially in children; report on the extent and quality of research on GID; and recommend whether APA should develop
evidence-based guidelines in this area. Separate sections of the task force report deal with children, adolescents, and adults.
The task force concluded that "the current credible literature is adequate for the development of consensus-based treatment
recommendations for all subgroups reviewed." In addition, the task force "concluded that for adults, sufficient evidence exists
for the development of recommendations in the form of an APA practice guideline, with gaps in the research database filled
in by clinical consensus."
The Board sent to the Assembly for its feedback nine proposals, each of which advocates removal of restrictions on APA election
campaigning. Most have to do with amending guidelines that place strict limits on use of electronic media, such as e-mail
and social networking, and other ways in which candidates and their supporters distribute and share material. The Assembly
will address the proposed changes at its November meeting.
The Board approved amendments to APA's Bylaws allowing nominations by petition for the newly created position of minority/underrepresented
Mary Helen Davis, M.D., chair of a Board of Trustees work group on maintenance of certification (MOC) issues, gave an update
on the group's progress as it reviews requirements for MOC from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and
the American Board of Medical Specialties. She noted that the group is expanding its work to include a review of maintenance
of licensure (MOL) principles issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards. The work group is also recommending that the
Board address "specific MOC/MOL concerns with the ABPN and with the AMA delegation" as part of the effort to keep APA members
as informed as possible about certification and licensure procedures.
For more about the Board meeting, see "Board Tackles Diverse Agenda". A summary of Board actions will be posted in Members Corner on APA's Web site at <www.psych.org>.
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