American Psychotherapy Association Newsletter

Issue 3 - Volume 1
October 2002

In This Issue

American Psychotherapy Association’s Fifth Anniversary: Conference 2002!
The American Psychotherapy Association’s Fifth Anniversary Conference was a huge success, thanks to all our members who attended. Presentations were given on a variety of topics that ranged from spirituality to PTSD. Members also were fortunate to have training seminars given by featured presenters Stephen Lankton, M.S.W., DAHB, on the Ericksonian Approach to Change and Dr. Albert Ellis on the Theory and Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. All conference attendees also had the honor of celebrating Dr. Ellis’ 89th Birthday on Friday, Sept. 27th. We were also pleased to have Jon K. Meyer, M.D., President-Elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association, who gave a special presentation entitiled, 'The Yin and Yang of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.'

The American Psychotherapy Association would like to thank all of you once again for your help in making our Fifth Anniversary a success. We look forward to seeing you next year.

APA is now accepting articles for publication!

If you’re a student, researcher or mental health professional, you may have a manuscript you’d like to submit for possible publication. Add to your credibility and professional reputation.

The Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal geared toward professionals in all fields of mental health. We are now accepting qualified articles to be considered for publication. Most other mental health-related publications can take up to a year before you even see your article in print. If your article is chosen to appear in the Annals, you could see the finished product in just three to four months. Don’t delay. See the guidelines on our website for detailed information that could get you published in an upcoming issue of the Annals.

American Psychotherapy Association Launches New Web Site

Please visit today to see our new and improved web site, which provides you with the latest information in the field by reviewing our list of online journal articles.

Members also have exclusive access to our Member’s Only section, which affords you the opportunity to login to specific user forums and gain invaluable information on the latest trends in psychotherapy.

Our new web site also provides you with the latest information on member benefits such as our Professionals Choice Insurance program.

From: Peter Newbould, MHLG Health Policy Committee Co-chair, Washington, D.C.

Re: Call the White House Today!

Take Action: Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 (or send an e-mail message to

Message: “I ask the President to urge Congress to enact full mental health parity legislation before adjourning. The President on April 29 said that he supports parity; we need his active help to get it passed.”

Outlook: The battle to pass mental health parity legislation takes on greater urgency as the 107th Congress attempts to complete its work in the coming weeks. Our Senate sponsors are working to bring S. 543, the Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act, up for a Senate vote. Progress in the House is less evident, as House Republican leaders continue to resist calls to bring H.R. 4066 to a vote. On April 29, the President pledged to work with the Speaker of the House and others in Congress to pass legislation this year that provides full mental health parity. We need the President to call for that legislation NOW.

Background: We have posted many parity fact sheets at, listed under “Mental Health.” There is also list of 237 national organizations that support the Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act.

Survey Findings Compel Action

Powerful new survey data released last week should help parity advocates press the case – both with Congress and the President – for passage of full mental health parity legislation before Congress adjourns. The just-released National Mental Health Association-commissioned survey, conducted to gauge Americans’ attitudes toward mental health parity, shows:

  • 83 percent of Americans believe it’s unfair for health insurance companies to limit mental health benefits and require people to pay more out-of-pocket for mental health care than for any other medical care
  • 79 percent of Americans said they would support parity legislation, even if it increases their health insurance premiums by $1 a month. This finding remained consistent among respondents from across the country in all age groups
  • Most respondents (64 percent) said insurance companies should provide coverage for mental illnesses that is equal to coverage for physical illnesses or more than such coverage (18 percent).

These findings show (1) that there is overwhelming support for parity, and (2) the lack of evidence for parity opponents’ claim that enacting a parity requirement will lead people to drop insurance coverage. This survey should prompt Congress and the President to take the necessary steps to end insurance discrimination for people with mental health problems.

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