Monday, August 18, 2008

On Today's Show

Interestingly, two different guests speaking about the American Psychological Association and its ethics, on two very distinct issues -- one very laudatory, the other critical.

At 3:30 EST we speak with Clinton Anderson ,the director of the APA's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office, about the APA's new directive urging psychologists to take a leading role in ending discrimination based on gender identity, to provide "appropriate, nondiscriminatory treatment to all transgender and gender-variant individuals." This was long in coming and we'll talk about what it means for transgender people.

At 4:30 EST, we'll speak with the the former head of the APA's Program Directorate, Dr. Bryant Welch. Over the weekend the American Psychological Association held it's annual conference. At the center of the conference was a debate of whether the organization should make collaborating in military interrogations a violation of their code of ethics.

Bryant Welch, author of State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind, has been publicly vocal in his condemnation over the organization's silence over the controversy, as he believes it implies institutional acceptance of the practice of torture.

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