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2012 APA's Annual Meeting Special Edition
Are You Interested in Complementary, Alternative, Integrative Medicine?

APA Caucus on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative MedicineThe APA Caucus on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine (APACAIM), founded in 2004, serves as the gateway between conventionally trained psychiatrists and the rapidly growing integrative holistic medical community, said Lila Massoumi, M.D., chair of APACAIM, at the caucus’s annual meeting in Philadelphia. “It is a subgroup of psychiatrists with the shared interest of integrating conventional psychiatric care—that is, medications and psychotherapy—with safe and evidence-based treatments that lie outside of this norm, such as the use of nutraceuticals or treatment modalities whose mechanism of action cannot be explained by conventional medicine paradigms mired in classical Newtonian physics.”

Massoumi pointed out that the caucus maintains close communications with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine’s Working Group on Integrative Mental Health, and the International Network of Integrative Mental Health (INIMH; cofounded by James Lake, M.D.—the founder of APACAIM).

APACAIM sponsors scientific sessions at APA’s annual meeting. At APA’s 2012 meeting, APACAIM sponsored the workshop “Evidence-Based Integrative Treatments for Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma in Mass Disasters” and the symposium “Integrative Psychiatry for Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders Across the Life Cycle.”

To raise awareness of CAIM and promote the practice of CAIM in the field of psychiatry, APACAIM will hold a monthly CME webinar at 7:30 p.m. EST on the first Wednesday of the month, starting in October. Those interested can find more information
here under “Resources.”

According to Massoumi, the membership of APACAIM is growing rapidly. She encouraged psychiatrists who want to learn more about this burgeoning field to join APACAIM by completing the form at its
web site. Membership is free to all APA members. The Web site also provides other information, including book titles, conference schedules, and directory of integrative psychiatrists in the United States and internationally for patients seeking integrative psychiatric care.



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