The objectives of SCPA are to foster the science and progress of psychiatry, in cooperation with and as a constituent part of the APA, to serve as an influence toward the maintenance of high professional and administrative standards thereto related, and to assist the APA in promoting its aims and objectives.

2016 Annual Meeting January 29-31, 2016

“Meeting the Need: Health Disparities and Minority Populations in Psychiatry”

At the Columbia Marriott, January 29-31

Details to follow as they become available!

Update about ABPN MOC Changes:

ABPN Enacts Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Changes Urged by APA

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has revised several of the requirements in its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to make them more flexible for psychiatrists. APA had argued for the changes extensively over the last year after hearing protests from many of its members.
Beginning immediately, the ABPN said, feedback modules now will require that diplomates collect feedback from only one of the following options, making patient surveys just one of the options: five patient surveys, five peer evaluations of general competencies, five resident evaluations of general competencies, 360-degree evaluation of general competencies with five respondents, institutional peer review of general competencies with five respondents, or one supervisor evaluation of general competencies. In addition, requirements for the 10-year MOC program have been modified to include 300 Category 1 CME credits, 24 Category 1 credits from self-assessment activities, and 1 performance-in-practice (PIP) unit.
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SCPA Vice President Nominations

Update:  Nominations Closed, thanks

Yearly SCPA Vice-Presidential nominations are due now.

Deadline is May 15,2014.

Please email nominations to

tamra.smith@scmedical.org  (mail link)


SCPA Executive Council


2014 SCPA Annual Meeting

January 31st – February 2nd at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston SC

Please see brochure for details!

SCPA 2014 Meeting Brochure

Please see the Annual Meeting page to pay the registration via Paypal.

Also, see the following links for the Poster Competition.

Poster Comp Criterion and Guidelines

Poster Comp SCPA 2014 Flyer

Poster Comp MIT Entry From

Boston Marathon Tragedy: Providing Psychological First Aid

SAMHSA Disaster Kit


– SAMHSA E-mail Updates Bulletin – from 04/18/2013 01:14 PM EDT

In the aftermath of the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon, people will need mental health support as much as medical support. Therefore, it’s crucial to help medical professionals, first responders, family members, and victims both administer or receive the proper psychological first aid.

This mental health awareness toolkit provides first responders—whether they are disaster response workers, parents, caregivers, or teachers—with specific tips for responding effectively to people in the wake of a disaster. The information is meant to help alleviate painful emotions and promote hope and healing.

Get the Disaster Response Kit

Additional Resources

Crisis Counseling via Phone or Text

The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS—text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals who provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

Call 1-800-985-5990 | Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting

The American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry is hosting its 2013 Annual Meeting at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina on March 23-24.

Please see the links below for more information.

ASAP 2013 Program

ASAP 2013 Annual Meeting Charleston Letter

Online Registration closed for Annual Meeting

On-line registration is now closed! If you wish to attend this meeting, we are accepting on-site registrations at the annual meeting. Please be advised that all applicable registration fees will apply. See brochure for details.

Thank you!

Disaster Hotline Service

From the SCPA district branch disaster chair:

A new Distress Hotline service to support persons affected by disasters

In the aftermath of yet another shooting ‘lessons learned’ from the past, as well as newly available tools, become critical to improving our response for the next emergency.   Members of the APA Disaster Committee, along with other national groups have been assisting the Connecticut APA district branch, community responders and the Red Cross to set up a short and longer term mental health support plan.   Although way too much is going on to include everything here, one of the specific interventions being considered is a prepackaged MH support training for teachers working with students as they return to class.  Every effort to try to reestablish something close to normalcy is in the works.   There has been a great outpouring of support from psychiatry and and the APA in particular (as well as other MH professionals).   Continue reading Disaster Hotline Service

Poster Guidelines have been finalized for the 2013 SCPA Annual Meeting Poster Competition.

Please find them below, along with the Entry Form.

SCPA 2013 Poster Comp Flyer

Criterion and Guidelines

MIT Entry From


2013 Annual Meeting Registration

Meeting details, schedule and fees have been finalized for the 2013 SCPA Annual Meeting.

Please see the Annual Meeting Page for details!

You may also pay your annual meeting fee from the Annual Meeting page.

Click to see the Annual Meeting Sponsors!

SCPA Calendar