Welcome to the Senior Psychiatrists!

Senior Psychiatrists, Inc., founded in 2012, is an outgrowth of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) "Lifers." Prior to 2012, the “Lifers were managed by the APA Foundation. Today, the Senior Psychistrists, Inc. is an “Allied Organization” to APA and has representation in the APA Assembly.

Membership in the Senior Psychiatrists, Inc. is open to any member of the American Psychiatric Association who is a Life Member, Life Fellow, or Life Distinguished Fellow. There are approximately 8,000 members of APA who have Life status, and this represents about 20% of the APA membership. The organization is now poised for growth and has put the infrastructure in place to reach out its expanding potential membership base. For more information, see our About Us page.  Register for your free membership today!

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Senior Psychiatrists appreciates donations of any amount and offers special recognition for donations over $100.  As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are fully tax deductible. 

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Upcoming events

  • Check back soon for information on our 2021 Events!

To see the information regarding the Senior Psychiatrists, Inc. Events at the APA Annual Meeting please click HERE.  Just a reminder, there is no charge to attend.

Follow the links below to register for the events:

Business Meeting 

Reception and Berson Award

Mentoring Program

Sign up to be a mentor to another psychiatrist
Sign up to be a mentee (to be assigned a mentor)

Sponsored by PRMS 

In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this September, PRMS is pleased to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Preventions (AFSP) and announce the return of Double Donations through our “Refer a Colleague” program!

For every referral PRMS receives, we provide a $50 donation to a state psychiatric association, NAMI, or a national or regional specialty psychiatric association of the referrer’s choice – whether or not an insurance policy is purchased. All donations provided by PRMS are doubled to $100 through September 30, 2021! Please check out our blog and visit PRMS.com/Refer to learn more about the program and start earning donations for your organization today.

2020 Berson Award Recipient

Congratulations to Aaron T. Beck, MD (pictured right) is the recipient of the 2020 Berson Award.

The Berson Senior Psychiatrist Award acknowledges a senior member who has made a significant contribution to psychiatry. The award was made possible by a grant from the estate of Harold E. Person, M.D.

The award is presented by the American Psychiatric Association.

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Malpractice and Liability in Psychiatry Textbook

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April 2022 Fact vs. Fiction Resource

You’ve been treating a 10-year-old patient for a number of months.  He has always been brought in by his father, who has told you he is divorced from the mother, and that she is no longer involved in the patient’s life.  Out of the blue you get a call from the patient’s mother who just found out that you are treating her son, and is upset about the medication you are prescribing.  She demands a copy of the child’s record.  When you explain to her that the father had given consent for the medications, she tells you she and the father have joint decision-making authority for all medical care.  She further tells you she wants to be involved in her son’s care, but the father is preventing this.  She offers to send you a copy of the custody order.  You contact the father who assures you that he is the one with sole physical custody, and only he can consent to release of the record; he also tells you that nothing in the custody order changes that and there’s no need for you to review the order.


What do you think - fact or fiction?


ANSWER: Fiction!


You need to see the custody order as it will likely spell out which parent(s) must consent to treatment, and who can access the patient’s record.  Typically, unless parental rights have been terminated, both parents can access treatment information, even a parent without custody. If parents are in disagreement over consent to treatment and/or release of treatment information, and these issues are not addressed in the order, the parents should seek resolution from their attorneys.


Psychiatrists treating minors may want to consider the following:


  • When a new appointment is made for a new patient who is a minor, ask if the parents are divorced.  If so, advise that a copy of the custody order will need to be brought to the first appointment. Without the order, the psychiatrist may not be able to see the patient because there is no proof that the parent bringing the minor has the legal authority to consent to treatment.


  • Manage the expectations of all parties.  Explain your process for keeping parents informed about their child’s treatment.

Our Most recent Lessons Learned event was held

March 21, 2022.

The topic for this event was:


AND SYSTEMS. Click here for video.


  • Watch for new Lessons Learned interactive programs coming this year.

Click here for links to archived Lessons Learned interactive programs.

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