NOTES FROM THE CONTROVERSY
APA APPROVES FMSF AS CE SPONSORIn a move that left many APA members puzzled and angry, the American Psychological Association (APA) recently approved the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, Inc (FMSF) as a provider organization able to offer continuing education for psychologists. This approval indicates that the APA recognizes the FMSF as an organization capable of planning and implementing educational programs for psychologists at the post-doctoral level. The APA approved this status despite its own earlier warning that the legislative agendas of many state FMS organizations posed a serious threat to the mental health professions, and to the general availability of quality mental health services. 
Professional organizations still do not hold their members accountable. Too many continuing education programs still continue to disseminate unscientific information about memory, repression and therapeutic techniques that destroy families.Assuming that the FMSF includes the APA among these "professional organizations," it appears that the FMSF faults the APA for not scrutinizing the content of CE programs. The FMSF, however, has now taken advantage of the very weaknesses of a system that it earlier condemned. When asked about the apparent contradiction, the APA's Farberman characterized it as "ironic."
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 For a fuller discussion of this earlier APA warning, please see "APA Speaks Out Against Bureaucracy and Barriers to Service" in Vol 5, No 2 of TREATING ABUSE TODAY. Reich appears unaware of the controversy surrounding the odd-bedfellows relationship between Johns Hopkins, a venerable medical institution, and the FMSF, a media-savvy advocacy organization. A great many mental health professionals were astounded when Johns Hopkins apparently embraced "false memory syndrome," when no psychological or medical organization has yet recognized its existence. In fact, Paul McHugh, MD--a prominent Johns Hopkins psychiatrist--orchestrated the partnership between the FMSF and Johns Hopkins. McHugh also serves on the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the FMSF. For more information on Loftus's resignation from the APA, please see "Ethics Charges Filed Against Prominent FMSF Board Member," in the same issue of TREATING ABUSE TODAY (Vol 5 No 6/Vol 6 No 1).