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Meetings of the American Psychiatric Association

Here is how to find information about upcoming major meetings of the American Psychiatric Association. MindFreedom calls for nonviolent protest until and unless the APA ceases being one of the main organizations in the USA opposing the human rights of our constituency. [updated 17 Oct 2012]


Celia Brown Speaks at APA ProtestThe American Psychiatric Association holds a wide variety of meetings.


Inspired by some of the peaceful protests of the American Psychiatric Association that MindFreedom International has helped organize, such as the 5 May 2012 "Boycott Normal" protest in Philadelphia?

Below find a schedule for APA's major meetings.

The two main annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association are in May and October.

The Spring Annual Meeting is the largest. The Fall annual meeting is a bit smaller.

MindFreedom encourages peaceful protest of the APA until and unless they have meaningful dialogue with organizations representing psychiatric survivors, to address both systemic human rights violations by their profession, but also the widespread silence of the APA itself about this ethics catastrophe.


APA Annual Meetings


  • 2013    166th     May 18-22                San Francisco, CA
  • 2014    167th     May 3-7                    New York City, NY
  • 2015    168th     May 16-20                Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2016    169th     May 14-18                Atlanta, Georgia

APA Institute on Psychiatric Services


  • 2013    October 10-13                         Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014    October 30-November 2           San Francisco, CA
  • 2015    October 8-11                           New York, NY


Note: This list changes as more dates are added. 

You can turn to the source of these dates on the APA web site here. If you can't find that page, then you can do a Google search for phrases such as: American Psychiatric Association Future Annual Meeting Dates.

Also, you may want to note the "APA Governance Meetings Schedule" of a variety of APA and APA-related gatherings all over the USA. You can currently find the link to download that PDF on this page:

(Shown above on right, MFI President Celia Brown speaking at peaceful protest by MindFreedom International and other sponsors, of APA in San Francisco.)

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