Frank Farley and Jon Raskin have been named the new co-chairs of the Society for Humanistic Psychology‘s Open Letter Committee, which is being renamed the Diagnostic Summit Committee. Dave Elkins was the previous chair. The other committee members remain the same: Donna Rockwell, Brent Robbins, and Sarah Kamens. Krishna Kumar is a new member of committee, while graduate student Erin Cosby is joining as a consulting member.
This is the “DSM-5 Committee” that was successful during the past year in raising concerns about the proposed DSM-5. The committee’s petition website attracted more than 14,000 signatories and more than 50 mental health groups and organizations, as well as helping create a firestorm that was covered by major media around the world. The revised committee will be focusing on the International Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives, tentatively planned for 2013. Jon and Frank are chairing this summit, as well as the entire Open Letter Committee. Representatives from all major mental health associations will be invited to the summit to discuss the feasibility of developing an alternative diagnostic system. For more information about the summit, which is still in planning stages, please contact Frank or Jon.