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Published on Jul 22, 2010
Dr. Stephen Wiseman is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. For a number of years he has been researching Scientology, its inventor L. Ron Hubbard, and the organization's anti-psychiatry arm, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights
The Canadian Psychiatric Association 60th Annual Conference is September 23-26 in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle.
On Friday the 24th Dr. Stephen Wiseman is delivering a 75-minute workshop on Scientology v. Psychiatry.
The conference program schedule at p. A4, W06: "No Pleasure Cruise: The Troubled Relationship Between Psychiatry and the Church of Scientology - Stephen Wiseman, MD"
Scientology has standardly organized protests at CPA or APA conferences, and this year should be the same. Scientology head David Miscavige has given no indication that he has re-thought the decades-long war he has his Scientologist troops wage on psychiatry and psychiatrists. If anything, in recent years he has stepped it up, in bellicosity and activity.
Dr. Wiseman describes what he and two colleagues have undertaken as a push back against Scientology in the name of his profession. This is the first such effort, certainly in the English-speaking world, and is long overdue. In the past, several individual psychiatrists speaking for themselves have stood up to Scientology and faced its organized and heavily-funded hostility. Until now, however, no group of psychiatrists or professional organization such as the American Psychiatric Association has confronted or pushed back against the distortions and falsehoods of Scientology, and this has emboldened Miscavige's organization considerably over the years. With the work of Dr. Wiseman and his colleagues, these days are now over.