Webinar on Civil Commitment Law and Population Health

In preparation for our discussion of coercion in psychiatry and involuntary civil commitment, and for those who have an independent interest in these topics, I strongly recommend the webinar on civil commitment law that is available at the following link:


This outstanding discussion is moderated and introduced by Jeffrey Swanson and contains presentations by Paul Appelbaum, Richard Bonnie, and John Monahan. An insightful Q&A session follows and an informative slide show to accompany the presentations is available at the webpage above. It was recorded on January 22, 2015. The webinar provides a great crash course on civil commitment law in the US.

Discussion, George Szmukler “Coercion in Psychiatric Treatment and Its Justifications”

The first PPRG meeting of the year will be Thursday, February 5. We will discuss George Szmukler‘s  “Coercion in Psychiatric Treatment and Its Justifications” and a commentary on it by Ken Levy and Alex Cohen entitled “Mental Illness, Dangerousness and Involuntary Civil Commitment.” We’ll meet in room 213 of Caldwell Hall from 7:00pm-8:30pm. If you plan to attend and would like a copy of the papers, please contact Dan.

Schedule for 2015

Happy New Year!

We are making a few of changes to Spring 2015 schedule. PPRG will meet on Thursdays this semester. We’re meeting once a month, instead of twice–meetings will be the first Thursday of each month this semester. Also, the readings will be drawn from our forthcoming volume Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections and New Perspectives (Routledge).

Presentation: Daniel Moseley, “Gun Violence and Mental Disorders”

For the last PPRG meeting of the Fall 2014 semester, Daniel Moseley will give a presentation on gun violence and mental disorders. The talk will focus on ethical, legal and political issues that emerge from taking a public health perspective on gun violence. We’ll meet on Wednesday, November 19 at the usual time and place–7:00pm-8:30pm in room 213 of Caldwell Hall. Refreshments will be provided. There are no advance readings for this discussion. PPRG will resume meeting in January 2015.