Like the IPA, the dual functions of the American Psychoanalytic Association traditionally had been to set educational standards and organize scientific
meetings. However, of necessity, because our crisis started earlier, our Association has transformed itself into a body remarkably effective in its outreach to our public and professional communities, and in influencing the political process in Washington, DC.
For four years, as president-elect and then as president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and now again as president-elect, I helped lead this effort. My special area of expertise has been in helping our Association to become an increasing force in shaping government policy to protect our patients and our profession. As co-chair of NAPsaC, I am continuing this mission with colleagues in CIPS and the Canadian Societies to forge a strong North American alliance and a strong