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PCPE Town Hall Presentation/Discussion: State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind, Featuring Bryant Welch, JD, PhD

  • 11 Apr 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 395


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State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind 


Bryant Welch, J.D., Ph.D. 

Sunday, April 11, 2021
1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

What has gone wrong with the American mind?

Today, that question is paramount for people everywhere. Psychologist-attorney Bryant Welch has been applying his unique expertise and background to this problem for two decades, long before Donald Trump became a player on the American political scene. His work has turned out to be quite prophetic since he first published his book in 2008.

In this presentation Dr. Welch will describe the functioning of the mind and the pressures on it that provide a comprehensive explanation for what has now bewildered and terrified a majority of Americans. He also describes his optimistic prescription for the circumstances he describes in his integration of public political events and psychological understanding.  Following his presentation, he will take questions and facilitate a discussion.


1:00-1:40 - Dr. Welch presents: The Problem

1:40-2:00- Q and A

2:00-2:10- 10 minute Break

2:10- 2:35- Dr. Welch presents: The Solution

2:35-3:00- Q and A and closing

Question/Discussion Moderators:

Linda Guerra, Ph.D. and Rebecca Ergas, Ph.D.

Bryant Welch is the author of the recent book State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind (St. Martin’s Press, 2008, revised, 2018) that was prescient in its prediction of the current American political climate. Within the APA Division of Psychoanalysis, he is best known for spearheading the lawsuit, Welch v. American Psychoanalytic Association (1985) that effectively ended monopolistic practices making it difficult for psychologists and other non-medical mental health professionals to train and pursue careers in psychoanalysis. In addition, however, he also designed and implemented organized psychology’s most successful era of professional advocacy building the APA Practice Directorate in 1985. Under his almost ten year APA tenure, literally millions of people gained access to psychological services through Federal programs such as Medicare and countless state and private insurance programs. He also contributed to many federal and state court battles supporting psychologists right to practice and provide expert opinions on matters related to mental health.  Dr. Welch was also one of the earliest proponents of non-discriminatory treatment for the LBGQ communities including his 1988 testimony in front of the American Bar Association House of Delegates prompting the ABA to vote to end discrimination against people based on sexual orientation. For these efforts Dr. Welch received numerous awards including an APA Presidential Citation for “seminal contributions to the field of psychology,” and, more recently the Founders Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Welch currently lives and practices clinical psychology in Sausalito, CA.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Dr. Welch received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina and later was a Research Associate Graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

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