Dedicated to promoting “the application of psychiatric principles and practices in the workplace,” the AOOP was founded in 1990. It provides its members with a forum to share ideas, as well as training and networking opportunities through which they can enhance their skills.
Each year, the AOOP hosts an annual meeting. The April, 2016 meeting took place in Chicago, Illinois, and focused on how the problems of individual employees indicate workplace function. The program set out to instill in attendees a long list of general knowledge and skills, including various approaches to developing an organizational psychiatry practice, challenges faced by business leaders, organizational constraints that businesses encounter, and effective strategies for addressing an individual or business’ resistance to change.
The three-day meeting featured networking breakfasts and a panel discussion on “the art of organizational consultation.” A number of informative sessions were held on topics such as understanding workplace prejudice, differentiating between individual and organizational flaws, and creating organizational integration.