Div. 46 (Media) recognized journalist Patricia Belinghausen and the producers of the television series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" at APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu.
Media Watch Committee Chair Harriet T. Schultz, PhD, a Houston-based private practitioner, presented the Golden Psi Media Award to those behind the "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" episodes "Hate" and "Coerced." Both episodes showed mental health practitioners behaving ethically and professionally even in the face of pressure to do otherwise, she said.
"This show has been featuring Dr. Huang, the forensic psychiatrist, in an increasingly prominent role," she explained. "Typically, but not always, his behavior is highly professional as he acts as police consultant, evaluates suspects and testifies as expert witness for the police."
In "Hate," Huang serves as an expert witness, refuting testimony that a hate-crime perpetrator was genetically hard-wired for violence. During "Coerced," he refuses to inject a schizophrenic man with antipsychotic medication to gain information about his crime.
The show's representatives were unable to attend the ceremony, though they did send an acceptance letter.
Following the presentation of the Golden Psi Award, Div. 46 Past-president Elizabeth K. Carll, PhD, recognized Belinghausen, an opinion editor and reporter for the Billings, Mont., Billings Gazette, for her writings on mental health issues and their relationship to public policy--particularly her coverage of impediments to mental health access through the Medicare system.
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