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Free, public screenings followed by Q&As are coming up -- I will be there for these and hope to meet old friends and make new ones there:
--December 17, 7 p.m. Kinston, NC premiere -- hosted by Mayor Dontario Hardy and City of Kinston. Kinston Community


--December 26, 7 p.m. Philadelphia, PA -- hosted by AME Zion Church, National Education Conference. Philadelphia

Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street.

Published as an e-book this coming November 6 -- just in time for Veterans Day -- is When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, which was first published by MIT Press and won three top national awards for nonfiction. Happily, at my request, the publisher of the e-book, Open Road, is charging the lowered price of just $8.99.
Comments and endorsements from veterans and nonveterans and lots of information about it are at The book gave rise to the nonprofit Listen to a Veteran Project
The book can be ordered at any of the following:

New article, "Moral Anguish Is Not a Mental Illness," just up on Volunteers for America website.

The Truth About Trump and Psychiatric Diagnosis


The Lightbulb Has to Want to Change is my new post.


NO ONE on either side of this debate has written about the crucial points I note in the essay. Also available in Blog section of this Authors Guild website.

Simple, lovely ideas for Memorial Day, which is focused on those who served and who have died, include:

  1. Learn more about what they may have experienced by listening to a veteran from any era (combat or noncombat, woman or man) who will speak with you this weekend or soon. 
  2. Make a donation -- ANY amount, since none is too small, and all are important and appreciated -- to our in-progress documentary about the remarkable, unsung hero pictured here below, which is called "Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century." You can see its trailer and other info and can donate by going to And please LIKE the page. #WhoIsIsaacPope?
  3. Organize a screening of the multi-awardwinning film, "Is Anybody Listening?" by contacting us at…

Valentine's Day Alarm: Violence Against Women by Budget Cuts


New essay on Blog page here.


Please read it and post, tweet, forward. Thank you.

Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, author of books and plays, playwright, actor, director, and activist.

David Rolls' and my interview is about my play, SHADES, and so much more! 

Loved this interviewer's questions about my playwriting! 



“…thoroughly entertaining… Careening from gut-wrenching seriousness to vaudeville-style antics… ingenious interchange of a dramatic play with comic sketches and musical numbers gives both satiric and somber force.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“Bold, vibrant, funny, and disturbing…leaps to life…a richly provocative theatrical experience, entertaining, enlightening and profoundly disturbing all at once.”
New Bedford Standard-Times

“Penetrating drama”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“The play truly shines. All of these characters carry with them hidden insecurities, wants, needs, and inner demons that emotionally bubble under the surface from the very start, while at the same time keeping the charm and sense of humor that we all share only with our closest loved ones. Exudes family love and harmony in the midst of tragedy and pain.”
Life in LA

“fully formed…skillfully constructed play unfolds compellingly, its low-key suspense piquing our interest as we grow curious about what the characters are withholding from us — much as in life off-stage…. Caplan has a knack for particularizing that documentary vividness.”
Providence Phoenix

“Riveting… poignant and touching…a pulsating inner life.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“…the night’s most riveting drama…. a whirlwind of anxiety, camararderie, and tragedy, an astonishingly complete emotional roller coaster for such a short production.”

AWARDS for When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans (MIT Press)

  • Groundbreaking Book of the Month, Independent Publishers' IPPY Awards
  • Best Psychology book of 2011, Association of American Publishers' PROSE Awards
  • Silver Medal for Psychology/Mental Health category, 2011, Independent Publishers

OTHER WEBSITES: (includes interviews, articles)



Paula Joan Caplan supports some things in the mental health system, but she has also raised questions about some problems in that system; as a result of the latter, some people have mistakenly concluded that she is a member or supporter of the Church of Scientology and/or its "Citizens Commission on Human Rights," but nothing could be further from the truth. She has made substantial efforts to persuade all groups that mischaracterize her work or that in various ways imply erroneously and misleadingly that she is one of their affiliates or supporters to cease and desist from doing so. Her work on mental health has been done as an independent practitioner and social and political activist.