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NCPA STATEMENT ON SEPARATION & INTERNMENT OF CHILDREN FROM FAMILIES

June, 2018

The North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) is the membership organization that represents psychologists throughout North Carolina. NCPA’s mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. One goal of the Association is to provide a unified voice for psychologists from diverse backgrounds and work settings.

NCPA strongly supports the statement made by Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., President of the American Psychological Association, regarding the harmful impact on the mental health of immigrant children and families, who are fleeing violence in their countries by coming to the United States, only to be separated and interred. (http://bit.ly/2ll5ypZ)

Psychologists and other mental health professionals know that separating children from their parents often leads to anxiety and depression, as well as trauma, and can adversely impact child development and academic performance. Psychologists are bound by the APA Code of Ethical Conduct and these actions to separate children from their families is not consistent with ethical practices.

NCPA condemns the separation of children from families and urges President Trump and Congress to end this harmful, unethical practice and to respect family values by keeping families intact.


APA SENDS LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP CONCERNING SEPARATING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

On June 14, 2018, APA sent a letter to President Trump, urging the administration to end its policy of separating children and families detained while crossing the border. The policy calls for children, including infants, to be removed from their parents and placed often indefinitely in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. 

APA warned that trauma from family separation is a significant social determinant of mental and physical health, and referenced decades of documented research showing the harmful effects of parent-child separation on children and caregivers’ emotional and psychological well-being. APA implored the administration to reconsider this deleterious policy and commit to the more humane practice of housing families together pending immigration proceedings. 

Click here to read the letter.


2018 RISK MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE: JUNE 23

The 2018 Risk Management Institute, co-sponsored by the NCPA Division of Independent Professional Practice and the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust, will take place Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This institute is worth 6 Category ‘A’ CE credits and intended to meet the NC Psychology Board’s Ethical/Legal CE requirements for psychologists. In addition, individuals insured through the Trust-sponsored Professional Liability Program are eligible for a 15% discount on his/her Professional Liability Insurance for the next two years.

Registration is now closed.

For directions to the Friday Center, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you on June 23!


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