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NCPA & DIPP MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION

Thank you to all of our long-standing and new members of the NC Psychological Association and the Division of Independent Professional Practice! You are our most valuable resource.

Last week, the NCPA Office mailed a packet to every NCPA member. The materials included a 2018 – 2019 dues renewal notice, an individual profile from the NCPA database, and an FYI with lots of information. We hope each of you will continue your membership. You may return your dues payment to the office or pay online. Online payment is available here. To pay online, click the ‘For Members’ tab above. Login by entering your username (email address) and password.

In order to save paper, printing, and postage, the following documents are posted here:

Again, we appreciate your membership in NCPA!


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.


APA CALLS SUICIDE PREVENTION A PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITY

Following is a statement from the American Psychological Association President Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., on the increase in suicide rates in the United States:

“The terrible and tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reflect a growing national crisis.

“Suicide increased by 25 percent across the United States from 1999 to 2016, according to research released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A shocking 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016. 

“Suicide needs to be a public health priority, so APA supports a multifaceted public health approach. We need to increase access to mental health screenings and ensure that insurance covers both prevention services and treatment. We need more funding for evidence-based treatment and its dissemination, including crisis services. We need more research and to ensure a focus on risk assessment, evidence-based prevention programs, and treatment to reduce the incidence of suicide.”

Click here for the full statement, as well as resources on suicide warning signs, prevention, and more.


APA DISAPPOINTED & CONCERNED ABOUT SCOTUS CAKESHOP RULING

Following is a statement from APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., on the Supreme Court ruling on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case:

“The American Psychological Association is disappointed in the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Although the court affirmed that gay individuals and couples cannot be treated as social outcasts and recognized the importance of respecting others’ religious beliefs, those beliefs should not be used as a basis to discriminate against and stigmatize members of the LGBTQ community. 

“The APA has a longstanding commitment to countering discrimination against any group, since the discipline of psychology is dedicated to promoting well-being and safeguarding against threats to that well-being.”  Continue reading.


STATEMENT OF APA IN RESPONSE TO TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING

Following is the statement of APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, on the shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that has left at least 10 dead:

“As our nation confronts yet another horrific school shooting, it is imperative that we not become inured to these tragedies. We must act as a society to make our schools safe and ensure that students and teachers do not live in fear that they could be next.

“Psychology and psychologists stand ready — once again — to offer those in distress the comfort, guidance and counseling they need to maintain resilience in the midst of such shock and profound grief.”  Continue reading.


APA NAMES CHIEF OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

On Tuesday, May 8, the American Psychological Association announced Jared L. Skillings, Ph.D., ABPP, as the new chief of professional practice. He is responsible for promoting the practice of psychology and the availability of behavioral health services through federal and state legislative advocacy, legal and regulatory initiatives, and public education.

Skillings’ professional career includes leadership roles within large group practice settings and complex, integrated health systems. He joins APA after six years as chief of psychology for Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a $5.7 billion enterprise with more than 26,000 employees, 12 hospitals and 180 outpatient service locations. In his role at Spectrum, Skillings led behavioral health strategy; program and talent development, clinical access, quality and safety; financial management; and system integration. Under his leadership, the number of behavioral health providers increased from five to 58 (including 32 psychologists), and psychology was integrated into primary care and specialty services, including cardiology and surgery. Continue reading.


STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Following is the statement of APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., on the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 and injured at least 14 others:

“Tragically, our nation is once again confronted with a school shooting, which has cut short all too many lives and forever affected so many others. We must take concerted action as a nation to ensure that our schools are once again safe havens for our children and youth. In this time of shock and grief, psychology and psychologists can offer those in distress the comfort, guidance and counseling they need to maintain resilience in the midst of such profound sorrow.”  Continue reading.


NEW YORK FIRST STATE TO REQUIRE MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

When it comes to mental health, there’s still far too much miseducation and stigma around the issue – and those invisible barriers continue to create very real challenges for people when it comes to getting help. Fortunately, one state is enlightening its citizens by starting with kids. Beginning July 1, New York will become the first state to require mental health education be taught in all its schools.

Starting next September, the health curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students in New York will need to include a mental health component. According to Albany’s Times Union, local districts will be in charge of creating their own curriculum, but will receive oversight from the Mental Health Association of New York State, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Education. Continue reading.


APA SURVEY: MAJORITY OF AMERICANS STRESSED BY COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE

Two-thirds of U.S. adults (66 percent) cite the cost of health insurance as a stressor for themselves, their loved ones or in general, when asked about specific health issues that cause them stress. This stress about the cost of health insurance seems to affect Americans at all income levels.

In addition, more than six in 10 adults (63 percent) cite uncertainty about the future, both with their own health and that of others, as a source of stress. Insurance costs and looming uncertainty about the future are just two of the numerous causes of stress surrounding health, according to the American Psychological Association’s report, “Stress in America™: Uncertainty About Health Care,” released on January 24 and based on data from the annual Stress in America™ survey, conducted online by The Harris Poll. Continue reading.


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