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NCPA RESPONSE TO PITTSBURGH & LOUISVILLE SHOOTINGS

NCPA has released a statement in response to the recent shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and a grocery store in Louisville. Please click here to read the statement.


APA ADVOCACY ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Once again, a mass shooting has claimed lives and terrified our country, this time in Thousand Oaks, California. The killings occurred less than two weeks after 11 people were murdered by a mass shooter at a Pittsburgh synagogue. APA has provided information on ways to help combat and cope with gun violence, an urgent and complex public health crisis. Included in the information is how to contact Congress and urge your elected officials to take a public health approach to gun violence.

Click here for more information.


2018 APA STRESS IN AMERICA™ SURVEY

Since 2007, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual nationwide survey as part of its Mind/Body Health campaign to examine the state of stress across the country and understand its impact. The Stress in America™ survey measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress on our lives. The results of the survey draw attention to the serious physical and emotional implications of stress and the inextricable link between the mind and body.

According to the American Psychological Association’s report Stress in America™: Generation Z, released October 30, issues ranging from immigration to sexual assault are causing significant stress among members of Generation Z – those between ages 15 and 21 – with mass shootings topping the list of stressful current events.

Despite these concerns, Gen Z adults who are 18 to 21 years old are the generation least likely to vote in the 2018 midterm elections, the report found.

Specifically, 75 percent of Gen Z members said that mass shootings are a significant source of stress, according to the survey, which was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of APA in July and August 2018 among 3,458 adults and 300 15- to 17-year-olds. Continue reading.

Click here for the complete APA Stress in America™ Survey materials.


STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO SHOOTING AT PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE

Following is a statement by Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.

“We are horrified and heartbroken by this terrible crime and send our thoughts of compassion to the victims, their families and first responders, several of whom were also injured, and to the larger Jewish community.

“Hate crimes are the most extreme expression of prejudice. Compared to other crimes, hate crimes have a more destructive impact on victims and communities because they target core aspects of our identity as human beings.” Continue reading.


NCPA MEMBER INTERVIEWS FELLOW MEMBER FOR PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

NCPA member Mira Brancu, Ph.D. interviews fellow member Vanessa Roddenberry, Ph.D. in her latest blog post on Psychology Today. In the interview, “One Perspective on Why Women Start Their Own Companies”, Dr. Roddenberry discusses her own experiences as a woman taking on a leadership position, and shares advice with other women on becoming leaders. The wide-ranging interview provides a first-person perspective on what motivates one to take on a leadership role as well as the challenges women face when holding these positions.

Click here to read Dr. Brancu’s post.


APA DECRIES APPARENT ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPT TO ERASE TRANSGENDER DEFINITION IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Reported proposal ignores well-established science

A reported attempt by the administration to redefine sex in civil rights law in order to remove anti-discrimination protections for transgender people fails to recognize decades of scientific research into psychology, genetics and physiology, according to the American Psychological Association.

“We are appalled at this apparent attempt by the administration to remove protections based on gender identity or expression,” said APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD. “For decades, researchers have recognized that gender is not necessarily determined by a person’s biological sex assigned at birth, which can be physiologically uncertain in some cases. Purposely ignoring this body of evidence is indefensible and certain to add to the stress and discrimination already experienced by transgender people.” 

Click here to read more.


VOLUNTEERING FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE

The NCPF Disaster Response Network is partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services to collect information on licensed behavioral health professionals who would like to volunteer in the aftermath of the storm. You may sign up online here. If you have any immediate questions please direct them to [email protected].


APA PRESIDENT ON RECOVERY IN WAKE OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, SUBSEQUENT FLOODING

Following is a statement by Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, regarding recovery in the wake of Hurricane Florence:

“Although it has been more than a week since Hurricane Florence led to catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas and beyond, many Americans are still struggling to recover and piece their lives back together,” she said. “Bouncing back from a disaster of this magnitude can be extremely stressful and take a long time. The American Psychological Association has resources to help people who are still recovering. We recommend that people still dealing with Florence’s aftermath reach out to friends and family as a source of strength and support, and that they establish new routines to restore order in their lives. Engaging in healthy behaviors can also help.

“For friends and family who would like to help those affected or displaced by Florence, be emotionally supportive. Just listening to Florence survivors can provide them with a sense of relief and comfort. Remember, their nearby support systems have probably been affected as well.”

Here are some helpful materials available from APA:
Managing traumatic stress: After the hurricanes
Manage flood-related distress by building resilience
Managing traumatic stress: Dealing with hurricanes from afar


25th ANNIVERSARY UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE & POSTER SESSION

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about getting into graduate school, visit with representative with North Carolina psychology graduate programs, network with other undergraduate students, meet psychologists who work in various aspects of the profession, be part of drawings for great prizes, and hear from 2018 APA President Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel and APA Immediate Past President Dr. Tony Puente. Click here for on-line registration and click here for more information about the conference.


ACROSS THE STATE WORKSHOPS: CE COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU

As it does every even-numbered year (2014, 2016, etc.), the NCPA Continuing Education Committee is presenting a series of ‘Across the State’ workshops. All of these workshops are worth 3 Continuing Education credits, and all are intended to meet the Ethical/Legal CE requirements for NC psychologists.

For the complete flyer and registration form, click here.

*For online registration, click here.

Registrations must be received at least one week before each workshop.

*Please Note: Online registration is unavailable beginning one week before each workshop. (Example: Last day to register online for the September 12 Wilmington workshop = Wednesday, September 5.)

These popular workshops fill up quickly, so please register early!


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