acpa statement of support: daca
ACPA member Spotlight!
ACPA member Eric Samuels chaired a symposium at APA Convention 2017 entitled "Clinical Practice Considerations---Taking Steps to Avoid and Respond to Client Complaints and Grievances." In the session, ACPA member Keely Kolmes and Cleveland-based lawyer Aaron Minc (who has an expertise in online defamation cases) spoke about how psychologists should prepare themselves for the possibility that their clients might leave negative online reviews/critiques of them and, if that does happen, what can be done about it. Keely also discussed alternate ways to assess and share client outcomes.
Jevon Rice, MS LMHC PsyD student at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University San Francisco Bay area, will be presenting her work exploring competencies of substance abuse training for psychologists when treating Black American emerging adults at the 2017 APA convention poster session. She has also been invited to present her poster at the early career poster session and social hour at the sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), APA Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Drug Abuse), and APA Division 50 (Addictions).
For those who missed it, our very own Dr. Bedofrd Palmer and Dr. LaMisha Hill had their 1 year "Naming It" Podcast Celebration! Tune in to hear their take on issues that we face as mental health professionals today.
Keep up the great work!!
To Members and Extended Family of the Alameda County Psychological Association,
We write this letter to express our unwavering support of the 800,000+ Dreamers and 11 million undocumented individuals across the country. We must resist the policies and rhetoric that perpetuate xenophobia, racism, and white supremacy. We must highlight the immeasurable talent and resilience of the undocumented community and seek every opportunity to affirm their humanity in the classroom, therapy room, and in our daily lives.
As psychologists, this season requires us to renew our commitment to the social justice tenants of our discipline. We are called to give of ourselves as clinicians, researchers, educators and healers –expanding our professional activities beyond counseling and therapy to advocacy and intervention at the community and policy level (Goodman et al., 2004). In our professional capacity, many of us currently serve undocumented students, community members, and those in mixed-status families. Understanding that allyship is a continuous process, we encourage our ACPA members to learn more about the undocumented community and the unique psycho-social stressors that may further inform our ability to provide culturally-humble care and service. We hope to partner with you all, our collective of local CPA Chapters, and community organizations to support the dreams of those who are Undocu and DACA-mented.
National Immigration Law Center
Watch: The Dream is Now Documentary
Listen to: Naming It Podcast Episode 19: Dreaming of a Socially Just Immigration Policy
DACA Information (UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program)
East Bay Community Law Center
DACA Rescission Fact Sheet
Top 5 Things to Know About the Announcement That DACA Is Being Ended
FAQs on DACA Termination
About DACA and Employment
Information about Medi-Cal and DACA
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)--The ILRC provides a resource page with DACA updates and materials in multiple languages
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)--NILC offers Frequently Asked Questions about the end of the DACA program, including information on employment, driver's licenses, taxes and more.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)--DHS published a press release, with links to a memo on how it will administer the new DACA policy and Frequently Asked Questions.
Composed by LaMisha Hill, PhD. with assistance from the ACPA Board.
Fall Issue | Volume 4 | 2017
Welcome to the Fall issue of the ACPA quarterly newspaper! My name is Gabrielle and I am happy to provide you with the news related to what is going on in our field, with our members, and in the community. There are a few different ways in which I can create newsletters, but I would love to hear from you regarding what you would like to see this newsletter become. This is your newsletter and my goal is to ensure that it reflects what matters most to the ACPA membership.
My passions include diversity and multiculturalism, substance abuse and chemical dependency, and adolescent development. As a result, I may include information related to these areas if there is space in the newsletter to do so. Additionally, I plan to incorporate any statement released by ACPA.
This newsletter will come out roughly every 3 months and in between that time, I would love if you could send me things you would like to see reflected. I hope you enjoy this edition and I look forward to hearing your ideas moving forward!
Gabrielle Jones, PhD
Los Angeles Times
Dear ACPA Community,
As you may know, on Friday August 11th and Saturday August 12th a group of armed and torch wielding white supremacist numbering in the hundreds staged a protest of the removal of a statue honoring defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. On that Saturday, during the course of a white supremacist demonstration that became violent, a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors killing one woman and injuring 19 other people. Subsequently the President of the United States refused to condemn the whole of this group and instead proposed a false equivalency between terrorist white supremacist organizations and those who would protest them.
This is a statement of solidarity with all those who work to build more socially just spaces and a more socially just society. The executive board of the Alameda County Psychological Association (ACPA) unequivocally condemns white supremacy in all its forms, as it exists throughout our communities and institutions. More specifically we call on our membership to work in order to prevent more incidents like the most recent large scale violent, hateful, racist, and public acts of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, the alt-right, as well as various other individuals and organizations.
We ask that as a community, that we reaffirm our commitment to our specific ethical principles of Beneficence & Non-Maleficence, Fidelity & Responsibility, and Justice. We must work to the benefit of the people and the communities that we serve, working to advocate for their psychological wellbeing. We must take responsibility for the welfare of the people in our communities and use the privileges that we have in order to speak out against injustice and violence. And we must take a firm and grounded stance against any act of white supremacist terrorism and those who support those acts.
This message is a message of allyship and would be conveyed similarly for terrorist acts against women, LGBT+ communities, people within disabled communities, as well as any other vulnerable and marginalized community. Please join us in our stance against hate and all of its terrible consequences.
The American Psychological Association has many resources available for the media and the public in covering and dealing with the aftermath of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (via:
• RESilience: Uplifting youth through healthy communication about race provides resources to assist parents and others in promoting strength, health and well-being among youth of color.
• Discrimination: What it is, and how to cope makes suggestions for healthy ways to deal with being the target of discrimination.
• Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror. The ability to adapt well to unexpected changes and events can help people manage distress and uncertainty. Here are some techniques.
• In addition, APA’s 2015 Stress in America survey found that most American adults reported having experienced discrimination, and that regardless of the cause, experiencing discrimination is associated with higher reported stress and poorer reported health.
Also of interest are several blog posts on race and race-related incidents.
• These events can be particularly difficult for children to process and understand. Below are some resources for talking to kids about racism and violence:
How to talk to children about difficult news offers insights on how to guide these conversations with children while making them feel safe.
Talking to kids about discrimination. This document can help parents and other caretakers understand how to broach the topics of discrimination and difference with young children.
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting. Although no shooting occurred during the Charlottesville incident, many of the tips in this document are relevant for helping any child who is distressed by violence.
• Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting. Although no shooting occurred during the Charlottesville incident, many of the tips in this document are relevant for helping any child who is distressed by violence.
Composed by Bedford Palmer, PhD. with the assistance of the ACPA Board