Social Justice corner
Alameda county is one of the most diverse counties in the state of California, and is prided on the wide variety of experiences one can have living here. However, with the current political climate, there has been a shift in the melting pot that many of us call "home".
Earlier in the month of May, a woman called the police on People of Color BBQ'ing at Lake Merritt. In response to the incident, many in the community came together and held a unifying event, which they called "BBQ'ing While Black". The event was well received and well attended. As mental health professionals, what is our role in situations like this? As these situations continue to occur, it can become more difficult to separate our professional responsibilities from our personal feelings.
As a social justice driven organization, it is important for us to have these conversations and work together to ensure we are doing our part to provide sound psycho-education, and culturally responsive therapy to the people of our community. Being a member of ACPA is a way to accomplish these goals in that it allows us to stay connected to one another and not operate in isolation.
This quarter's newsletter issue has many opportunities for you to become more actively involved in your community. Consider taking on one of the leadership opportunities ACPA has to offer, we want to hear your voice!
ACPA Summer BBQ!!
Date: June 10th
Location: San Lorenzo
Connect with colleagues, meet board members, and welcome in summer! Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
National Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) Convention
Dates: June 27-July 1st
Location: Oakland Downtown Marriott, Oakland, CA
As part of a celebration of 50 years of independent and distinct service as a professional association, ABPsi is dedicated to the mental health and wellness of African American Persons, Families, and community. Celebrate ABPsi at the 50th Anniversary International Convention!
American Psychological Association Convention
Dates: Aug 9-Aug 12th
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
Four days of learning, innovation, and community. Register today!
ACPA Board Positions
-Responsibilities include recording minutes of Board meetings, prepare minutes for distribution to Board members, and maintain records of all previous years' minutes
-Responsibilities include collecting information to disseminate to ACPA membership in quarterly newsletters.
Chair and Co-Chair Positions are also open for the following committees:
-Colleague Awareness & Education Program (CARE). This is a program that offers education, access to referrals, and increases awareness of diversity issues, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, prevention, and early intervention for mental health professionals
-Publications Committee. The Publications Committee serves as the communication link between ACPA and the community. This committee oversees the website, monitors the referral services for psychologists, and assists with publishing the ACPA's online Newsletter.
-Graduate Student Affairs Committee. This Committee is composed of students and postdoctoral trainees in Alameda County. Responsibilities include increasing student involvement in ACPA, facilitating networking and professional development opportunities for students, and supporting the graduate student community through outreach, mentorship, and connection. The chair of this committee is a voting member of ACPA and is required to be a member of CPAGS.
"Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action & example" -Cory Booker
If you or someone you know is interested in any of these positions, please contact the ACPA president, Dr. Bedford Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org with nominees name, phone number, and email address
-Social Activities Committee. This committee coordinates all social activities that occur throughout the year including, but not limited to, the summer BBQ, the holiday party, Shrink Drinks, and other creative activities for the membership to connect.
The Wise Mind Institute (WMI) is expanding our East Bay Office! We are now offering fully adherent adult and adolescent DBT with the core components of individual therapy, skills classes, phone coaching, and a DBT team. We also use other holistic approaches such as existential humanistic therapy and mindfulness-based CBT for appropriate referrals. WMI is a treatment and post-doctoral training center with offices in Redwood City and Oakland. We specialize in treating issues related to impulse control and emotion dysregulation., challenges of adolescence and early adulthood, family conflict, and men's and women's issues. We are now welcoming referrals. You can contact us through our website or directly through our voicemail at 650-503-8179 if you have any referrals or questions.
Susan Raeburn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Oakland and a long-term member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Since Retiring from Kaiser Walnut Creek's Chemical Dependency Services Program in 2016, she presented a paper entitled, "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Healing Through Attachment" at the 34th Symposium in New York in 2017 when PAMA teamed up with Athletes and the Arts. In addition to being on the editorial board of the organization's journal, Medical Problems of Performing Artists (MPPA), Susan served as the co-chair of the 2017 conference in Snowmass, CO with co-chair, Jason Hu, MD from Weill Cornell Medical Center. She taught in the Pre-conference Certificate segment with Patrick Gannon, Ph.D and gave a workshop entitled, "Self-care, Self-medication, and the Veil of Addiction." For the upcoming 36th Annual PAMA Internationa lSymposium at Chapman College/Anaheim in June, she will again team up with Dr. Gannon for the Pre-con segment as well as give a paper called, "Come Together: Promoting Performer Health Through Improving Social Connection." Lastly, Susan will be joining Jevon Rice's Diversity in Addiction panel speaking on "Popular Musicians: A Subculture at High-Risk for Addiction" at the American Psychological Association in San Francisco this summer.
New referral locations and company for sale
For Sale to Clinical Psychologist or Comparable- The Healthy Minds Healthy Body Institute (HMHBI). HMHBI is a healthcare service organization providing individual and group therapy for children and adults. We support families and children of all ages with a variety of social abilities, anxiety disorders, depression and other clinical conditions. HMHBI conducts clinical evaluations to help clients and/or the family understand what is causing some of the difficulties that are observed. The interested buyer would benefit with knowledge of the IEP/504 process for additional growth potential. Conducting formal psychoeducational/neuro-
psychological evaluations and IEP knowledge not required. This is a profitable business that, for the right person, can continue to grow exponentially. Owner will stay on for a period of transition to support a new director/owner. This is a collaborative organization with 6 professionals working together. Contact Dr. J for information at SmilingMinds@sbcglobal.net