Presidential Voice – Summer 2018

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Diane Castillo, PhD

Hi Everyone. As President of Division 56, Trauma Psychology, I’m excited to invite you to attend the 2018 APA Convention in San Francisco this year. As you might know my presidential initiative for this year was to focus on the intersection of Diversity and Trauma and to highlight the increases in traumatic experiences and PTSD diagnoses in individuals from diverse backgrounds.

We have interesting, informative programming this year with 20 hours of regular Division 56 programming, 13 hours of collaborative programming, 7.5 hours programming in our Hospitality Suite, 2 Poster Sessions, and 2 Social Hours, one with our Awards Ceremony.  Several of our sessions offer CEUs (5), which fulfill diversity training for licensure.

To give you a flavor of what’s to come, we will have the Presidential Address highlighting our initiative, and an invited panel of esteemed speakers (Drs. Terry Keane, Paula Schnurr, Patricia Resick, and John Fairbank) to talk about the Evolution of PTSD. Several sessions on Diversity range from a theoretical understanding in the “Multicultural Framework” symposium by Drs. Moore and Ruglass to practice by Dr. Workman and her colleagues in “Diversity and Evidence-Based Practice—Applications to Trauma.” Diversity is defined broadly and represented in our talks to include women, Native Americans, Puerto Ricans in Hurricane Maria, military, Veterans, children, and people of color, just to name a few.

Tremendous thanks go out to Bryann DeBeer, Program Chair, for all her hard work and many hours in pulling together such a great program and assuring our success as a Division. Also thanks go to Delishia Pittman, Hospitality Suite Program Chair, for organizing and managing the Suite Programming and Hospitality Suite.

Please drop by our Hospitality Suite for programming or to kick your shoes off, have a refreshment, and network with your colleagues. We will be conveniently located in the Marriott Marquis.