“Racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety, and other serious, sometimes debilitating conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. Moreover, the stress caused by racism can contribute to the development of cardiovascular and other physical diseases” (American Psychological Association, Sandra Shullman, 2020).
The Alaska Psychological Association condemns racism and recognizes racism as a psychological health and medical health emergency. We condemn the murders of Black people, Indigenous people, and all people of color at the hands of police officers. We stand with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others who have died due to racial inequality and injustice.
These recent incidents highlight the over four hundred years of institutionalized and systemic racial injustice in the United States. Incidents like these wear on the mental, emotional, and physical health of those on the end of injustice. We have a responsibility to speak up and speak out to end inequality and discrimination in this country. Racism must be a part of our ongoing conversations and commitments to change. We must not be silent, as our silence is complicit, and our silence is not our power.
The Alaska Psychological Association is committed to justice and to speaking up in times of injustice. We believe that no one should have to feel fear, anxiety, or threatened because of skin color. We are committed to highlighting and celebrating diversity. We are committed to the fight to ensure that all citizens of our state have equal access to mental health and medical health care. We pledge to focus our efforts to be a part of the greater conversations about the impacts of racism on psychological and medical health. We pledge to be a part of the solution.
Alaska Psychological Association Board of Directors
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It’s that time of year again when the Alaska Psychological Association is looking to solicit nominations for individuals interested in serving as part of the AK-PA Board of Directors. Elections will be held during the month of June. AK-PA’s long-term goal is to be a statewide leader in mental health. We need your help to reach this goal and keep AK-PA an active and productive association. All full or affiliate members of AK-PA are encouraged to consider serving on the Board (if you are not currently a member, it’s not too late – you can apply on our website: www.ak-pa.org/join).
AK-PA is seeking nominations for several positions. Each position will serve a two-year term beginning August 16, 2020.
- The Secretary creates a record of all the meetings of the Association and is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.
- Three Members-at-Large, who serve as a liaison between the general AK-PA membership and the Board, working to form and chair workgroups for various special interests and projects (e.g., Disaster Response Network, Early Career Psychologist, Rural Practice)
You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone else for these positions. If you are interested in learning more, have questions about Board service, or would like to submit a nomination, please send an email to email@example.com. All nominations will be reviewed by the elections workgroup and a slate of candidates will be included on the ballot. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2020.
Please consider nominating yourself or another member to serve on the Board – filling these positions is vital to the continued success of AK-PA!
Dear Alaskan Community,
We know that during this time of uncertainty, many in our community are under strain and stress. We are incredibly grateful to see how out community has come together in strength and resilience. Please continue to connect and reach out to each other in fellowship and with resources. On behalf of our AK-PA Board of Directors, we also want to reach out to our community to offer additional helpful resources for dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources for Practice
Telebehavioral Health Resources
Distance Learning Resources for Students and Faculty
COVID-19 Specific Concerns
Disaster Relief Loans
Guidance on HIPPA and 42 CFR During COVID-19 Pandemic
Guidance on Reimbursement with Medicare
Direction for Health Care Professionals during COVID-19 Pandemic
Resources for Those in Need
Resources for Households during COVID-19 Pandemic
Resources for Families
As we know, the situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic is dynamic and resources will be evolving. Please continue to connect with reliable and up-to-date information from these sources:
Please reach out to us with questions or ways your Board can support our community during this time.
Stay healthy and safe,
Alaska Psychological Association Board of Directors
AK-PA members are invited to join the Board for AK-PA’s Annual Meeting from 6.00 – 7.00pm on Monday, December 09. We will be meeting at Marco T’s Pizzeria, 302 W Fireweed Lane, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Find us in the side room, hear what AK-PA has been doing for you this past year, and enjoy a complimentary beverage of your choice as a small token of thanks for your membership.
We hope to see you there!
Join AK-PA on Friday, February 22, 2019 for a 6-credit CE event, “Ethics and Risk Management in the Digital World 2.0,” presented by Daniel Taube, JD, PhD, with The Trust Insurance.
We will be livestreaming this event and current AK-PA members and students will enjoy reduced registration rates (haven’t renewed yet? there’s still time to save 10% on your 2019 membership)!
Visit our website to learn more and secure your spot at this excellent training opportunity
Hope to see you there!
Join us for AK-PA’s upcoming Quarterly Event (formerly 5th Fridays) on October 24th from 6pm to 7:30pm. We are honored to host Elsie Boudreau as our special presenter. Elsie’s story was portrayed in the PBS documentary The Silence and she will facilitate a discussion on historical and intergenerational trauma. Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet a true advocate for Alaskan communities!