Join us for a Meet the Moment Town Hall Meeting Tonight!

You are invited to AK-PA’s Call to Action: Meet the Moment Zoom Town Hall Series!

Meet the Moment: Addressing Inequality
August 10, 2020  |  6-8pm

Zoom meeting ID: 854 7598 5290
Passcode: 228975

Presenters: Kathleen Baldwin-Johnson (Crisis Now) and Deputy Chief Ken McCoy (Anchorage Police Department)

The goal: To start the conversation about addressing inequality in our communities, including the impact of racism and health disparities in physical and mental health in Alaska.

Why: The Alaska Psychological Association is committed to justice and speaking up in times of injustice. We believe that no one should have to feel fear, anxiety, or threatened because of their skin color. We are committed to highlighting and celebrating diversity.

Please join us with your questions and concerns!

This is the first in a series of Town Hall meetings hosted by AK-PA to address inequality in our community. We will continue this iportant dialogue with ongoing Meet the Moment Town Halls via Zoom.

The focus of AK-PA’s first Town Hall in the Meet the Moment series identifies ways the mental health community can address issues related to racism and mental health in policing and behavioral health crisis management (Crisis Now model).

In an effort to provide information about current needs and to learn more about the role of mental health providers in fighting for equality, we have invited Kathleen Baldwin-Johnson with Crisis Now and Deputy Chief Ken McCoy with APD to speak with us.

In preparation for AK-PA’s first Meet the Moment or to learn more, watch current ongoing courageous conversations in our community:

Town Hall with Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and APD as an introduction to APD policing: https://www.facebook.com/MayorBerkowitz/videos/virtual-town-hall-with-mayor-berkowitz-and-apd/695338884373686

KTUU One Alaska discussion with community leaders: https://www.ktuu.com/2020/07/28/ktuu-2-hour-special-one-alaska-many-voices/

Standing with Our Community

“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.

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/05/racism-pandemic

 

In solidarity,

Alaska Psychological Association Board of Directors

 

Download a PDF version here

AK-PA BOD Elections 2020

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 info@ak-pa.org. 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!

Recent Indictment of an AKPA Member

The Alaska Psychological Association (AKPA) is deeply saddened to learn of the recent indictment of one of our members on charges of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography. Without commenting on the current charges, as we have no information about them beyond what has been presented by local news outlets, we wish to make the following statement. AKPA universally and unequivocally condemns any action, whether taken by an AKPA member or a member of the public, which violates the rights or general wellbeing of others. We fully support investigations by the appropriate authorities into matters which run contrary to these basic tenets of our profession.

We wish to acknowledge the support available, through Alaskan agencies and national bodies, for people who feel that they have been victims of abuse:

Alaska Cares, (907) 561-8301, www.alaska.providence.org/locations/c/cares

National Sexual Violence Resource Center, (717) 909-0710, www.nsvrc.org

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), (800) 656-4673, www.rainn.org

Time to renew your AK-PA membership!

It’s time to renew your annual membership for 2018!!! The membership year runs Jan 1st to Dec 31. Save 10% off your dues if you renew by January 31st!

Some of the Benefits of Membership include:

  • Opportunity to be involved in how the field of psychology develops and is represented in Alaska
  • Monitoring of proposed legislation and Legislative lobbying to protect your interests as a Psychological Professional in Alaska
  • Discounts for AK-PA sponsored Continuing Education events
  • Access to the AK-PA members-only listserv
  • Free listing in the Member Referral Directory
  • Free ethics consultations
  • Two $500 Student Research Grants are offered annually to qualified applicants to support our undergraduate and graduate student members
  • AK-PA Graduate Students (AKPAGS) provide student members opportunities for student leadership and host Fifth Friday Socials
  • Fifth Friday Socials are non-CE training, colloquium, social, or collegial events that connect the professional and student communities

AK-PA invites your participation! We value our members and the contributions they bring to our communities across Alaska. Joining AK-PA provides a platform for supporting and shaping the profession, mentoring emerging professionals, networking with other providers, and sharing experiences on diverse topics!

Click here to join/renew your membership today!

Now Accepting Proposals for Student Research & Service Grants

AK-PA offers two $500 grants each year to support undergraduate and graduate student research & community service projects in the field of psychology. Proposals need to be submitted via email to executivedirector@ak-pa.org no later than October 18, 2017. A detailed description of proposal requirements can be found in this PDF.

Student research grant recipients will be notified via email and congratulated on the AK-PA listservs and website. Grantees will accept their funds and briefly share about their research / service project at the AK-PA Annual Meeting on November 18, 2017!

Questions? Send an email to your AK-PA Graduate Student representatives at akpags@ak-pa.org.

Board of Directors Election Results

Congratulations to the new AK-PA BOD members! Visit our Board of Directors page to learn more about them and their roles on the Board.

Hannah Ekstrom, PsyD

Brittany Freitas-Murrell, MS

Erin Johnson, PhD

We are still seeking individuals interested in serving as President-Elect and Treasurer for the Board. If you are interested, please use the form on the Elections page to submit your information to our Executive Director!

Board of Directors Elections

The time is upon us to elect new members to the AK-PA Board of Directors!

Please consider taking five minutes out of your day to visit our Elections page, where you can review the slate of candidates for our Member-at-Large seats and cast your vote!