Hello Fellow SAPA Members,
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. As we plan for the new year, it is nice to look back and reflect on our personal and professional accomplishments from 2016.
As an organization, SAPA has much to be proud of. This past year saw an increase in membership, including lifetime members and student members.
Labor Day is past, and it’s time to put away your white belt and white pants and to start thinking about joining SAPA’s board. SAPA is in the midst of some dynamic changes looking to both broaden and deepen our connections to the community at large and to our community of psychologists. Members of the board are working to expand our role southern Arizona by not only promoting the field of psychology, but by interacting with other agencies and professionals in a synergistic manner. We are deepening our relationship with the Loft where we are continuing to sponsor a number of films of psychological interest but are also exploring developing a Psychological Film Series. David Lisak, a nationally renowned speaker, will address the SAPA community and the broader community of providers in Tucson. At the same time, based on feedback from members who requested more opportunities to network and interact with each other, we will be initiating a series of happy hour gatherings along with other social events. Additionally, we are re-initiating the luncheon CEs this fall.
We have been able to develop these programs because of the efforts of our board and many new ideas brought by its members. We continue to look for psychologists to join us and contribute to our growth. Please consider volunteering your time. This is a very collegial group and all of our current members have benefited from their membership as well as contributed to health and growth of our organization.
The following positions will be open for the coming year. Below is a description of the position. If you are interested, contact Duffy Wagman at email@example.com, the chair of this year’s Nominating Committee. If you are nominating yourself (strongly encouraged), please include a brief biography that we can include with the ballot. The expected term for President Elect is 3 years, (President-Elect, President, Past President); the other terms are for two years. The board meets about 10 times a year, the first Tuesday of most months, for 60 to 90 minutes.
Psychology and the Law
Member at Large
Member at Large
Descriptions taken from our By-Laws
1. fulfill all the duties of the President in the event of the President’s absence, illness, disability, or resignation;
2. conduct a review of the financial records of the Association during the first sixty (60) days following the assumption of office; and
3. undertake any duties assigned by the President.
The Treasurer shall:
1. be responsible for the receipt, deposit, disposal, and withdrawal of all funds of the Association consistent with the Bylaws or as directed by the President and/or the Executive Committee;
2. be responsible for the collection of all dues, fees, assessments, fines, etc. levied by the Association upon the members;
3. be responsible for keeping records of the Association’s revenues and expenditures;
4. prepare the proposed budget for the following year and submit to the Board of Directors for approval;
5. maintain and submit all tax-related records, including those required to maintain the Association’s tax-exempt status;
6. publish regularly a financial report made available to all membership; and
7. make arrangements for an annual review of the Association’s financial records by the president-elect
The Program Committee is a Standing Committee. The Chairperson shall recruit no fewer than two (2) Committee members. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to:
1. Plan professional education programs, including contacting and making arrangements with speakers, publicizing these events, and coordinating other activities necessary;
2. Ensure that the Association’s continuing education (CE) events conform to the standards necessary to award CE credit.
3. Maintain records of attendance to events;
4. Advise and coordinate with other Committees organizing events and wanting to offer CE credit for participation in those events; and
5. Coordinate the requirements to ensure that SAPA remains in good standing as an APA-approved sponsor of continuing professional education.
Members at Large shall represent the interests of the membership and serve on special assignments as needs and opportunities arise, including but not limited to serving in standing and ad hoc committees
Join us for a special Science on Screen presentation of The Stanford Prison Experiment featuring an introduction by Joel Dvoskin, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 7:00PM | Regular admission prices
Click here for tickets and more information about the film.
About Science on Screen: "The program is designed to pair thought-provoking films, old and new, with insightful contextual discussions with local experts and academics to create illuminating and entertaining programming that will bring the exciting world of science alive on the big screen. Made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation."
Give an Hour™ Provides Free and Confidential Mental Health Care
Over 2.6 million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began more than a decade ago. The stress and strain of lengthy, repeated deployments and war itself can adversely affect people of all ages, races, ranks, and education levels. It affects those who serve and those who love them. According to state records, 226 Arizona veterans took their own lives in 2013.
Give an Hour, a national nonprofit providing serving the military community since 2005, is recruiting licensed mental health professionals to join its network and donate an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities.
“Most who come home from war will reintegrate successfully into their communities, and many will continue to lead by example as they take on important roles in cities and neighborhoods. But some service members, family members, and veterans will struggle with the understandable mental health consequences of war,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Give an Hour founder and president.
Locating and accessing this assistance is not always easy. Cost is often an issue as is availability of appropriate care within communities where service members, veterans, and their families live. While there is more acceptance of the importance of mental health care for those who serve and their families today, there are still many who are suffering unnecessarily because they lack an understanding of the issues that affect them or are unaware of options available to them.
Give an Hour’s services range from one-on-one counseling to marital and family services and from post-traumatic stress or grief counseling to substance abuse treatment, addressing the many needs of the individuals and families of the armed services. Give an Hour providers are also available to consult to other organizations about the mental health issues affecting those who serve. And they are available to give presentations at community gatherings and reintegration events. The approximately 7,000 licensed mental health professionals working with Give an Hour have contributed over 155,000 hours in support of our troops and their families. These volunteers include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and other mental health professionals. Providers are located across the country—in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.
Give an Hour offers an important option for the men, women and families who serve our country by providing services in the community at no cost to those in need. And, there is no limit to the number of sessions one can receive; help is available for as long as it is needed.
“We are proud of the opportunity to bring the military and mental health community together as we strive to provide critical services to these deserving men, women, and families,” notes Dr. Van Dahlen.
Licensed mental health professionals who are interested in volunteering their time on the Give an Hour network should visit www.giveanhour.org for more information.
The Loft will be screening the film, Bite Size, on Wednesday May 27th at 7pm.
Featuring a special introduction by Tucsonan Hailie Thomas, a nationally-recognized youth health advocate, motivational speaker and young chef recently featured in O Magazine and the Food Network’s “Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off!” Co-presented by The HAPPY Organization, Edible Baja Arizona, Southern Arizona Psychological Association and The Loft Cinema.
Four middle-schoolers from diverse backgrounds struggle with bullying, health challenges, and mixed messages from loved ones, in this sensitive and thought-provoking documentary on the obesity epidemic currently affecting one in three American children.
SAPA will be present at the event to provide information to the public on the role of psychologists. All members of the Tucson mental health community are encouraged to attend.
Click the image below for more information and for a preview of Bite Size.
The Loft Cinema and SAPA are co-presenting a community event on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7pm. The Loft will be screening Alive Inside, a film about Alzheimer's disease and music therapy. Following the screening, members of SAPA and the Alzheimer's Association will be presenting a panel discussion. Please plan to attend and support SAPA and the Loft. Open to the general public. For more information, click the picture below.
Have you experienced the death of your spouse or a child in the last 6 weeks?
If you answered “yes” and you are willing to share your experiences for research, we hope you would consider participating in a study by Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor on the effects of aspirin in bereavement.
The death of loved one is very stressful, and in some individuals, their heart may be temporarily affected. We are looking for individuals who have experienced a loss to take part in a study on the effects of aspirin on the grief and cardiovascular response in bereaved people.
During this study participants will complete a survey about their emotions, relationships, health and demographics at a visit to our U of A lab. Participants will be asked to take a normal dose of over-the-counter aspirin or placebo on 5 consecutive days. Participants will also come to a second lab session at U of A where physiological measures such as heart rate and blood pressure will be measured and blood and saliva samples will be taken.
Monetary compensation will be provided.
If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Sebastian Karl at
520-626-5383 or 1-877-518-4630 or firstname.lastname@example.org
An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable. This means that it is acceptable according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.
Walk with us!
The Southern Arizona NAMI Walk is on Saturday, March 29 at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium (2500 E. Ajo Way). The walk starts at 9am. There are 3K and 5K walks.
To join our team, visit our team page at http://namiwalks.nami.org/SAPA, and click on "Walk with Us." SAPA will be providing t-shirts to all walkers, so please send an email to email@example.com with the number of people what will be joining us for the walk.
2. Make a donation
You don't have to walk to make a donation! Just go to our team page at http://namiwalks.nami.org/SAPA and click on "Support Us." If you prefer to mail your donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Please help SAPA make a strong contribution to NAMI Southern Arizona. If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com.
See you on the 29th!
Marisa MencholaSAPA's NAMI Walk Team Captain
Hello SAPA members,
The SAPA MEMBERSHIP committee is in need of some committee members. We are looking for some members willing to join us to brainstorm membership recruitment and new events for members.
This is a great way to get involved with SAPA without a heavy time commitment, meet new people, and share your ideas.
Interested? If so, please contact Jennifer Dvoskin firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you information about our meeting times.
Jennifer Dvoskin and Sarah Foxley
Southern Arizona Psychological Association