VII was pleased and honored to present two Achievement Awards and
its first Graduate Student Research Award at the 2001 APA Convention.
Receiving the Third Annual Lifetime Achievement Award was Norman L.
Farberow, Ph.D. Dr. Farberow, who with Edwin Shneidman, Ph.D., was
a founder of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center and the American
Association of Suicidology, was given a plaque by Dr. Yufit which
cited him "For his outstanding work in developing the field of suicidology
and for his seminal contributions to working with survivors of suicide."
Ph.D., received a Career Achievement Award for his research. One of
the foremost researchers in the U.S. on violence risk assessment and
founder of APA Division 41 (The American Psychology-Law Society),
Dr. Monahan was given a plaque by Dr. McNiel which stated "For his
groundbreaking and major contributions to the field of violence risk
assessment and for his outstanding and enduring contributions to the
science and practice of Psychology."
The Section also
presented its first Graduate Student Research Award to Matthew K.
Nock, M.S., "For his outstanding research project on factors associated
with suicide-related outcomes in children." Mr. Nock is a doctoral
student in Clinical Psychology at Yale University, and his award was
accompanied by a $150 check.
The Section VII
Board of Directors further presented Past President, Phillip M. Kleespies,
Ph.D., with a Certificate of Appreciation which read as follows: "For
his dedication and passion in making Section VII a reality; for his
leadership as its first President; for his unswerving commitment to
excellence in education; and for his wisdom and humanity in advancing
our knowledge of clinical emergencies and crises."
The Section also
sponsored a symposium on Behavioral Emergencies in the Community:
Mental Health and Police Perspectives, in which each of the two main
presenters had backgrounds as both police officers and as psychologists.
Randy Borum, Psy.D. of the University of South Florida presented the
findings of a large-scale research project designed to improve the
outcome of high risk citizen-police encounters, such as when mentally
ill individuals are suicidal or violent in the community. Sgt. Forrest
Fulton, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Police Department, described some
of the practical considerations for psychologists when collaborating
with the police around management of patients’ behavioral emergencies
in the community. Discussants included Bruce Bongar, Ph.D., President-Elect
Designate, and Dale McNiel, Ph.D., President-Elect.
Thank you to
all of the Section VII members who made this year’s program such a
success. Any members who have ideas or suggestions for the 2002 APA
Convention in Chicago should contact the Section VII Program Committee,
Drs. Bruce Bongar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Dale McNiel (email@example.com).
The theme of next year’s program will be Integrating Science and Practice
in responding to behavioral emergencies.