Aloha! As your new President-Elect and Chair of the Division
12, Section VII Program Committee, I am pleased to provide you
with a preview of coming attractions for the upcoming APA Convention
in Honolulu. The dates are July 28-August 1, 2004. For sensible
and obvious reasons, APA cut back the scheduled program time per
day to provide attendees with an opportunity to enjoy the beauty
of Hawaii. This is the good news. The bad news is that the total
amount of program time will be consistently less than usual, and
the program time allotted to our Section was also cut. However,
there is more good news. The presentations we do have are outstanding.
A high point of the convention will be Dr. Lanny Berman's
Presidential Address. This address will be on Thursday, July 30th
at, 11:00am and is entitled: The Psychological Autopsy in Clinical
and Forensic Practice.
As many of you know, Dr. Berman is Executive
Director of the American Association of Suicidology as well as
President of Section VII. His address will define the psychological
autopsy, describe its use in clinical and forensic settings, and
provide a standardized protocol for the psychological autopsy, The
Daubert Standard. Dr. Berman will highlight how the requirements
put forth by this standard, that evidence be based on science, have
complicated the use of psychological autopsy material in forensic
settings, and he will also discuss how to meet this standard when
presenting evidence and conclusions based on the psychological autopsy.
This should be an educational and highly-relevant presentation, and
I urge you to attend.
Section VII is also sponsoring a 2 hour symposium on Sunday, August
1, from 9:00-10:50am, which is entitled: Responding to Violence in
Hospitals and Communities: Two Innovative Programs. Interpersonal
violence and mass violence in the form of terrorism are major concerns
throughout the U.S. and the world. Such violence is a major contributing
factor to mental and physical health problems. This symposium will
describe two innovative programs that have been developed to help
address violence and its consequences.
Dr. Connie Best's presentation is titled: Hospital-based Program
for Seriously Injured Crime Victims. This program is designed for
violent crime victims who sustained injuries sufficient to require
hospitalization. Crime victims are identified within inpatients,
provided with information about crime-related mental health problems,
and given information about crime victims' compensation and the criminal
justice system process. Dr. Best will describe the program and how
it has been an extremely cost effective way to provide services to
crime victims and to generate funds for the hospital. Dr. Heidi Resnick's
presentation is titled: Addressing Psychological Impact of Mass Violence
via Internet Interventions. Based on the research that she and her
colleagues did examining the mental health impact of the September
11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Dr. Resnick
developed an internet-based psycho-educational intervention designed
for use with adults in the general population following terrorist
attacks or incidents of mass violence. She will describe the intervention,
provide data about its utilization, and discuss how it or similar
interventions might be used following future incidents of violence.
This should be a great session that will give you many ideas and
tools you can use to address the consequences of violence in your
Look over the other outstanding programs being conducted by Section
VII members in the program summary included in the newsletter!