2011 Psychology Day at the UN — A rousing event

The event theme “Reach Them to Teach Them” illustrated one of the UN Millennium Goals — access to education for women and girls

CIRP Co-Chair Florence Kaslow gave the keynote address, speaking on the role of family in a child?s learning.April 14, 2011 was a full day for psychologists in New York City who attended the 2011 Psychology Day at the United Nations. Beginning with a morning briefing sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information and the permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, Psychology Day attendees learned about psychology’s role in UN activities, initiatives and advocacy. The 2011 Theme "Reach Them to Teach Them" illustrated the focus on one of the UN Millennium Goals — access to education for women and girls. Co-chaired by Deanna Chitayat (APA) and Mary Berry (IAAP), the event included a morning briefing, followed by an afternoon plenary, work groups, and a final "call to action" session." Attendees then adjourned to a local restaurant for a reception and opportunity to continue lively discussions begun during the day.

Psychology Day was begun in 2007 as a way to showcase the activities of psychology in the UN context. It provides an opportunity to share psychology’s role in addressing concerns of global importance to both the UN Mission Diplomats and staff and the psychology community as a whole. The themes have focused on the intersection of psychology’s expertise and UN issues. Psychology Day is a collaborative effort across the several psychology organizations and individual psychologists who are active within the UN headquarters in New York. In addition to APA, these organizations include the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), the International Council of Psychologists (ICP), the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Zonta International, the World Federation for Mental Health, and the World Council of Psychotherapy. Planning begins up to a year in advance, as the organizing group develops a focus and begins to engage the UN community in supporting the effort. To view photos from 2011 Psychology Day, please visit Flickr.