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Programming from APA's Public Interest Directorate and Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) will explore psychological aspects of international conflict reconciliation, socioeconomic status and diverse families and will examine cultural issues in disaster response.

Conflict reconciliation

The BAPPI-sponsored interactive workshop "When Multicultural Worlds Collide: Reconciling Marginalized Groups in Conflict," Saturday, Aug. 12, 12-1:50 p.m., will investigate models and intervention strategies for international conflict reconciliation. Attendees will be invited to participate in a demonstration.

The session is part of an eight-hour series of symposia and workshops sponsored by BAPPI, APA's Board of Professional Affairs and Divs. 29 (Psychotherapy), 42 (Independent Practice) and 52 (International) that will focus on conflict and reconciliation among marginalized groups.

Armand R. Cerbone, PhD, of Chicago, will chair the session, and Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD, of the University of Memphis, and Sandra Shullman, PhD, of the Executive Development Group, will serve as presenters and facilitators. Melba Vasquez, PhD, of Austin, Texas, will be the session discussant.

Psychosocial dimensions of SES

In the symposium "Psychosocial Dimensions of Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Social Class," Saturday, Aug. 12, 8-9:50 a.m., members of the Task Force on Socioeconomic Status will discuss their report to APA in terms of three major themes. These include:

  • A scientific review of SES, health and well-being.

  • How should psychology conceptualize SES, social class and social inequity?

  • Social class, mental health and therapy.

Chaired by APA Executive Director for Public Interest Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, the program will be sponsored by Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) and co-sponsored by Div. 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues).

Speakers include Susan Saegert, PhD, of the City University of New York Graduate Center; Heather Bullock, PhD, of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Nancy Adler, PhD, of the University of California, Laurel Heights Campus; Ana Mari Cauce, PhD, of the University of Washington; William M. Liu, PhD, of the University of Iowa; and Karen F. Wyche, PhD, of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Culture and disaster response

In the symposium "Intersecting Dimensions of Multicultural Issues in Disaster Response: Aging, Disability, Ethnicity and SES," Friday, Aug. 11, 10-11:50 a.m, presenters will focus on the unique mental and behavioral health-care needs of the aging, disability, ethnic-minority and poor populations adversely and disproportionately affected by the 2005 Gulf Coast disasters.

Sponsored by BAPPI and APA's Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and co-listed by APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, Committee on Aging, and Divs. 22 (Rehabilitation) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), the session will be chaired by Azara L. Santiago-Rivera, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Speakers and their presentations include:

  • Katie E. Cherry, PhD, of Louisiana State University, "Effects of Hurricanes Katrina/Rita on the Oldest-Old."

  • Priscilla P. Dass-Brailsford, EdD, of Lesley University, "Ignore the Dead; We Want the Living! One Year After the Storms."

  • Jamie L. Karam, of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Louisiana, "Technology and How it Can Impact People with Disabilities in Disasters."

J. Douglas McDonald, PhD, of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, will be the program discussant.

Diversity and families

The symposium "Growing Up with Diversity: The Role of Psychology in Strengthening Families," Friday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-12: 50 p.m., is part of APA President Gerald P. Koocher's "Building Stronger Families" initiative and will honor the 20th anniversary of APA's Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

Presenters will examine the increasing diversity of the U.S. child and youth population and its impact on research and practice. They will focus on immigration and multiculturalism and clarify the role of psychology and psychological research in shaping policy and programs to enhance the lives of children and families.

The session co-chairs are Nancy Hill, PhD, of Duke University, and Lonnie Sherrod, PhD, of Fordham University. Presenters include Donald J. Hernandez, PhD, of the University at Albany of the State University of New York; Nancy E. Hill, PhD, of Duke University; Brian Wilcox, PhD, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The session discussant will be APA President Gerald P. Koocher, PhD.

-Compiled by APA's Public Interest Directorate

Further Reading

Note that all session dates and times are subject to change.

All dates, times and locations for programs will be listed online at the APA Convention Web site in June and in the convention program, available in July.