Students aren't the only ones thinking about how to help problem students--various training organizations and other groups are looking closely at how to help and, more importantly, how to prevent students' distress and promote students' self-care. They include:
APA's Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA). For the first time, the ACCA of APA's Board of Professional Affairs is reaching out to students and addressing student self-care in an effort to prevent students from bringing potentially unhealthy behaviors into their professional lives. ACCA has appointed a student liaison, Diana Salvador of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), and ACCA and APAGS co-sponsored a joint symposium on student self-care at APA's Annual Convention in San Francisco.
The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). APPIC is working to open lines of communication between graduate programs and internship and postdoctoral training program sites to help potentially distressed students.
"Some people are coming to internships with difficulties that weren't dealt with adequately at the graduate school level," says APPIC chair Nadine Kaslow, PhD. "And, sometimes the problem wasn't one that would show up in graduate school, it might be something that would only come out with intense clinical demands."
To help these students, APPIC is exploring ways internship training directors and graduate programs can share information about students' performance before they move on to internship and postdoctoral training program sites, says Kaslow. That way, students who are getting help through their graduate program can continue to get the assistance and feedback they need when they move on to internships. For more information on APPIC, visit its Web site at www.appic.org.
The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). NCSPP made student well-being the topic of its January midwinter meeting, "Focus on student development: challenges and best practices."
At the conference, participants discussed how programs can foster positive qualities in graduate students and explored strategies for helping troubled and distressed students. For more information on NCSPP, visit www.am.org/ncspp/.