ACT program participates in Brazilian Psychological Society annual meeting

The first ACT facilitator training in Brazil was conducted by Dr. Julia da Silva and included a workshop on the impact of violence on school-age children

Violence Prevention Office Director, Dr. Julia da Silva conducted the first two-day ACT Facilitator Training in Brazil on Oct. 25 and 26 in conjunction with the Brazilian Psychological Society Annual Meeting. The trip was sponsored by the society.

Two major activities
  • Four-hour workshop titled “The Impact of Violence on School Age Children,” with 32 psychologists attending, most of them school psychologists, from all over the country: The very interactive session was extremely well-received, especially discussions about risk factors for violence and neurological and behavioral impact. A 90-minute presentation titled “The APA Contributions to Violence Prevention included information about APA, Public Interest and the Violence Prevention Office. More than 50 participants attended, and many of them commented at the end that they were surprised and gratified to hear that APA is so involved in violence prevention. A number commented that to many psychologists and graduate students in Brazil, “APA” meant PsycINFO and the Publication Manual, and that it was important to continue efforts to raise the awareness of the broad range of APA’s work and activities.
  • The first two-day ACT Facilitator Training in Brazil for 23 psychologists and graduate students, to launch ACT in Brazil and kick off APA’s partnership with two schools of psychology at two major public universities there: The program, materials and training were welcomed enthusiastically. Dr. Lucia Williams (an APA international member) with the School of Psychology at the Federal University at Sao Carlos (a city of 200,000 inhabitants) and Dr. Beatriz Linhares with the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine at Ribeirao Preto (a city of 610,000 inhabitants) are the program coordinators there. Director da Silva met with Drs. Williams and Linhares to work on the ACT project, a research project to take ACT to 50 families in each city and conduct evaluation. This project is with RCT, using observation of parents and children with their graduate students and research assistants, funded by the State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation, a public agency part of the Sao Paulo State Science and Technology Department. The next step is to prepare the Memorandum of Agreement with both universities and finalize the project.