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SAMD EVENT: Film presentation - Rocking the Cradle: Gay Parenting

Posted: November 14, 2019

Same sex couple adoption was legalized just recently in all 50 states in March 2016 with Mississippi being the last state to dissolve its ban on same sex couple and gay single adoptions.  This film by authors Mary Ann Watson, Ph.D and Layton Seth Curl, Ph.D, features six families comprised of same sex parents  in which one parent has either adopted their partner’s  biological children (through IVF) or both parents have adopted their children. This production lends insight into the social, institutional, legal, and personal challenges these families have faced as they’ve exercised their most fundamental right to have and raise a family.

Please join co- producer, Dr. Mary Ann Watson and Dr. Steve Rissman, one of the parents featured in this film, as they share with us their experience producing the film and Dr. Rissman’s continuing history parenting his son Carter.   

(Dr. Watson would like to extend a special thank you to Videographers Scott Houck, M.A. and Kyle Bisio for their tireless work and dedication to detail in the making of this film.)

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Location: Ross-Cherry Creek Library, 305 Milwaukee StreetDenver, CO. 80206

All interested parties are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP: Reine Evereteze, Psy.D. (SAMD Chair) at 303-202-6143 or email: [email protected] by no later than Wednesday, December 4th.

Thank you and we hope to see you there.


Invitation to Mental Health Forum

Posted: November 25, 2019

The Division of Professions and Occupations will host a public forum Dec. 17 from      2:30-4 p.m. to begin dialogue about the governance and regulatory structure of the six Mental Health Boards under the Division’s purview.  The forum is intended to foster a conversation with our licensees, associations and other state partners to develop and identify best practices in mental health regulations, access to care, and mobility.

Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Room 100C (1st Floor), Denver, CO 80202   
By Webinar: Register here

The conversation will build upon the 2018 mental health taskforce convened by the Division which highlighted areas of duplicative regulation.  Your voices are crucial to gather input on key objectives to benefit consumers, licensees and services in Colorado, including:  

  • Reducing regulatory burden, while increasing services and protecting consumers
  • Achieving consistency in mental health regulation
  • Identifying inconsistencies in current regulations and identification of possible remedies

So, please plan on participating in this important discussion. The forum will be open to the public and will be streamed via live webinar. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you on Dec. 17.


Mentoring Supports Diversity in Psychology's Next Generation

Posted: November 27, 2019

Cheri Marmarosh, APA President-Elect, reflects on the pivotal role her mentor played in her career and life.

Recently I was invited to speak at the Association of University and College Counseling Center Director Conference (AUCCD) in honor of my mentor, Jack Corazzini. Jack was being awarded a lifetime achievement award for the work he did as a director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Counseling Center and his mentorship of group therapists over the years. I attended VCU and was lucky enough to observe Jack’s therapy group for a year while I was an extern at the counseling center. After the externship, Jack co-chaired my dissertation to study how group therapy patients rely on the group in between sessions. With Don Forsyth, we developed an intervention that asked members to carry the group in their pockets (carry a card that represented the group). Even though Jack died 20 years ago, he was receiving this lifetime achievement award based on the impact he had on so many group therapists, clinicians and counseling center directors.

When I started to work on my presentation, I started to reminisce about my time with Jack and his leadership of the counseling center and the group. In the process, I realized how important he was in shaping who I have become. I never thought I would be a group leader or a therapist. I came to VCU hoping to study how people cope with cancer and doing research in health psychology. I registered for the group psychotherapy course because I needed an elective, but I never thought it would be something that would change my life. When I was talking to a senior student about my classes, she said, “You have to take Group Psychotherapy, and more important, make sure you observe Jack’s group.” So, when the time came in class to, say, raise our hand, I quickly raised my hand to get Jack’s group. I got exactly what I wanted.


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Domestic Violence Against Men: No Laughing Matter

Posted: November 19, 2019

Yesterday was International Men’s Day. This is an opportunity to shed light on issues faced by men that typically lie in the shadows of society. One of these issues is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against men.

The popular image of IPV is based on the familiar gender stereotype of a male villain and a female victim. But that stereotype paints an incomplete picture, with new research indicating a high number of male victims of domestic abuse.

Research on Domestic Violence

A recent UK government survey indicated that 9% of males had experienced some form of partner abuse, which amounts to around 1.4 million men. This includes stalking, physical violence and sexual assault. Indeed, a seminal US study found that male IPV victims are often slapped, kicked, punched, grabbed or choked by their partners.

Interestingly, a growing body of international research indicates that men and women experience IPV in similar proportions. For example, a recent survey from Canada’s national statistical agency concluded that “equal proportions of men and women reported being victims of spousal violence during the preceding 5 years (4% respectively).”

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Psychological Associations From Around the World Meet to Discuss Application of Psychology to Stem Climate Change

Posted: November 19, 2019

LISBON, Portugal — The leaders of psychological associations from more than 40 nations gathered here today for the first International Summit on Psychology and Global Health and signed a proclamation agreeing to apply psychological science to advance progress on combating climate change.

“This is a landmark for psychology around the world as we commit our discipline for the first time to act collectively and individually to use our science to help solve one of the greatest challenges of our era,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association. “Climate change is a problem created largely by human behavior so it is fitting that we apply the science of human behavior to mitigating its impacts.”

The proclamation commits the 43 signatories to use their professional, scientific, educational, cultural and applied resources “to achieve progress on matters of utmost importance for which psychology offers the greatest contribution.” Their initial efforts will focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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