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Town Hall With Rep. Dafna Michaelson-Jenet On Wednesday Feb. 21

Posted: February 19, 2018

There will be a town hall on youth suicide with Rep. Dafna Michaelson-Jenet this Wednesday evening 2/21, 6-7:30 at Maria Droste Counseling Center.

Join us in the main lobby for important conversation and light refreshments.

Rep. Michaelson-Jenet

For those unfamiliar with Rep. Michaelson-Jenet, this issue is close to her heart, and she's preparing to reintroduce a bill to our legislature next month that aims to address this issue.

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Statement of APA President in Response to Florida High School Shooting

Posted: February 19, 2018

Framing the problem in terms of mental illness does not direct us to appropriate solutions, Daniel says

WASHINGTON — Following is the statement of APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, on the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 and injured at least 14 others:

“Tragically, our nation is once again confronted with a school shooting, which has cut short all too many lives and forever affected so many others. We must take concerted action as a nation to ensure that our schools are once again safe havens for our children and youth. In this time of shock and grief, psychology and psychologists can offer those in distress the comfort, guidance and counseling they need to maintain resilience in the midst of such profound sorrow.

“While law enforcement is still piecing together the shooter’s motives, some public figures and news reports are focusing on his mental health. It is important to remember that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who are diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness. Framing the conversation about gun violence in the context of mental illness does a disservice to the victims of violence and unfairly stigmatizes the many others with mental illness. More important, it does not direct us to appropriate solutions to this public health crisis.”

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2018 Elevating The Conversation Conference Is On Friday!

Posted: February 19, 2018

About the Event

The focus for the 5th Annual Elevating the Conversation Conference, which takes place this Friday, February 23, 2018, will be on the intersection of technology and suicide prevention.  ALL community members are welcome including, but not limited to, Mental & Behavioral Health Service Providers, Educators and Students, Military Personnel and Veterans, Community Based Organizations, Youth Service Workers, and anyone interested in mental health treatment, suicide prevention, and intervention. Click here  to learn more!

Registration Pricing

  • Registration $125
  • Students $50

Registration Form

To register for this event, you will need a username and password. 

If you are a member of CPA, use your member login information to access the form.

If you are not a member of CPA, you will need to register as a new user. Simply enter an email address and create a password when prompted.

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding the registration form, please email info@coloradopsych.org.

For all other questions regarding the Elevating the Conversation Conference, please contact Calley Welborn at CalleyW@judishouse.org

 

Save The Date For The Green Symposium 

Posted: February 19, 2018

The second annual Green Symposium is coming up! Mark your calendars for April 20, 2018 from 8 am- 12:30 pm. 3 CE credits will be available. Don't miss out on speaker Dr. Christian Thurstone!

 

Click here to learn more!

 

Responding To The Parkland Shooting

Posted: February 19, 2018

Many of you and many of our clients went into the President’s Day weekend with fresh hurt, despair, and anger, caused by yet another school shooting. The shooting in South Florida last Wednesday resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers, and left behind scores of traumatized and grieving loved ones and friends. Even those of us with no connection to the massacre may have reactions akin to trauma and grief – including, avoidance/numbing, anxiety, sadness, problems concentrating, cognitive slowing, physiological hyperarousal, nightmares, and more. Those of us (including our clients) who have children, previous histories of trauma, or pre-existing symptoms of anxiety and depression may be even more impacted by hearing about mass shootings.

Before you can be effective in helping your clients manage their reactions to these events, be sure to check in with yourself – maybe via a mindfulness exercise (such as a body scan), writing, or talking with a friend or colleague. If we find ourselves avoiding our own reactions, for example, we might be less likely to provide a safe space for clients to share their reactions with us.

In addition to discussing and coping with their own thoughts, feelings, and somatic experiences, I often have clients ask me how to talk to their children about school shootings. They ask questions like, “How can I promise my kids they’ll be safe at school?” or “How do I explain to my kids who could do something like this?” I usually encourage them to let their children be the guide of the conversation, and to start by asking an open-ended question, such as, “What do you want to know about what happened at the school in Florida?” Children of different ages and developmental levels (and differing levels of curiosity) will be concerned about different things. There is no need to provide more information than they’re interested in hearing about, but answering their questions in a genuine manner is important. Don’t be afraid to answer, “I don’t know,” or, “There are lots of ideas about that; I can share a couple with you, but we really don’t know the answer.” Be sure to allow your child space and opportunity to name and share any emotional reactions. Ask what they’ve heard about the event at school, and if you’re concerned about what’s going around, talk to school personnel. If you (or your client) is trying to talk things through with a child who is feeling particularly anxious, you may wish to teach and practice with the child some relaxation or mindfulness strategies and/or grounding techniques, and be sure to discuss this with the child’s teacher and school counselor in order to provide wraparound support.

For additional information on responding to disasters, including mass shootings, and more resources for clients, visit the American Psychological Association’s Disaster Resource Network website: https://apa.org/practice/programs/drn/index.aspx

Psychologists may also find this podcast helpful in conceptualizing mass shootings, and the misinformation that proliferates after such events: https://apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/dispelling-myth.aspx

Heidi Ardern, Ph.D., Disaster Resource Network (DRN) Coordinator for Colorado

 
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