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The Connecticut Psychological Association is the Connecticut affiliate of the American Psychological Association. It was founded in 1963 when two older organizations (the Connecticut Valley Association of Psychologists and the Connecticut State Psychological Society) merged. Our primary goal is to further the development and usefulness of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.
CPA Annual Retreat scheduled for January 24, 2014 (Rain date: January 31st at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. All members are encouraged to attend.
Eliana Gil Ph.D., of Gil Center for Healing and Play in Fairfax, VA, headlines this year’s annual convention as keynote speaker. Dr. Gil will open our convention with an address entitled: Utilizing Creativity and Natural Reparative Mechanisms in Sexual Abuse and Trauma Work with Children.
Convention Committee members for 2014 sought. We begin planning the week following our current year’s convention. Contact our office to express your interest in helping us plan for 2014!
A guide to the arts: Psychologist Melissa Menzer works to ensure that the National Endowment for the Arts funds top-notch research on how the arts can enhance our lives. (Link to: http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2013/09/arts-guide.aspx)
Health Reform Watch: An indispensible website from Seton Hall Law School for information about Healthcare Reform (link to: http://www.healthreformwatch.com/)
Psychology in Primary Care: A report from Nina G. Levitt, Ed.D., American Psychological Association (link to: http://www.apa.org/health-reform/pdf/primary-care.pdf)
Mentoring: Why Me? Why Not Me? by Debora A. Kustron, Psy.D.
How often do we hear or utter these words each day? At times, they seem to be said about the most inconsequential things. At other times, they are paired with some of the most traumatic events that may have befallen us or others.
For me, it was my second year of graduate school. I was the last student in my class scheduled to take the oral comprehensive exam. It was Friday, March 13th break. Our comps committee consisted of the department chair and two faculty from the clinical and/or psychology programs. It wasn’t surprising that my committee would be one faculty member shy. After faculty debate, an exception was granted for my committee. They would ask a seasoned adjunct with expertise in my topic area. The name they left in my student mailbox was Catherine Acuff, Ph.D. “Why me” I uttered. Read more