The recent US policy to separate immigrant children from their parents has been especially alarming to psychologists who understand the science of stress on children and families. In the weeks following the policy to separate families, over 2,300 children were separated from their parents. CPA is concerned about family separation and the serious short and long-term negative health impacts it can have on both children and adults. Several letters from organizations have been sent around in response to the US policy to separate children from their parents at the borders.
The CPA Board voted to co-sign two circulating letters. CPA has signed on to a letter spearheaded by Physicians for Human Rights that was sent to every member of Congress. We also co-signed a second letter, written and organized by Child's World America, that has been signed by a number of mental health organizations. A few CPA members have reached out with ideas for us to be more involved on this matter through advocacy and education. If you would like to be involved, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news, June has been a busy month for CPA. On Friday, June 8th many of us attended the daylong training on measurement-based care taught by Drs. Barbara Ward Zimmerman and Jason DeViva. Their presentation was very informative and practical including free tools to use in practice settings and codes to bill insurance for administration of measures. We are grateful to them for sharing their knowledge and expertise. On Thursday, June 14th, CPA hosted a showing of the documentary That Way Madness Lies followed by a panel led by Yale film professor and the filmmaker Sandra Luckow and public mental health experts Drs. Tracey Sondik and Tom Styron. The film was very well-done and quite thought-provoking. The discussion after the film was rich with information. Drs. Sondik and Stryon did an excellent job debunking myths about schizophrenia and imparted important stories demonstrating that recovery is possible. We are grateful to all three for their time and knowledge shared as well as their dedication to improving the lives of individuals with serious mental illnesses. As I write this article, a number of us are looking forward to the CPA social event on June 28th at Ordinary in New Haven hosted by Dr. Stephanie Pennington, Region 3 Rep. I hope I see many of you there!