The American Psychological Association's Division 56 is psychology's focal point for research, practice, policy development and education on trauma.
Call for Nominations for Journal Editor of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
The American Psychological Association's Division of Trauma Psychology has opened nominations for the Editorship of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy for the years 2015-2020. This peer-reviewed, bimonthly publication focuses on empirical research on the psychological effects of trauma. The journal is considered a forum for an interdisciplinary discussion on trauma, blending science, theory, practice, and policy. Terence Keane and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett will chair the search and would like to extend their warmest appreciations to Steven Gold, PhD, who is the incumbent editor.
Candidates should be available to start receiving manuscripts in early 2014 to prepare for issues published in 2015. Please note that the APA Publications and Communications Board encourages participation by members of underrepresented groups, and therefore welcomes the nomination of members from racial/ethnic minorities, the LGBT community, and people with disabilities. Self-nominations are also encouraged.
Candidates should be nominated by accessing APA's EditorQuest Website and completing the electronic form. Prepared statements in support of a nominee, which must be one page or less, can also be submitted by e-mail to Rosemarie Sokol-Chang, Managing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for accepting nominations is March 15, 2013, when reviews will begin.
Donate to Division 56
Are you a book author who receives royalties from your work on trauma? Consider donating some portion of your royalties to Division 56; it's an easy way to support the work of the organization and give back to the field of trauma psychology. Ten percent of the proceeds of Cultural Competence in Trauma Therapy: Beyond the Flashback, by member Laura Brown, will be donated to Division 56.
Supporting Survivors of the Boston Marathon Terrorism
Division 56 is committed to helping practitioners and families that have been affected by terrorism like the recent bombing. Please look at the following resources for helpful guidelines and tools:
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Guidelines for Treating Trauma
- National Center for PTSD's Resources for Sudden Trauma
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources for Children and Parents
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Psychological First Aid Resources
Why is it Important to Keep Trauma on APA's Agenda?
- Because trauma has been implicated as a risk factor in many major disorders
- Because war, terrorism, and disaster are actively on the national agenda
- Because cutting-edge research about trauma and children's development needs dissemination
- Because the scholarship about trauma is still not in psychology's mainstream, and our convention programs can help to put it there
- Because the wisdom of psychology's trauma experts can be better utilized by our profession and by the public
A Model Division
Although Division 56 is only six years old, we've expanded our reach in ways that belie the youth of the organization. We're living up to our mission in a major way:
- Our membership has grown, and we are among the middle tier of APA divisions. APA considers us a model for the recruitment and retention of members, particularly early career psychologists. We appreciate each one of you who has made this possible..
- We are engaged in interdivisional activities with a number of other well-established groups in APA, and are being sought out by other organizations in the field of trauma for our expertise.
- We've established task forces on matters of moment and concern to our members, including the painful issue of psychologists' involvement in interrogations, and the challenging topic of responding to the needs of returning war veterans and their families.
- We're spearheading efforts to insure that trauma is taken into account in up-coming revisions of the DSM, and we're in the foreground of getting trauma on the agenda for research funding.
- Our special interest groups section is up and running, with several SIGS fully established.
It's been a highly productive period, and will remain so with your continued support, membership, and active engagement. Because we're new, we have space for your interest and involvement, so take a closer look here at what we're doing and find where you'd like to put your energy.
Show Your Membership Proudly
Show your affiliation with Division 56! You can now purchase mugs, magnets, and bags at our Zazzle store with our division logo on them, with proceeds benefiting the Division.