We are excited to finally share our amazing line up of programs for this year’s APA Convention in Washington D.C.! We have been working hard since last year to deliver an innovative and captivating convention and suite program for you all this year. We are excited about all of the sessions and hope you enjoy. This year’s overarching convention theme is international perspectives on trauma psychology with a focus on the plight and support of refugees.

The convention program involves ten fantastic symposia and one discussion hour lined up for you. We are happy to announce that all nine programs that were submitted for CE credits were approved! The topics of these symposia include: posttraumatic growth, attachment trauma, co-occurring PTSD and SUDs, betrayal trauma, dissociation in forensic contexts, emotional resiliency in environmental trauma, intimate partner violence and measure validation, cultural and creative expressions to heal trauma, and hospital based secondary prevention of PTSD. We are also co-sponsoring three separate symposia with divisions 44, 12, and 9. Finally, we are proud to share we are a part of four collaborative programs as well. Please refer to the Programming Schedule for more details on these fantastic programs.

Last, but certainly not least, we are happy to announce another wonderful year of suite programming. We have scheduled eight excellent discussions to happen in our suite this year, which is located in room 2-050 of the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Topics for discussions this year include: human trafficking, board certification, systems centered therapy, international research, trauma and LGBTQ+ populations, treating IPV with survivors with disabilities, political trauma, and the APA clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of PTSD. 

Highlighted Programming and Events

This year’s invited address titled “The Global Refugee Crisis: Addressing Civilian Trauma and Mental Health”, will be given by Kenneth Miller, PhD, Senior Psychosocial Advisor for War Child Holland in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  War Child Holland is a non-profit humanitarian organization focused on the impact of conflict on children. The address will occur on Saturday, August 5th from 10:00-10:50 AM in the Convention Center in Room 206.

This year’s presidential symposium is titled “Successful Strategies for Intervening With Refugees in the United States and Worldwide” which will occur on Friday, August 4th from 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM in Room 152B of the Convention Center. The panel includes six distinguished psychologist from across the world. It is truly a wonderful panel you do not want to miss!

Our ever so popular social hour and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, August 4th from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Mint Room of the Marriott Marquis Hotel. We hope you will join us for food, conversation, and celebrating some of the outstanding work our colleagues have done.