Welcome to the Announcements page! We at SAS believe it is important to keep all of our members as engaged as possible. Here you will find information regarding the most up-to-date activities that SAS is involved in, including newsletters, conferences, programming, and more! Our activities are designed to provide helpful information, networking opportunities, and opportunities for constructive discussion on a range of issues to students who are interested in different career paths as counseling psychologists.
SAS Executive Board
SAS Statement of Support – Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
As most of you know, over the last month two catastrophic hurricanes have hit the United States, hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The resulting floods in Texas and damages sustained in Florida and other coastal states have been devastating to thousands of people, causing many individuals, families, and neighborhoods to be displaced. The damage to many homes, businesses, and communities at large is expansive and the road to recovery will likely be long and difficult.
Many of our SAS members live and attend schools in the Southern states and have been affected by these natural disasters. As members of SAS, we are deeply saddened to see such devastation and turmoil occur to other chapters of the SAS family, as well as the many other communities affected. As a community, when one person is hurt, it is our obligation and privilege to support them as they are regrouping and rebuilding. We understand that the process of rebuilding the homes and communities that have sustained damage will likely take many more months, and will require support. Whether this comes through monetary support, clothing, food, mobilization of persons in impacted states to aid in the recovery process, or additional forms of support, SAS hopes to do whatever possible to support our members through this process. To those affected by Hurricane Harvey and/or Irma, please let us know how we can best provide support to you and your loved ones. You can reach us at the SAS listserv or at email@example.com.
Student Affiliates of Division 17
SAS Statement of Support – Charlottesville
In response to recent sociopolitical events in our country, the leadership of Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS), the student affiliate group for Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology, wish to address these events and to voice a statement of support. Our main intent with this statement is two-fold: 1) to voice our continued commitment to issues of peace, diversity, and social justice, and 2) to denounce recent displays of terror, hate, and violence.
As students seeking to develop into culturally competent helping professionals, we value our position to advocate for individuals who experience oppression and discrimination. We value diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice as pillars of counseling psychology and as a part of our professional and personal identities. As such, we are committed to continuing counseling psychology’s emphasis on these values in our practice, research, training, and advocacy efforts. We view individuals holistically, recognizing multiple identities of privilege and marginalization, as well as recognizing the influence of environment, context, and culture. Diversity enriches our community; those who threaten one minority group, threatens us all.
With these values in mind, we want to acknowledge the recent events in Charlottesville and the impact this violence is having across the country. We, SAS, condemn the actions and beliefs of the anti-Jewish, anti-African American, Anti-LGBTQ+ and White Supremacy. To those who were affected by the events in Charlottesville – SAS stands with you. We hope that students of Division 17 will take this opportunity to effect social change in their community. This is a time of heightened emotion; we encourage and support you to take this emotion and channel it into your social justice work. We would like to encourage those members who feel safe and able do so to step up, and speak up against oppressive actions and systems.
As students focused on social justice, we also encourage everyone to continue to educate themselves and to denounce violence, symbols of hate and hate speech of any kind. For resources and more information on white nationalism/white supremacy, “alt-right,” etc., please refer to the list of links below; this is by no means a complete listing. Additionally, as recent events can certainly take their toll on our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and other well-being, SAS encourages members and all students of psychology to practice self-care, and to support each other and to seek support when needed. We also encourage members to support their clients, classmates and co-workers who may not feel safe to express themselves due to these events. Members can engage in dialogues in their classes and in their communities.
In an effort to practice egalitarian leadership and to recognize our privileged positions, SAS also welcomes our members to reach out and dialogue with us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or information you may wish to share. We are committed to listening to student voices and to receiving feedback from those we represent. Diversity enriches our country, our communities, APA and Division 17.
- Southern Poverty Law Center: “The Alt-Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know”
- Southern Poverty Law Center: “Ten Ways to Fight Hate Guide after Charlottesville Attack”
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: “Resources on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial and Distortion”
- Strategies for Facing Antisemitism: An Educational Resource Guide
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Simmons Library: Anti-Oppression: Anti-Racism
- Anti-Racism Resources for Teachers
- APA Div. 17 President’s Statement on White Nationalism/Nazis/Charlottesville
- Article: “Self-Care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma”
*Not an exhaustive list of resources
*SAS does not necessarily support all views endorsed by the above organizations. However, we do feel that the above resources have helpful information for our members in this difficult time.
SAS Response to Division 17’s Statement of Support of #BlackLivesMatter
- In response to Division 17’s statement of support towards the Black Lives Matter movement, we at SAS developed our own statement as well. Please click here to read our statement.
SAS Spring Newsletter Has Arrived!
- Check out our most recent newsletter! Inside, you will get to learn about planning and evaluating prevention programs through an interview with Stefanía Ægisdóttir, Ph.D., HSPP. Next, there’s an inside scoop about 5 ways on how to become more engaged in advocacy work. Then, we have interviewed two students who have created a self-care program for graduate students. Finally, read the announcements section to find out more about upcoming conferences, job opportunities, and more!
Call for SAS Program Representatives!
- We are looking for program representatives at several universities throughout the country. Please see our Network page to see if there’s a vacancy at your school!