D17 ECP APA Convention Travel Grant

D17 ECP APA Convention Travel Grant

ECP Community Engagement Travel Grant at the APA Convention

Due to the outpouring of support via the silent auction at the Counseling Psychology Conference in Atlanta, the Division 17 ECP Committee is pleased announce an ECP Travel Grant of $500 for the 2014 APA Convention.   In order to be considered for this award, you must be an ECP (within 10 years of earning your terminal degree), a member of Division 17, and able to commit to assist the Community Engagement Committee’s project during the APA Convention in Washington DC (description below) including facilitating a small group breakout session following a presentation on PTSD and loss for those being served. Expenses up to $500 will be reimbursed following the convention.

The Community Engagement Project will be held at the Pew Center in Washington DC Thursday (8/7/14). From 8am-12pm. Breakfast will be provided.

In order to apply, please send your CV and a letter of interest by July 16, at 12pm EST to domscalise@gmail.com

In your letter please describe:

1)      Why you are interested in the community engagement project

2)      Any ideas you have in assisting or advancing care for the population

3)      Why service to the community is important to you as an early career counseling psychologists

4)      Your financial need

Each year, in an effort to give back and engage with the community where conferences are held, the SCP’s Community Engagement Committee (CEC) hosts an event at the APA Convention. This year, the CEC will partner with two organizations focusing on family members dealing the loss of military loved one. The two groups are: Give an Hour and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Given the nature of this year’s event, the SCP Special Interest Group on Military Issues in Counseling Psychology will also be involved in planning and participating in the event.

Give an Hour is a national mental health organization that is currently focused on attending to the psychological needs of military personnel and their families. Give an Hour works with various organizations, including the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), an organization specifically dedicated to helping anyone who has lost a military loved one. In collaboration with both of these organizations, the CEC will be putting on a half-day workshop during the APA Convention. Workshop participants will be approximately 75 individuals who have lost military loved ones, and the workshop will include a presentation as well as small break-out sessions, led by SCP volunteers. The CEC will provide breakfast for participants and give SCP volunteers an opportunity to engage with the participants informally.

For more information on this year’s Community Engagement Committee’s service project contact the current Chair, Sarah Nolan (senolan@albany.edu)

For more information on the travel grant award please contact the D17 ECP Chair, Dom Scalise (domscalise@gmail.com)

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