Section President's Column

News from the Section on Child Maltreatment

Explore child-maltreatment-related sessions at convention.

By Jennifer Kaminski, PhD

The biggest news from the section is how excited we are to be so well represented in Div. 37's APA Convention programming (PDF, 272KB) . The final program should be available on the APA website in the very near future, so make sure to double-check these sessions once that happens. The days/times here are correct as of this writing, but could still be changed by APA. 

A collaborative symposium titled, Cross-Cultural Adaptation of a Violence Prevention Project – ACT/Parents Raising Safe Kids, is slated to kick things off at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. In case you are not aware, APA created and launched the ACT/Parents Raising Safe Kids Program is a program that APA to educate parents and other adults who raise and care for young children to create early environments that protect them from violence. The section's executive committee (EC) meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday. It is our only in-person meeting all year to discuss the business of the section. If you have discussion or action items you would like placed on the agenda, please let me know. Division President Sharon Portwood's symposium, Innovative Approaches to Building and Sustaining Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday. Members of the section EC will attend the Joint Social Hour with Divs. 7, 16, 37 and 53 along with Children, Youth and Families, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. This is typically a great networking and membership recruitment event. Please come, and bring friends. 

Friday, Aug. 8 at noon is the only Div. 37 poster session, during which division and section award committee members will be reviewing student posters for awards. At 4 p.m., plan to head over to Sara Maltzman's Interdivisional Task Force on Youth in Transition Symposium, showcasing the work of the efforts related to foster youth that she started while member-at-large on the section executive committee. Later that evening, please plan to join us for a social hour and service event jointly hosted by Div. 37 ECP and Section on Child Maltreatment , and later the student social hour at 7 p.m. More information on the community service event is forthcoming. Please join us in supporting children and families in the communities that host the APA Convention.

Section Past President Mary Haskett's task force will present on their efforts in a symposium titled, Promoting the Well Being of Children and Parents Who Are Experiencing Homelessness, on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. Div. 37 will be presenting the Distinguished Contribution to Child Advocacy Award to child maltreatment expert Des Runyon in a session Saturday at 2 p.m. Immediately following that is the 37 th anniversary celebration of Div. 37, at 4 p.m. — another great networking opportunity.

You will want to get up early on Sunday to catch a collaborative symposium on Integrating Multiple Systems of Care for Youth in Foster Care at 8 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, I am chairing an innovative panel on Contextual and Environmental Approaches to Preventing Child Maltreatment, which unfortunately overlaps with another interesting symposium at noon titled Pressing Issues in Child Custody Cases — Supporting Goats, Supporting Kids. Although I hate that members and others interested in child maltreatment will have to choose between them, it is nice that we have so many relevant programs of interest to our members this year.

Safe travels to all who will be attending convention. To those who cannot attend, we will miss you.