Section president's column

News from the Section on Child Maltreatment

Section I initiatives are discussed.

By Penelope K. Trickett

As the 2015 APA convention approaches, I want to be certain Div. 37 members are aware of two important Section I initiatives. First, an exciting Section I symposium on child maltreatment has been planned. The title of the symposium is, “ The Institute of Medicine Report on New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research : Implementation of recommendations and Future Directions.” Participants will be Anne Petersen, PhD, University of Michigan, and Michael Meaney, PhD, McGill University. Petersen was chair of the Institute of Medicine panel that authored this report and also was chair of the original 1993 IOM report on Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect . Meaney conducts groundbreaking research on child abuse and epigenetics. The discussant will be Cheryl Boyce, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Boyce who worked at the National Institute of Mental Health before moving to NIDA has much knowledge concerning the National Institutes of Health and other federal research efforts concerning child abuse and neglect. The symposium will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m.-10:50 a.m., in the Convention Centre, Room 803B. Don't miss it.

Second, for several years Section I has sponsored a service project to take place at the convention that aids a local group or agency supporting children who have been or are at risk of child maltreatment. This year we decided to try something a little different — Web-based fundraising for such a group. With the help of David Wolfe, a Toronto agency called Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre has been selected. Boost is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides programs and services for children, youth and their families after abuse or violence has occurred. Boost also provides prevention programming and training for parents, professionals, postsecondary students and the community. Two section members, Margaret Feerick and student Grace Jhe Bai, developed the fundraising page for this endeavor. A member of the Boost staff will attend the Div. 37 business meeting to be thanked for their efforts for children and formally notified of the results of the fundraising.

Please consider donating to this important cause; visit our site and be sure to scroll down the Web page to learn about the section's goals for this project and the history of Boost. Thanks for your support!