Section president's column

News from the Section on Child Maltreatment

Promoting the implementation of the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's 2014 report “ Future Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research.”

By Penelope K. Trickett

The section sponsored a very successful “new-style” service project for the APA convention in Toronto this past August. In the months preceding the convention, fundraising was conducted via the web for a local, Toronto-based organization, Boost, an agency serving children and youth who have experienced or were at risk of experiencing child abuse or neglect. The CEO of Boost attended the Div. 37 social hour to describe the work of the agency and to thank the section for this effort, which brought in over $1,400 in contributions. I am hopeful we can repeat this effort, for an equally worthy agency, at next year's convention in Denver.

Because there was not a quorum of executive committee members attending APA, we held a follow-up phone meeting in September. At this meeting it was decided that the section would take on, as an initiative, promoting the implementation of the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 2014 report “ Future Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research . ” This decision derived from the excellent presentation at APA by Anne Petersen, who was chair of the IOM committee that authored this report. Expect to hear more about this in coming months.