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VA Section Student Resources

VA Section Student Resources

VA Section wants to foster engaged student members, as we hope they will want to continue their membership in this organization following graduation from their programs, and more importantly, consider a career serving military service members and veterans.

If you’re a Div. 18 member and interested in getting more involved in VA Section, contact our VA Section student representative, Rachel Ward. Be sure to ask how to get added to the student listserv so you can contribute to discussions and receive relevant notifications.

Student mentorship program

Div. 18 offers a student mentorship program. Many of the mentors are VA psychologists. If you are interested in participating in the mentoring program, please contact Div. 18 student member representative, Ashlee Martlage.

Articles worth reading by our very own student members

Culture resources for psychology trainees


  • How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?
  • How to Handle Racism, Diversity in Therapy
  • Drustrup, D. (2019). White therapists addressing racism in psychotherapy: An ethical and clinical model for practice. Ethics & Behavior, 30 (3), 1-16.
  • Mbroh, H., Najjab, A., Knapp, S., & Gottlieb, M. C. (2020). Prejudiced patients: Ethical considerations for addressing patients’ prejudicial comments in psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 51(3), 284–290.
  • Paul-Emile, K., Smith, A.K., Lo., & Fernandez, A. (2016). Dealing with racist patients. New England Journal of Medicine. 374, 708-711. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1514939
  • Burkard, A. W., Knox, S., Clarke, R. D., Phelps, D. L., & Inman, A. G. (2014). Supervisors’ experiences of providing difficult feedback in cross-ethnic/racialsupervision. The Counseling Psychologist, 42(3), 314-344.
  • Branco, S.F. & Bayne H.B. (2020). Carrying the Burden: Counselors of Color’s Experience of Microaggressions in Counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 98, 272-282. DOI: 10.1002/jcad.12322
  • Brondolo, E., Brady, N., Pencille, M., Beatty, D., & Contrada, R.J. (2009). Coping with Racism: A Selective Review of the Literature and a Theoretical and Methodological Critique. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 32(1), 64-88.  doi: 10.1007/s10865-008-9193-0



Last updated: November 2020Date created: July 2020