The Society for the Psychology of Women (SPW) has five special sections. These sections have their own separate dues and sponsor activities with SPW and other related organizations. Membership is open to anyone.
Below are presentations that were made by the sections at the 2011 midyear executive committee meeting. The theme of the presentations is "Coping, Resisting and Healing from Violence, Trauma and Oppression."
Section I: The Psychology of Black Women
Black Women’s Coping and Resilience in the Face of Racial Trauma, Discrimination and Oppression (PDF, 425KB)
The legacy of slavery remains in racism, sexual assault, stereotyping and poor self-image. Practice self-care and activism, find social support and creative expressions and use spirituality.
Section V: Psychology of Asian Pacific American Women
Trauma and Healing Among Asian Pacific American Women (PDF, 41KB)
Effects of racism include low self-esteem, illness, depression/anxiety and body image disturbances. Healing occurs with communication, validation, advocacy and empathy.
Section VI: Alaska Native/American Indian/ Indigenous Women
Intergenerational Trauma Among American Indians: An Overview (PDF, 1MB)
American Indian women go beyond enduring adversity and embrace life, despite the traumatic history and cultural damage. Successful interventions are respectful, community based and evidence based.