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November 28, 2022

APA stands with those affected by Colorado Springs tragedy

MPA affirms the following statement by Frank C. Worrell, Ph.D., President of the American Psychological Association, in response to the mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

“In this week of Thanksgiving, the families of those directly affected by the hate-fueled mass shooting in Colorado Springs will be hard pressed to find reasons to be thankful. The American Psychological Association stands in support of the families and communities devastated by this preventable tragedy.

“The gunman in the Colorado Springs shooting has been charged with a hate crime. It is clear that violence rooted in hate and racism is all too common. The Human Rights Campaign has reported at least 32 transgender and gender nonconforming people killed in 2022 so far, amid a wave of anti-transgender legislation in states across the country. The Anti-Defamation League has tracked 39 reported incidences of antisemitism in November alone, from bomb threats to physical violence to brazen hate-filled propaganda.

“We need to commit to both eliminating hateful rhetoric and strengthening gun laws.

“The mass shooting in Colorado Springs followed the horrific attacks at the University of Virginia, a drumbeat that continues without fail. In November alone, there have been at least 27 reported mass shootings with more than 40 victims dead.

“The impact of this continued violence exacerbates an already unacceptable and unnecessary public health crisis brought about by a nation that seems to refuse to recognize hate and violence are intertwined, and easy access to destructive weapons is a tragic facilitator.

“We must stop acquiescing to the belief there is nothing we can do. As a nation, we cannot ignore the evidence-based solutions to gun violence.

“Congress has made significant progress with the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, but there is much more lawmakers can do to prevent these senseless tragedies. One of the owners of the Colorado nightclub said the gunman entered with ‘tremendous firepower.’ APA has repeatedly asked Congress to ban weapons that can inflict mass casualties. Research shows that this step, and policies to promote safe gun storage, expand background checks, track unlawful attempts to purchase firearms, and support extreme risk protection orders like red flag laws, can not only help prevent mass shootings, but other deaths by firearms, including suicides.

“As a society that envisions itself as an example for the world, we can and must do better.”


  This is a reminder that is It is time to vote for MPA's open Division Chair positions:

  • Three (3) General Members (3 year term; 2023-2025)
  • Early Career Psychologist Division Chair (3 year term; 2023-2025)
  • Psychology Practice Division Chair (1 year term 2023)
  • Student Division Co-Chair position (3 year term; 2023-2025)
  • Multicultural Division Chair position 1 year term 2023)

The deadline for voting is 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

At this time, the position of President-Elect remains open. We would encourage you to consider stepping up into this important leadership role or consider asking a colleague that you think might be a good fit. The President-Elect would serve as the President in 2024 and the immediate Past President in 2025. During this three year term the President-Elect would serve on the Executive Committee, which meets monthly (1 hour meetings), and would also attend Governing Council meetings which are quarterly (3 hour meetings). The President, with assistance from staff and other board members, helps set the meeting agendas and runs these meetings. The President’s main focus is to work with the board to ensure that MPA is following its mission and achieving both long and short term goals. As President, you would likely spend 30-60 minutes per week on average on Association tasks. The President Elect and President work closely with association staff who are there to support volunteer leaders.

How to submit a nomination:

Please nominate others by emailing [email protected]. Self nominations are also accepted.* If you are nominating yourself, please provide the following:
A brief statement of interest, indicating why you wish to serve and what your goals would be  and a One-paragraph biographical statement.


 A Special Thanks to our Outgoing Governing Council Members

The MPA Governing Council met this past Saturday. It was the last meeting for several Governing Council Members. MPA would like to acknowledge the following for their dedication and service to MPA: Andy Fink (Early Career Division),  Jordan Robinson (Immediate Past President), David Van Engen (Student Division Co Chair), Bob Van Siclen (General Member), Kristi White (General Member), and Susan McPherson (Psychology Practice Division). 


 Save the Date Mental Health Day 2023! 

Mental Health Day on the Hill 2023 event will take place on Thursday, March 9th, 2023.

9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Policy Briefing at Christ on Capitol Hill Church
11:00 a.m. - Rally at the Capitol Rotunda

After the rally, attendees will eat lunch and get the chance to meet with their legislators until 2:00 p.m. More information and how to register will be sent in the near future.


 Legislative Grant from APA

MPA has received a legislative grant in the amount of $7,500 from APA Services, Inc. for expenses related to legislative efforts to address the Medicaid Rate Study and Provider Tax in MN. Thank you APA Services, Inc., including the APA Practice Directorate and the Committee for State Leaders (CSL) for administering this grant.

Thank you to Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Steve Girardeau and Dennis Hannon for facilitating the application of this grant. Their hard work and time spent on the application has helped MPA tremendously.

If you are interested in working on legislative issues that affect psychologists in Minnesota, this committee may be for you. Contact [email protected] to learn how to join the Legislative Committee.


 

 

Other updates:

Legislative Updates

VoterVoice Action Center

COVID-19 Resources

Racial Justice Resources

COVID Cares Phone Line

   


MPA Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation. Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds. We aspire to become alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policymakers, and practitioners.