South Carolina Psychological Association

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SCPA 2015 Fall Symposium and Academic Day

  • 05 Nov 2015
  • Columbia, SC


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SCPA 2015 Fall Symposium and Academic Day

November 5, 2015

SCPA Presents

"The Psychology of Racism: South Carolina's Roots and Response"

5 CE Credits Offered!

8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M 

Workshop 1: Race, Culture, and Children's Development:  Responding in Professional and School Settings

Presented by:  Shauna M. Cooper, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will receive foundational knowledge regarding how issues of race and culture impact children's development and well-being. In particular, Dr. Cooper will address the socio-historical and contemporary contexts for understanding the challenges and strengths of racial-ethnic minority children and their families.
  • Participants will receive an understanding of how these issues can influence practice and programming (e.g., intervention/prevention). Additionally, the audience will be introduced to strategies for addressing the needs of racial-ethnic minority children in professional and school settings.

9:40 A.M. - 10:40 A.M

Workshop 2:  What purpose does racial discrimination serve?  What research findings tell us and what our life experiences teach us.

Presented by:  Jonathan W. Gould, Ph.D., ABPP, Forensic Psychologist, Board Certified in Forensic Psychology, Charlotte Psychotherapy & Consultation Group

Learning objectives: 

  • Participants will learn about empirical research findings about racial discrimination;
  • Participants will examine whether the applications of these research findings apply to their lives.
  • Participants will explore how to change/challenge, confront racial biases using findings from empirical studies.

10:45 A.M. - 11:45A.M.

Keynote:  South Carolina: Acknowledging our Racial Scars, Coping with our Racial Present, Readying for our Racial Future

Presented by:  Napoleon Wells, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC

Dr. Wells will discuss a path for psychologists and other individuals to take the lead in guiding the citizens of South Carolina through a constantly changing racial landscape in the Palmetto State.

Learning objectives: 

  • Participants will become mindful of how the language of race matters and how this impacts us as practitioners and the communities we serve, in our daily lives
  • Participants will learn skills to shepherd those who are confused, hurt, or healing in light of recent events so heavily influenced by matters of race
  • Participants will understand how the dynamics of racism impact us as practitioners and the communities we serve
  • Participants will identify steps in the way forward: how can we, as a discipline, begin to impact the ongoing conversation about race, teach developing practitioners about matters of race, and prepare to adjust to what is a constantly changing racial landscape in our state
  • Participants will tie it all together: what we can do to foster healthy dialogue about race, how we can influence the teaching of multiculturalism to our student charges in Psychology, and at present, develop ourselves as learners to better practice Psychology in today's South Carolina.

11:45 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Lunch (Box lunch provided on site)

The Association will use some of this time to present Awards and Acknowledgements

1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Panel discussion: Embracing different Perspectives:  Moving toward Healing

Presented by: 

  • Julie A. Lipovsky, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Provost for Diversity Initiatives, Professor of Psychology, Director, The Citadel NCBI Team, Panel Moderator
  • Millicent E. Brown, Ph.D., Principal researcher and founder, "Somebody Had to Do It" Project, Consultant on Social and Human Justice Transformation, Panelist
  • Clavis Anderson, Owner, Lead ConsultantClavis Coaching and Consulting Group, Educator, Diversity Advocate, Panelist
  • Bryan Fox, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects, Adolescent Recovery Center, Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC, Panelist
  • Napoleon Wells, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC, Panelist
  • Alison Mc Letchie, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Claflin University, Panelist
  • Panel Moderator and Panelist’s pictures are featured in order listed above, from left to right

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will identify historical issues that impact the psychology of racism
  • Participants will identify the importance of perspectives from psychology, history, education, sociology, and public health in developing a personal and community response toward healing
  • Participants will relate evidence and research presented throughout the day to actions appropriate for their practices and lives

3:30 SCPA Academic Day Quiz Bowl

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