Session 1E | Integrating Advocacy and Social Justice into Graduate Psychology Training (2 CEs)
Presenter: Apryl Alexander, Psy.D.
The aim of the presentation will be to discuss how to better integrate advocacy and social justice into graduate training programs.
10:15 AM - 12:15 PMWed
Alexander, Apryl Psy.D.
Faculty, University of Denver
Despite the American Psychological Association establishing advocacy as a clinical training benchmark, advocacy is not universally taught or discussed in graduate programs in psychology. According to a 2005 NCSPP survey, 62% of faculty and student respondents reported advocacy training was not offered (Lating, Barnett, & Horowitz, 2009). The aim of the presentation will be to discuss how to better integrate advocacy and social justice into graduate training programs. A sample course entitled Psychology, Public Policy and Advocacy, which introduces students to client-based, legislative, and professional advocacy, will be discussed. An emphasis on modeling involvement in advocacy for students through one’s own work will be made and will include an interactive component to discuss future directions and ideas.
1. Participants will recognize the ethical, professional, and societal importance of advocacy and social justice in psychology.
2. Participants will be able to apply what they learned in order to develop a graduate-level course in public policy and advocacy.
3. Participants will explain client-centered, professional, and legislative advocacy in professional psychology.