NYABPsi 2019 Student Scholarship!

The New York Association of Black Psychologists is committed to promoting psychology as a major and as a profession. What better way to do so than by supporting students in attending the Association of Black Psychologists’ Annual Convention!   NYABPsi will award one student $500 to attend this year’s ABPsi Convention, held in Orlando, FL from July 24th – July 28th! 2018 marked the 50th anniversary for the Association of Black Psychologists. Going forward, we are continuing to celebrate 50 years of independent and distinct service as a professional association, dedicated to the mental health and wellness of African American persons, families and community. In doing so, we invite students to help celebrate the service and significance of the Association of Black Psychologists at our upcoming international convention!

Eligibility:

All students (undergraduate and graduate) that are currently enrolled in school are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students with active NYABPsi membership and prior involvement in NYABPsi events. The scholarship winner is expected to serve on a NYABPsi committee for a one-year period.    Interested students are required to submit:

– Name, school, major/program, e-mail, and phone number

– An essay of up to 1,000 words addressing how the student’s attendance at the ABPsi Annual Convention will benefit their professional, personal, and educational development. This essay must also discuss how the student plans to make a contribution to the New York Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.

The above-mentioned information must be e-mailed by Monday, June 24th at 5pm to nyabpsi1@yahoo.com Scholarship winner will be announced by June 27th.  

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Reflection from the NYABPsi 2018 Student Scholarship Winner 

 It hardly feels like nearly a year has passed since I attended my first ABPsi Annual Convention in Oakland. I still remember the experience well. It came just as I had completed my first year of the doctoral program in critical social/personality psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. My work focuses on the role of music and the arts in the development of strong personal and collective identities for people of African descent. The convention was exactly the kind of support – the kind of therapy – I needed. The connections, knowledge, and inspiration that I found at ABPsi last June continue to contribute to my growth as a person, teacher, student, and parent. 

At the opening ceremony the energy in the room was warm, positive, and familiar, and although it was my first time there I felt at home. I felt the presence of our African and ABPsi ancestors strongly, as we honored them with singing, dancing, drumming, and chanting.  The performances and talks took me to the Motherland, where I sat among family, gaining knowledge through the stories told by the elders. It was great to meet and chat with so many elders, professionals and students in the field of psychology. By the end of the evening I felt electrified and energized. I had a clearer picture of the importance of community and professional support in my journey as a Black psychologist. I even reconnected with a friend i hadn’t seen in decades. At that point, after the first night, I could have returned home feeling fulfilled. That session alone would have been worth the trip, but it was still literally the very beginning.

The individual sessions, centering the convention theme Building for Eternity, were equally impactful, and several spoke to my own interests – both personal and academic. These included Building Successful First Generation Students of African Descent, presented by Lavonda Mickens, Ph.D.; The Missing Element for Healing Black Souls with Flora White-Cooper, Ph.D., which dealt with combining Western psychotherapy with tradition African healing practices for resolving mental, physical, and spiritual illness; and The Healing Power of Traditional West African Drum and Dance, presented by Ogunrinde Abiona, M.S., and Jamila Codrington, Ph.D. Some of the other sessions I attended were: Rites of Passage to Eternity; Healing Our People, Social Justice, Activism and the Future of Black Psychology; Celebration & Tribute to Dr. Joseph White; and Integrating Spirit in African Centered Psychology: Authentic Ancient Breath & Meditation Practices. I also had the opportunity to meet with other members of ABPsi chapters in the eastern region.          

My convention experience was so fulfilling that I decided, right there and then, to make it a part of my annual calendar. As I look forward to attending this year’s convention in Orlando, I must say a heartfelt thank you to the New York Chapter (NYABPsi) for the scholarship award that made the trip to my first ABPsi Annual Convention possible. As a student member of NYABPsi, I understand the importance of providing support and mentorship for Black youth in the field of psychology, and the wider community. I aim to contribute to that mission in any way I can.

-Rod Hurley, BA, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, Critical Social/ Personality Psychology,  3rd year doctoral student

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

The ABPsi International Convention provides an outstanding educational program, which includes continuing education units and general professional development opportunities for attendees. Keynote speakers, guest panelists and general sessions cover a diverse array of topics related to the practice, research and professional training related to the total well-being of our world community. In addition to over 80 presentations, the Annual Business and Committee meetings are held, and students and early career professionals have the opportunities to be mentored by the association’s elders and seasoned members. 

Top Reasons for Attending the ABPsi Annual Convention:

Attend Dynamic Workshops on Culturally-Appropriate Mental Health Service Delivery from Leading Experts

CEU Credits Available for Psychologists, Social Workers and Allied Professionals 

Participate in Community Relevant Social Justice Initiatives

Learn Innovative Approaches to Teaching Psychology Courses

Special Sessions for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Engage in meaningful Interactions with Psychology Professionals of Like Interests

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