Division 54 at the APA Convention

The 119th APA Convention will be held August 4-7, 2011, in Washington, DC, a place brimming with a unique history and ample opportunities for exploration.
Division 54 has an exciting program in store. The quality proposals for posters, symposia, papers, and skill-building sessions all underwent blind review by pediatric psychology professionals. This allowed us to assemble a fantastic program that will offer nnovative presentations and hands-on sessions geared towards clinicians, researchers, educators, and trainees alike. We will also host a poster session to showcase faculty and students’ research, covering a broad range of topics. Student poster award winners will be recognized during this session.
New this year are skill-building sessions that combine theoretical and experiential approaches. Leaders offer practical experience to help participants increase their understanding and skills in a particular area. Elisabeth Cannatta and Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, along with their physician colleague will present “Strategies for Enhancing Behavioral Health and Pediatric Primary Care Service Integration,” where participants will obtain tools to develop in-service training modules for primary care practitioners to promote behavioral health screenings.
Another skill-building session,“Integrating Mindfulness Practices into Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy,” will include small and large group discussions and dyadic exercises on mindfulness applications in the clinical context. Finally, in the session, “Integrating Issues of Diversity in Pediatric Psychology Research,” participants will have the opportunity to practice incorporating and highlighting diversity issues in their research and research presentations.
Two symposia are not to be missed. They are: “Child Assent and Parental Permission in Pediatric Research: Methodological Advances and Contextual Influences,” with Victoria Miller and Dennis Drotar; and “International Perspective on Addressing Parent and Family Factors in the Treatment of Pediatric Chronic Pain and Functional Disability” with Gerard Banez and Tonya Palermo. In addition, we will offer a two-hour paper session entitled, “Implications for Pediatric Psychologists,” that will include research with diverse populations across clinical, school, and primary-care settings. Continuing Education (CE) credits will also be offered for selected presentations – stay tuned for details.
Division 54 continues to have an outstanding and strong reputation for student involvement and we will continue to host student programming, social events, and informal sessions in the Division 54 Hospitality suite. We will also continue to partner with Division 53 through our joint social hour and the Internships/Postdoctoral Fellowships on Parade” that allows opportunities for trainees and professionals to network during a fun social event.
We hope you plan to join us for a terrific convention in Washington, DC. Look for the schedule of events in the next SPP newsletter. Additional convention information.

National Conference on Child Health Psychology

April 14-16, 2011 
San Antonio 
Marriott Riverfront Hotel
The program features invited plenary addresses, two symposia, peer-reviewed papers, and five poster sessions. A total of 13 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for psychologists will be offered during regular conference programming. Two preconference workshops will be available for additional CE credit. They are: “Helping Patients and Families Cope: Medical Crises, Chronic Illness, and Loss” for 3 CE hours and “Research Ethics in Pediatric Psychology: A Case-Based Discussion” for 3 CE hours.