DCPA Community Involvement
DC Psychological Association is accepting applications for our Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award
Since 1999, Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards have been presented to organizations by state, provincial and territorial psychological associations across the U.S. and Canada with support from the American Psychological Association. A psychologically healthy workplace fosters employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity.
The point of contact, Stephen Bowles, Ph.D, can be reached at email@example.com
About Casa de Maryland by Sheena Wadhawan
CASA de Maryland is the area's largest immigrants' rights organization. We serve the local immigrant community using a holistic model that seeks to build sustainable power grounded in the community. In addition to organizing the community, we provide a myriad of social services including day laborer centers, English classes, vocational training, health services and legal services. CASA's legal program is a small team of dedicated paralegals and attorneys who are on the front line of serving clients suffering terrible violence, injustice and oppression. Many of CASA's clients come to us having suffered unspeakable horrors and the resulting trauma.
During the past year, CASA has forged an invaluable relationship with the DCPA Ethics Committee. The Committee has provided CASA's legal staff with Colleague Assistance Workshops to help them understand and cope with the vicarious trauma and stress of their daily work. The growing understanding of trauma and its impact on the human brain has enlightened the way they counsel and work with their clients, Indeed, the way they practice law. It is an innovative and effective collaboration - bringing together two very different professions toward the common goal of better serving our community and working, together, toward a more just society. I am an associate member of DCPA and serve as a liaison between CASA and DCPA. CASA is working in collaboration with the social justice component of the Ethics Committee in order to facilitate more partnerships so that mental health professionals can contribute to their communities via a variety of pro bono options. Such options include trauma-informed care trainings, colleague assistance workshops, or individual pro bono services to low-income individuals in need.
Sheena Wadhawan, Co-Chair, Social Justice Subcommittee
The next DCPA Book Club meeting is to be at Somerset House Club House at 5620 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. When driving to Somerset House complex go to the Gate House and tell security that you are there to see Mallory Starr in the Club House Board Room and they will direct you. There is parking for up to 8 cars and usually on street parking outside Somerset House grounds. Should you drive in -- at the Somerset House Gate House the security person will tell you where to park.
DCPA awards Walter Reed Military Advanced Training Center the Healthy Workplace Award. The Center is dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women who have been injured in service of their country. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance. Nominations for a local psychologically health award can be made to the District of Columbia Psychological Association. For more information, contact DCPA at: firstname.lastname@example.org