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The DCPA Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee and Award

Co-Chairs: Stephen Bowles, Ph.D. and Jade Wood, MA, LMFT

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee is a public education program established by the District of Columbia Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Our mission is to partner with Washington, DC organizations to advocate for and support employee health and well-being. Our committee serves to educate businesses on the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces, as well as inform the community of the organizational benefits and business impacts of creating cultures of well-being. In addition, our committee formally recognizes institutions which are excelling at sustaining psychologically healthy workplaces.   

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee is invested in providing education, resources, and recognition based on these defined elements of a psychologically healthy workplace:

  • Employee Involvement
  • Health and Safety
  • Employee Growth and Development
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Employee Recognition

Awards Process: Psychological Health Works

There's a relationship between employee satisfaction and organizational success, and the best run businesses in DC know it.
The Psychological Association (DCPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) have established the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. The goal of this DCPA recognition program is to promote the importance of psychological health in the workplace with several award categories.

Nominate your company for this year's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards with the Word document below.

Please contact Stephen Bowles at lifewellbeing@gmail.com  or Jade Wood at jadetwood@aol.com if you would like to be involved in this committee or are interested in nominating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace.

Click here for application




                                                                       

Community Involvement

Free support groups - DCPA has been engaged in the provision of support groups that provide a healing environment designed to promote safety, understanding, anxiety reduction, and unity for:

  • Mental health professionals
  • General public
  • Journalists (2018)

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Stein: s613s@aol.com


RAINN 5K


DCPA is dedicated to sponsoring local events that help the community. And the put RAINN 5K with picture. 

RAINN or Shine:

Lace Up for RAINN 5K followed by a Discussion on Sexual Assault 

Adriana Penafiel; Kiana Cummings; Sarah DiGregorio; Frances Cooke; Samuel Swisher Stephen Bowles, Ph.D.

Washington DC, May 20th 2017 – It was a nice spring day at the Congressional Cemetery in Southeast, DC when 138 men and women of all ages came out to run and walk in RAINN’s (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) fourth annual Lace Up for RAINN 5K. Overall attendance for the event this year included over 530 people from across the country participating virtually. A virtual race, unlike the traditional kind, utilizes tracking technology to allow participation from any venue, whether from a treadmill or a track. When asked about the event, coordinator Jim Breslin responded, “It was an all-around great day...everyone was excited and happy to cross the finish line. We also received messages from our virtual racers sharing how happy they were to make a difference in their own community! We could not have asked for a better day.”  

The event began in May 2014 when runners, walkers, and cyclists from across the country were asked to participate in RAINN’s first virtual-5K. In 2016, RAINN placed an additional in-person race, which is chip-timed and USA Track and Field certified, in DC just down the road from RAINN’s headquarters. Runners, cyclists, and walkers from all over America have come together for the past three years to support survivors of sexual assault in one inspiring event that will continue to occur annually both in DC and throughout the country.

Among those in attendance was a group of 11 members from the DC Psychological Association who came out in support of sexual assault prevention and recovery. DCPA members raised $660 for survivors while exercising for a good cause. Dr. Victoria Sylos-Labini organized the DCPA team for the event and stated:

On a larger scale, attending the event was inspiring, especially when hearing the stories of actual survivors before the race and hearing about the great impact our fundraising has for the cause. I believe it was really important for the RAINN community to see that DCPA was in support of their cause and could be used as a resource to find therapists and other supportive services. It is my hope to make this an annual event for DCPA. It is also my hope that more DCPA members will come out in support of these causes in the future, whether in person or with a simple donation.”

The DCPA will continue its mission to give back to the community by sponsoring and fundraising the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention walk that will be held on October 28th. Additionally the DCPA will look to partner with universities in the DC area to look at mindful ways of managing stress.



DC Psychological Association is accepting applications for their 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.

Now organizations in DC can apply for the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards based on the five categories below:

·  Employee involvement

·  Work-life balance

·  Employee growth & development

·  Health & safety

·  Employee recognition

Click the link below to apply for this award.

http://www.apaexcellence.org/resources/goodcompany/blog/2014/08/dc-employers-get-recognized-fo.php

The POC for this is Stephen Bowles at lifewellbeing@gmail.com


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