AUS PsyD in Clinical Psychology faculty Drs. Jude Bergkamp, Chris Heffner, Michael Toohey, and Dana Waters presented at the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Mid-Winter Conference.
The presentation provided innovative ideas on how to integrate social justice into core doctoral courses such as Biological Bases of Behavior, Quantitative Research, and Psychometrics as well as Consultation and Supervision. Antioch University Seattle has developed a comprehensive method of weaving social justice principles into teaching, training, and research into its PsyD curriculum. Each training year involves different methods of engagement that involves the student in social justice training activities. This training has a reputation with students as seriously challenging and disrupting their personal worldviews and status quo and has resulted in many difficult discussions and dramatic teaching moments. The presentation included a panel of several faculty who will present how we integrate and weave these various training activities together, manage the teaching challenges, and work to create comprehensive and innovative training in social justice for our doctoral students.
Dr. Bergkamp serves on the Executive Committee of NCSPP. He facilitated workgroups to develop professional competencies of diversity with a socially responsive lens in professional psychology. He also made a presentation entitled “To Remediate or Dismiss: The Paradox of Professional Psychology Faculty Roles.”
Dr. Bergkamp also organized a volunteer experience on MLK day as part of his role on the NCSPP’s Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee. More than 40 psychologists volunteered at Brother Benno’s, a homeless shelter/food bank/thrift store in Oceanside, CA.
Karen Hamilton ’17 (Antioch Los Angeles, MA) is Antioch's Director of Marketing for Content and Communications. She has used her storytelling and copywriting skills for more than twenty years, crafting articles and creating publications. She believes that communication is a powerful driver for social change.