Dr. Kathi Borden will chair a symposium entitled “Challenges to teaching advocacy in a complex political climate” at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Midwinter Meeting, (Re)claiming our Identity: Rediscovering our Social Relevance as NCSPP and Psychologists, to be held in Long Beach, California. After an overview of the advocacy process, the presenters will cover challenges that arise for academic faculty and students when teaching and conducting advocacy activities; the science of persuasion; and ways to help diverse students develop interest and skill in the advocacy process. Because legislative advocacy is a large portion of the advocacy activities of psychologists, these challenges are particularly salient in a divisive, charged, and emotional political climate. Papers within the symposium include:
- Walking the Tightrope: Teaching Advocacy in a Politically Diverse Nonprofit Setting, Kathi A. Borden, PhD, Antioch University, New England and Alexandra M. Ginsburg, APA Education Government Relations Office
- Hard wired towards conservatism vs. liberalism: Is persuasion possible? Gilberrt Newman, PhD, The Wright Institute
- Advocacy by Diverse Graduate Students: Mentorship to Gain Voices, Hideko Sera, PsyD, University of Redlands
Dr. Lorraine Mangione will co-present with David Cimbora, PhD, of the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, on Discovering One’s Own Leadership Potential and Encouraging It in Colleagues, Faculty and Students.
Dr. Roger Peterson has been invited to be on the keynote panel, and he will speak on: NCSPP and the Practitioner-Scholar Model: Strengths, Omissions, and Shortcomings.