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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

July 2013

In This Issue NCTL First Int'l Scholar Student Satisfaction Survey Results Scholarship Winner Alumnus Honored Campaign Results APA Convention Admitted Students Day Dr. Taylor Recognized First International Psychology Conference Study Abroad: Israel NRCI Conference Alisha Ghori Honored LA PRIDE Parade

121st APA Convention July 31-August 4 Honolulu, Hawaii

Message from the National President The recent legal decision in the George Zimmerman trial has opened up a difficult conversation in our society and within the hallways of TCSPP. Like so many others, TCSPP’s faculty, staff, and students are deep in dialogue. This week, TCSPP held informal forums on campuses across the country to provide employees and students an opportunity to discuss the verdict; how to move beyond the polarization of the race issue; and, more importantly, an opportunity to explore how they can engage others, as well as clients in a meaningful discussion. It has proven quite impactful for our academic community to, not only provide a safe place to engage, but to model for our students how active listening, non-judgmental communication and empathy may be particularly valuable when such a public issue needs a fresh and honest conversation. At the end of the day, one participant after the other asked the question: when all the media coverage and the opinions lawyers and pundits have been exhausted, how do we move forward as a society to create a better understanding of each other’s worldviews and our own actions? How do we extend our hand to help others take into account all perspectives, without letting go of their own hard-held positions? How do we meaningfully bring the discussion on racial identity to the center, where a space can be created for real change in our society? We have the responsibility to drive change and lead reconciliation in our communities. My deepest thanks goes out to the faculty and staff who organized these forums and facilitated our discussions. It was worthwhile in many ways, and it has not ended there. In the weeks and months ahead, I will personally consult with various segments of the TCSPP community to determine positive ways for us, as an institution, to translate our good intentions into actions while serving as a model for others who wish to advance the constructive dialogue required to sustain inclusiveness as a norm for our nation.

Congratulations to our graduating students. Chicago Commencement, Warm regards, July 27, 2013

Michele Nealon-Woods

NCTL Hosts First International Scholar The National Center for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) at The Chicago School has welcomed its first visiting international scholar, Dr. Meiying Huang, who is based at the Chicago Campus. The NCTL provides e-tutoring to help support students' writing needs.

Global Impact Scholarship deadline September 1, 2013

TCSPP in The Media TCSPP Student Julie-Ann Goode Psych 1 on 1-Skid Row Studios Online Radio July 8, 2013 July 1, 2013 Dr. Morrison Daily Herald June 30, 2013 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society MySuburbanLife.com June 25, 2013 Dr. Adames Dia al Dia-Radio Moody June 25, 2013 Dr. Nealon-Woods The Huffington Post June 11, 2013 NRCI Conference Evanston Patch June 4 Medill Reports June 5, 2013 Evanston Review June 20, 2013 Dr. Schreier Fox Chicago June 4, 2013 Dr. Eusebio Post-Tribune May 25, 2013 Fox Chicago May 30, 2013 Dr. Arredondo Today's Inspiring Women-VoiceAmerica

Dr. Huang is currently a professor for the department of Comprehensive Human Sciences at the University of Shokei Gakuin, Japan. While at TCSPP, Dr. Huang will be researching the topic of Developing Educational Models at Universities in Higher Education, focusing specifically on the Reform of Course Content and Educational Management Systems. She will also be examining the relationships between educational improvement and American management systems as they compare to those in Japan. Dr Huang will be with TCSPP until March 2014.

Majority of Students Give TCSPP High Marks TCSPP's Department of Student Affairs has issued its Annual Student Satisfaction Report for 2013. More than 2,300 students--54 percent of the population atlarge--participated in the survey and shared their experiences, ideas, and critiques in the areas of academic and student support. Two of the key institution-wide results were: 

Overall students reported the highest satisfaction in recent history--3.84 on a 5-point scale--with their overall academic experience at TCSPP.

Sixty-five percent of the students agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend TCSPP to family and friends.

U.S. Army Healthcare Scholarship Winner Hails from Chicago Campus Dawn Ko Mitchell, a third-year Clinical Psy.D. student at the Chicago Campus, has been selected to receive a fulltuition scholarship through The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, offered by the U.S. Army. Ten scholarships are awarded annually and Dawn was one of only two individuals from the Chicago metro area to receive funding to help further her education and career. The comprehensive scholarship is available to students pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, psychiatric nursing, optometry or psychology. In addition to full tuition, recipients receive monthly stipends and other financial support, and after graduation they enter active duty in their specialty and advance in rank to captain.

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Alumnus Presented With The AVAPL James Besyner Early Career Award Like us on Facebook

Dr. Peter H. Shore, an alumnus of the Chicago Campus, was awarded the James Besyner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Veteran Affairs (VA) Psychology for 2013 by the Association of Veteran Affairs Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL). This highly regarded award for young professionals is given to individuals who contribute to promoting the practice of psychology in the VA through professional service and innovations in service delivery.

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Annual Campaign Surpasses Goal for Scholarships The FY 2012-2013 “The Promise of Opportunity� Annual Giving Campaign generated significant support for the establishment of a nationwide need-based scholarship fund. The goal for the campaign was set at $100,000, nearly twice the goal set in the previous year. Even with this lofty goal, we raised over $108,000 in gifts and pledges from faculty, staff, and leadership. Last year, the campaign raised a total of $14,000 in gifts from faculty, staff, and leadership. This year we raised over $50,000 in gifts and pledges from these groups, including a $15,000 gift from First American Bank and a $5,000 gift from Pearson eCollege. Thank you all for your generous support. Watch for upcoming announcements about the need-based scholarship awards, donor recognition receptions with National President NealonWoods, and the launch of the FY 2013-2014 Annual Giving Campaign.

TCSPP Faculty, Staff and Students Cast Large Footprint at Upcoming APA Convention More than 20 faculty, staff and students from all three TCSPP campuses will be attending and participating in the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Honolulu from July 31-August 4, 2013. An ideal opportunity to connect with colleagues, the APA Annual Convention features more than 800 sessions over a five-day period covering the entire field of psychology. For a listing of TCSPP presentations, please contact the Communications Department.

Admitted Students Day: A Successful Kick Off to the Fall Semester

New clinicial Psy.D. students meet faculty members including (L-R) Dr. David Sitzer (back to camera), Dr. Guy Balice and Dr. Steve Albers.

This summer the Admissions Department at the Los Angeles Campus organized Admitted Students Day, a festive evening event for 45 new fall students to get to know our faculty, campus and each other. After an enthusiastic welcome from Dr. Terry Webster, associate dean of Academic Affairs, attendees participated in informal discussions with program chairs from their fields of study and toured the campus. In addition to dinner and music, activities included raffles with prizes including a grand prize drawing for one student to have a one-on-one lunch with National President Dr. Nealon-Woods.

Dr. Taylor Recognized by the Society of STEM Women of Color Washington, D.C. President Dr. Orlando Taylor, a pioneer in the field of diversity, was honored by the Society of STEM Women of Color (SSWOC) with its inaugural Lifetime Membership for his valuable contributions to higher education and to the holistic advancement of women of color, in particular. In March of this year, through a grant from the National Science Foundation, TCSPP launched Opportunities for Under-Represented Scholars (OURS), the first government-funded post-graduate certificate program in academic leadership that prepares and trains women in STEM fields at Historically Black Colleges and Universities for leadership roles in academia .

TCSPP's First International Psychology Conference Held in Washington, D. C.

The First Annual TCSPP International Psychology Conference: Psychology without Borders recently took place on the D.C. Campus. The conference was an opportunity for students to meet and speak with professionals, and hear firsthand about possible internships and volunteer work within the field. It was organized by a committee of International Psychology students, led by Janelle Junkin (chair of the planning committee), Sharon Asonganyi, Philo Lomba, and Shirley Carroll. Dr. Janet de Merode and Debra Goodell provided oversight and support. Six panelists presented on their organizations' international efforts including Dr. Robert Clark of the Chicago Campus, who discussed working with children with special needs in Vietnam. Other organizations that presented included the International Affairs and LGBTQ divisions of the APA; the U.S. State Department; and the International Justice Mission. Based on positive feedback, conference attendees are looking forward to the next International Psychology Conference.

Students Gain Global Experience in Israel In May, the Chicago Campus' Forensic Psychology Department, led by Dr. Nancy Zarse, completed a 10-day study abroad excursion to Israel. The students' global psychology experience included talks with international experts on terrorism and hostage negotiation. Among the sites visited were the Holocaust Museum, Sderot, the Western Wall, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Plenary of the Knesset (pictured above).

NRCI Conference on Trauma Attracts Hundreds

(L-R first row): Marilyn Cohen, Dr. Patricia Arredondo, Dr. Cassandra Kisiel, Tonier Cain, and Dr. Michael Horowitz. (L-R back row): Larry Cohen, Dr. Rabbi Eleanor Smith and Dr. Bradley Stolbach.

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI) for Mental Health Education at TCSPP 12th Annual Community Conference in early June was a rousing success with approximately 250 people in attendance. The event was preceeded with a more intimate gathering between speaker Tonier Cain and TCSPP's faculty, staff and students at the Chicago Campus. Several news media outlets covered the conference (see left column). Next year's conference is scheduled for June 1.

Aisha Ghori Receives Diversity Founders Award from MWACE Aisha Ghori, director of career services, will receive the Diversity Founders Award from the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MWACE) during its annual conference at the end of July. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding contributions of Midwest ACE members, who provide consistent and significant leadership related to issues of diversity. MWACE advances the professional development of its members by connecting collegiate career services and employer recruiters and staffing professionals, cultivating best practices, and sharing knowledge.

Celebrating LGBT Pride in Los Angeles A contingent of students, faculty and staff representing the Los Angeles Campus marched in the iconic LA PRIDE Parade, demonstrating and celebrating TCSP P’s commitment to diversity and equality. TCSPP's participation was organized by Student Affairs and the California Graduate Student Association. Well over 400,000 people attended the parade and adjoining festival.

Mission Statement Integrating theory, professional practice, and innovation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides an excellent education for careers in psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. The school is committed to service and embraces the diverse communities of our society. Our logo symbolizes: • Education • Innovation • Service • Community


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