AMHF Attends 51st Annual Meeting of New England Psychological Association
by William Van Ornum, Ph.D. on
AMHF attended the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA), held October 28-29 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. After a wonderful dinner, hosted by Drs. Robin Crabtree and Susan Franzosa, deans at Fairfield, participants heard child-development expert Dr. James Garbarino speak of “Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child Development.”
A major symposium on Saturday, presented by five speakers, funded by a grant from the Maine Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, discussed “Development of Strength-based Youth mentoring: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, Empirical Results, and Policy Implications.” They noted how contemporary mentoring has come to embody work toward “strengths” and “assets” in a resiliency model.
A later symposium featured a look at “Graduate Education and Training in Professional Psychology: Forensic Psychology to School Psychology,” presented by Drs. Tony Crespi, Denise Framboise, and Bronna Romanoff. Graduate education represents an important decision point for aspiring students, a choice made even more complex today because of the diverse options, competitive job market, and fluctuating economy.
I was especially proud of Marist student Lindsay Blevins, who, in the spirit of William James, presented “Inspiring versus Non-inspiring Religious Images in College Students.”
It was a great conference and we look forward to attending next year.