Is your campus safe?
In the wake of the Virginia Tech
shooting and other campus violence,
schools throughout the country have
developed “campus teams” to identify
troubled students who may need mental
health care. But how should these
teams organize their structure, scope,
functions and day-to-day operations?
A new free guide offers help.
“Balancing Safety and Support on
Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams”
summarizes the literature on campus
teams and suggests key issues that
schools should consider when creating
The guide was produced by the
Higher Education Mental Health
Alliance (HEMHA), whose members
are APA (including representation
from Education Government Relations
and Div. 17, the Society of Counseling
Psychology), the American College
Health Association, the American
College Personnel Association,
the American College Counseling
Association, the National Association
of Student Personnel Administrators,
the Association of University and
College Counseling Center Directors,
the American Psychiatric Association
and the Jed Foundation, a national
organization that works to reduce
emotional distress and prevent suicide
among college students.
“This guide provides information
for both existing and new teams and
will facilitate decisions about their
structure, scope, functions and day-to-day operations,” says APA member Traci
Callandrillo, PhD, this year’s HEMHA
The guide is at www.jedfoundation.
$10 million goes to support psychology and social work programs
APA’s advocacy for psychology education and training has paid off
once again. In September, Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius awarded $9.8 million to support three-year
grants to 24 graduate psychology and social work programs.
Eleven grants were specifically awarded to APA-accredited
schools and programs of psychology, as well as accredited
internships in public and private nonprofit institutions.
“Mental health services are critical for those dealing with
post-traumatic stress and other severe problems,” said Sebelius,
announcing the funding. “Increasing the number and quality of
providers to care for these individuals is a major step forward
in addressing these challenges.”
The grants were administered through a provision of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as the
Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant
program, which APA’s Education Government Relations Office
advocated for strongly. The grants are designed to increase
the number of clinical psychologists and social workers
serving high-need populations, such as people in rural areas,
chronically ill people, and victims of trauma and abuse,
including military personnel, veterans and their families.
“This Health Resources and Service Administration grant
program is both a statement of the federal government’s
recognition of the critical role psychologists play in health care
and of the importance of ensuring an adequate psychology
workforce,” said APA Education Government Relations Office
Director Nina G. Levitt, EdD.
The psychology funding went to the Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia, Curators of the University of Missouri, Hugo W.
Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Inc.,
Medical University of South Carolina, Mount Sinai School
of Medicine, University of Florida, University of Hawaii,
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute Inc.,
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Western Interstate
Commission for Higher Education and Yeshiva University.