At the recent conference of the Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee and the Executive Committee of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Dr. Jude Bergkamp was elected among the delegates as the Chair of the Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee, as well as a seat on the Executive Committee. In this role, Dr. Bergkamp will be serve as an NCSPP representative to various committees of the American Psychological Association. In addition, he will assist in conference planning, award reviews, and critical policy analysis. Dr. Bergkamp is program chair and core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program.
Drs. Azlin, Sakuma, Heusler, and Bergkamp recently presented at the annual NCSPP conference in New Orleans. Their presentation was entitled Disruptive Social Justice Curriculum: How it looks in the classroom, the research lab, and in clinical training.
The faculty provided an overarching model of social justice pedagogy in psychology, from disruption to dissonance to reconciliation, along with examples from science classes and across the trajectory of clinical training.
A handout associated with the presentation can be found here.
Jude Bergkamp, program chair and core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program at Antioch University Seattle, was recently awarded the diversity scholarship to attend The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) winter conference. Along with three colleagues from AUS, Drs. Cheryl Azlin, Bill Heusler, and Michael Sakuma, Bergkamp will participate in the consortium of PsyD programs from around the country this January 2019 in New Orleans. Bergkamp was recommended for the award by AUS provost, Ben Pryor, who wrote; “Jude has been at the forefront of important discussions about diversity on our campus and in his field. His recent work in support of migrant families at our southern border is especially vital. This award recognizes what his colleagues in Seattle know his commitment to Antioch’s mission and embodying it in his profession.”
The NCSPP, composed of chairs and directors of clinical training (DCTs), has the distinguishing feature of a focus on a practitioner/ scholar model (as opposed to a practitioner/ scientist model). This year’s theme: disruptive practices in professional psych curriculums. Bergkamp is excited to present and participate along with his colleagues as his own teaching methods and the mission and practice of Antioch’s PsyD program are particularly suited to the theme. “My curriculum and Antioch as a whole are focused on issues of anti-oppression, power and privilege, and isms,” he said. “I’m excited and honored to receive the diversity scholarship award and present with many of my mentors in the field on disruptive pedagogy and the incorporation of social justice into PsyD curricula.”
As an example of disruptive pedagogy implemented in the AUS program, Bergkamp cited the clinical practice of IQ testing. In the same quarter, students learn how to administer IQ testing, and then learn about the eugenic origins of those tests. “This creates a sense of cognitive dissonance,” said Bergkamp, “then faculty supports students in reconciling the contradictory aspects of psychology.”
Last month, the documentary Thank You For Your Service, featuring Dr. Mark C. Russell, Core Faculty in our PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, and Establishing Director of our Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice, won the American Psychological Association’s 2018 Film Festival Award for Best Feature Film.
The APA’s film festival directory summary of the film is as follows: “This film expands awareness of war trauma through the stories of four Iraq War veterans. As they navigate reintegration following active duty military service, the film explores the path each service member has chosen to regain health and wellness. Their stories are shared within the context of the military system, where current limitations to mental health services are detailed from the perspective of providers and military and government leaders.”
In addition, at this same convention, Dr. Russell also won the APA Division 56 for Trauma Psychology’s 2018 award for “Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology.”
The APA Division 56 describes this award in the following way on its website: “This award recognizes distinguished contributions to psychological practice. It may be given for the development of a highly effective intervention, for contributions to practice theory, or for a sustained body of work in the field of trauma psychology practice.”
The Psychology in Seattle Podcast’s 10-Year Anniversary Live Show took place at Antioch University Seattle on Saturday, August 11, 2018. The stars of this podcast, CFT Core Faculty Dr. Kirk Honda and his co-host Humberto Castañeda, thanked their listeners, collaborators, and Antioch in the following way on Facebook:
We had a marvelous time at the 10-Year Anniversary Live Show!
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/PsychologyInSeattle/
Antioch University Seattle CFT Core Faculty Dr. Kirk Honda’s “Psychology in Seattle” podcast is returning to AUS for its 10-year anniversary live show! The 10-Year Anniversary Live Show’s Facebook event page description reads: “Kirk and Humberto will tell stories, give out swag for trivia, and other fun stuff! There will be special guests and time to chat afterwards. After party at Rendezvous, which is nearby.”
Dr. Honda and his co-host Humberto Castañeda recorded a “Psychology in Seattle” live episode at AUS in January 2018 to a standing room only crowd. Fans flew in from as far away as Ireland, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, and Oregon to attend the event. After their January live show, Dr. Honda described the experience by saying, “I can’t tell you how overwhelmingly awesome it was to meet the fans of the show. Over the past 9 years, I have emailed with many of the fans, but it’s really different to actually meet them face-to-face.”
To RSVP for the live show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1698109020228187/
The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Antioch University Seattle is rooted in principles of social justice. In addition, the program was recently granted accreditation by the American Psychological Association in November 2017.
The APA issued a statement on June 14, 2018 to the Trump Administration regarding recent policies regarding immigrant family separation. This letter highlights the robust research that establishes parent-child separation as a social determinant of mental disorders, such as PTSD, as well as poor educational achievement. While the Trump administration has since rescinded this policy, there are still more than 2000 children separated from their parents and caretakers. Further research has found that the more time children are separated, the more likely that symptoms of anxiety and depression increase, resulting in long-term consequences.
The most recent statement from the American Psychological Association, dated June 20, 2018, expresses this concern and offers support. In small part, our AUS program is contributing to this effort with on-going research into trauma and the immigrant experience as well as direct psychological services to individuals with immigrant status in our local community.
The AUS PsyD program is proud to be a part of a national professional organization that takes a stand in urgent times in the name of individual and societal well-being.
In the spirit of social justice,
Dr. Jude Bergkamp
AUS PsyD Program Chair
AUS PsyD Chair, Dr. Jude Bergkamp, and a PsyD Research Fellow, Ms. Lindsay Thomas, presented a the Washington State South Sound (Deschutes) Psychological Association on March 15, 2018. This invited continuing education presentation was entitled “Social Privilege in Clinical Psychology” and introduced new clinical guidelines with a social justice focus. The presentation was attended by experienced clinical psychologists and was well received.
“Ms. Thomas did a dynamite job in presenting a tough topic to a group of experienced psychologists! We had fun honing our presentation and hope to incorporate future presentations into our research focusing on a developmental model of social privilege awareness. This is a nice example of productive student/faculty collaboration.”
AUS PsyD Chair, Dr. Jude Bergkamp, and his dissertation student, Shawn Curtis presented in early March at the American Psychological Association’s Division 41 Psychology & Law Society conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Bergkamp’s presentation was entitled “Applied Cultural Factors in Legal Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations: Two Cases of the Jinni.” Mr. Curtis’ presentation was based on his dissertation entitled, “The Examination of Cultural Influence in the Determination of Adjudicative Competency: A Grounded Theory.” The presentation was attended by forensic evaluators, attorneys, and academics in the field.
Dr. Bergkamp reports, “Shawn and I collaborated with University of Washington faculty and an Washington State forensic evaluator in preparation for this presentation. The presentation was well attended and received, with some promising future research opportunities developed. Shawn did a great job guiding the audience through his dissertation research as well. This is a great example of AUS PsyD student/faculty collaboration.”
On Feb. 10, 2018, the AUS Psy.D. program, in collaboration with the AUS BA completion program, hosted a symposium entitled “Can you hear me now?: Bridging the gap between psychology and technology.” The event featured a panel of three experts who discussed the ways psychology intersects with technology. Panelist Dr. David Luxton reviewed the current research and ethics regarding the use of technology in psychotherapy, including smartphone apps, virtual reality, and therapy robots. Fulbright Scholar and entrepreneur, Jame Riggall, provided examples of successful application of virtual reality in pain management, physical rehabilitation, and exposure therapy. And lastly, Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo encouraged clinicians to destigmatize the use of technology in the field of psychology as well as offered pragmatic suggestions on how to incorporate technology into psychotherapy.
This event was the beginning an ongoing dialogue, along with research and development, addressing the future of technology and psychology. The event was well attended by professionals in both fields and research collaborations were established.
Curious about the newest ways psychology and technology intersect? AUS is hosting an event that explores these topics in depth, from multiple expert, contemporary perspectives.
“Can You Hear Me Now? Bridging the Gap Between Psychology and Technology” is happening Feb. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and while there is a small fee for people seeking MA/doctoral-level continuing education (CE) credits, tickets are free for everyone else. This event is open to the public
The panelists are luminaries in their respective fields, doing highly influential work in ways that make concrete, positive changes in the real world. Even if you haven’t seen their names before, you have likely encountered some culture that they have influenced.
For example, if you’ve been to PAX Prime, Seattle’s largest video game convention, held each Labor Day Weekend, you’ve likely benefited from panelist Raffael Boccamazzo’s work. He’s the clinical director for Take This Project, who supply the AFK (away from keyboard) rooms at conventions such as PAX. AFK rooms are staffed by psychotherapists (often from AUS) and provide a quiet, soothing space within the sometimes overwhelming convention environment, for people to engage in self-care. Even PAX attendees who don’t utilize the AFK rooms themselves still likely benefit indirectly from the rooms’ helpful influence on the convention culture.
Another panelist who provides mental health resources in a technologically-informed way is David Luxton, Chief Science Officer at NowMattersNow.org. He’s a clinical psychologist on the cutting edge of web-based suicide prevention resources, as well as a frequent consultant on the subjects of telehealth, technology and mental health, as well as artificial intelligence, and more! He teaches in the UW School of Medicine.
The third panelist for this event is James Riggall, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Bellevue College. Riggall also owns and operates Bitlink, a self-described “team of creative technologists based in Launceston, Tasmania,” who are “passionate about exploring new ways of interacting with technology, and using it to do good in the world.” Riggall’s background includes teaching augmented reality, virtual reality, interface design and video game design; all fields of technology that benefit from an understanding of human psychology. Moreover, one of Bitlink’s many programs for social good is their operation of “school outreach and holiday programs to help the next generation of innovators wrap their heads around creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship.”
All three panelists for this event bring unique, experienced voices to the discussion of technology and psychology. Tickets are going fast, so RSVP as soon as you can!
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) PsyD in Clinical Psychology students Celia Arauz, Gwendolyn Barnhart, Jennifer Gross, and Amber Nipper— supported by AUS PsyD faculty Jude Bergkamp, Dana Waters, Mike Sakuma, and Michael Toohey—were first author on research posters displayed at the Washington State Psychological Association’s 2017 Fall Convention. The AUS PsyD student posters’ titles and subjects are as follows:
Arauz’s research is titled Differentiating Irritability from Anger and Aggression: An International Qualitative Examination of the Causes of Irritability, and it examines survey results from the following questions: “What causes your irritability?” and “When are you more likely to feel irritable?” to discover that “people tended to emphasize environmental and physiological causes for their irritability, which can help differentiate it from anger.
Barnhart’s research is titled Development of Foundational Clinical Skills and Experiential Growth from Crisis Clinic Work, and it extrapolates the learning experiences of mental health graduate students working as crisis clinic facilitators to highlight multiple benefits from this volunteer work. One such benefit is learning about the local resources available to mental health clients, and learning which types of resources are lacking and could use more support.
Gross’s research is titled Development of Political Identities, and it phenomenologically explores the political identity development of eight adults, four self-identified Republicans and four self-identified Democrats. Among the discoveries of this research: “Subjects’ political identity displayed a strong affinity to their parents’ political identity and they sought out social affiliations with peers and mentors who displayed similar political identities during their young adulthood.”
Nipper’s research is titled The Integration of Buddhism and Psychology: Western Clinical Psychology Students’ Exploration. From its description: “This qualitative study critically examines the integration of Buddhism and psychology with the lived experiences of four clinical psychology doctoral students, through a discussion of cultural appropriation. These students went on a 9-day meditation retreat and seminar in France studying Tibetan Buddhism, and how Tibetan Buddhism integrates with western psychology.”
Bringing research to a professional conference in one’s respective clinical field is a major accomplishment. In Arauz’s words, displaying her research in poster form at this conference “will be advantageous and help me to be more competitive when applying for an internship.”
In addition to being a feather in the cap of one’s curriculum vitae, bringing new, original research to a conference is also an opportunity to share the salient results of hard work with interested peers who can appreciate those results. The social atmosphere of an academic conference can be one of the most gratifying parts of the experience. For example, on the subject of being a PsyD student at this conference, Barnhart says “it was really great to be in a venue where there were a lot of different professionals who had expertise in a myriad of different areas of psychology.”
This love for studying one’s field and socializing with one’s academic peers can also extend to the grad school experience itself. When asked for some of her experiences as a PsyD student at AUS, Barnhart added “I love it. I love working in the clinic, I love getting trained for clinical work. Small class sizes are awesome, and we’re all pretty cohesive. It’s nice to be in the same class with all the same people. You can bounce things off of each other.”
Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) program was conferred a period of five years for accreditation by the American Psychology Association (APA) on Friday, November 17, 2017. The APA is the premiere psychology organization in the United States, overseeing standards, practices, and research in both psychology and psychiatry to “benefit society and improve people’s lives”. The organization is affiliated with over 60 national and international associations and has been influential on decisions ranging from marriage equality to conduct in war. Antioch University Seattle is currently one of the only APA-accredited PsyD programs in clinical psychology in our geographic area.
Students graduating from an APA-accredited program have greater opportunities for job, research, and post-doctoral positions. As of 2017, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the top psychology internship matching association, now only accepts students from APA-accredited programs. In the past two years, all AUS PsyD students who applied to APPIC internship were successfully matched.
Upon graduation, 80% of AUS PsyD students go on to licensure. Licensed graduates of accredited programs can leverage opportunities from the federal government, such as a federal provider placement program, as well as student loan forgiveness.
A Solid Foundation
AUS’s PsyD program strives toward a competent breadth of knowledge and skills, resulting in strong, competent practitioners upon graduation. Students are assured close contact with and attention from faculty. Our cohorts are small enough that students get the attention they need and big enough to gain valuable, diverse experiences. Not only do students receive individualized attention, but smaller class sizes create more opportunity for faculty/student collaboration and research projects.
“Antioch’s programs succeed on the strength of their reputation and the quality of their graduates. Peer reviewers for the APA maintain the highest standards for education and training, and in their judgment, Antioch meets or exceeds those standards. This is testimony to our outstanding faculty and the excellence of our students who carry Antioch’s mission into the communities they serve.” –Benjamin Pryor, PhD, Antioch University Seattle Provost and CEO
Our program entails specific coursework devoted to social justice. AUS’s PsyD practicum focuses on improving the world for all its people, which is the bedrock of all Antioch University programs since its founding in 1864.
The last weekend in October, from Thursday, October 26, to Sunday, October 29, at Key Arena, Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) psychology, counseling, and therapy graduate programs were on the frontlines of the Seattle Center Foundation’s fourth annual Seattle/King County Clinic. The clinic is a non-profit healthcare event, which gathers providers from around the state to provide free medical, dental, vision, and mental health services to underemployed and underinsured populations in the Seattle area.
Coordinated and directed by Dan Dodd, PsyD, AUS graduate students Melody Day, Lisa Holombo, Jennifer Law, Jesse Marshall, Samantha Spencer, Holly Wilder, and William Zogg, under the supervision of clinic director Doug Wear, PhD, clinical supervisor Dug Lee, PhD, and adjunct professor Dr. Dodd, provided mental health counseling services in a direct, face-to face clinical setting. The students, along with adjunct professor Joel Bell, PhD, also provided counseling and intervention services throughout the arena and to those waiting in line outside. “These are people who have been up for 28 hours, many are hungry and in pain.” says Dr. Dodd. “The students were there to assess and address their mental health needs as well as encourage the clients to continue through with their medical, dental, and vision services, and to provide support in managing their stress and anxiety.”
Overall, Antioch Seattle’s team provided clinical counseling for over 106 clients, and support/stress management services for 113 clients around the arena. Dr. Dodd has been participating in the clinic since its inception in 2014. “What strikes me,” he says, “is that the amount of patients served hasn’t lessened since then. Regardless of the number served, there’s still a population in need.”
Samantha Spencer shared her experience volunteering at the clinic this year: “I have personally never heard of anything like this: free vision, dental, and medical care. And many insurance providers do not cover dental or vision any longer. I am so thankful Antioch, among all the universities in Seattle, continues to display a sense of social justice by encouraging students to volunteer.”
She encourages her fellow students to take action: “Antioch Seattle’s commitment to social justice can include things such as volunteer work and involvement in politics to running workshops and living more compassionately in the world. I think this opportunity allowed me to apply the skills and education I learned in the classroom to genuine folks in Seattle. I wish more students would volunteer in the future because it is a humbling opportunity. I will never forget this experience and hope to volunteer in many years to come.”
For more opportunities as AUS students to volunteer, please contact your program chair: