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behalf on your What APA is doing for you n Campaigning against the sexualization of girls Building on its April Advocacy Against Sexualization Summit, APA has developed a strategic plan to help youth, parents, teachers and the media counteract the sexualization of girls. The plan includes: • Developing a fact sheet for teachers that explains the negative effects of sexualization on girls’ achievement. • Using social media to reach young girls and parents with educational messages combating sexualization and celebrating girls’ achievements in sports and school. • Building support for the Healthy Media for Youth Act in Congress, legislation that would, among other goals, provide funding to conduct research on how depictions of women and girls in the media affect youth. • Organizing a briefing for federal agencies to showcase the psychological research on sexualization. • Participating in the “Day of the Girl” on Sept. 22 to advance the civil rights and educational status of girls worldwide. n Safeguarding sexual minority students Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in middle and high school often suffer discrimination and bias damaging to their psychological health and academic success, testified Greg Herek, PhD, and Ilan Meyer, PhD, at a briefing held May 13 by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. The briefing focused on enforcing federal civil rights laws to protect students against bullying, violence and harassment. Herek, of the University of California Davis, told the commission that students harassed on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation were more than twice as likely to report depression and to seriously consider suicide. Meyer, of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, explained how a hostile social environment damages students’ psychological health, and noted that school social support programs can help. n Alerting Congress about LGBT discrimination APA sent a legislative action alert on May 18 urging members to contact their congressional representatives and seek support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011, which would prohibit employers from hiring, firing, promoting or giving raises based on employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s currently legal to fire people based on their sexual Monitor on psychology • septeMber 2011 n Advocating for traumatized children The APA Public Interest Government Relations Office hosted a Capitol Hill Day on June 10 during which APA members and others pressed for more federal funding for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The network consists of more than 130 university, hospital and community-based organizations as members and affiliates and provides treatment to children who’ve been exposed to trauma. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors and APA staff met with key House and Senate offices to highlight the network’s efforts in expediting science to service for children and families in need, and argue against President Obama’s proposed 72 percent cut to the program’s funding. Among the child trauma experts who participated in the Capitol Hill Day were Robert Abramovitz, MD, Joseph Benamati, EdD, Dina Birman, PhD, Mary Dino, Mandy Habib, PsyD, Jacob Ham, PhD, Richard Kagan, PhD, Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, Anne Kazak, PhD, Elana Newman, PhD, Elizabeth Thompson, PhD, Juliet Vogel, PhD, and Bianca Walker. In addition to the advocacy day, APA has been leading efforts to preserve the network’s funding through congressional visits, congressional briefings, coalition letters and action alerts. To learn more about this effort, visit 20

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - September 2011

Monitor on Psychology - September 2011
President’s Column
From the CEO
Supreme Court hears psychologists on prison and video game cases
Antipsychotics are overprescribed in nursing homes
New MCAT likely to recognize the mind-body connection
A $2 million boost for military and families
In Brief
On Your Behalf
Judicial Notebook
Random Sample
Speaking of Education
An uncertain future for American workers
Advocating for psychotherapy
Seared in our memories
Helping kids cope in an uncertain world
APA and Nickelodeon team up
Muslims in America, post 9/11
Bin Laden’s death
‘They expect us to be there’
Answering the call of public policy
Candidates answer final questions
APA News
Division Spotlight
New leaders
Disaster relief training
Honoring teaching excellence

Monitor on Psychology - September 2011