Monitor on Psychology - October 2011 - (Page 12)

Upfront Ready, set, mentor For the third year, APA offered its popular speed-mentoring program at the 2011 Annual Convention. Based on a speed-dating model, speed mentoring is a lively interactive session that allows about 200 early career psychologists and graduate students to interact with more experienced, distinguished psychologists. The speed mentoring event offers a tremendous opportunity for networking and shared learning in an interesting and innovative setting. At the event, mentors are stationed throughout the room and meet with mentees for 12 minutes to discuss the biggest challenges they faced in their career and how they met these challenges. They also answer mentees’ questions. At the end of the 12-minute period, a signal is given and the groups of mentees rotate to the next mentor station. Attention students and ECPs: Self-care is an ‘ethical imperative’ Graduate students and early career psychologists have a lot to juggle. Huge debt. Academic demands. Working to launch their careers. Possibly starting a family. Yet too few students and new psychologists recognize the stress they are under and fail to make self-care a priority, said speakers at the APA Annual Convention symposium “When Self-Care and Real World Collide for Students and Early Career Psychologists.” “As graduate students and early career psychologists, I think there’s a tendency to postpone self-care,” said Leigh A. Carter, of Loyola University in Maryland. “People think, ‘I’ll do self-care later after internship, after I’m licensed, after I start a practice.’” But research shows not taking care of yourself can lead to stress, distress, even burnout — and that can undermine your professional competence. So self-care is not just essential to yourself, it’s essential to your clients and work colleagues. “It’s an ethical imperative — and it really needs to start in graduate school,” said Carter. And it’s more than that occasional meal with family and friends, said speakers. You’ve got to establish a self-care lifestyle. That means the obvious, like good sleep, nutrition and exercise, but also building your support networks at home and work, seeking out peer support groups, developing your hobbies and even doing volunteer work and seeking psychotherapy. Experiment with what works for you. “Self-care is not a one-size-fits-all model,” said Carter. “It should not be a unique or infrequent practice, but rather a life-long habit.” —S. MARTIN Lloyd Wolf Dr. Pat DeLeon, right, coaches a mentee at this year’s speed mentoring program. 12 To watch an excerpt of this convention session from APA’s continuing education office, click here. MONITOR ON PSYCHOLOGY • OCTOBER 2011

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

Monitor on Psychology - October 2011
President’s Column
Subtle and stunning slights
From the CEO
Live science on the showroom floor
Zimbardo re-examines his landmark study
Ready, set, mentor
Attention students and ECPs: Self-care is an ‘ethical imperative’
Suicide risk is high among war veterans in college, study finds
Psychotherapy is effective and here’s why
From toilet to tap: getting people to drink recycled water
What’s ahead for psychology practice?
A push for more accountability is changing the accreditation process
Peer, parental support prove key to fighting childhood obesity
Popular media’s message to girls
Bullying may contribute to lower test scores
A consequence of cuckoldry: More (and better) sex?
Manatees’ exquisite sense of touch may lead them into dangerous waters
Building a better tomato
How will China’s only children care for their aging parents?
‘Spice’ and ‘K2’: New drugs of abuse now on the market
Many suspects don’t understand their right to remain silent
In Brief
Boosting minority achievement
Where’s the progress?
And social justice for all
Helping new Americans find their way
Segregation’s ongoing legacy
A new way to combat prejudice
Retraining the biased brain
Suppressing the ‘white bears’
How to eat better — mindlessly
Protect your aging brain
Must babies always breed marital discontent?
Outing addiction
Flourish 2051
The danger of stimulants
Keys to making integrated care work
Is technology ruining our kids?
Facebook: Friend or foe?
The promise of Web 3.0
NIMH invests in IT enhanced interventions
Science Directions
Science Directions
PsycAdvocates work to safeguard key programs
The psychology of spending cuts
APA’s strategic plan goes live
Visionary leaders
Vote on bylaws amendments

Monitor on Psychology - October 2011