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American Psychological Association Convention

The American Psychological Association (APA) held it’s Annual Conference in August in Chicago.  This year’s keynote topics included Deep Poverty, Suicide Prevention and Gun Violence.

Maria was in attendance and appeared as a panel member.

Deep poverty affects more than 18.5 million people in the United States. For many, it’s a condition that persists generation after generation. Psychology can help lift people out of this vicious cycle. The 2019 APA President shared her powerful first-hand experience, about APA is transforming to have more impact on critical issues like this. The audience was inspired by nationally acclaimed advocates for the underserved.

There is no single cause or cure for the growing issue of Suicide, but there is hope. Psychologists from all areas of expertise are working to move the dial on suicide. In a multi-disciplinary keynote session, a survivor shared his experiences linking advocates and providers, and leading researchers who shared the latest information on neurobiological indicators and the technologies to intervene at scale.  Experts discussed research breakthroughs and priorities, and an authority on suicidal behavior explored the healing power of community to build resilience within one of America’s most vulnerable populations: African American men.

Whether it’s living with the threat of a school shooting, or a factor in everyday life, every American has been affected by Gun Violence. The problem can seem intractable, yet this keynote speech indicated that every psychologist has an opportunity to better prepare their communities to reduce and prevent violence. 

Michael Steel, Political Analyst for MSNBC

Divisiveness in America: Is There Any Hope for Common Ground? This week we are honored to have the former Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Mr. Michael Steele as our guest. Michael Steele is an American conservative political commentator and Chair of the from 2009 – 2011 and served as the lieutenant governor of Maryland from 2003-2007. Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and commentator is showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Additionally, Mr. Steele can be heard weekly on his radio program ‘Steele & Unger’ on the POTUS Channel on Sirius XM. Please join us and hear Michael’s views on our current political polarization and how we may be able to bring America back together!

Professor Edward Schmitt

Our guest this week is Professor Edward Schmitt, an Associate Professor of History at UW-Parkside, currently working on a book about the unique role of activist and humorist Dick Gregory in the social movements of the 1960s. Dick Gregory (Richard Claxton Gregory) was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums.

Jules Martinez Hirst, Business/Social Etiquette Expert

Are you concerned about the lack of civility in America today and the polarization of our country? What does civility really mean?

And how does one incorporate the practice of civility into work and life? Our guest Jules Martinez Hirst is a sought-after business & social etiquette expert, co-author of ‘The Power of Civility’ and founder of Etiquette Consulting, Inc. Jules will be addressing these questions and more!


Current Events

Maria Sanchez is back from her graduation ceremony yesterday from Pepperdine University on the bluffs in Malibu, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  We’ll hear about that and the rollercoaster ride of torrent revelations regarding Trump and his administration – obstruction of justice; Trump fires Comey; his recent foreign trip – what a tumultuous week!  Much talk about impeachment from the Democrats as the Republicans struggle with the recent happenings. Join us – it’s never dull in Washington, DC!

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