Madeline is currently serving on the national APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT) and is a prior program representative for ACT. ACT is a network of representatives from psychology programs across the country that work towards raising awareness of issues relevant to psychology to the legislature and other systems. These issues can include the science of psychology, clients who receive services, and the training of future psychologists. Often this takes the form of sharing information of social justice interest with the university and creating actions for social justice. A large part of Madeline’s work in this area is the foraging of connections with other social justice leaders and creating conversations and awareness about social justice issues over email. Madeline has also been fortunate enough to learn from leaders in advocacy at the Practice Leadership Conference. As part of this experience, she advocated for social justice (e.g., SSDI changes and their impact on people with disabilities) and practice issues (e.g., Medicare coverage for telehealth services). Currently, she is working with the rest of the ACT team on how to best advocate about the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.
APA Div. 17, Section for the Advancement of Women
Madeline was selected to be one of two student representatives for Division 17’s Section for the Advancement of Women. In this role she supports the section leaders in completing tasks, such as awarding accomplished counselling psychologists for their work. She also is an assistant editor for the section’s newsletter.
SCP Special Task Group on Social Justice Advocacy Member
Madeline was invited by the current president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, Dr. Anneliese Singh to be on a Special Task Group focused on Social Justice Advocacy. The group aims to focus on ensuring that SCP’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice is present in all areas of SCP’s work.
APAGS LGBT+ Mentoring Program
APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity coordinates a yearlong mentoring program LGBT graduate students in psychology. Madeline has served as a mentor to a younger graduate student for the past two cycles. In this role, they discuss clinical issues, professional development, career advancement, as well as cultural implications of being a queer psychologist.
Madeline has several disabilities and her lived experience of being a training psychologist with disabilities has lead her to be passionate about disability justice. To further disability justice within psychology, she developed a workshop for psychologists to gain more disability competency as part of her time in the APAGS Leadership Institute for Future Leaders in Psychology in 2016. Since then she has continued to develop the workshop based on new resources, information, and feedback from participants. She has presented it multiple times including at the APA Annual Conference, the Association for Women in Psychology Conference, and for students in the management program at University of Massachusetts Boston. She was also invited to deliver the workshop within the department of Counseling and School Psychology and it was positively received.
American Lake VA Psychology Training Committee Member
Madeline is one of the intern representatives to the training committee for the American Lake division. In this role, she contributes to the overall format of the internship program, assists in continuing improvements to the program, and is learning from experienced training faculty about how to best operate a training program. Madeline and her co-intern representative also function as the “voice” for their internship cohort within training committee meetings.
Division 35 Campus Representative
Madeline is also a campus representative for APA’s Division 35, Psychology of Women. In this role, she writes a blog entry for FemPop and hosts at least one event related to feminist psychology each semester. In the fall of 2015, Madeline chose to host a screening of the The Hunting Ground Directed by Kirby Dick. The film focuses on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, rape culture, and institutional responses to violence against women. Following the screening a panel discussion took place with representatives from the UMB Counseling Center and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Next semester Madeline hopes to host a rape resistance training for women on campus based on the work of Dr. Charlene Senn. Dr. Senn’s curriculum focuses on assertiveness training and assisting women to ignore the gendered messaging that they have internalized to be nice to people who intend them harm.
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