26 Jan 2015

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06 Jan 2015

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Registration for the 2015 Cultural Impact Conference is now open!

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05 Jan 2015

Call for Student Poster Proposals

Attention students!  The CIC Team is asking for submissions for Student Posters.  For more information check out the Call for Student Poster Proposals page.

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11 Nov 2014

Cultural Impact Conference 2015

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Cultural Impact Conference 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Downtown Campus)

325 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60654

and the Merchandise Mart Holiday Inn Mart Plaza

Socio-ecology of Immigration and the

Role of Psychology

Nearly 73 million people in the U.S. are either foreign-born or native-born with at least one foreign-born parent.  Approximately one in five persons is a first- or second-generation immigrant.  By 2020, one in three children under the age of 18 will be the child of an immigrant (APA, 2012). Behind these numbers, there are remarkably diverse immigrant communities and individuals with unique backgrounds.  Immigrants come to this country for many reasons.  They are also received differently in terms of attitude, prejudice, and access to resources.  Not only immigrants but all participants in the two-way process of acculturation experience its challenges and advantages.

What is the role of psychologists in this complex context? The APA recommends that the field of psychology address the needs of immigrants “across practice, research, education, and policy domains” (APA, 2012). Thus our task is to understand the socio-ecology of immigration and how immigrants contribute to the vitality of communities and our national culture.  This conference will explore the many domains through which psychologists can make a difference.

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11 Nov 2014

Call for Student Poster Proposals

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 18th Cultural Impact Conference

Call for Student Posters

Event Details:  Friday, February 13, 2015, Chicago Campus

Theme Description:

Socio-ecology of Immigration and the Role of Psychology

Nearly 73 million people in the U.S. are either foreign-born or native-born with at least one foreign-born parent.  Approximately one in five persons is a first- or second-generation immigrant.  By 2020, one in three children under the age of 18 will be the child of an immigrant (APA, 2012). Behind these numbers, there are remarkably diverse immigrant communities and individuals with unique backgrounds.  Immigrants come to this country for many reasons.  They are also received differently in terms of attitude, prejudice, and access to resources.  Not only immigrants but all participants in the two-way process of acculturation experience its challenges and advantages.

What is the role of psychologists in this complex context? The APA recommends that the field of psychology address the needs of immigrants “across practice, research, education, and policy domains” (APA, 2012). Thus our task is to understand the socio-ecology of immigration and how immigrants contribute to the vitality of communities and our national culture.  This conference will explore the many domains through which psychologists can make a difference.

Themes may include:

  • The psychology of the immigrant experience
  • Factors accounting for the diversity of immigrant experience (age, socio-economic status, country of origin, education, motivation, etc.)
  • The impact of trauma on the migration experience
  • Dominant culture’s experience of immigration
  • Impact of immigration on the education of children
  • Impact of immigration on children and families
  • Policy and workplace considerations related to immigration and acculturation processes
  • Assessment issues:  considerations of age, education, culture and language
  • Refugee populations and psychologists’ responsibility
  • Successful interventions in working with immigrant clients and groups
  • Immigrants, psychology, and the legal system
  • Insiders’ perspectives on the immigration experience
  • Immigration as a process of life-long change
  • Identity conflict and immigration

Submission Deadline:  Please submit no later than January 16, 2015

Student Poster Proposal Process and Details:

We invite graduate students across disciplines of professional psychology to consider submitting to present posters for new, ongoing, or completed projects related to the theme.  Projects will also be considered that do not fit into a classic research project format but as an example entail advanced exploration of clinical or professional techniques and interventions that could be showcased.

Submissions from graduate students in any area of psychology and the related fields should be emailed to CIC@thechicagoschool.edu by Friday, January 16, 2015.  Authors will be notified of the status of their proposals on Monday, January 26, 2015. At least one of the authors of the accepted presentations must be present at the conference.

All submissions must include a cover sheet with the information below reported for every participating author, in the following order: (1) Title of the poster/exhibit; (2) Name of the author(s); (3) Academic affiliation; (3) Highest degree earned; (4) Mailing address; (5) Email address; (6) Telephone number.

Additionally, poster proposals should include a 150-word abstract, a 500-750-word summary, and 3-5 keywords.

All proposals must adhere to APA format and ethical guidelines.

For inquiries, please write to cic@thechicagoschool.edu.

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