APA’s Div. 54 (Society for Pediatric Psychology) recently launched an anti-racism task force to address racism and discrimination in themselves, in their division, in their practice, and in society. As part of this task force, the society asked APA’s Advocacy Office to partner with them to offer training to the task force on applying new tools and strategies to strengthen connections and build coalitions in their communities to combat racism. The first day of training focused on the importance of federal, state, local, and institutional advocacy. The second day focused on coalition building among grassroots and other organizations to strengthen existing partnerships and look for untapped potential to build new coalitions. The third day will focus on media training, including social media, being a spokesperson for psychology on television and other media, and effective op-ed writing.

Each day focused on the many ways that pediatric psychologists can promote anti-racism and help to lift the voices of under resourced and marginalized people.

Many amazing psychologists and advocates have been featured as presenters, panelists, and moderators included: Sharon Berry, PhD, ABPP; Jennifer Pendley, PhD; Melissa Santos, PhD; Bill Stoops, PhD; Ayli Carrero Pinedo (doctoral candidate); Amber Hewitt, PhD; Connie Galietti, JD; Stefanie Reeves, MA; Candice Hargons, PhD; Melanie Page, PhD; Tania Chowdhury (doctoral candidate); APA’s Chief Advocacy Officer Katherine McGuire, MA; Kimberly E. Hiroto, PhD; Christine Delaney; Kim Mills; and Amy Beck, PhD.

For more information, contact Sophie Friedl.