Dear Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists:

Please consider serving as a Peer Mentor at the APA 2017 Convention in Washington, DC! The Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37), in collaboration with other APA Divisions, Committees, and Offices, would like to invite you to volunteer to mentor an international student Convention mentee.

Who Can Participate? The program is open to both graduate students and early career psychologists (within ten years of their doctoral degree) who live in the United States, who will be attending the APA Convention August 3-6, 2017 in Washington, DC, and who have at least one year of prior APA Convention experience.

What is Involved? You will be paired as mentors with an international psychology student attending APA Convention as first-author presenter. Your mentoring expertise is in navigating Convention and in being hospitable. You will be required to (1) have e-mail contact with your mentee prior to Convention (helping them plan to make the most of their experiences), (2) meet at least once individually with your mentee during the Convention and (3) attend a one-hour orientation for international student mentees and mentors at Convention. You will also have the opportunity to attend and be recognized at the international reception, sponsored by the APA Office of International Affairs and the Committee on International Relations in Psychology. You and your mentee are encouraged to make any additional plans to connect at Convention.

Program Goals: For Mentors (U.S. students and ECPs): To gain a broader understanding of psychology outside the United States, to learn about psychology experiences in another country, and to have an opportunity for in-depth discussion, laying the groundwork for continued exchange or collaboration. For Mentees (international students): To have a guide and introduction to the APA Convention, to learn ways to get the best out of Convention, and to increase interest in psychological research, training, and practice collaboration across borders. For participating Divisions: To provide opportunities for your members to make international contacts; promote collaboration and exchange.

How to Participate: If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please use below link to respond to a brief survey by December 23, 2016. We’ll follow up after above date with instructions on how to apply.

Call for Mentor Sign-Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tk9S_MEl-OXJRchNX0RjFNOv-uLmENCNxJzHhdL8fBg/edit

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Program Contact:
Mirian E. Ofonedu, Ph.D., LCSW-C Division 37 Program Chair mofonedu@ssw.umaryland.edu

Collaborating APA Divisions, Committees and Offices:
APAGS – American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
CIRP/ OIA – Committee on International Relations in Psychology / APA Office of International Affairs OECP – APA Office on Early Career Psychologists
APA Division—7, 8, 9,13, 15, 16, 22, 24, 27, 37, 40, 51, 52, 54, 54