Mentorship in Uncertain Times

I spent the latter part of last week at the Texas Psychological Association annual convention in Austin, TX, speaking with current and prospective Registrants at our exhibit booth. Obviously the aftermath of the election was the topic du jour. I was struck by two recurring themes in conversations with psychologists and doctoral students. First was the uncertainty about how the results might impact racial equality and social justice issues. Secondly, the specific concerns about what a drastic change or dismantling of the Affordable Care Act might mean for psychologists and the healthcare system, and more importantly, consumers. None of us have sufficient data to opine on either topic at this point, but the conversations and some of the contrasts between what I heard from students and ECPs and more seasoned professionals brings me to the point of my column – the importance of mentorship and involvement in uncertain times. Read more.

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Spotlight: Law Enforcement

Psychology Insights Change Police Lineup Procedures

Because of psychological research, standard police procedures have been adapted to make lineups more fair. This study, published in Psychological Science, sought to find out if witness selections are now more accurate. Read more.

Super-Recognizers Give Police Forces an Edge

When putting out a call for people who believed they were prosopagnosic, or face blind, psychologists heard from a different group who said they were "the opposite." What resulted was a revolutionary study on the spectrum of facial recognition capability and a reframing of the debate about the use of facial recognition by police forces. Read more.

Stress Training Cops' Brains Could Reduce Suspect Shootings

The brain switches to a particular type of judgment system during stressful situations, emphasizing fast responses and sometimes ignoring cues. This piece argues that we need to retrain police officers' brains to process stress differently so that more suspects' lives would be saved. Read more.

How A Theory of Crime and Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

Almost 50 years after the "broken windows" theory came out of Philip Zimbardo's field studies, NPR's Hidden Brain looked at how bias and policing transformed a psychological observation into a problematic policing strategy. Read more.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration

This toolkit features training modules to improve law enforcement's response to people with mental illnesses. The toolkit was piloted at six sites starting in 2010, including the Houston Police Department, in order to create a comprehensive and diverse cross-section of perspectives and examples for training. Find out more.

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Fall 2016 The Register Report - New Courses on

Don't forget to earn CE credit for the articles included in the recently mailed The Register Report magazine. The six articles included offer seven total CE credits, three of which are in legal issues. Earn free CEs for these articles here.

Webinar: Supporting the Wellness of Military Children and their Families, November 22

This webinar comes from SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center. The presenters will review unique strengths and needs of military and veteran children and examine resources developed by the Sesame Workshop for this population. Find out more.

Webinar: A Second Look: Psychiatric Advance Directives, December 6

This webinar will focus on best practices for developing and disseminating psychiatric advance directives as well as the roles and approaches that direct service providers take when responding to PADs. Find out more.

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