As an association of psychologists, the Board of SGVPA is deeply concerned by the recent violence that has occurred both nationally and internationally, targeting the LGBTQ community, Black men, police officers, religious groups, as well as hundreds of innocents. These events are an assault on us all. They not only threaten our safety and our freedom, but they traumatize us.
Through our training, psychologists are in a unique position to understand the impact of trauma. Trauma tends to activate extreme reactions as a way to deal with vulnerability. Repeated exposure to violence through the news and Social Media coverage broadens and sustains a feeling that the world is unsafe. This is particularly difficult on those who have experienced direct violence, but strains us all.
We are particularly alarmed by how this violence has fueled hysteria and hate. We hope to strongly resist a polarization in our dialogue, and encourage a thoughtful and respectful dialogue rooted in empathy for all persons. We advocate for understanding and measures that strengthen community and build bridges between alienated groups.
SGVPA supports those of you who treat victims of violence in your therapy offices, those who treat perpetrators of violence in your therapy offices, those who do the arduous work of social reform, and those who work to keep our society safe through law enforcement and the armed forces.
While no single individual, group or country can resolve the complex issues of our world, we all have an important role to play. We encourage members to communicate their views and feelings about current events, as well as thoughts about how we as Psychologists can be more effectively involved in efforts to create solutions to the increasing violence in the world .
With sorrow and respect, The Board of SGVPA, including:
Larry Brooks, Program Chair
Jeremy Cernero, Student Chair
Suzanne Lake, Past President & Newsletter Editor
David Lorentzen, Treasurer
Karin Meiselman, SIG Chair
Ellen Miller Kwon, President
Laurie Nouguier, Membership Chair
Martin Hsia, Secretary
Wayne Kao, Diversity Chair
Dustin Plattner, Website Coordinator & LAN
Tiffany Shelton, Student Chair
Brett Veltman, Early Career Chair