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Call for Scholarships

The Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) is dedicated to supporting education and leadership opportunities for our members. Membership fees are collected to support scholarships to the national AWP conference, held annually each March.

The Utah AWP Implementation Collective (IMPS) is now accepting applications for scholarships to our members who hope to attend the 2017 AWP Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 2-5, 2017. The conference theme is “What Color is you Collar? Privilege, Power, and Social Class.” You can obtain information on the 2017 AWP conference site at http://www.awp2017.org/ .

The full call for scholarships, including instructions on how to apply, can be found below. We welcome your applications by or before December 19th. 

Utah Association for Women in Psychology

AWP Conference Scholarship Information & Application

AWP Conference 2017, Milwaukee, March 2nd–5th

The 2017 AWP Annual Conference will be held in Milwaukee the first week in March. Follow the link below for complete information & the call for proposals, available on the conference webpage and accepted until November 1, 1016. The conference theme is “What Color is your Collar? Privilege, Power, & Social Class.”

There are a number of scholarship options for the AWP Annual Conference.  Scholarship support from national AWP includes discounted shared hotel rooms, options for volunteer exchange by providing services on site, reduced conference fees for people with limited financial resources, and possible assistance through cash reimbursements, depending on the conference site. You can obtain all of this information on the 2017 AWP conference site at http://www.awp2017.org/ . From the conference website you can get information about applying for financial aid by accessing the registration information on the top bar of the page.

Utah AWP hopes to provide financial support to those who would otherwise have difficulty attending the AWP Conference.  The amounts awarded will be based on number of qualified applicants, amount requested, and need. We would hope to support as many applicants as possible. In submitting your application please be mindful of our hope to make this conference available to those who could not attend without some level of financial support   You must be a Utah AWP member (this is a separate membership from national AWP) in order to apply for a conference scholarship. To become a member of Utah AWP, visit the Utah AWP website at www.utahawp.org . If you are unsure of your membership status you may contact Mindy MacDougall (mindymac@sisna.com).

Priority for funding will be given based on financial need and membership in Utah AWP. Students, people of underrepresented groups, first-time AWP Conference presenters, other AWP Conference Presenters, and individuals who have contributed through service to Utah or national AWP will receive special consideration.

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To apply for scholarship funds from Utah AWP, please provide the following information in an email directed to Donna Hawxhurst (dhawxhurst@sa.utah.edu)  before December 19, 2016:

Name:

E-mail Address:

Are you a Utah AWP member?

Have you submitted a proposal to present at this year’s AWP Conference?

Title of proposed or accepted presentation:

Are you a first-time proposer/presenter?

If you consider yourself to be a member of an “underrepresented group,” please describe (Optional):

Briefly describe your need for funding for this conference (e.g., limited income due to student or retirement status; sole support of children or parents; limited income profession; partial employment, etc.).

How much scholarship money are you requesting?

What other sources of funding have you applied for or have you been informed you will receive? Please include amounts.

Donation Drive Day 5: Why Utah AWP Matters (to me)

As we near the end of our Utah AWP donation drive, after 4 days of posts about the many programs and resources Utah AWP offers, we hope you understand why we ask for your monetary support. For those of you who have not yet taken the step to become a member or make a donation, I would like to talk more personally about why Utah AWP matters to me.

I became active with Utah AWP as a graduate student in 2012. My immediate experience was relief. Going into my third year of graduate school, I was already feeling burned out and unsure about my identity as a clinician. While I loved the idea of being a therapist, when I put theory into practice it was falling short. I knew I wanted to work one-on-one in the micro-level clinical setting, however I wasn’t sure what to do about my passion for activism and systemic change. When I engaged with others in my field about these issues, I felt like a “Debbie Downer.”

When I found Utah AWP it felt like home. My identity as a therapist was validated, and over time I have found opportunities within AWP to grow and expand my skills as both a clinician and an activist. I have learned how to identify my orientation as a intersectional feminist practitioner. I have found community.

In March of 2014 I attended a national AWP conference in San Francisco where I had the pleasure of connecting with my AWP community and meeting the incredible Angela Davis (pictured above). This has been a highlight of my career, and it would not have been possible without my connection to Utah AWP.

I support Utah AWP because it has allowed me to holistically approach the work that I do, and I want others to have similar experiences. Please consider becoming a member or making a donation today. Your money will provide scholarships for the 2015 national AWP conference, providing connection and community for professionals or students with limited means.

Share in the comments below why Utah AWP matters to you, and don’t forget to visit our donation drive page to become a member or make your donation today!

With warmth and solidarity,

Mara Haight, Utah AWP Membership Coordinator

Donation Drive Day 4 – Join the Utah AWP Community

Utah’s Association of Women in Psychology (UT AWP) is community.

Individual: My name is Amanda. I am a brown, Latina/Boriqua-identified, mixed heritage, mixed identity, cis-gender female.  I am currently a Certified Social Worker and an “IMP” (Implementation Team Member) for UT AWP.  I came across AWP in a time when I was feeling a void in my life, a void that was previously filled by strong people who held thoughts of social justice in their daily strides.  When I met UT AWP I will admit that I felt intimidated by the minds in the room, but I also felt immediately at home.  The niche that I was looking for, the void that I was feeling was suddenly filled.  Within this niche, I feel as though I can reach out whenever I need to in either a professional or personal capacity, to discuss the more raw parts of justice in our Utah community; it can at times, be a challenge.  I sincerely hope that this short statement might encourage you all to consider joining our collective.  Expanding the size of this niche will only encourage its potential to create change.

Micro: As a psychologist, a social worker, a counselor, a coach, a teacher, an advocate, an activist, or an interested community person, you are welcome to participate in the many activities that UT AWP has to offer.  There are a number of ways to get involved: you can attend a presentation or a conference, suggest a future presentation, conference topic or social, or represent Utah by attending our national conference!

Mezzo: UT AWP and its over 400 community connections often utilizes local resources to make presentations, conferences, and socials come to life.  We have many agencies to thank for this continued support – too many to mention – however, we do request that you all acknowledge yourselves if you are reading this.  Please give yourself a shout out if you are a member of a community agency that has recently supported UT AWP via our Facebook Page.  Link here: https://www.facebook.com/AWP-Utah-129070517177403/

Macro: UT AWP was created to support macro-level feminist, social justice work.  At national conference last year, Dr. Angela Davis said, “often what is the most marginal issue is actually the most central issue.”  Although AWP members across generations may have been lived differing experiences or meanings of feminism and/or social justice, this quote seemed to stick with all of us in some way.  It has aligned us in our work nationally and reminded us to find and focus on the “most central issue.”

We hope that you will join the Utah AWP collective at AWP’s national conference this year in Pittsburgh, PA! http://www.awpsych.org/conference/

As part of the UT AWP Membership Drive, we hope that you all will join our community. Become a member or make a donation by visiting our event page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awp-scholarship-drive-tickets-19676428728.

Donation Drive 3 – Meet the Women who benefit from our Scholarships!

We would like to highlight our past AWP scholarship recipients in this post. You’ll find information about them, as well as information about what the scholarships enabled them to accomplish. We think you’ll agree that they’re incredible women who are doing incredible things!

Meet Claudia:

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What was the national AWP conference like?

Rejuvenating! As a WOC social worker, Being around other women who are committed to healing and social justice was very comforting. Being able to attend the women of color caucus refueled some much needed energy and sparked new ideas that I could apply to my job as a youth worker. Being able to have critical conversations about the gap between research and practice was also a highlight for me, and I was able to apply knowledge learned from others into my own practice. The location in a diverse city was a bonus! Racial battle fatigue can get me down, so it was nice to walk around the city and not be so on guard for racial micro aggressions.

What was your favorite part of the conference?

Angela Davis, to be able to hear from and meet such a radical feminist that helped shape my identity as a Chicana feminist!

What did the scholarship funds that you received mean to you?

The scholarship meant I could attend, and that there would be more women of color in attendance! I worked for a small program funded by a grant so funding was not available to me. Additionally, I am a single parent and don’t make much money, so I was only able to attend because I received a scholarship, and meant a lot to me. In AWP we often talk about self care, and attending the conference meant so much to me to share space with incredible womyn, network, learn, and reflect. These are all ways that I do self care and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend and engage. Thanks again selection committee!

Meet Amber:

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What has your experience being a member of Utah-AWP been like?

I love our local chapter here in Utah! It’s an uplifting experience to be able to be around other women who care about the same social issues that I do, and are able to tie in social issues in with their professional work. I am continuously learning from the programs that I attend.

What was the national AWP conference like?

So uplifting and rejuvenating! As much as I love our local chapter here in Utah, there is something really special and envigorating being able to be around women all over the country who are giving feminist-centered presentations on their feminist-centered research. Being able to attend the national conference really inspired me in my own research and practice.

What was your favorite part of the conference?

I enjoyed being able to connect and network with other women. One of my favorite parts of the conference were the socials when we had free time to discuss how each of us were inspired by the presentations that each of us went to.

What did the scholarship funds that you received mean to you?

I wouldn’t have been able to attend the conference had it not been for the scholarship funds! As a young graduate student with a 2 year old daughter, any extra money in my budget often goes to my daughters’ needs. Having this scholarship meant that I was able to attend and be inspired by the conference. Now I’m presenting at the national conference this year! I can’t wait to go back.

Day 2 of Donation Drive Week

One of Utah AWP’s most popular offerings is our community list serve. Our list, which serves over 400 members, allows us to connect individuals across disciplines at no cost. The list is used to facilitate referrals, share thoughts and readings, and ask questions to advance our practice.

While many similar lists limit use to paying members, Utah AWP values the open and accessible nature of our list. This means that out of our 400 plus members only 40 are paying members of Utah AWP.

If you are one of this non-paying members of the Utah AWP list serve, please consider donating to our organization today. If all of our list users donated just $10 we would exceed our fundraising goal of $3,000.

Day 1 of Donation Drive Week!

It’s donation drive week, and that means that we will be posting daily to highlight the many reasons to support the Utah Association for Women in Psychology. Join us as we raise funds to provide scholarships to our national AWP conference. Our goal is to raise $3,000 over the next 7 days. We know that we can make this happen, and we will need your support.

So you need a reason to support the Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology? How about our incredible programming?! The Implementation Collective of Utah AWP volunteers countless hours to organize and facilitate quality programming. All programs are free and open to the public.

A few of our past programs include:

  • Film screening of Orgasm, Inc.
  • Feminist Approaches to Trauma Therapy with Melinda Pettingill and Mara Haight
  • Panel discussion on Mormon Feminism
  • Anti-discrimination Response Training with Irene Ota and McCall Izatt
  • Panel on Inclusion in Action
  • Community-Oriented Policing with Sgt. Charli Goodman
  • Coaching and Psychotherapy with Lyn Christian
  • Panel on Understanding our Perceptions of Disability
  • Yoga and Psychotherapy with Lisa Mountain and Leslie Czerwinski

 

Upcoming sessions for the 2015-2016 programming year include:

  • January 8, 2016 – Multicultural Counseling with Karen Tao
  • March 11, 2016 – Well-Being of Women in Utah with Anne Burkholder

 

If you value the fabulous programming sessions Utah AWP offers, please support our continued efforts by becoming a member today. If you are already a member, you can still show your support by donating an amount that fits the value you find in Utah AWP. We need your support to continue offering a space for feminist practitioners to connect, learn, and grow. We might even throw in an incentive or two with your donation. So check out our donation drive page and make your donation today!

Anti-Discrimination Response Training Registration is now open!

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We’re beginning the new program year with our Anti-discrimination Response Training (ART), which we believe is an extremely valuable training for not just mental health professionals, but everyone who is navigating how to respond when they see or hear discriminatory comments or actions.

Here is the description of the event: “Most people would like to be able to effectively address discriminatory words and acts. However, some people don’t know what to say when they witness  discriminatory acts or hear discriminatory words. This group-based social skills workshop is designed to train and empower bystanders to take an  active role in witnessing offensive and discriminating situations, instead of remaining passive or silenced. Participants will learn and practice phrases they can use in response to a wide variety of prejudicial and discriminating situations, which include homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, etc.”

We have a very limited number of spots available for this training, so please register as soon as possible. Also, if you are in a position where you are able to, please consider donating money to help cover the costs for those who are students or have limited means.

Most of our memberships need to be renewed in the fall, so you may not qualify for the discounted rate unless you sign up for a new membership. You can renew your membership by clicking here.

To register for the Anti-Discrimination Response Training, click here.

If you have already registered and wish to give us information about your preferred boxed lunch or dietary restrictions, please fill out the following form: