Past Events

Join us on the third Friday of each month from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for the Education and Advocacy Colloquium Series. Future topics include learning about specific underserved populations such as diverse racial, ethnic and religious groups; LGBTQ specific concerns and issues; understanding bias in a historical context; and how to become a successful advocate. If you have a topic suggestion, are interested in working with our large and active committee, or have an idea for a guest speaker, please contact us!

October 2017:

Anti-Fat Bias in the Medical System

Our distinguished guest panel discussed the concepts of “anti-fat bias” and “thin idealization” in the medical system (and other environments) to bring awareness to the impact on patients’ physical and mental health. Panel members included Gwendolyn Hasse, RN, MSN, CBN (Bariatric Nurse Coordinator at UF Health), Ashby Walker, Ph.D. (Director for Health Equity Initiatives at UF Diabetes Institute​), and Kelly Ulmer, M.Ed./Ed.S. (Registered Mental Health Counselor at UF Health Eating Disorders Clinic and UF Health Medical Psychology)​.

September 2017:

Common Reading Discussion

The first common book reading discussion featured The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. We discussed the fictional story, how it affected our own cultural competency as people and therapists, and the implications for the current climate in our country. After a brief summary for those who did not read the book, a lively discussion ensued!

August 2017:

Working with Patients with Differing Abilities & Becoming ABPP Certified in Rehab Psychology

Presented by Drs. Robert Guenther and Thomas Kerkhoff, this multifaceted colloquium covered working with patients with medical and physical disabilities.

July 2017:

Professional Women: The Fear and Power of Failure

Despite many gains in the workforce, women are still underrepresented in executive positions. This July 2017 colloquium talk presented by Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D., explored how fear of failure may be a barrier to success for many talented women. Potential solutions for addressing how to overcome that fear and be open to the experience of failure were presented.

June 2017:

Advocacy for Patients: Legal, Ethical, and Therapeutic Considerations

For the June 2017 colloquium, our very own Clinic Director, Dr. Shelley Heaton, a member of UF’s Legal Department, and UF Health’s Patient Advocacy Director, discussed the do’s and don’ts of advocating for our patients.  Specifically, they shared their opinions on ethical dilemma scenarios. For example, “What are the best practices for advocating for a young, Black, male, sickle cell patient who feels he’s being treated unfairly and under medicated due to his race?” OR “How would you support a newly-out, 13-year old pansexual individual as they attempt to start a LGBT support group at school while they are concerned about the reactions of their parents?”

May 2017:

Advocacy, Psychologist as Citizen, and the Clinical Psychologist

Did you know that advocacy is an APA competency benchmark for psychologists? This excellent May 2017 colloquium by CHP Professor Emeritus, Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., ABPP, focused on definitions of advocacy, resources for psychologists, and concrete ways to get involved in advocacy at a broader level.

April 2017:

LGB & U: Psychosocial Considerations for Working with the LGB Population

In the April 2017 colloquium, we hosted a fantastic panel of experts to discuss best practices and specific considerations for working with patients who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Panelists included psychologists from the community — Jennifer Evans, Psy.D., and John T. Super, Ph.D.

March 2017:

Getting Woke: An Interactive Discussion about Social Justice

In the March 2017 colloquium, we used live polling via attendee’s phones to react to a variety of recent podcasts with topics ranging from intersectionality to Black Lives Matters to the Women’s March on Washington.

February 2017:

“They Said What?”: Responding to Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Therapy

In the first monthly colloquium, all students, interns, post-docs, and faculty were invited to attend this interactive panel discussion. Our panel of expert psychologists addressed two clinical issues: 1) Responding to patients who express racist/homophobic/sexist sentiments in therapy, and 2) Responding to patients who describe experiencing racism/homophobia/sexism or other forms of discrimination.