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Conference & Symposium Highlights

This year marked the in-person return of two signature MSP events. On May 12th, the 4th Annual Cultural Competency Conference (CCC) was hosted by members of the Psi Chi Chapter at MSP, the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA), and the Student Engagement team. Psi Chi’s 8th Annual Mental Health Research Symposium took place on June 2nd. Check out these highlight from the events. 

The CCC is designed to support current and future practitioners through the development of a greater understanding of different cultural communities and practices that they might encounter in their work. In addition to numerous presentations, the 2023 conference featured implicit bias training from Drs. Johanna Buzolits and Derrick Sebree along with the keynote address entitled “Unsettling the Cultural Competency Mindset” by Division 32 President Dr. Gina Belton.

Each year the Psi Chi Chapter at MSP hosts their Mental Health Research Symposium as a way to engage undergraduate and graduate students, along with clinicians in the mental health field, in meaningful discussion about current issues in psychology. The symposium features a mix of panel presentations and poster sessions on a variety of different topics. This year the keynote address “Promoting Mental Health in the Community” was given by Lizelle Salazar, MPH, and Taylor Pahl, MSW, LMSW from the University of Michigan Family Depression Center.