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Statement on Kansas Super Bowl Rally Shooting
As a psychologist, I am deeply saddened and troubled by the tragic shooting that occurred during the Super Bowl rally at Union Station. These senseless acts of violence continue to occur and have profound and far-reaching consequences for all communities affected directly and indirectly. It is important that all affected seek out support, guidance, care, and safety from their friends, family, community, and mental health providers. Please utilize the resources on our page or contact us directly if you need assistance.
The psychology community knows all too well the significant impact of trauma on the overall health and functioning of people who have experienced such violent and tragic events as those that occurred today. As a community, we must come together and find ways to support the ones that need us the most and show solidarity and compassion for one another. As a society, instead of just stopping at “thoughts and prayers,” we need to address the causes of violence and be more proactive to prevent future tragedies from occurring that negatively impact our collective sense of safety. This involves significant consideration of access to firearms, mental health reform, social inequities, and community safety.
As psychologists that understand these issues at their core, we cannot stop our jobs when we leave the office. We will undoubtedly be tasked with addressing the impact of today through a variety of means but we must also ensure we are caring for ourselves, as this tragedy is shared by all of us as well. We are only human, and trauma spares no one. In times of crisis, we need to come together as a community to support those directly impacted and to voice our dissatisfaction with the status quo. Only together can we move towards understanding and begin to heal.
Jason Malousek, PsyD, LP- KPA President
Diversity Holiday/Special Dates Calendar
February was chosen as Black History Month as it hods the birthdays of two important men in American history who helped end slavery: President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
March is Women’s History Month, which highlights contributions that women have made in history and in society. It is celebrated every March to correspond with International Women’s Day on March 8. The first Women’s History Month was celebrated in 1987.
March 2 – Granting of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Ricans- On this date, Congress passed the Jones Act, which gave Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship and the right to elect representatives to the House and Senate.
March 8 – International Women’s Day- This global holiday is celebrated as a means to bring gender issues to the forefront such as reproductive rights, violence against women, and equal pay.
March 10 – Harriet Tubman’s Birthday (Observed)- The Moses of her people, this American abolitionist helped others gain freedom as a conductor of the Underground Railroad. She also served as a spy, scout, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union in the Civil War despite only being paid $200.
March 10 – Ramadan- The arrival of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, brings forth a month of fasting, praying, and reflection.
March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day- This global day of awareness can be supported by wearing fun socks, which is a tradition that started because Chromosome 21 strands look like socks and are unique looking.
March 24 – Purim- This holiday celebrates the rescue of Jews by Esther from a plot to kill them. Fasting the day before Purim honors the fasting of Esther before her plea to the king for the Jewish people.
March 25 – Holi- This Festival of Colors, Love, and Spring is an important Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It also celebrates the arrival of Spring and the blossom of love and hopes for a good harvest.
March 31 – Easter- Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion and the end of the 40-day Lent period with nearly two billion followers worldwide.
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Practicing psychologists have the professional training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. After years of graduate school and supervised training, they become licensed by their states to provide a number of services, including evaluations and psychotherapy. Psychologists help by using a variety of techniques based on the best available research and consider someone's unique values, characteristics, goals and circumstances.
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