2021 Spring Conference

April 30, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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2021 Spring Conference on Trauma, Adversity, and Poverty: Innovation, Treatment, and Social Justice

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2021 Welcoming Remarks

As the current ArPA President, I welcome you to ArPA 2021! I would like to share with you a few things about myself, as well as my hopes for ArPA this year.

My early career years were focused on working with children and families – both outpatient and inpatient. Since rejoining UAMS in 2003, I have focused primarily on adults, particularly around trauma: PTSD, complex PTSD and other self-regulation issues. Today, I am the Director for the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute’s (PRI) Center for Trauma Prevention, Recovery and Innovation. I also act as one of the supervisors for UAMS PRI’s APA-approved internship and post-doctoral program and I continue to work with its adult, child and neuropsychology interns. I have maintained a private practice, as well.

I am a native Arkansan married to a Louisiana transplant, who believes he now has an Arkansas accent! I was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Psychology six years ago and I have been committed to fulfilling my appointment ever since.

I am excited about our year and have begun work with a task force on poverty and the diverse impacts of extreme poverty. I believe ArPA can have a powerful impact on this mission. Additionally this year, Dr. Prichard is starting an ArPA Journal. Our Board and membership will greatly benefit from his efforts. As we continue our transition to our new “scaled down budget”, we are grateful to have Eric Doray’s assistance as Executive Director.

I encourage you to be as involved as you want this year and to please let us know how we may best support you, our ArPA membership and Psychology. We hope to have psychologists from the four corners and Central Arkansas involved and engaged in making ArPA a source to further public awareness of psychology, to provide clinical excellence, to mentor students in their early psychology careers, to continue community involvement and to further psychology research and its implementation in practice.

Thank you. Betty Everett, Ph.D.