Dr. Johnson was awarded the 2017 State Leadership Award by the American Psychological Association’s Committee of State Leaders. The Award was presented to her at the Practice Leadership Conference March 2017 at the Practice Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. It was given in recognition of her extensive contributions as an independent practitioner, consultant, supervisor, educator, writer/contributor, presenter, editor, advocacy leader, and volunteer in the field of psychology.
Dr. Johnson was re-elected to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Trustees of The American Insurance Trust. The “Trust” is an independent trust offering insurance, financial security, and risk management programs for psychologists and related individuals nationwide. The Trust program is continually monitored by the <ahref=”http://www.trustinsurance.com/about/trustees.aspx”>Trustees – psychologists experienced in both practice and insurance needs and independent insurance experts – to ensure that coverage is broad and meets the ever-changing environment in the discipline and profession of psychology. Her term as Trustee runs from 2018-2020.
Psychology in the News
February 16, 2018
Statement of APA President in Response to Florida High School Shooting
Framing the problem in terms of mental illness does not direct us to appropriate solutions, Daniel says
WASHINGTON — Following is the statement of APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, on the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 and injured at least 14 others:
“Tragically, our nation is once again confronted with a school shooting, which has cut short all too many lives and forever affected so many others. We must take concerted action as a nation to ensure that our schools are once again safe havens for our children and youth. In this time of shock and grief, psychology and psychologists can offer those in distress the comfort, guidance and counseling they need to maintain resilience in the midst of such profound sorrow.
“While law enforcement is still piecing together the shooter’s motives, some public figures and news reports are focusing on his mental health. It is important to remember that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who are diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness. Framing the conversation about gun violence in the context of mental illness does a disservice to the victims of violence and unfairly stigmatizes the many others with mental illness. More important, it does not direct us to appropriate solutions to this public health crisis.”
For people who are suffering distress or just wanting to better understand gun violence, the APA offers a variety of resources on its website, including:
- Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting
- Helping children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
- How to talk to children about difficult news and tragedies
- How much news coverage is OK for children?
- Warning signs of youth violence
- Understanding and Preventing Violence Against Teachers
- Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy(an expert panel report)
- APA’s Gun Violence Prevention Efforts
The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.