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March 22, 2022

Professor Bascoe and PsyD Students Present at CAPS Conference

The Psychology Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Sonnette Bascoe along with three Psy.D. students attended the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Conference, March 18-19 2022.

Brianna Diaz, PsyD Candidate & Dr. Sonnette M. Bascoe

Contextualizing the Concept of Refugee Mental Health in Education: A Phenomenological Study of Educators' Perceptions on Refugee Mental Health Needs

This presentation outlines the mental health needs of refugee youth and how effective school systems address socioemotional concerns of this vulnerable population. Educators working with refugee youth were interviewed to better understand their psychological needs and effective ways to overcome barriers to treatment. Practice recommendations to administrators were made.

Grace Joseph, PsyD Candidate & Dr. Sonnette M. Bascoe

Examining the Benefits of DBT STEPS-A and Restorative Practices in High School

This presentation will highlight findings regarding the overall impact of Restorative Justice Practices in conjunction with DBT STEPS-A on at-risk-students' academic, social-emotional, and adaptive functioning. Results yielded favorable findings with desirable outcomes for the participant who completed the intervention in its entirety, showing preliminary positive outcomes associated with this approach.

Cariann Coward, PsyD Candidate & Dr. Sonnette M. Bascoe

Utilizing Sand Tray to Assess the Effects of Racial Tensions in Black Mental Health Therapists: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Approach

This presentation will shed light on Black mental health therapists' social-emotional well-being, clinical work and perceived support with regards to the racial tension in society. Therapist Use of Self framework was utilized as a guide to process their lived experiences. Implications for practice to better support Black therapists is discussed.

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