After sorting out issues around setting up the election polls, which took place online for the first time this year, members of the Brescia Psychology Association voted for those they wanted to serve as next year’s executive team.
The results came in earlier this week. The executive team is as follows:
BPA President: Ghalia Loutfi
BPA Vice-President: Sabah Hasan
VP Internal Events and Affairs: Lina Saadeddin
VP External Events and Affairs: Afnan Almusned
VP Finance: Maggie McLellan
VP Communications: Nicole Waisglass
Manager: Kaily Wise
4th Year Representative: Jessie Singer
3rd Year Representative: Krista Lucier
Congrats to all candidates, and especially to these ladies! We look forward to seeing how they carry on the Brescia Psychology Association this upcoming school year.
Elections for the 1st and 2nd year representatives will take place in the fall.
Interested in joining the Brescia Psychology Association’s executive team next year?
Check out the positions here: bpa – execpositions2016. All are available to students to run for, and students may run for more than one.
If interested in running, please submit a short blurb by April 10th, 9 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org, containing:
- your name
- your program/year
- why you’re interested in joining the executive team
- why you’re interested in the specific position
These blurbs will also be posted here.
Different from previous years, we will be allowing members to vote online from April 11th 12 am – April 12th, 5pm. The link and information for that will be posted here shortly.
Feel free to talk to any current exec members or email email@example.com for more information!
The Brescia Psychology Association is happy to announce that we will be hosting our annual Grad School & Career Talk! This popular event will be happening on Wednesday March 30th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, in the St. James Auditorium.
Besides including a complimentary lunch, this event will provide students with a chance to learn about what they may do after earning a psychology degree. Dr. John Mitchell will be presenting information regarding graduate studies. As well, community organizations will be present with whom students may network and learn about existing volunteer and career opportunities related to their psychology degree.
The Middlesex branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association is looking forward to the return of the Wait List Clinic, this being an innovative service where post-secondary student volunteers are trained to provide time-limited, supportive treatment to mental health clients. These are individuals from the community, accepted for mental health services, who currently are on mental health waiting lists. The goals of these meetings would be to increase social support and reduce suffering while the clients wait for services. All sessions would be directly observed by student peers and supervised by clinical psychologists, via live video feeds, both for quality assurance and for educational purposes.
This clinic was developed by Dr. Felicia Otchet, a London-based clinical psychologist. With funding first received in 2011, the Wait List Clinic began running in January 2012. It has since been further developed and evaluated, with Dr. Felicia Otchet winning numerous awards due to the innovative nature of this program. This is in fact a very unique project that gives Psychology undergraduates a hands-on experience that they just cannot get elsewhere.
Through funding from grants and donations – the Western Charity ball, various fundraisers, and individual donors – , the Wait List Clinic was open until the summer of 2015. They had to take a hiatus due to CMHA Middlesex reconstructing its Huron Street Office. The Clinic will be opening once more though, to run again in September 2016.
The Wait List Clinic is currently looking for volunteers for the 2016 – 2017 year. As a student volunteer, you would meet one-on-one with clients weekly, either on Monday or Tuesday evening from approximately 5 – 10 pm. You would receive intensive preparatory training over the course of four evenings, two Mondays and two Tuesdays, this taking place in September no matter when you would begin volunteering. As stated above, you would be under the supervision of clinical psychologists who would guide and aid you with providing these treatments.
This opportunity was previously only available to those who were enrolled in a counselling class, for credit. This is no longer the case. Though students from other programs are also encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those who are upper year Psychology students, especially those who have taken or will be taking the Introduction to Counselling course (Psych 3991F/G).
This is an excellent opportunity for those who are considering possibly pursuing counselling as a career or in further education. If interested in applying or wanting to learn more, please contact Prof. Shugar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brescia Psychology Association presents cupcake decorating!
Come out to the library foyer in the St. James Building from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday March 12th. For $2, choose a vanilla or chocolate cupcake and destress, decorating it to your heart’s content!
On November 26th, the Brescia Psychology Association (BPA) held its annual Shine the Light event. This is in support of the annual Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign ran by the London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC).
The event began at 5 pm with everyone meeting outside Ursuline Hall. After lighting up the building purple – the colour of honour, strength, and courage -, BPA President Ghalia Loutfi gave a speech. She spoke about the BPA’s connection with LAWC as well as how men’s violence against women is still a pervasive issue in society.
Brescia Psychology Association President Ghalia Loutfi speaking at the BPA’s Shine the Light 2015 event
With warm hot chocolate in hand, attendees moved into the St. James Living Room afterward. Dr. Christine Tenk, advisor to the BPA, led an intention circle where participants first wrote down negative stereotypes about women. These were discarded afterward and led into the next part where attendees then wrote down positive things about women.
Positive intentions from the intention circle led by Dr. Christine Tenk.
The intention circle was followed by arm knitting, led by Heather Hargraves. Arm knitting is a type of knitting where no knitting needles are used. Those who partake in the craft use their arms and hands instead to know the yarn. The participants at this year’s Shine the Light event used their newly learned arm knitting skills to create scarves for the women at LAWC, with leftover yarn to be donated to LAWC as well.
Participants modelling the scarves they themselves arm-knitted, the scarves to be donated to LAWC.
With a high turnout, this event was a success. The BPA plans on hosting more fundraising events for LAWC in the next term so for those who would be interested in attending, please keep an eye on the BPA’s social media! More information will be posted there.
Less than a month ago, the Brescia Psychology Association held its annual fall elections. New executive team members were elected at this event.
They are as follows:
Katie Groulx – VP Internal Events & Affairs
Sabah Hasan – VP External Events & Affairs
Maggie McLellan – First Year Representative
Kaily Wise – Manager
Congratulations to them! We look forward to seeing how the team, new and old members, work together in creating amazing events for members and students at large this year.