Felician University is proud to announce that its annual Diversity Conference organized by the Doctorate in Counseling Psychology Program (PsyD) will be held virtually on April 14, 2023. Headlined by three keynote speakers in the field of Psychology, the conference will also feature a panel composed of Felician Counseling Psychology doctoral students. The event will highlight and seek solutions for issues related to diversity within the PsyD sector.

At the conference, the presenters will relate their clinical and evidence-based expertise about the importance of seeking social justice in the psychology of trauma and minority experience.

In addition to each hour-long keynote session, Felician doctoral psychology students will present a student panel, moderated by a professional psychologist, to guide and enrich discussions. Felician’s PsyD conference has been co-sponsored in the past by the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA).

Each year, Felician’s Counseling Psychology faculty selects a theme to guide event programming and speaking engagements, this year centering on social justice and trauma psychology. Student presentations will cover the general topics of psychological trauma, with each presentation engaging a more specific subcategory of trauma, including the effects of psychosocial trauma, systems, poverty, racism, etc. Felician students, faculty, and guest participants will come together to promote the mission of providing a voice for populations are that tend to be invisible and unheard.

“An important part of the mission of Counseling Psychology is advocacy and social justice,” said Nouriman Ghahary, PhD, LPC, associate professor of counseling psychology and director of clinical training for the PsyD program at Felician University. “We open this event to the greater community for the purposes offering opportunities not only to students and other professionals in the field but to anyone who may be interested in the topics we present, to participate in a learning experience that has an emphasis on equity, inclusion, and diversity.”

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