Helping people after the unthinkable
BY DR. DONALD N. BERSOFF • APA PRESIDENT
Last year was fraught with a number of major disasters, from wildfires in
13 states, flooding from Hurricane Isaac and Tropical Storm Debby as well
as tragic shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Wisconsin temple.
Then, toward the end of 2012, two more tragedies shook our country: the
Newtown, Conn., school shooting and Superstorm Sandy. Psychologists
from across the country have worked tirelessly to respond to
these horrific events, in a variety of ways, such as directly with
the families most deeply affected or by talking in communities
about ways to make sense of tragedy. Even as we continue
to grapple with these events, I am pleased to report that the
APA family can be proud of what our association has done to
support those affected.