Recently, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) American Psychology Association’s (APA) Division 19 Military Psychology Chapter (Div19) hosted a virtual fundraiser to raise money to put together care packages for troops currently serving overseas. The fundraiser raised $1,575 which will be used to assemble care packages for 180 active-duty Army personnel and 50 active-duty Marines, stationed across the Middle East.
“As Div19 leaders, this was our first big undertaking for this school year, and we were really excited about it. This has been something that we’ve had in the works for over a year and we are so pleased to surpass our anticipated goal of $1,000,” shared Sarah Fox (MS/CCHP ’21), president of the PCOM Div19 chapter.
Ms. Fox also shared that the group plans to fundraise for the Headstrong Project in the spring term. The Headstrong Project is a national nonprofit that supports current and past military personnel by connecting them with mental health professionals. “We are truly passionate about making connections that support our brave military members, current and veteran status,” continued Ms. Fox.
PCOM's APA Division 19 Military Psychology Chapter, known as Div19, aims to supplement the traditional, graduate level psychology education with military-specific programming, training and educational opportunities. This includes plans for advocacy and volunteer opportunities as well. Current active members of Div19 span across multiple years and disciplines, including counseling, clinical psychology and osteopathic medicine. The faculty advisor for the chapter is Bradley Rosenfield, PsyD ‘05, associate professor and practicum coordinator, clinical psychology.
The national mission of the APA Division 19 Student Chapter Network is threefold: to increase the total number of qualified and interested candidates for commissioned or civil service as United States Air Force, Army, Navy or Veterans Affairs (VA) Psychologists; to develop strong leaders in anticipation of eventual Military Service and/or participation in Division 19 governance and to enhance Military cultural awareness in civilian graduate education programs with respect to treatment of US Military Personnel (current and previous) and their families.
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