During this time of challenge and resilience, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS), would like to publicly raise its voice in solidarity with all those in our community who have been affected by recent natural disasters. While many of us are rising to the occasion to take care of each other as individuals, our Organization would like to contribute by providing the following informational resources to further empower us all to continue to make a difference in safeguarding the contribution and presence of our fellow colleagues, students, and greater community in need. HNS is your Organization; we stand together, and move forward together! Hoy tu, mañana yo…pero juntos siempre!
– The HNS Board of Directors
- APPIC has developed a Task Force to respond to the needs to psychology graduate students and internship and postdoctoral programs that have been affected by the recent hurricanes. Here is the limited information that currently released from APPIC:
- Puerto Rico: Much of the island is experiencing severe shortages of power, food and water, medical services, cell phones and other ways to communicate, internet access, and many other basic necessities. Several individuals who live on the U.S. mainland have been kind enough to help us establish limited channels of communication with a few students and faculty in the affected areas. With regard to the needs of the estimated 75 to 100 internship-seeking students who attend schools based in Puerto Rico, we understand that there is great concern about upcoming application deadlines and their ability to complete applications, obtain transcripts, etc. We have not yet heard from students who are concerned about postdoctoral applications or who are currently completing their internship or postdoctoral training.
- Southeastern United States: As we all know, some areas of the mainland were hit very hard as well. We have limited information that suggests that some students in these areas also have concerns about application deadlines and interview availability.
- APPIC has been in touch with APA, APAGS, and the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC), an umbrella organization that encompasses many other organizations in psychology education and training. Each of these organizations have expressed their concerns and support.
- Current focus is to continue to establish communication channels and to clearly understand what is needed.
- At the moment, the following concerns are becoming clearer:
- Upcoming deadlines and the difficulties in completing and submitting applications in a timely manner (given lack of access to power, internet, faculty, individuals writing letters of reference, etc.).
- Difficulties with travel in order to attend on-site interviews (due to airport closures, such as in Puerto Rico) as well as interviewing via Skype and related methods (due to lack of power, internet outages, cell phone and land line outages, etc.).
- Students who currently or previously attended institutions that are located in the affected areas may be unable to obtain official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and related materials.
- While no decisions have yet been made, these issues are under active discussion and APPIC will be in contact soon with additional information and guidance
- In the meantime:
- Students/Doctoral Programs in Affected Areas (internship-seeking graduate students, current interns and postdoctoral fellows, Directors of Clinical Training):Please APPIC (see below) if you have specific needs or concerns that you would like us to know about.
- Internship and Postdoctoral Programs in Affected Areas: Please contact APPIC to make an announcement about the status of your program and/of your program’s application process, or if you need to consult about the status of your current trainees.
- All Training Directors of Internships and Postdoctoral programs: APPIC will be in touch soon regarding our requests as to how you can be helpful to affected students.
***Concerns regarding APPIC matters related to the impact of the hurricanes should be directed to Dr. Greg Keilin at gkeilin [at] mail [dot] utexas [dot] edu or 512-410-0002.
Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico
Caritas Puerto Rico
201 Calle San Jorge
Esquina Baldorioty de Castro
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
P.O. Box 8812, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00910-0812
tel: 787 300-4953
Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400,
Fairfield, CT 06825
Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund
1511 Ave. Ponce de León Suite K, La Ciudadela
San Juan P.R. 00909