APA Prepares for 40th Annual NITOP Conference


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The author of Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, Dr. Beth Grosshans worked for over 25 years as a clinical child psychologist in private practice. She also served for several years as an instructor at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Over the course of her career, Dr. Beth Grosshans maintained memberships in the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

In 2018, the APA will host the 40th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) at the TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Taking place January 3-6, the event will feature four days of workshops, educational sessions, and informal discussions to help psychology teachers at all levels improve their effectiveness in the classroom.

Highlights of NITOP 2018 will include presentations from several distinguished speakers, including Michelle Hebl, Michael Gazzaniga, and Denise Park. The meeting will also feature an exhibit hall where attendees can browse the latest books, software, and classroom tools.


A New Documentary about The Metropolitan Opera


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For nearly 20 years, Beth Grosshans worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey. Now retired from private practice, Beth Grosshans is an advisory board member of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has consistently hosted some of the world’s greatest artists. On October 1, 2017, Susan Froemke, an Emmy-winning producer of film documentaries, debuted her newest film, The Opera, as part of the New York Film Festival. Appropriately, the Metropolitan Opera hosted the premiere showing.

The feature details the creation of the Metropolitan Opera‘s current home, which was constructed between 1963 and ’66. A few of the essential characters in the film are Leontyne Price, the famous soprano who starred in the building’s inaugural performance; Rudolf Bing, the opera’s general manager, who orchestrated the move to the new building; and Robert Moses, New York’s city planner, whose dogged determination caused an entire city block to be bulldozed to make way for the new Lincoln Center.

Planned Parenthood Launches Initiative to Expand HIV Prevention


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A retired clinical psychologist, Dr. Beth Grosshans oversaw a New Jersey-based private practice focused on children and families. In retirement, Dr. Beth Grosshans spends her time writing, speaking, and supporting various nonprofit groups, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In an August 2017 press release, Planned Parenthood announced the launch of a new initiative to expand HIV prevention and education efforts in communities across the country. Supported by a grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc., the initiative will advance a multi-phase pilot program that will be implemented at 11 Planned Parenthood affiliates over a period of 18 months.

With the Gilead grant, Planned Parenthood will develop trainings, educational resources, and informational materials as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program. The program will specifically focus on raising awareness of new prevention methods, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission among high-risk communities.

Although advancements have been made in the areas of treatment and prevention, HIV remains a significant health issue, especially among minority populations. The new Planned Parenthood program will focus on extending HIV prevention services and education to the country’s most-affected communities.

Helping Children Grieve a Parent

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As a PhD candidate at Ohio State University, Dr. Beth Grosshans completed her thesis on the course of grief in children who have lost a parent. Dr. Beth Grosshans has since gone on to counsel children and teenagers in her private practice.

When a child’s parent dies, that child needs help in processing the complex and intense emotions that they are experiencing. The most important thing that adults can do is reassure the child that whatever they are feeling is normal and understandable, even if they are feeling anger or other emotions that they may feel guilty about having.

After the loss of a parent, children need adequate time to process the assoicated emotions. Adults often avoid the topic of grief in the effort to protect the child from negative feelings, but these feelings will come up regardless. A grieving child needs to know that an adult is there to listen whenever he or she needs to talk something out.

While helping children work through their feelings of grief, adults should take time to reassure them that everyone grieves in their own way. It may be helpful if a child sees adults expressing their own sadness or frustration so that they can more fully understand that it is normal to struggle with accepting a death. Finally, children should hear often that no one expects them to get over the death, but instead learn to live in a world without the deceased parent while making a permanent space for that parent in their hearts.