Medical and mental health providers for Thrive4CFSD

The next column is the opinion and analysis of the authors:

We stand together as psychologists, psychiatrists, and medical providers to support Amy Bhola, Amy Krauss, and Gina Mehmert for the Catalina Foothills School District 16 (CFSD16) Governance Council. Bhola and Krauss are full board members. Along with Mehmert, they are known as Thrive4CFSD and are the obvious choice for mental well-being and academic excellence for all students.

We are united in our concern over the measures proposed by the group of opposing candidates called btb.school, Bart Pemberton, Grace Jasin and Bill Morgan. They want to limit access to information, restrict what can be taught and bring guns into schools.

Bhola, Krauss and Mehmert support an education that sees and respects student differences. They know that students can face challenges and that providing information about mental health, sexual orientation and gender identity resources improves outcomes. Since suicide is one of the leading causes of death among school-aged children and is even more common among LGBTQIA+ people, the resource list is insightful and compassionate. Removing resources, as Pemberton, Jasin, and Morgan recommended, is not the solution to the problem.

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Although there is a psychologist (who works primarily with adults) on the btb.school ticket, we are of the view that their position is not representative of mental health professionals and is not in line with the American Psychological Association. It also does not meet developmentally appropriate recommendations.

General Principle E of the APA Code of Ethics states that “Psychologists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and well-being of individuals or communities” who are vulnerable, and they are aware and respect differences, “including those based on age”. , sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and consider these factors when working with members of these groups. The Code of Ethics further states that “Psychologists shall endeavor to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on these factors, and they shall not knowingly participate in the activities of others or condone the activities of others based on such prejudices.

Bhola, Krauss and Mehmert’s recommendations are consistent with the position of the APA and medical and educational organizations. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states that “all youth and families benefit from access to professional support and information about gender development.” Although removing access to information and resources may seem harmless, the American Academy of Pediatrics states, “The emotional and psychological trauma of rejection, whether by family, friends, society, or lawmakers, can leave scars that never heal. When we don’t accept people for who they are, we make painful judgments about them and create so much unnecessary emotional and psychological pain.

Pemberton, Jasin and Morgan propose restricting what can be taught about human growth and development and history. They want to tell our students what to think, rather than teach them how to think. And the way they want them to think is not representative of mental health and medical professionals, and is not consistent with the values ​​of Catalina Foothills and Tucson.

Rather than focusing on indoctrinating one perspective and creating a monolithic community, Bhola, Krauss, and Mehmert of Thrive4CFSD recognize the varied and diverse backgrounds, identities, and cultures of our students.

Btb.school offers armed personnel in each school. Thrive4CFSD candidates are committed to safety best practices and recognize that there are no simple answers, but school safety requires a multifaceted approach, as recommended by APA Services, the American Federation of Teachers, the ‘American School Counselor Association, the Clinical Social Work Association, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Education, National Association of Parents and Teachers, and American School Social Work Association.

Amy Bhola, Amy Krauss, and Gina Mehmert of Thrive4CFSD are the experienced leaders who have helped CFSD be a top-notch school. Through their leadership, CFSD can continue to provide a healthy and successful educational environment for all students.

Additional list of authors who are mental health and medical care providers:

Cecilia Adams, MD Pediatrics

Jenny Ajl, FNP, MPH Family Medicine

Andy Bernstein, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Sally Boeve, MD Pediatric Psychiatrist

Marie Davila-Woolsey Ph.D.

Karen Floyd, DO Board Certified Psychiatrist

Jess Hensel, MD Family Medicine

Marlon Jones, Ph.D. School Psychologist

Tracey Kurtzman, MD Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Mayday Levine-Mata, PsyD psychologist

Melissa Lyapustina, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner

Shelley McGrew, DNP, CNM, APRN

Damian Parkinson, MD Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Whitney Pettijohn, DNP Family Nurse Practitioner

Susan A. Proebsting, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Alexandra S. Riley, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Marlene Rodriguez, MD, FAAP

Alissa Sadalla, MD, FAAP Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Kathy W. Smith, MD Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist

Mary Zimmerman, MD Pediatrician

Necoe Otto-Parkinson holds a Ph.D. in psychology, and Gustavo J. Perez, has a doctorate. psychology and is a CFSD parent.

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