NPI strives to cultivate respect within our community for people of all abilities, ages, countries of origin, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

NPI stands alongside our Black colleagues, clients and community members.  We stand with Indigenous colleagues, clients and community members.  We stand with all People of Color (Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, Latinx, and others) in our professions and our communities. 

We recognize that the intersection of race, gender, class and and other social locations and identities complicate and compound oppression in its many forms.

We face a national moment of reckoning as acts of violence against various communities play out on the national news.  This moment invites all therapists, and especially White therapists, to continue the work of understanding our own biases and complicity in systems of oppression.

In this way, we can be a refuge in the office and in our daily lives, while also working toward dismantling all forms of oppression. We are also being called upon to do our part in listening to, and raising up the voices of, those who have been fighting for equity in our systems of power for far too long.”

NPI welcomes and encourages ongoing discussion and feedback on how we can do this work most effectively. 

~ NPI Social Justice Committee.


Professional Practice Guidelines

American Psychological Association
Public Interest guidelines and standards provide psychologists with the rationale and guidance for advancing multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice in psychological education, research, practice.



Gun Violence Education & Action Resources (Rev April 2023)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:

  1. Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After Mass Violence
  2. Talking to Children about Mass Violence
  3. Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen(En Espanol)
  4. Psychological Impact of Mass Violence
  5. Coping After Mass Violence
  6. Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers(En Español)
  7. Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers(En Español)
  8. Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers(En Español)
  9. Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators(En Español)
  10. After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal(En Español)
  11. Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event(En Español)
  12. Once I Was Very Very Scared– children’s book for young children
  13. I Don’t Know How to Address Worries About My Child’s Safety at School(webinar)
  14. Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing (En Español) (for responders)

Psychological First Aid

The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center.

Additional PFA resources for schools include:

  1. Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) – Field operations guide
  2. Providing PFA-S: For Health-Related Professionals – handout
  3. Providing PFA-S: For Principals and Administrators – handout
  4. Providing PFA-S: For School Support Staff – handout
  5. Providing PFA-S: For Teachers – handout

From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center & Partners

Working with Children/Youth