PsiChi, The International Honour Society in Psychology Chapter Opening & Induction Ceremony
The Richmond Psychology Association (RPA), founded in 2011, aims to further educate Psychology students, encourage awareness about relevant psychological issues beyond the classroom, and help support students mental health and well-being.
What we do:
The RPA hosts events ranging from research seminars, to guest speakers and career development workshops, to puppy therapy stress relief sessions, awareness days/weeks, and a semesterly-publication of a newsletter with latest updates in the field. The RPA is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and affiliated with the Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
The RPA hosts an annual conference inviting guest speakers on a specialized theme within Psychology, most recently resilience. Additionally, the RPA holds de-stressor activities such as puppy therapy visits, bubble wrap keychain, self-care note distributions, anti-stigma, kindness, suicide prevention, and mental health awareness events, and collaborations with local mental health charities e.g. Student Mind.
The RPA has most recently been recognised for hosting the Event of the Year (2017-2018) with Doug, the Pug from Pets as Therapy (PAT) Charity for puppy therapy with high student involvement and participation. Additionally, the RPA has been recognised as Best Club of the Year for being actively involved for the academic year of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
The latest edition of the RPA newsletter was created by Journalism student, Evan Falstrup and published Spring 2018. We are currently working on an affiliation with Nightline, a helpline for university students and a panel career workshop.
Speak to the RPA chair, Fadila Farag, or any of the other officers to join the RPA mailing list for latest updates on upcoming opportunities and events.