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In the blink of an eye . . hope I have succeeded in providing the Board of Directors and staff the coordination and support they deserve. One presidential goal was to increase committee effectiveness by actively promoting coordination across committees for projects. It has been exciting to witness this creative process in action! The annual fall Convention is such a cross-committee project as was the recent Legislative Day. At this year’s Legislative Day, through the combined efforts of the Advocacy Committee, Committee for Social Responsibility and OPA staff, not only were OPA members educated about how to approach legislators about psychological issues and concerns but legislators and their aides were also educated about the wide range of services that psychologists provide throughout Ohio.
One year ago, I was finalizing the list of OPA members who had agreed to take on roles on the 2010-11 Board of Directors and beginning to craft my presidential goals. And today, in the blink of an eye, I am writing the annual review of my presidential year! It is with much gratitude that I write about my experiences and the progress toward my goals. As you will read in the following pages, all of the OPA committees, staff and board members have been busy, working to provide you with the best and widest variety of services a state psychological organization can provide its membership. I have felt very privileged to work alongside, and be mentored by, such dedicated, professional and great staff and OPA members. The overall themes of my presidential year have been: inclusiveness, communication and advocacy. Around this time last year, I was asking OPA staff and 2010-2011 Board of Directors members about past frustrations and agendas for the upcoming year, in an effort to prepare myself to effectively coordinate with and support their good works. Throughout this year, I worked to communicate; accomplishments of individuals and committees, percolating issues that impact Ohio psychologists, and recognition for jobs well done. I
Another presidential goal was to initiate discussion of expanding the concept of diversity in order to embrace and include more diversity within OPA membership and our clientele. Board members have actively and genuinely participated in an ongoing discussion across Board of Directors meetings, exploring the personal relevance of diversity to each of us, barriers to mindful inclusion of diversity issues in all committees/educational offerings and ideas about how these issues can become woven into the fabric of our work and the association’s mission. We began the practice of reading through index cards at the end of each Board of Directors meeting, on which members could note any misunderstanding, slight or microaggression that had been experienced in that meeting for the purpose of increasing our awareness and competency in addressing such unintentional glitches. This process of mutually expanding our awareness beyond our daily experiences to incorporate others’ experiences has been an inspiring one to take part in. I believe the ripples of this work will expand throughout our membership as well. While the Finance Committee updated the OPA financial policies and procedures and OPA staff updated the OPA policies and procedures, a separate task force worked on fine-tuning the Board of Directors’ self evaluation and the executive director’s annual evaluation this year. These laborintensive and tedious tasks are another way OPA governance ensures
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transparent, accountable functioning. OPA’s annual participation in the APA Practice Directorate’s State Leadership Conference provides us with an opportunity to coordinate and learn from our colleagues from other states, territories and provinces as well as from the APA. This always proves to be a fast-paced learning and inspirational conference for the OPA president-elect, president, executive director, federal advocacy coordinator, public education chair and delegates from the diversity committee, early career psychologists and graduate student organization. I was honored to represent Ohio psychologists at the AAP fundraiser dinner for Oregon Senator Ron Wyden during the conference. Although OPA is considered one of the top state associations, we all returned with new information and interesting ideas gleaned from our colleagues. This year OPA also hosted the biannual Multicultural Conference, featuring Dr. Vivian Ota Wang, and the fourth annual Leadership Forum, featuring Donna James and Jessica Hamlin. Both the conference and forum provided thought-provoking information as well as unique opportunities for professional growth.
I want to thank the members of the executive committee, our executive director and staff for their support, good humor and collegiality. I also want to thank the Board of Directors for their enthusiasm, active participation and creativity this year. It has been a great year for OPA and I am very grateful for the experiences and genuine connections this year has provided. I have enjoyed working with everyone and am excited to see the directions in which our upcoming president, John Rudisill, will take the association! With gratitude and warmth,
-Cathy Gaw, PsyD, President
Notice of Special Members Meeting of The Ohio Psychological Association The Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) Board of Directors has called a special meeting of the members of OPA for Friday, September 9 at 5 p.m. at the Westin Hotel, 310 S. High St., Columbus to elect the 201112 OPA Board of Directors. Under the Code of Regulations of the Ohio Psychological Association, the Board of Directors must be elected by the membership. At 6 p.m., there will be a dinner to which OPA members are invited. Cost for the dinner is $35 and reservations must be made by September 1. Contact Heather Gilbert at 614.224.0034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. 2011-12 OPA Committee Chairs The recommended slate of committee chairs for the 2011-12 membership year is proposed as follows: Finance Officer (to fill the one year remaining on Jim Broyles term)- Dr. Kevin Arnold Standing Committee Chairs (Voting members of the Board) Communication/Technology-Dr. Kenneth Drude Diversity-Dr. Wanda McEntyre Education-Dr. Robin Arthur Ethics-Dr. Bob Stinson Insurance-Dr. Priscilla Kingston Membership-Dr. Peg Mosher Professional Practice-Dr. Sharla Wells DiGregario Committee on Social Responsibility-Dr. Kathy Ashton Public Sector Issues-Dr. Lynne Rustad Science-Dr. Mike Dwyer
Other Appointments (Non-Voting) OP Editor-Dr. Audrey Ellenwood Advocacy-Dr. Brad Potts MCE Chair-Dr. Cathy Gaw Personnel-Dr. Lynn Rapin Planning & Development-Dr. Cathy McDaniels Wilson Polices & Procedures-Dr. David Hayes Business of Practice Network-Dr. Robin Graff-Reed Colleague Assistance-Dr. Michael Schafer Disaster Response Network-Dr. Jim Broyles LGBT Subcommittee-Dr. Jim Brush Public Education-Dr. Kathy Ashton RxP Task Force-Dr. Jerry Strauss BWC Task Force-Dr. David Schwartz Oral History Project-Dr. Cathy Gaw Awards-Dr. Cathy Gaw PAC-Dr. Tom Swales FAC-Dr. David Hayes Ohio School Psychologists Liaison-Dr. Mary Ann Teitelbaum OWP-Dr. Helen Rodebaugh and Christine Agaibi Development Subcommittee-Dr. Cathy McDaniels Wilson Parliamentarian-Dr. David Hayes Liaison to the Board of Psychology – Dr. David Hayes Foundation Chair – Dr. Michele Evans
Regional Representatives (Voting Members of the Board) Akron Area Professional Psychologists-Dr. Colin Christensen Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychologists-Dr. Steven Nichols Central Ohio Psychological Association-Dr. Peg Mosher Cleveland Psychological Association-TBD Dayton Area Psychological Association-Dr. Rose Mary Shaw Toledo Area Academy of Professional Psychologists-Dr. Dennis Kogut
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Ohio Psychological Association Board of Directors Executive Committee President - Catherine A. Gaw, PsyD Past President - Craig S. Travis, PhD President-Elect - John R. Rudisill, PhD Finance Officer - Jim R. Broyles, PhD APA Council Representative - Cathy L. McDaniels Wilson, PhD
Standing Committee Directors & Regional Representatives Robin Arthur, PsyD Kathleen R. Ashton, PhD Howard M. Bonem, PhD Colin H. Christensen, PhD Kenneth P. Drude, PhD Priscilla Kingston, PhD Dennis W. Kogut, PhD Wanda McEntyre, PhD Kimberly A. Metz, PhD Margaret Richards Mosher, PhD Steven D. Nichols, PhD Trevor J. Petersen, BS Lynne Rustad, PhD Rose Mary Shaw, PsyD Elizabeth V. Swenson, PhD, JD Sally Wilson, PhD
Functional Committee Directors/Ad Hoc/Task Forces/Liaisons/Affiliates Christine E. Agaibi, MA James J. Brush, PhD Audrey E. Ellenwood, PhD Robin Graff-Reed, PhD David Hayes, PhD Terry R. Imar, MA Bradley K. Potts, PhD Lynn S. Rapin, PhD Helen D. Rodebaugh, PhD David Schwartz, PhD Gerald J. Strauss, PhD Thomas P. Swales, PhD Mary Ann Teitelbaum, PhD
President’s Club Members 2010-11 David L. Hayes, PhD, ABPP Alice Randolph, EdD, MS Clinical Psychopharmacology Richard C. Rynearson, PhD Sandra L. Shullman, PhD Thomas P. Swales, PhD, ABPP Leon D. Vandecreek, PhD Jane Z. Woodrow, PhD
Sustaining Members 2010-11 James J. Brush, PhD Robert F. Dallara, Jr., PhD Kenneth A. DeLuca, PhD Kenneth P. Drude, PhD Nicolaas P. Dubbeling, PhD Erhard O. Eimer, PhD Barbara L. Fordyce, PhD
Sandra J. Forti, PhD Sandra W. Foster, PhD Catherine A. Gaw, PsyD Carol S. Gee, PhD Charles E. Gerlach, PhD Wayne J. Graves, PhD Thomas C. Kalin, PhD Dennis W. Kogut, PhD Carroll E. Lahniers, PhD Kurt M. Malkoff, PhD Jayne M. Malpede, PhD Mary Anne Orcutt, PhD Helen Davis Rodebaugh, PhD Michael J. Russo, PhD Paule A. Steichen Asch, PhD Gerald J. Strauss, PhD Jeffrey R. Wilbert, PhD Willie S. Williams, PhD
Jim Schultz Gerald J. Strauss, PhD Jeannine K. Tell, PsyD Nancy Timmons Craig S. Travis, PhD
State Science Day Supporters Akron Area Professional Psychologists Robin Arthur, PsyD Central Ohio Psychological Association Cleveland Psychological Association Michele T. Evans, PhD Toledo Area Academy of Professional Psychologists
General Fund Supporters
The Foundation for Psychology in Ohio Donors (For the period September 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011) COPA/PSYOHIO Fundraiser Supporters Michael P. Brickey, PhD Jim R. Broyles, PhD Bobbie L. Celeste, PhD Elizabeth A. Cook, PhD, ABPP Theresa Diserio, PhD David L. Hayes, PhD, ABPP Timothy M. Luis, PhD Margaret Richards Mosher, PhD Michael O. Ranney Aracelis Rivera, PsyD
PSYOHIO Change Fund Supporters Christine E. Agaibi, MA Kenneth P. Drude, PhD Michele T. Evans, PhD Wanda McEntyre, PhD Elizabeth V. Swenson, PhD, JD Mary Ann Teitelbaum, PhD
Silent Auction Supporters Kristine Badurina Tammie Biller Mary C. Bricker, PhD Phil Brock Kenneth P. Drude, PhD Michael D. Dwyer, PhD William Ellis Sherry Knapp-Brown, PhD Corinne Konecny Janice McCloud Cathy L. McDaniels Wilson, PhD Jason Milligan Christina Neumeier Michael O. Ranney, MPA Lynn S. Rapin, PhD Megan Real John R. Rudisill, PhD Lynne C. Rustad, PhD
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Azaria Akashi, PhD, MCC Jane S. Allemang, PhD Alissa M. Banyasz, BA Darlene J. Barnes, PhD Paul F. Becker, PhD Mariana C. Belvedere, PhD Joseph J. Bendo, PhD Eugene A. Benedetto, MA Maureen S. Black, PhD Reginald C. Blue, PhD David R. Bousquet, MEd Julie A. Brennan, PhD Elaine J. Bruckner, PhD Charles M. Buhrman, Jr., PsyD Edward N. Carrol, PhD Bobbie L. Celeste, PhD Christine Charyton, PhD David L. Chiarella, PhD Robert J. Cirino, PhD Sarah L. Clark, PhD Virginia B. Collings, PhD William E. Collins, PhD Judith A. Condit, PsyD Elizabeth A. Cook, PhD, ABPP Kathleen B. Corcoran, PhD Antoinette S. Cordell, PhD Christine M. Dacey, PhD Cara Marker Daily, PhD Robert F. Dallara, Jr., PhD Daniel L. Davis, PhD James R. Davis, MEd Kenneth A. DeLuca, PhD Paul L. Diamond, PhD James A. Diehl, PhD Marc B. Dielman, PhD Janet E. Dix, PhD Louise A. Douce, PhD Michael G. Drown, PhD Sue R. Dyrenforth, PhD Laura W. Eckhardt, PhD Erhard O. Eimer, PhD Stephen W. Emerick, PhD Frederick P. Ferri, PhD James A. Fidelibus, PhD Charles C. Fiumera, PhD Donald K. Freedheim, PhD Jerome A. Gabis, PsyD Kerry L. Garretson, PhD
Ohio Psychological Association Charles E. Gerlach, PhD Ruth E. Goldberg, PhD Kathleen A. Grant, PsyD Laura A. Green, PhD Mary Lynn Griswold, EdD Joseph A. Grochowski, PsyD MDiv Regina P. Gunsett, PhD Robin H. Gurwitch, PhD Charles H. Handel, EdD David L. Hayes, PhD, ABPP Jeanne A. Heaton, PhD Norman D. Henderson, PhD Stanley L. Herman, EdS Carrol A. Hernandez, PhD Michael Hernandez, PhD Suzanne H. Hetrick, PhD Mary E. Hickcox, PhD Andrew L. Hinkle, PhD William C. House, PhD Kelly L. Huffman, PhD Nicole M. Huzl, BA Terry R. Imar, MA Sherrie L. Ireland, PhD Suzanne M. James, PsyD Kurt W. Jensen, PsyD Lawrence J. Johnson, PhD Donna P. Judd-McClure, PhD Paul P. Kadis, PsyD Thomas C. Kalin, PhD James I. Kepner, PhD Leslie H. Kern, PhD Timothy A. Khol, PhD Priscilla Kingston, PhD Nancy L. Kiracofe, PhD Ronan M. Kisch, PhD Yolanda W. Klein, PhD Ronald J. Kovacs, PsyD David A. Krauss, PhD Joyce A. Kubik, BA Miran Kuendig, PhD Margaret H. Lahner, PsyD Carroll E. Lahniers, PhD George W. Lester, PsyD Jennifer E. Lewis, PhD Kurt M. Malkoff, PhD April L. Mancuso, PsyD Kenneth J. Manges, PhD Carolyn McCabe, PhD Donald H. McIntire, PhD Sharon L. McNamee, PhD Dennis Jerome Meers, PhD Laura R. Meers, PhD Carolin E. Misner, PsyD Jacqueline H. Morrison, PhD Margaret Richards Mosher, PhD R. Maureen Murphy, PhD Steven D. Nichols, PhD Kathleen E. O’Hearn, PhD Mary Anne Orcutt, PhD Crystal L. Oswalt, PhD Christine A. Paisley, PhD Carmela M. Palmentera, PhD Stanley J. Palumbo, PhD Shannon J. Perkins, PhD Trevor J. Petersen, BS
2011 Political Action Committee (PAC) Donors (Donations/pledges received for the period January 1, 2011 – May 12, 2011)
Sandra S. Phalen, PhD Judith M. Pheatt, PhD Katherine T. Platoni, PsyD Denise E. Rabold, PhD Alice Randolph, EdD, MS Clinical Psychopharmacology Judy D. Randolph, PhD Mary M. Rath, RN, MEd Teresa A. Reinhard-West, PsyD Sylvia B. Rimm, PhD Paul E. Robinson, PhD Teri A. Role-Warren, PhD Shelley A. Rooney, PhD Thomas P. Ruf, PhD Michael J. Russo, PhD Lynne C. Rustad, PhD James J. Ryan, EdD Diana S. Santantonio, EdS Jennifer R. Schantz, PhD Laurel D. Schauer Rowen, PhD Harold S. Schaus Jr., MS Kara Schlegel, PsyD Gerald F. Schneider, MEd Suzanne A. Schneps, PhD Donald S. Scott, PhD Richard E. Sexton, PhD Joseph W. Shannon III, PhD Herbert Shapiro, PhD Jeff D. Sherrill, PhD Sandra L. Shullman, PhD Barbara Sinclair, PhD Jeffrey L. Smalldon, PhD, ABPP Joel A. Smith, PhD Roger L. Smith, PhD Randall J. Snyder, PhD Jeanne Spadafora, PhD Janet B. Stedman, PhD Karen Stailey Steiger, PhD Myron Bud Stern, PhD Jennifer J. Stoeckel, PhD Gerald J. Strauss, PhD Karl W. Stukenberg, PhD Thomas P. Swales, PhD, ABPP Elizabeth V. Swenson, PhD, JD Karen M. Taylor, PhD Sidney A. Thrower, PhD Belinda J. Torres, PhD Fiona H. Travis, PhD Steven B. Van Auken, PhD Janice M. Vidic, PhD Robert J. Walker, EdD Donald J. Weinstein, PhD Donald R. Welti, PhD Cynthia G. White, PsyD Bridgette M. Wiggers, PhD Jeffrey R. Wilbert, PhD Julie L. Williams, PsyD Willie S. Williams, PhD Joan A. Wilson, PhD Sally Wilson, PhD Ansel L. Woldt, EdD Gary L. Wolfgang, PhD Priscilla A. Wood, PsyD Janis G. Woodworth, PhD Thomas F. Zeck, PhD OPA ANNUAL REPORT JULY 2011
PAC Leader ($300-$599 donation) Gregory S. Brigham, PhD Bobbie L. Celeste, PhD David L. Hayes, PhD, ABPP John R. Rudisill, PhD
PAC Advocate ($120-$299 donation) Bradley K. Potts, PhD Michael O. Ranney, MPA Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD, ABPP
PAC Supporter ($60 - $119 donation) None reported
PAC Booster ($25-$59 donation) Mary C. Bricker, PhD Teresa A. Reinhard-West, PsyD Linda D. Rhyne, PhD Willie S. Williams, PhD
PAC Members ($10-$24 donation) Molly S. Martinez, MA
PAC Students ($5 donation) None reported
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The Broad View:
Executive Director Looks Back at the 20010-11 Membership Year
It can’t be! It can’t be time to prepare for the last board meeting of the year and write my annual report article. This year has just sped by. It seems like yesterday when we had the board retreat, took time for board and staff members to introduce ourselves to each other and map out our goals for the year. OPA finances always are near the top of my goals. The board approves a balanced budget every year and then the committees and staff have to make it work. We’ve been on track for a good year from day one. Investments have performed well. Dues income has exceeded expectations. Convention was slightly—but very slightly—under budget performance expectations. OPA continues to be fiscally sound. That translates into budgets that are balanced without raising dues. We haven’t raised dues since 2004.
undergraduates we can see an even longer track through the leadership pipeline. Strategic planning has also been an important goal. During the year we have reviewed our current plan and begun the process to update it. We have accomplished virtually everything on the existing plan. We have recruited Dr. David Hellkamp to help guide us through the process of updating our plan. Step one has been work by our Planning and Development Committee under Dr. Cathy McDaniels Wilson to update our mission, vision and priorities. It was exciting to be part of this process and see the ideas flow and the priorities focus on areas that will keep OPA on the cutting edge of advocacy and member services.
Last year we updated OPA’s financial policies. Members of the Finance Committee labored long and hard to get this done. My goal this year was to tackle our operational polices. Staff were a tremendous help with the polices in each of their areas. The revised polices are now in the hands of the Policy and Procedure Committee and Dr. David Hayes’ red pen for edits. Personnel polices are next on the agenda.
Somewhat related to our strategic planning was an initiative that came out of our retired psychologists group (PROS). Dr. Roger Blashfield undertook a detailed analysis of our membership data and just completed his report. His is an amazing document, reflecting his talent and skilled analysis of our data. In my opinion this gives us some new avenues on which to focus for membership retention and recruitment. It also points out some areas we need to improve in our data collection. OPA owes a big thanks to Dr. Blashfield.
Leadership development is critical to OPA’s future. One way I measure how we are doing is whether we have two candidates for key officer positions. Dr. John Rudisill did a great job recruiting two strong candidates. Our Leadership Forum was well attended this year and there were many new faces. Dr. Rudisill’s slate for 2011-12 committee chairs includes six current chairs returning to the same position, two new committee chairs/board members, a returning committee chair and a current chair moving to chair a new committee. None of the people who were voting members of the board when I started in 1997 have voting seats on the board currently. New leadership has helped OPA stay on top of its game. It was really cool when one of the people at our Leadership Forum, who chairs a committee, talked about how she started her involvement with OPA in the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS). And now as we are reaching
We held our first online auction this year to benefit the Foundation for Psychology In Ohio (PSYOHIO). It did ok…not great. It was our first time. It is attractive because it is accessible to non-psychologists and the more we can draw revenue from outside our small family the better. We are evaluating this undertaking. In the coming year
Sustainability has been an area of focus the last few years. It has been as simple as car pooling to work now and then or not using lights when the sun is shining through our large windows. It has included improving our website so we can take online payment for dues, continuing education and MCE registrations. That alone has made us more efficient and cut our carbon footprint since we use less paper and mail less than we did before. We continue to look at ways to address sustainability issues. I know that we as a staff appreciate the efficiencies that this has meant for us and the association.
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we hope to expand our ability to give student scholarships and give two scholarships through the Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund. Donations are always appreciated. And don’t forget when you are reviewing your estate plans, remember PSYOHIO. Dr. Michele Evans has been a dynamic leader of the foundation with lots of new ideas and amazing energy. Our little simple Legislative Day blossomed into something new, different and much bigger this year. Going to the Statehouse Atrium put psychology right in the path of legislators as they went from the Senate offices to the Senate and House Chambers. Combining Legislative Day with a psychology health fair gave us an opportunity to demonstrate many of the ways psychologists make a difference in Ohio. Feedback from participants and legislators was extremely positive. We are already focused on how to improve it for next year. This was a huge effort with great leadership from Dr. Brad Potts (Advocacy Chair), Dr. Kathy Ashton (Committee on Social Responsibility and Public Education Chair), Dr. Cathy McDaniels Wilson and OPA staff (Bobbie Celeste, Heather Gilbert, Denise Brenner and Beth Wherley). Our lobbyist, Penny Tipps, was also a great help to the planning and implementation. Another important highlight of the year involves our participation on two work groups of stakeholders established by the Ohio Board of Psychology. I’ve lost track of how many hours we put into the process or reviewing our Psychology Law and updating it (Work Group #1—aka ‘ORC Work Group’) and the crafting of rules governing telepsychology in Ohio (Work Group #2.--aka ‘Telepsychology Work Group’). We are fortunate to have a productive collaborative relationship with our Psychology Board. We do not always agree and we have different priorities, but psychology and the public are well served that we have good lines of communication and can work together on tough issues. Dr. Ronald Ross, Director of the Psychology Board, is an effective leader. I also try to focus on OPA staff in some way everyday. Our staff is our strength. I was in my sixth year of not having to fill a vacant position, when Katie Thomas came to me and told me of her wonderful new opportunity at The Ohio State University. I had real mixed feelings. Katie had become such a key member of our staff over the years and she’d be leaving just before our convention, which was a big part of her job. But she was going to an opportunity that was a big step forward for her. So, the search began and while it was on each of us took parts of Katie’s convention tasks so we kept it all going forward. We are so fortunate to have Heather Gilbert as our Director of Communications and Education now. She is a perfect fit. You all know the great work our other staff does: Denise Brenner as Director of Operations and Members Services, Beth Wherley as Director of MCE and Dr. Bobbie Celeste as our Director of Professional Affairs. It is because of these people that we are able to maintain the highest quality services and advocacy for OPA members. So, what’s ahead in the coming year? Watch for improvements to our website. In September we’ll put the finishing touches on a new strategic plan. We’ll finish work on our operational and personnel policies. We anticipate adding a new staff position. We will continue to focus on growing OPA’s membership by providing high quality services that members want. We expect to have some health insurance options for OPA members. We expect to keep more current members and recruit new members. OPA will continue to be financially sound. OPA’s staff will continue to offer high quality services and support to our members. You … the members….will continue to find significant value in your membership.
-Michael O. Ranney, MPA, OPA Executive Director, email@example.com
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Providing Eclectic, Entertaining, Education: The OPA Education Committee pain management, anger management, abuse or other trauma, body image distortion, assertiveness and self-protection. For those who have become aware that our private practices are changing in today’s technology world, Dr. Jerome Gabis and several colleagues from OPA brought us “The Business of Practice” which helped us understand how to convert our practices to an electronic record model and all the issues that go along with the conversion. With expected changes in Bureau of Workers Compensation, Drs. David Schwartz and Gary Sipps brought us up to speed with their offering to help train practitioners to become a BWC provider. With June came the last workshop, an update on “Primary Aspects of Supervision: The Ethical, Legal and Practical with Drs. Ron Ross and Stephen Behnke.
The OPA Education committee members have been working diligently to offer opportunities that not only fulfill your continuing education needs, but are also compelling enough to call you from your office to attend. We hope you were able to take part in many of the fine offerings this year. The year kicked off with Convention in November. Not long after was the annual Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreat held at Cherry Valley Lodge. The intent of this retreat is to bring together people who will speak openly about their beliefs and practices and will actively participate in their own learning and growth. The programming is designed for participants at all levels of knowledge and psychological and spiritual development and it endorses no religious affiliation. Attendance for this event grows every year as it offers a relaxed experience in a beautiful setting to provide continuing education but also time to be reflective and share time with colleagues who are curious about the link between psychology and spirituality. This year included clinical trainings such as an advanced training in eating disorders by Dr. Anne O’Meila and her team at Lindner Center of HOPE. Participants improved their screening and diagnostic skills related to assessment of eating disorders in children and adolescents. Participants also became familiar with the biopsychosocial model for understanding the causes, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Dr. Ben-Porath gave us an advanced workshop for individuals already familiar with the MMPI-2-R showing us applications for its use in forensic evaluations, assessment of candidates for medical interventions, and personnel screening. Autism spectrum disorders were covered by Dr. Vanessa Jensen as she provided a framework for considering differential diagnoses and use a series of case studies to illustrate issues in the recognition of symptoms of an underlying, co-morbid, or unidentified genetic and/or metabolic syndromes. Dr. Paul Linden from Columbus Center for Movement Studies brought us “Enhancing Therapeutic Outcomes: Body Awareness Training,” which is important as the foundation for empowerment work. Participants in this workshop learned how to work with breathing, posture and movement to generate a state of calm alertness and compassionate power in order to use these methods with clients for work with issues in such areas as stress management, dissociation,
Thank you to all presenters who generously gave their time to bring these CE offerings. We all benefit greatly from one another. Please consider being a presenter in the future. Information on how to apply can be found on the OPA website or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our 2011 Annual Fall Convention will be held October 26-28 at Cherry Valley Lodge. This year’s convention will explore the topic “Psychology in the Global Era: Embracing Career Development.” Cherry Valley Lodge is a beautiful setting so please plan to attend for not only your CE credits but to spend some time in nature reconnecting with colleagues. The program is shaping up to be very exciting in its diverse offerings. We hope to see all of you there!
Robin Arthur, PsyD, Chair
Education Committee Members Robin Arthur, PsyD, Chair David Aronson, PhD Nicole Bosse, MA James Brush, PhD Yelena Chernyak, PhD Dan Davis, PhD Mike Dwyer, PhD Jerome Gabis, PsyD Heather Gilbert, OPA Director of Communications & Education Sarah Greenwell, PsyD Phyllis Kuehnl -Walters, PhD Terry Kukor, PhD, ABPP Kimberly Metz, PhD Michael Ranney, OPA Executive Director Lynn Rustad, PhD Richard Rynerson, PhD David Schwartz, PhD Jon Thomas, PhD
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Wanted: A Few Good Psychologists OPA Membership Committee
In spite of continuing economic challenges facing our friends and colleagues, OPA has met or exceeded the majority of our membership goals for 2010-11. This is an especially impressive effort considering the association has not implemented a dues increase for six straight years. Our primary initiatives in 2010-11 have focused on the recruitment, reinstatement and retention of members. Note: All goal figures are current as of 6/1/11. A. Recruitment Goal: 100 new OPA members; Actual: 160 (52% of which are full members) An important part of our recruitment effort was to identify underrepresented groups of psychologists across the state. Member and non-member data was collected and summarized by region. Non-members (approximately 57 percent of licensed psychologists in Ohio) were identified and included as part of the “New Member Challenge.” This initiative was an expansion of the 2009-2010 Recruitment Rewards Program and a means to broaden recruitment efforts to include OPA Board members, who were asked to contact identified psychologists to discuss the benefits of OPA membership. Our hope was to increase membership among underrepresented groups and geographic regions. As the results from the challenge continue to be reported, we will be better able to determine the effectiveness of this recruitment strategy. We hope to more thoroughly understand the professional needs of underrepresented groups so that OPA can better serve them. Another aspect of our recruitment of OPA members focused on newly licensed and early career psychologists. Newly licensed psychologists were contacted by their respective regional association and invited to attend the convention dinner honoring them. In addition, each newly licensed psychologist was sent a letter of congratulations including information highlighting the benefits of OPA membership. Although it is difficult to determine precisely how many psychologists joined OPA as a result of the New Member Challenge or our reaching out to newly licensed and early career psychologists,
we are delighted to welcome 160 new members to OPA! B. Recruitment Goal: 100 new student members; Actual: 72 (26% of which were former e-students who converted to full student members) An integral part of our recruitment and retention goal was to reach out to students early in their graduate career to educate them about the benefits of membership in their state association, and more specifically, in the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS). A brochure was developed and distributed to on-campus representatives. Additional information was disseminated through the OPAGS newsletter (Student Speak) and the OPAGS workshop. C. Reinstatement Goal: 25 former OPA members; Actual: 34 The goal of reinstating former OPA members is to connect them back to the association, permanently. In the spring of 2010, the committee made an active push to contact former members to see what services might entice them back to OPA. The majority of individuals contacted agreed that services or benefits that would save them money would most likely bring them back. These data fall in line with a trend the association typically sees in even numbered years: a flurry of reinstatements from licensees attempting to obtain the member discount when registering with the OPAMCE office. The early part of the 2010-11 OPA member year was no exception, with 41 percent of our reinstatements coming in September, the first month of the membership year. The committee is studying this trend and has begun to actively track the percentage of members engaging in this pattern. Monetary incentives will soon be implemented to encourage individuals to retain their membership without interruption. D. Retention Goal: Retain 95% of members from 2009-2010; Actual: 89.3% Each year, OPA Membership Committee members call psychologists who have not renewed their membership for the current year. The data collected over the past several years has been consistent. Most
Chart 1. OPA Membership
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have experienced some degree of financial difficulty and are unable to pay OPA dues at the time. Some have requested consideration under OPA’s hardship policy while others who do not qualify for special consideration have indicated that they will rejoin as soon as their finances improve. Some have moved out of state or have retired, but do not qualify for Emeritus status. As a result, in 2011, the committee agreed that psychologists who are not currently licensed but do not yet qualify for Emeritus status may be granted membership in the Affiliate member category. We hope this opportunity will encourage long-time members who have retired to retain their membership in OPA. At this point in the membership year, we have not yet reached our committee goal. The final figure will be available on August 31, 2011. In addition to retaining members, another Membership Committee goal was to increase revenue from membership dues by 10 percent from the previous year. As of 6/1/11, we are at 93.6 percent of this goal (and have currently surpassed the revenue generated in 2009-2010 by 3 percent). Again, the final revenue data will be available on August 31, 2011. E. OPA Database Analysis: OPA was extremely fortunate to have retired psychologist, Dr. Roger Blashfield, volunteer to analyze the OPA database to understand more about OPA’s membership patterns and trends. Of particular interest is the aging of our membership, with a median age of 59 and an inter-quartile range of 48-66. Simply stated, 50 percent of our membership falls between ages 48-66, while 25 percent are younger than 48 and 25 percent are older than 66. This has a far-reaching impact on the organization, including of course, membership. We must better understand the professional needs of our members as they age, and subsequently develop strategies to retain them as OPA members. See Chart 1 at left for a picture of how the demographics of our membership have changed since the “Emeritus” category was created seven years ago.
If any of the above initiatives appeal to you, we would love to have you join us as a member of the OPA Membership Committee! Don’t hesitate to contact me to express interest or even just for answers to any questions you may have about the OPA Membership Committee.
Peg Richards Mosher, PhD, Chair, Membership Committee MMRPsych@aol.com
OPA Membership Committee Peg Richards Mosher, PhD, Chair Christine Agaibi, MA Andrea Bischoff, PsyD Denise Brenner, MBA, OPA Director of Operations and Member Services James R. Clark, PsyD Kenneth Drude, PhD Michele T. Evans, PhD Heather Gilbert, OPA Director of Communications and Education Robin Graff-Reed, PhD Catherine Linn, BA Michael Ranney, MPA, OPA Executive Director John Rudisill, PhD Lynn Rustad, PhD Karen Wasserman, PsyD
Another significant finding from Dr. Blashfield’s work pertains to the retention of OPA members. Those who are most likely to discontinue their OPA membership are: out-of-state members; residents of small towns or rural communities; those who primarily work in a business setting; and, those whose dues have increased (e.g. Early Career Psychologists experience a dues increase after five and seven years of licensure). These and other issues identified in Dr. Blashfield’s analysis will be primary agenda items for the OPA Membership Committee in the upcoming 2011-12 year. F. New Benefits for OPA Members and their Families: Whenever we have surveyed the OPA membership about services and benefits they would like OPA to offer, health insurance is always number one on the list. Pending the approval of the OPA Board, we hope to have an option for offering both health and disability insurance to OPA members. G. Upcoming Committee Initiatives: In the coming months, the OPA Membership Committee will be undertaking some additional initiatives, including: implementing a talent inventory to better recruit and match potential association volunteers with committees which support their skill sets; tracking lapsed members; recognizing years of consecutive OPA affiliation with membership incentives; and, implementing changes and expansions to our member data collection procedures based on suggestions made in Dr. Roger Blashfield’s database analysis.
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Our Financial Status: What It Means to You
For those of you who may be keeping track, this is my fifth annual report to you on OPA finances. It is with some sadness that I add this will be my last such report. In September, I will begin my year as President-Elect of the association. I will remain involved in financial decisions through my continued membership with our Finance and Executive Committees. My role as Finance Officer has been an enlightening experience for me, and many of you may recall my last report in which I outlined the important things I have learned in the process of fulfilling my duties. My hope is that in this report, I will be able to give you a picture the current state of our association’s financial health, as well as leave you with ideas about factors which we all, as members of OPA, should hold in our awareness regarding the association’s financial well being. As in years past, I can report our association continues to do well financially. I emphasize the fact that awareness of and involvement in OPA’s financial well-being is a common task for all OPA members for important reasons. First, many psychologists tend to be less interested in business, numbers, and finance. Many of us look to OPA as a main resource in a number of areas, including advocating for our profession, providing educational opportunities, and as a vehicle for networking. Understanding and monitoring the financial health of our organization is often the last thing we think of as we consider OPA. Secondly, our financial well being drives and enormously affects our association’s ability to be effective in all its areas of work. Advocacy, education and provision of resources simply cannot occur if the fiscal underpinnings are not available to support them. Our financial health is the gas in our gas tank. For these reasons, I believe it is crucial for all of us to be aware and involved when it comes to our finances. With this in mind, I would like to make suggestions about financial factors all OPA members can be mindful of or ask questions about to be more involved in our finances. Monitor and support our income streams. Presently, our association depends on two important income sources: membership dues and our MCE program. The broader and more diverse our income streams, the
stronger and more stable our association becomes. OPA currently has a subcommittee which has been charged with the duty of developing new income generating ideas. I encourage all members to stay aware of this process and offer their best creative thinking. One new idea on how we can generate income could make a big difference. We can even focus on ways we can strengthen our current sources. If everyone reading this report would call one colleague and encourage them to join (or rejoin) the association, you will provide tremendous support in this area. Due to the careful monitoring and planning of the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee and OPA Staff, we have been able to meet our income goals for the year. Understand and give input into our spending priorities. The Board of Directors, Finance Committee and staff develop and implement a new budget every year. An important part of this task is to design a budget with spending priorities in line with association priorities. The idea is that we want to make sure we align our resources with those areas deemed important by members. We continue to monitor the needs of our members in a number of ways, and all members can assist in this area by understanding what priorities have been identified and making your views heard in this area. I can report to you that OPA has experienced success in this area this year as well. Our continual monitoring of current spending as we progress through the budget year shows that our initial allocation of resources is on track with the budgeted amounts in each area. Understand and help monitor expenses. With any individual, family, or organization, spending can get out of hand if budget constraints are not observed. Our association is no exception. Presently, a review of the current budget reveals that we are experiencing success and meeting our goals in this area. No area of spending has significantly exceeded our budgeted amount. OPA staff plays an enormous role in this area, and they consistently do a remarkable job of maintaining expense within the constraints they are given. For example, we have recently developed enough technologically to be able to renew memberships online. This allows for considerable savings with paper, printing, and postage (not to mention the positive impact on our environment). All members can assist in this area by gaining a better understanding of how, what, and why we spend; and more importantly offering creative suggestions about ways to cut costs. As I end my time as Finance Officer, I feel good to be able to report to you that our association is in sound shape financially. I know I will look back on my time as Finance Officer as a positive experience in my life. My hope here is that I have encouraged more interest in finance among many of you. I am very interested in talking directly with anyone who would like to give input on the areas I identify here, or with anyone who has interest in becoming part of the Finance Committee. Please feel free to contact me through my email address: email@example.com
Jim Broyles, PhD, OPA Finance Officer
Bringing Psychology to the Public: One Tweet, Talk and Tip at a Time! The Committee on Social Responsibility (COSR) works to bring social responsibility issues to light for the public from a psychological perspective. We maintain a list of self-help resources and Ohio support groups on the OPA website, write “Did You Know?” articles for OPA publications and a public blog and highlight psychologists doing volunteer work around the state with “Greater Good” articles.
Winner of the OPA Media Award
In addition, COSR members represent OPA at a number of public forums to educate the public about psychology such as health fairs, Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention walks across the state and presentations at public forums such as the YMCA, public libraries and schools. During 2010 and 2011, COSR provided education to over 500 Ohioans about psychology through the OPA ANNUAL REPORT JULY 2011
Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Fair, YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Ohio Department of Transportation Health Fair, Columbus VA Mental Health Fair, USPS Health Fair, OPA Legislative Day Health Fair and other events. COSR also works to help connect public speaking and media requests with psychologists across the state. COSR worked to present a media award from OPA this year (WVIZ/WCPN “Faces of Depression”). COSR works with the APA Public Education Campaign who provides templates for presentations and publications that can be used to bring information about psychology to the public. This year, COSR presented a program on “Using the APA Public Education Campaign to Connect with the Community” at the OPA Annual Convention which was well-received. In addition, COSR implemented the first ever Legislative Day Health Fair using APA Public Education Campaign materials and resources with the theme “Psychologists for a Healthy & Productive Ohio.” COSR is always interested in recruiting committee members with an interest in social responsibility and educating the public about the value of psychology. We are particularly looking for media savvy and social media experts at this time.
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Blog opapic.blogspot.com We would like to thank all of the committee members for their hard work throughout the year in bringing psychology and social responsibility issues to the public.
, PhD, Chair, COSR, APA PEC Liaison, Ohio
firstname.lastname@example.org The Committee on Social Responsibility Kathy Ashton, PhD, Chair Christine Agaibi, MA Lori Ashbaugh Nicole Bosse, MA Michele Evans, PhD Heather Gilbert, OPA Director of Communications and Education Mary Miller Lewis, PhD Michael Ranney, OPA Executive Director Mary Mills, MA Suzanne Ritter, PhD Amy Saling Nate Tomcik, PhD Craig Travis, PhD
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Are You Ready for the Future? OPA Communications and Technology Committe
guidelines in the United States adopted by the OPA Board in 2008 and revised in 2010
Members of the Communication and Technology committee accept the Committee of the Year award.
Rapidly expanding technology in the practice of psychology continues to grow faster than our profession can keep up with it. The Communications and Technology Committee remains active in educating OPA members about developing telepsychology practices and promoting the uses of technology in psychological practice. The committee is focused on: •
onitoring advances in technology and informing the OPA Board M and membership about ways technology may be used in the practice of psychology
dvising the planning of OPA’s public relations and marketing A efforts
uiding the planning for OPA publications and website, relative to G topics, content and guest editors
Major achievements for 2010-2011 were: •
ontinued to provide editorship for OPA publications, including the C Ohio Psychologist, OP Review and OPA Update
eceived the Committee of the Year award at the November 2010 R OPA Convention
ubmitted an article for publication in a national psychological S journal about the development of the first telepsychology
reated OPA listserv guidelines that were adopted by the OPA Board C in April 2011
ctively participated in a committee of the Ohio Board of Psychology A that drafted rules regulating telepsychology in Ohio
resented a one hour presentation, “Everybody’s Doing It: How to P Be Safe About Technology in Practice” at the November 2010 OPA Convention
resented a three hour “Technology in Practice” workshop for the P Toledo Area Academy
osted periodic messages on the main OPA listserv about P telepsychology relevant topics and issues
ontinued to review how to inform OPA members about the uses C of technology in psychological practice, especially security and privacy areas
PhD, Chair email@example.com Committee Members: Kenneth Drude, PhD, Co-Chair Audrey Ellenwood, PhD, Co-Chair and OP Editor Paule Asch, PhD Marc Dielman, PhD Ky Heinlein, PhD Jeanne Jenkins Michael Lichstein, PhD Catherine Linn Mary Mills, MA Cynthia VanKeuren, PhD
The Legislative Roundup Advocacy Committee
The 2010-2011 year was an active year for advocacy. It began with a survey of advocacy priorities and goals by committee members and discussing the various roles members wished to explore. Top Five Goals: 1. Insurance parity 2. Prescription privileges 3. APPIC internships for state agencies 4. State budget 5. Legislative Day The HB 8 on autism parity passed the Ohio House this fall but did not pass the Senate. The Affordable Care Act together with state legislative efforts appears to have expanded parity. The extent of the change will be determined by federal rules. SB 314, to establish a demonstration project for prescription privileges in the Ohio Department of
Corrections, was introduced in the 128th legislative session. In the 129th OPA members, staff and our legislative liaison met with key legislators and state agency directors in support of the bill. This bill is pending reintroduction upon completion of the state budget. Efforts to develop APPIC internship positions were made prior to the change of administration. Legislative Day had several firsts. This year’s event occurred at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in coordination with the OPA Health Fair; focusing on insurance reform, anti-bullying legislation and the budget. The day opened with a breakfast for the meeting of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and OPA psychologists and featured a lunch attended by over two dozen legislators and their staff, and included a cameo appearance by Governor Kasich in the beginner advocacy track where he voiced his support for anti-bullying. While our goals are a focus for the year, they have always been subject to changes in legislative trends. In the beginning of the 129th
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OPA Legislative Day took place at the Ohio Statehouse for the first time.
legislative session, the scope of these changes became apparent with SB5, the collective bargaining bill. OPA initially took a neutral position while it studied the issues, ultimately opposing the bill. Former OPA President Dr. Cathy McDaniels-Wilson testified in favor of mental health exceptions to the post-viability abortion bills in the Ohio House and Senate. Dr. Terry Kukor testified to the need for a psychological evaluation in cases of animal cruelty. Further, the Advocacy Committee unanimously recommended OPA endorse APA’s resolution opposing the use of the death penalty for the seriously mentally ill. Concerning the state budget, OPA engaged in the legislative process for the first time providing expert testimony by Dr. Dan Davis and Dr. Frank Ezzo on the effects of decreased state funding and changes in Medicaid. OPA engaged directly in the budget process and indirectly through the coalitions Advocates for Ohio’s Future and One Ohio Now. Several million dollars were added to the budget for mental issues and efforts are currently underway to secure additional funding.
-Brad Potts, PhD, Chair
OPA Advocacy Committee: Brad Potts, PhD, Chair Bailey Bryant, BA Sarah Cain, MA Bobbie Celeste, OPA Director of Professional Affairs Christine Charyton, PhD Jennifer Daniel, BA Dan Davis, PhD Mike Dwyer, PhD Michele Evans, PhD Barb Fordyce, PhD Cathy Gaw, PsyD Chuck Gerlach , PhD Katie Golden Carol Johnson, PhD Jonathan Lehman, PsyD Cathy McDaniels-Wilson, PhD Michael Ranney, OPA Executive Director Susaye Rattigan PhD Sandra Shullman, PhD Gerald Strauss, PhD Penny Tipps, OPA Lobbyist Craig Travis, PhD Paul Wade, PsyD Noriko Yoshida
Report From OPA’s Director of Professional Affairs Remember: If you are an OPA Member or OPAGS member, you can call with professional questions any Tuesday-Thursday and I will help you find the answers. 800.783.1983 or 614.224.0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org The examples below are good reasons that OPA psychologists contact me:
Questions about HIPAA, federal parity or health care reform
uestions about registering to vote, and who represents you in Q Columbus and Washington D.C.
Graduate school and licensing questions
hen you have a suggestion for or would like to join the advocacy W or insurance committee
hen you have any question about your professional psychology W practice
hen you have a question about laws and rules that affect W psychologists and clients
hen you want information on a bill being introduced in the W legislature
When you want to talk through an issue
When you don’t know who else to ask!
When you have a problem with insurance payments or other hassles
hen you are in a professional transition, whether new career or W considering retirement
When you have a problem with a state agency or rules
When you want clarification on records retention and confidentiality
When you have an idea for a new bill to introduce in the legislature
If I don’t know the answer, I’ll help you figure out who does!
Bobbie L. Celeste, Ph.D.
OPA Director of Professional Affairs email@example.com
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Focused on Diversity OPA Diversity Committee
In an effort of collaboration, the Diversity Committee worked with the OPA Committee on Social Responsibility on OPA Legislative Day to increase awareness of health disparity issues in minority populations and to promote legislative initiatives to address these issues. Several Diversity Committee members were able to meet with a number of Ohio Black Caucus Legislative assistants to discuss ways to provide psychological resources for their constituents and to improve advocacy for issues that impact psychologists of color. The Diversity Committee will continue to promote cultural sensitivity, racial and ethnic diversity and inclusiveness within OPA and the greater community psychologists in Ohio.
Diversity Outreach Brunch
The OPA Diversity Committee has been focused on engaging psychologists from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds into active roles within the Ohio Psychological Association. OPA has garnered a national reputation of fostering inclusiveness and diversity among its membership and leadership. This was evident at the State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this March, when Dr. Cathy McDaniels-Wilson, former chair of the OPA Diversity Committee and former OPA President became Chair of the Committee of State Leaders. Also moving into a national leadership role is Dr. Erica StovallWhite, past chair of the OPA Diversity Committee now serving on the American Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee. The commitment that OPA has shown towards inclusiveness and diversity has not gone undetected by other state organizations and Drs. McDaniels-Wilson and Stovall-White have been asked to participate in the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Convention to discuss development of leaders from diverse, multicultural backgrounds. The Diversity Committee’s effort to promote inclusiveness and involvement in OPA by psychologists from all racial, ethnic, cultural and spiritual backgrounds has been set in high gear this current year. Outreach brunches and meetings to engage psychologists from diverse backgrounds in a more informal setting have been occurring through the state of Ohio. This is a great way to connect psychologists from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds to discuss issues important to them and ways that OPA can be more responsive.
-Wanda McEntyre, PhD, ABPP, Chair
Diversity Committee Members Wanda McEntyre, PhD, Chair Christine Agaibi, MA Shelly Allen, PhD Colin Christensen, PhD Jennifer Franklin, PhD Angela Harris, PhD Priscilla Kingston, PhD Cathy McDaniels-Wilson, PhD Michael Ranney, MPA, OPA Executive Director Christina Rideout, PhD Lynne Rustad, PhD Erica S. White, PhD
The Mandatory Continuing Education Committee Yes, 2011 is an “off year” in the Ohio psychology licensing biennium, meaning that psychologists aren’t required to complete their required 23 hours of continuing education until 2012. As a result, the OPA’s Mandatory Continuing Education Committee has been “cruisin’:” moving at an even and steady pace this year. Of the 2,986 psychologists currently registered with the OPA-MCE office for the 2010-2012 biennium, just 180 have completed their required 23 MCE hours as of this writing. As you can imagine, this time next year will be a very hectic time for us! The committee has continued to work on encouraging prior years’ OPAMCE registrants to verify that they are registered for the current biennium and on encouraging OPA-MCE registrants to complete their MCE hours early. Notices are regularly included in various OPA publications, reminding psychologists to be sure that they are registered and to complete their MCE hours well before the deadline. In addition to its ongoing review process, the MCE Committee works closely with the Education Committee to facilitate the continuing education programs offered by OPA. We also continue to examine the various forms of distance learning that are becoming more commonplace. The committee must understand and evaluate these non-traditional media so as to establish appropriate standards for granting MCE credit.
especially during the rush at the end of the last biennium. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Mandatory Continuing Education process. My office telephone is 740.369.3478. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Terry R. Imar, M.A., Chair MCE Committee: Terry Imar, MA, Chair Cathy Gaw, PsyD Mark Krautheim, PhD John Laux, PhD Henry Leland, PhD Richard Sexton, PhD Amnon Shai, PhD Beth Wherley, OPA-MCE Director
My thanks go to all the committee members for their dedicated work,
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2010-11 Ethics Committee Goals The OPA Ethics Committee will amplify its presence to Ohio psychologists and expand its relevance to psychologists in Ohio. The Ethics Committee will: • Update the section of the OPA website; • Link relevant resources on the OPA website; • Publish articles in OPA publications; • Recruit an early career psychologist, • Promote Committee membership that reflects OPA members’ broad diversity; • Provide continuing education on ethics to Ohio psychologists; • Revise and clarify Committee policies; • Support the work of the Colleague Assistance subcommittee; • Continue to provide consultation to OPA members; • Continue to advise the Psychology Board as it makes changes in the psychologist law.
Members of the Ethics Committee: Elizabeth Swenson, PhD, JD, Chair Richard Ashbrook, PhD Marianne Bowden, PhD Terry Imar, MA Kay Levine, PhD Kathleen Mack, PsyD Joshua Shuman, PsyD Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD, ABPP Members of the Colleague Assistance Subcommittee: Greg Brigham, PhD Sherry Knapp-Brown, PhD Michael Schafer, PhD
The Long and Winding Road to RxP
The RxP Taskforce has been in existence since the early 2000s. Its mission has been to implement legislation in Ohio to permit appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medications and to foster education of psychologists toward that end. Currently, only two states, New Mexico and Louisiana, have passed legislation permitting appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe. We are not necessarily close to passing legislation in Ohio but we have made some gains. The purpose of this article is to inform you of past and future developments. Early efforts by the RxP Taskforce had been toward developing a training program in Ohio that would allow psychologists to sit for the Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP). The strategic thinking pushing this effort was that if Ohio had its own psychopharmacology training program for psychologists, legislators would look more favorably toward passing legislation. It may be the case that legislators would think that way, but the path toward developing the training program was met with good intentions but false starts. One attempt was with Ohio Northern University’s College of Pharmacy and the second was with The University of Findlay’s School of Pharmacy. Although sincere interest and effort was demonstrated by the institutions and OPA, we were never able to finalize the plans. Since those efforts did not bear fruit, the strategy has changed. We are now of the mind that pushing for legislation is the road to travel. This strategy grew out of a meeting several of us at OPA had with then Governor Ted Strickland. The discussion centered on development of a Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC). In part, we are modeling this program after the APA Department of Defense Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project of the early 1990s. The ODRC demonstration project will permit trained psychologists (essentially, those with a M.S. in Psychopharmacology) to prescribe psychotropic medications to inmates in Ohio facilities. After the meeting with Gov. Strickland, those involved (Dr. Alice Randolph, Dr. Bobbie Celeste, Dr. David Hayes, Michael Ranney, Penny Tipps—our lobbyist, and myself) reconvened to the OPA office to discuss this option further. We called Dr. Bob Hammond, Mental Health Bureau Chief at the ODRC, to gather his impressions; which were favorable. From there, we had a number of phone conferences about next steps and Penny Tipps met with State Senator Bill Seitz to determine if he would sponsor a bill. Senator Seitz has been pushing for a prison reform bill. We thought that having appropriately trained psychologists prescribe medications, when indicated, to prison inmates would offer safe and effective treatment to inmates at a significant cost savings to the state. Senator Seitz was interested in the proposal. We then met with Senator Seitz on two occasions, presented him with our proposal, and wrote a draft of the proposed bill. We then had a
stakeholders meeting with Senator Seitz, the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association and other interested parties. Without getting into details, I simply want to say that it was a very interesting interaction. Since those early meetings we have gone on to hold more phone conferences and face-to-face meetings. Dr. Bobbie Celeste, Michael Ranney, Penny Tipps and myself have met with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Deputy Director, Edward Rhine; the Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Tracy Plouck; and the Director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Orman Hall. All these meetings have been very productive and encouraging. While the current focus in Columbus is the state budget, nothing will move forward regarding our proposed legislation until the current budget Bill is passed. However, we have most of our ducks in a row at this time. Two other important events have also occurred. First, Ohio’s State Board of Psychology is a very progressive board who has a very creative and forward thinking Executive Director, Dr. Ron Ross. Dr. Ross clearly perceives the direction that RxP initiatives, including the ODRC demonstration project, are headed and convened an Ohio State Board of Psychology Working Group on RxP. He named Dr. Alice Randolph as the Chair. Dr. Randolph is the former Chair of the OPA RxP Taskforce and a current member of the Ohio State Board of Psychology. I was also asked by Dr. Ross to sit on the work group. We have had two meetings thus far and another coming up soon. The goal is to write a white paper that will assist the State Board in developing rules and regulations governing Ohio psychologists who gain degrees or certification in psychopharmacology and prescribe psychotropic medications in the ODRC Demonstration Project. The second important event occurred on May 27, 2011. That event was a meeting between Dr. Larry James (Dean of the Wright State School of Professional Psychology), Michael Ranney and me. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Dr. James’ idea of starting a psychopharmacology training program for psychologists at Wright State. What an exciting prospect! After two failed attempts to get a homegrown training program established in Ohio, we may truly have something to look forward to. We look forward to working with Dr. James on this most important project. In all, it has been a very busy year for the RxP Taskforce. We have a number of major initiatives in the works and look forward to reporting on the successes of each of them in the near future. The RxP Taskforce, in its current form, is an ad hoc taskforce consisting of members drawn from various content expert areas (e.g., lobbyists, institutions, other OPA committees, and other boards). We currently do not have a formal membership structure.
-Gerald J. Strauss, Ph.D., Chair
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Professional Practice Committee Changing of the Guard Priscilla Kingston, PhD, PPC Chair
The Professional Practice Committee (PPC) will undergo renovations and changes when new management takes over in September 2011. Sharla Wells-DiGregorio, a longtime member of the PPC, will be the new chair and brings to this position her expertise in health psychology and particularly in end-of-life issues. She hopes to expand the committee with contacts in this area of practice and in the interface of the medical and psychological disciplines.
New & Reinstated OPA member s !
During the 2010 OPA Convention, the PPC presented a panel of speakers who spoke on different aspects of the work that psychologists do in a medical setting. Laura Nabors, PhD spoke about working with children who have chronic illnesses and the ways that psychologists can effectively intervene and communicate with both medical professionals and teachers in the child’s school. Julie Merrell, PhD spoke about psychological evaluations for surgery, including bariatric surgery. Craig Travis, PhD spoke about working with medical students to educate them about the importance of the therapeutic alliance and sensitivity to the patient’s experience when diagnosing and treating. Sharla Wells-DiGregorio, PhD spoke about grief and end of life issues. Another aspect of this presentation was an article on disparities in the healthcare of minority populations by Priscilla Kingston, PhD which was used by the Committee for Social Responsibility during their Columbus health fair. A write-up of each person’s presentation for this workshop was completed and submitted to OPA staff for editing and dissemination as a medical supplement to the Toolkit which will be completed soon.
OPA Board of Directors approved, April 16, 2011: Adriane G. Bennett, PhD Susan R. Bowen, PhD H. Lara Braxton, PhD (reinstatement) Rebecca W. Brewer, PhD Alicia B. Bridgeland, PsyD Karin G. Coifman, PhD Diane M. Copley, MS Chad D. Corbley, PhD (reinstatement) Ryan S. Creech, MA Jacqueline H. Heath, BA Jennifer L. Kersker, PsyD Patricia Logan, PhD Timothy M. Luis, PhD Jessica M. Moeller Ashley M. Murray, BA Maria S. Noce, PsyD Charles R. Paugh, PhD (reinstatement) Ashley J. Reno, PsyM Laura E. Roush, PhD Chase M. Strieker, BA Cynthia P. VanKeuren, PsyD (reinstatement) Lorena Vernaz, BS Jin Hui Wang, PsyD
OPA’s mentoring program which has been sponsored by the PPC is also undergoing changes. In an effort to reach early career psychologists we have changed the initial program from matching individual mentors with students and early career people to a webpage of mentors whom potential mentees can contact and select on their own. However, this program has been underutilized by early career psychologists and we are now considering other ways to engage this population by sponsoring social events to provide a forum for them to discuss their needs. One such event is being planned for the summer of 2011. As we begin the new season we are revamping the current definition of the PPC from a very broad base to a more specific one. In our efforts to evolve and grow the committee is looking for new faces and ideas. We welcome any members who may be interested in giving their time! The following PPC goals for the 2010-11 have been completed: Developing the Mentoring Program and Reaching out to Early Career psychologists:
OPA Board of Directors approved, June 11, 2011: Stephanie A. Cameron, BA David A. Cislo, PhD Stephanie D. Clouse, PhD Kimberly B. Conde, BA Christa Drakulic Meagann Grignon, BS Marka S. Kompa, MS Donald R. Marks, PsyD Megan D. Nichols, MA Kendea N. Oliver, BS Marc R. Pagano, PhD (reinstatement) Anne M. Reagan, PsyM Juliette C. Rederstorff, PhD Laura D. Seligman, PhD Craig F. Spiel, BS Mary D. Squire, PhD (reinstatement) Farrah Michelle Thomas, PsyD Kari S. Watts, PhD Harriet E. West-Moore Bethany A. Young-Lundquist, PhD Nicole E. Zahka, PhD Margaret Zerba, PhD
Both of these goals were completed this year as we planned a summer event for early career psychologists to express their needs, including mentoring needs. In 2010 the mentoring program went online to give potential mentees the opportunity to choose their own mentor as opposed to being matched by OPA. Presentation on “Integrating Psychologists onto the Medical Team” and a writeup of this for the Practice Toolkit. The write-up of this presentation at the 2010 OPA Convention will be a medical supplement for the Practice Toolkit, with edits completed by Fall 2011 and ready for distribution.
Professional Practice Committee current members and chair: Priscilla Kingston PhD, Chair, 2008-2011 Sharla Wells-DiGregorio, Chair, Fall 2011 Christine Agaibi, MA Julie Merrell PhD Laura Nabors PhD Kelli Riedl, PsyD Craig Travis, PhD Courtney Wudyka, MA
An Eventful Year for the Public Sector Issues (PSI) Committee
… A year that’s been busy and productive, although not without some uncertainty and turbulence in the wake of administrative and legislative changes in the Statehouse. We’ve added new members to better reflect the diversity of agencies under the PSI umbrella, have provided liaison to other OPA committees and have focused increasingly on advocacy efforts. The
committee meets on a monthly basis via teleconference and we’re looking forward to our second annual retreat in July. New additions to the committee include forensic psychologists working with the courts as well as psychologists working in the prison system (ODRC) and
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with the military. The new folks join a group of professionals involved in community mental health agencies and hospitals, medical schools and universities, the Veterans Administration and schools. We would also like to add additional psychologists who focus on care of children in state agencies. PSI Committee members currently also serve on the education, diversity, advocacy and membership committees; the LGBT subcommittee and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Task Force. Liaison activities help to promote sharing of information and collaboration in planning. An important current goal of the PSI Committee is to reach out to public sector psychologists who have never joined OPA or have become disengaged. We would like to give them a voice and welcome their participation in association activities and leadership. This group that has been under-represented and it’s clear from a survey of member and nonmember public psychologists conducted in the past year that many feel OPA‘s focus has favored private practice issues. We hope the information gained from the survey will allow us to address those concerns and the needs of their clients. Support will also be important in the rapidly changing and often stressful environments in which they work. Because our survey of public sector psychologists also indicated interest in better communication with colleagues, we started a public sector-specific listserv. The PSI mail group (you’ll find the link below) isn’t limited to OPA members. We encourage public sector folks, and those considering public employment, to join the list and use it as an open forum to share questions, concerns and information. Through continuing education offerings over the coming months, we plan to address a variety of issues such as those arising on multidisciplinary teams and in integrated care, barriers to effective leadership by psychologists and state-of-the-art care of SMI clients. Three PSI Committee members were central to the planning and/or presentation of a recent Xavier University conference that looked at training needed to adequately prepare graduate students to work with the SMI population. Advocacy efforts have increased this year – in no small part due to the need to protect psychologists, coworkers and clients against cuts in funding, planned privatization of prisons and education, the threatened loss of collective bargaining for state employees and reorganization and consolidation of government services. Two of our initiatives, a pilot program for prescription privileges for psychologists in prisons and a proposed early intervention program for workers’ compensation clients have been slowed by government reorganization
With committee encouragement, OPA responded quickly and forcefully to oppose Senate Bill 5 which threatens the jobs and mental health of affected public workers. Three PSI committee members also participated in OPA’s recent Legislative Day, taking part in discussion sessions and encouraging legislators to increase mental health funding, to support school anti-bullying bills and address problems in payment of psychologists by insurance companies.
-Lynne C. Rustad, PhD, Chair, Public Sector Issues Committee
PSI Committee Webpage: http://www.ohpsych.org/psectorcmte.aspx PSI Mail Group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PSI_Mail_Group/
Committee Members: David Aronson, PhD, FAACP Kim Clark, PhD Deborah Devlin, LSW Lisa Drogosz, PhD Lani Eberlein, PsyD Fred Frese, PhD Julie Glista, MA Bob Goldberg, PhD, ABPP Jeremy Kaufman, PsyD Terry Kukor, PhD, ABPP Jennifer O’Donnell, PsyD Cindy Orlasky, PhD Jennifer Reese, PhD Lynne Rustad, PhD Bob Stinson, PsyD, ABPP Mary Ann Teitelbaum, PhD Jon Thomas, PhD
Hear Ye, Hear Ye…
Psychologists Have Something to Say: Oral History Project In a twist of fate, or at least a twist in our training, psychologists are getting Thank you to all members serving on the Oral History Project the past year. I a chance to speak about themselves and the profession. Through OPA’s Oral could not have done this without you! History Project, psychologists are interviewed about the history of psychology in the state of Ohio. Many interviews have been conducted with psychologists PhD, Past President 09-10 throughout the state with those interviewees reflecting on how psychology evolved over the years in Ohio. The Oral History Project has thoughts Chair Oral History Project recorded on the formative early years of the Ohio Psychological Association over 60 years ago, first licensure with the State Board of Psychology back in the early 1970’s (groovy man), as well as practicing before insurance and Oral History Project Members: managed care; ah those were the days.
Ohio has a rather rich history of psychology and many interviews recorded provide example of not only the influence of psychology in Ohio, but also how Ohio psychology was influential at the national level and continues to pave the way with innovative ideas and programs nationally. Oral History Project members are currently hard at work archiving all these thoughts and reflections into a searchable data base that can be accessed via the Internet. We also have plans to provide a montage of sample clips that will be posted on OPA’s YouTube page for all to access and hear. So if you know someone, or you are someone, who would like to share some of Ohio psychology’s rich history for the next generation to learn, please contact the Oral History Project. And Let’s Hear it for Ohio!
Vytautas Bieliauskas, PhD Denise Brenner, OPA Director of Operations and Member Services Cathy Gaw, PsyD Heather Gilbert, OPA Director of Communications and Education Wendy Kellon Michael Ranney, OPA Executive Director John Rudisill, PhD Richard Rynearson, PhD Laura Samson, PhD Rosemary Shaw, PsyD
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Ohio Psychological Association Membership Services and Benefits The following is merely a sample of the various services the Ohio Psychological Association offers to its members - psychologists and psychology-related individuals.
Exclusive Services for OPA members You won’t find these anywhere else in Ohio!
vN umerous e-mail listservs—general and specific—provide an instant
vE thics and Colleague Assistance Committees help with ethics-related
vM entoring Program provides support for those new to the field and
connection with colleagues and others in the profession of psychology
allows veteran psychologists to share their expertise
vO ption to purchase website hosting services with a convenient, user-
friendly management system
vS earch for and connect to fellow OPA members through the online
OPA Membership Directory
vO nline Psychologist Referral Program builds your client base vP roject FAIR (Focused Advocacy Insurance Reform) assists with
managed care issues
vO nline Media Resource Guide provides a platform for sharing your
expertise with the media or individuals seeking more information about the field
vC ontracts with outside vendors allow exclusive and discounted access
to merchant services, billing services, collection agencies, identity theft protection, encrypted e-mail and credit unions
vG et the latest on legal issues, ethical concerns, empirically based
treatment models, state and federal regulations and practice management best practices to help you be more effective and avoid legal problems
Your voice at the Statehouse, in Congress and Beyond vF ighting for psychologists, patients and clients in federal and state
vW orking to protect the profession, standards, fees and the livelihood of
v Interactive OPA Web site at www.ohpsych.org including a “Members
vP romoting Ohio on the national scene in collaboration with the
vA ction alerts and easy links to legislators through the online CapWiz
Only” area with unique login
vD iscount on MCE tracking registration and FREE single course reviews
($50 value per review)
v Instant discounts on OPA sponsored workshops and Convention vM ultiple online/homestudy/webinar opportunities available at a
vR educed membership fees for students, early and late career
vF REE online classified advertising, discounted print and career center
advertising and discounted mail lists for purchase
Communication, Networking, and the Information Advantage vM onthly print publications, including The Ohio Psychologist scholarly journal, and monthly e-newsletter
American Psychological Association system
Become Involved; Contribute to the Future of Psychology in Ohio vL earn how to effectively advocate for the profession at the annual
vG et to know and educate your legislators through OPA’s Grassroots
v J oin an OPA Committee, Task Force or Special Interest Group vS erve on the OPA Board of Directors vT he Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS)
provides support to students entering the field and raises awareness of the changing trends for veteran members
Ohio Psychological Association · www.ohpsych.org · 800-783-1983
Development Subcommittee Report
This marked the first year that OPA designated a subcommittee to specifically identify alternative ways of generating monies to support the goals of the foundation. This year, we kicked off our first online auction. All committee members as well as many board members gathered some of their favorite items for this auction. We successfully raised $886.23. Our auction items value topped at $12,709. However, we sold only 35 of our 55 items to a total of 37 bidders. Some of the more popular items attractive to our audience were travel items, as well as entertainment and tickets to sporting events.
So, I want to personally thank all of you who supported our initiative this year and ask you to please be on the lookout for additional opportunities to provide support to OPA’s Foundation for Psychology in Ohio.
We anticipate that we will make this an annual event and will continue to partner with various vendors over the year. We receive support because we inform our vendors how the monies are used to support the foundation and the ways in which the monies serve our profession and community. Remember, the Foundation for Psychology in Ohio strives to promote healthy communities in Ohio and seeks to create, support, and encourage activities of a psychological nature that promote community health. The foundation supports individuals and organizations which promote community health through psychological means.
Members: Cathy McDaniels Wilson, PhD, ABBP, Chair Colin Christensen, PhD Heather Gilbert, OPA Director of Communications & Education Mike Dwyer, PhD Michelle Evans, PhD Michael Ranney, OPA Executive Director
Cathy McDaniels Wilson, Ph.D., ABBP, Chair email@example.com
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OPAGS Year in Review
This has been an exciting year for the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students. We have participated in a wide variety of activities to serve psychology graduate students and further the aims of OPA. Highlights are below.
Amy Untied. Advocacy by graduate students was presented by Jennifer Daniel, OPAGS Advocacy Chair, from Xavier University. Panel discussion included applying for internships by Dr. Karen Taylor from OSU and her intern graduate student Gregory Alfred, and recently matched graduate students Mei Ng and Eric Zimak from Ohio University. Another panel discussed increasing multicultural competence with Dr. Julie Williams from Wright State Univeristy and graduate students Kadian Sinclair and Susan Wilson from Ohio University. OPAGS looks forward to hosting another valuable conference next year.
In early November the OPAGS board created an OPAGS 2010 OPA Poster Session benefits brochure to help inform students about extensive opportunities linked to participation in the organization.
Multiple graduate students helped at the Mental Health Fair and attended OPA Legislative Day on May 25. They appreciated learning more about the process of advocacy, important legislative issues affecting psychological practice, and being able to meet directly with state representatives and senators to make requests for the benefit of the field of psychology in Ohio.
During the OPA Convention the OPAGS board met with campus reps to discuss goals and recruitment strategies. OPAGS benefits brochures were given to campus reps to distribute to students within their respective programs. A large number of students participated in the OPA poster session and presentations and received awards. Graduate student poster awards went to Courtney Wudyka and Shalagh Frantz. Katie Edwards from Ohio University was also honored with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for her advocacy efforts.
This year OPAGS has increased its collaboration with the OPA Committee of Social Responsibility by appointing a new OPAGS board member, Amy Untied, as a liaison to this committee with the intention of increasing graduate student awareness and participation in outreach activities. OPAGS is also currently collaborating with the OPA Professional Practice Committee in organizing a summer barbeque that would engage graduate students and early career psychologists in discussing how OPA can best aid psychologists in making a successful transition from school into professional life.
From March 12-15, the OPAGS Chair, Trevor Petersen, and Chairelect, Nicole Bosse, joined OPA delegates at the APA State Leadership conference where they received in-depth leadership and advocacy training. The final day culminated in a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with senators and representatives regarding the requests of APA that will benefit the field of psychology.
OPAGS plans to continue to play an active role in informing, supporting and involving Ohio graduate students in opportunities that will benefit their current and future experience in the field of psychology.
Throughout the year, under the direction of Catherine Linn, the OPAGS Membership and Communications Chair, the OPAGS board contacted members to invite them to serve as campus representatives at programs that have not formerly had reps. By establishing campus reps at more programs, information and opportunities provided by OPAGS were distributed to more students across the state.
On April 30, OPAGS held a graduate-focused conference on the campus of The Ohio State University. The program included a poster session, presentations and panels composed primarily of graduate student presenters. The poster session was judged by campus representatives and cash awards were given to the two highest scored research projects: the work of Molly Martinez from OSU and that of Ann Raegan from Wright State University. Presentations were on DBT by Dr. Nicholas Salsman from Xavier University and his graduate students Melissa Maxwell, Jessica Chiu, Kim Rosenzweig, Jessica Vordenberg, Dr. Nick Salsman and
-Trevor Petersen, OPAGS Chair OPAGS Board Members: Chair: Trevor Petersen, Ohio University Chair-Elect: Nicole Bosse, Xavier University Diversity Chair: Angela Harris, Wright State University Membership & Communications Chair: Catherine Linn, Xavier University Continuing Education Chair: Craig Spiel, Ohio University Advocacy Chair: Jennifer Daniel, Xavier University Committee of Social Responsibility Liaison: Amy Untied, Xavier University
AAPP Goes Global and Learns About the Future
The Akron Area Professional Psychologists (AAPP) were fortunate to have a number of outstanding speakers for our most recent membership year. We started off by having Holly Timberlake, PhD, present “Going Global: New Possibilities For Your Practice in the Internet Age.” Dr. Timberlake taught attendees practical strategies about how to use technology to provide services to others, from multimedia, to the internet, to mobile technologies. It was a fascinating talk that opened the eyes of those in attendance to a number of new platforms that are available for practitioners to put their message out to the public.
Lynn Klimo, PhD, helped maintain AAPP’s momentum with the presentation, “Integrative Health Care and Wellness: What is It & How do we Achieve It” in December. Rather than focusing on narrow techniques, Dr. Klimo taught psychologists in attendance ways to treat the whole person. The talk helped practitioners to take a broader view in our work with clients. AAPP enjoyed the honor of having Frederick Frese III, PhD, present “Emerging Trends in Schizophrenia Research and Treatment.” Dr. Frese entertained all with his dry wit and engaging speaking style. More importantly, however, he helped all of us in attendance to gain a greater appreciation for the dignity of the clients with whom we work. While the presentation taught us about schizophrenia, the more significant subtext of the talk was the respect that is due to all recipients of mental health care.
Lastly, AAPP peered into the future when OPA’s own Michael Ranney, MPA and Bobbie Celeste, PhD presented on “Future Trends for the Practice of Psychology in the State of Ohio.” AAPP, Dr. Celeste and Mr. Ranney invaded Canton for the presentation and psychologists in the Football Hall of Fame city were treated to a most informative talk. Numerous psychologists spoke of desiring to have OPA’s dream team come back for a return engagement and we certainly plan on inviting them. Many thanks to all of our fine presenters for helping to make the past year a successful one for AAPP. We look forward to more informative presentations in the coming year.
PhD, AAPP Representative to OPA, firstname.lastname@example.org AAPP’s Officers: President: Jane Eckert, PhD Vice President/OPA Representative: Colin Christensen, PhD Secretary/ Treasurer: Joel Mowrey, PhD
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Mindfulness and Self Care:
The Taking Care of the Care Givers Project The Dayton Area Psychological Association (DAPA) is “Minding their Mindfulness” as they learn to care for themselves. Last year the group explored nature trails as they silently practiced mindfulness through walking meditation. This year the troops headed out again to the scenic Grant Park Nature Nook in Centerville to participate in the second annual “Taking Care of the Care Givers” event. This highly participatory experience was lead by Jennifer Mercurio Leen, a counselor trained at the Chopra Center in Lahoya, California where she was both a student and teacher of yoga, meditation and multiple stress management techniques for over six years. Ms. Mercurio Leen led the Dayton area psychologists and students as they collectively experienced the softening of their thoughts and the releasing of tension in their physical bodies, thus allowing for healing and rejuvenation. As the presenter gently guided the group to explore their inner selves and openly share their insights, participants learned mindfulness skills that can be applied for both personal and professional well-being. All of the participants walked away feeling a bit lighter and less burdened as they relished in their newfound level of deep relaxation and joy.
exploration of psychological matters. The DAPA Future Psychologist Award (a.k.a. the Wolf Award) is presented annually along with a $500 cash award to an exemplary graduate student at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP). The current and incoming DAPA presidents present the award at the SOPP Invocation ceremony. Motivated up and coming high school students are also encouraged and recognized. Students presenting behavioral science experiments at the District Science Fair are eligible for a special judging in which the winner receives an award letter from the current DAPA president along with a $100 cash award. The intent of these awards is two-fold. First and foremost, young students are encouraged to continue to pursue behavioral sciences research projects; secondly, local psychologists have the opportunity to open the door to future mentoring of these students as they begin their journey into the exploration of possible careers in the behavioral sciences. Former DAPA judges have all expressed their sense of personal growth and increased awareness as they meet and interact with these young, creative and innovative thinkers.
In tandem with personal care and growth, DAPA is putting mindfulness into action through annual community service projects. Last year a Brown Bag food pantry project was initiated. This year the group introduced an even larger service event involving volunteering with a local Habitat for Humanity building project. These efforts serve the community, while at the same time allowing for a collective mindfulness experience that feeds the caregivers soul.
The DAPA leadership and members look forward to another year of personal and professional growth as we continue our journey of Taking Care of the Care Givers. We invite other area psychologists and graduate students to join us as we develop future mindfulness opportunities.
Minding the minds of future psychologists has been central to the DAPA philosophy for over four years. Students at the high school and graduate level are encouraged and rewarded for their excellence in the scientific
-Rose Mary Shaw, PsyD DAPA Regional Representative Rosemary.email@example.com
Women Leading Women:
A Look at the Future of OWP As another year ends for me at the helm of Ohio Women in Psychology (OWP), it is important to reflect on our year, our accomplishments and our hopes for the future. This year began in the fall of 2010 where I was fortunate to attend the OPA Board retreat as the Ohio Women in Psychology President. At that meeting I stated that one of my goals for this year was to begin a website for OWP to house information about our organization, our vision, and our goals. We are thankful that OPA is hosting a page for OWP on their website. This can be reached at www.ohpsych.org/owp.aspx. OWP is looking forward to receiving articles and resources that could be useful for women in psychology to place on the website or in our quarterly newsletter, Perspectives. Another one of my presidential initiatives has been to create a program for women, by women to enhance their interaction and collaboration with one another, and to learn from and to support one another. We are thus in the midst of planning for what we hope to be our first annual women’s retreat in Columbus in September. We have been engaging in discussions on how we can best meet the needs of women from all over Ohio with an interest in psychology. Dr. Bobbie Celeste (OPA Director of Professional Affairs and OWP MAL-Legislation) and Dr. Cathy McDaniels Wilson (OWP’s Communications Officer and Past OPA President) have been kind enough to assist me in spearheading the effort of this retreat. Dr. Helen Rodebaugh has volunteered space in her office to host this event. We hope that it will be an enriching event for all that attend and we hope that it will continue to subsequent years! We look forward to seeing you there! In the meantime, please look for updates on programming and CE opportunities on the OPA and OWP website, as well as in our Perspectives newsletter. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Terry Ransom Flint as OWPs newly chosen President-Elect! Dr. Flint is a rehabilitation psychologist in OSU’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and will bring her wealth of experiences within this discipline to support and mentor other women in psychology. Dr. Flint will begin her two year term as OWP President as I shift to Past-President on January 1, 2012. OWP also welcomes two new co-editors for the Perspectives newsletter. Kendea Oliver and Jackie Hyland Heath are both PhD Students at OSU in the Clinical Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology Departments respectively. These students have done a wonderful
job putting together a thorough summer Perspectives newsletter. We are currently accepting OWP scholarship applications. Each year OWP awards a student doing research on women’s issues scholarship funds to assist with their research. Applications are accepted until the end of August 2011. Studies must be IRB approved before they can be considered. You can find an application in our last two newsletters. You can also contact me for an application and instructions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, I have been fortunate to attend many events hosted by OPA during my tenure as President. I have attended OPA Board meetings for OWP. Additionally, I have attended the OPA Legislative Day and Mental Health Fair at the Ohio Statehouse on May 25, 2011. Witnessing and engaging in mental health advocacy is always an enriching and exciting experience and this year was no exception. It was particularly rewarding to be a part of the health fair and provide information to legislators and the public. I look forward to participating again in the future. Additionally, I participated in the OPA’s Leadership Forum where I learned a significant amount about my values as a leader and how to utilize those values to lead effectively. A presentation about how to present oneself to the media was equally invaluable information. Finally, my attendance and presentation at the Columbus VA Mental Health Fair was an important event to assist veterans in learning more about mental health and demystifying the stigma of mental illness. I have had wonderful experiences as President of OWP that have lead to my own personal and professional growth. It is my sincerest hope that I can continue advocating for mental health and enhancing, empowering and encouraging women throughout the state in the field of psychology. I hope that in turn they too will feel empowered enough to empower others. I look forward to seeing you all in the fall OWP Women’s Retreat!
-Christine E. Agaibi, MA, PhD Candidate in
Counseling Psychology – The University of Akron OWP President 2010-2012, email@example.com
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Toledo Area Association of Professional Psychologists The Toledo Area Association of Professional Psychologists (TAAPP) maintained an active schedule during the past year. Our membership, consisting of approximately 70 members had the opportunity to participate in four continuing education programs. The November 2010 workshop, presented by Dr. Eric Dubow, was a presentation on stressful life events and protective mechanisms in children’s resilience. Dr. Dubow has done extensive multinational and intercultural research in this area. In January we were treated to a telepsychology workshop by TAAPP members Dr. Audrey Ellenwood and Dr. Mark Dielman. This is a very timely subject and Dr. Ellenwood has been active in a leadership role with OPA task force for Telepsychology. In early March, Dr. David Doane presented a workshop on the “Changing Practice of Psychology,” and later in the spring a panel presentation was conducted, focusing on models of private practice. This final workshop was a panel of several practicing psychologists in different settings, along with a business attorney and two accountants who were available to answer questions related to various business issues associated with the practice of psychology.
Efforts have been made during the past year to become more involved with the academic community in Northwest Ohio, and continuing efforts will be maintained to form closer relationships. Area faculty members and graduate students have been invited to our programs, and we have begun holding our continuing education programs at a local hospital conference room to encourage more attendance from physicians and healthcare staff. For the coming year, Dr. Carol Smith will be moving to the past President role as Dr. Mark Dielman takes over the Presidency. Dr. Joelle Floriana will assume the role of President-elect. The scheduled continuing education events for the coming year include an ethics workshop, a spirituality workshop, a PTSD workshop and a workshop on sexual addiction.
-Dennis W Kogut,
PhD TAAPP Representative to OPA firstname.lastname@example.org
Catching Up With COPA An integral aspect of COPA’s identity is our commitment to professional and community outreach. COPA sponsored two graduate students in central Ohio to attend OPA’s Legislative Day. In addition to obtaining invaluable advocacy experience, each student also received a free membership to COPA. So that more graduate students are able to attend CE programs sponsored by COPA, students who assist with program registration will be entitled to have the registration fee for that program waived. COPA participated in the judging of the Regional Science Day and State Science Day. COPA sponsored two awards for outstanding behavioral health projects. COPA will participate in two fundraisers: NAMI Walks and the Out of Darkness Walk (October 2011). COPA is also proud to make annual financial contributions in support of Science Day and Project FAIR.
Attendees at the COPA & PSYOHIO wine tasting.
COPA has had another exciting and productive year, especially in the areas of continuing education, networking and outreach. COPA has continued its commitment to offer relevant and cost-effective CE programs. In September COPA co-sponsored a workshop with the Association of School Psychologists of Central Ohio on LD Assessment Using Response to Intervention. The presenters were Jan Swartzentruber, PhD and Mary Gierhart, MEd, NCSP. In January, Douglas Pawlarczyk, PhD presented the first of our workshop series, “Psychological Testing in the 21st Century.” The second workshop in the 2011 series was “Ethical Decision Making: Doing the Right Thing and Minimizing the Risk of HIV Related Situations and Other Critical Challenges” conducted in April by Greg Brigham, PhD. In May Terry Kukor, PhD presented “Unwrapping the Gift of Fear: The Psychology of Stalking.” The last two workshops in our 2011 series will be held in August, (“Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse,” presented by Howard Fradkin, PhD) and in September, (“New Developments in Diversity Awareness,” offered by James Dobbins, PhD). In November 2010 and May 2011 COPA partnered with the Foundation for Psychology in Ohio to host a wine tasting and professional networking fundraising event. Both offered a great opportunity to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends. We hope to make this an annual event.
COPA’s current membership is 97. In contrast to other regional associations in Ohio, our membership has remained relatively stable. It is with deep gratitude that we thank central Ohio for your support of COPA. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please be our guest for lunch at our monthly board meetings. We meet on the third Monday of each month from 12-1:30 p.m. at Panera Bread at Olentangy and Bethel Roads. This is a great way to learn more about COPA and become an integral part of addressing the needs of psychologists in central Ohio. We are actively seeking individuals to chair the following committees: membership, continuing education, diversity and publications/website. In addition, our fall elections are coming up! If you are interested or would like to nominate someone for president or secretary, please contact any of our current board members: President: Aracelis Rivera, PsyD, email@example.com Past President: Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD ABPP, Bob.Stinson@mh.ohio.gov Secretary: Lisa Gordish, PsyD, Lisa.Gordish@mh.ohio.gov OPA Representative: Peg Richards Mosher, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you! For more information about COPA, check out our website: copaonline.org. Respectfully submitted,
-Peg Richards Mosher, Ph.D.
COPA representative to OPA email@example.com
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Focusing in Strategic Planning 2. Providing resources….
a. Increase availability of psychological resources through the internet and electronic mail
b. Enhance development and provisions of continuing education for psychologists
3.Fostering inclusiveness and diversity among our membership and it’s leadership
The Strategic Planning Task Force has been focused specifically on developing a three-year strategic plan. It has been a little over 5 years since we had a formal strategic plan in place. Task Force Members met earlier this year and reviewed our vision and mission statements and gave much thought to where we would like OPA to be in the coming years. The committee also agreed to utilize the expertise of a consultant to help facilitate a synthesis of our plan. We reached out to Past President Dr. Dave Hellkamp for his support. After our initial meeting with Dr. Hellkamp, we were encouraged to revisit our vision and mission statements and to prioritize our goals for the association. I am enclosing the most recent version of our task force meeting for your review.
a. Insure that OPA membership and its leadership is reflective of the community we serve
b. Increase OPA membership by being more inclusive and promoting diversity
4.Providing psychologically healthy and safe work environments for OPA employees and volunteers.
a. Secure professional development opportunities
b. Ensure that staffing is adequate to serve the members
5. Promoting multicultural competence of psychologists to more effectively serve Ohioans.
a. Develop certification in multicultural competence
b. E nsure that diversity and inclusion are a central value of the association
Opa Vision And Mission: Ohio Psychological Association Vision: (REVISED) vT o advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and to improve people’s lives in Ohio.
Ohio Psychological Association Mission: (REVISED) The Ohio Psychological Association advances the science, application of professional psychology by: vA dvocating for public policies that promote psychological services, the field of psychology, and a psychologically healthy Ohio vP roviding psychological resources, including knowledge, referrals, education, and training for psychologists and for the citizens of Ohio vF ostering inclusiveness and diversity among our membership and leadership vP roviding a psychologically healthy and safe work environment for OPA employees and volunteers that supports their career and personal growth and values their contributions, professionalism and ideas vS upporting the personal and professional lives of psychologists through the lifespan from student status through retirement vP romoting the multicultural competence of psychologists to more effectively serve Ohioans
Ohio Psychological Association Values: vC hampioning human rights and mental well-being for all vM odeling diversity and inclusiveness vS triving to be a role model for support of environmental sustainability vW orking in collaboration with other organizations and leaders
Rank order of initiatives: 1. A dvocating for public policy that promotes psychological service, the field of psychology and psychologically healthy Ohioans.
a. Proactive (creating public policy that serves our vision and mission e.g. demonstration Project, Prescriptive privileges)
b. Reactive (monitoring, e.g. Bill box)
6. Supporting the personal and professional lives of psychologist through the lifespan from student status through retirement
a. Develop programming and engagement opportunities for psychologists
b. D evelop ways to maintain engagement through the transition from early career through mid career
The next steps in the process involved a facilitated discussion with Dr. Hellkamp at our June board meeting. Additional attention and focus to our strategic planning process will take place during our retreat under the leadership of our incoming President Dr. John Rudisill. As has been our process, we will keep you informed of our strategic planning process as it unfolds.
-Cathy McDaniels Wilson, PhD, ABPP Strategic Planning Committee Members: Cathy McDaniels Wilson, ABPP, Chair Kevin Arnold, PhD, ABPP Jim Broyles, PhD Cathy Gaw, PsyD Angela Harris, MS Priscilla Kingston, PhD James Raia, PhD Michael Ranney, OPA Executive Director Lynn Rapin, PhD John Rudisill, PhD Lynn Rustad, PhD Rose Mary Shaw, PsyD Paula Shear, PhD
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Four Organizations Win Statewide Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Four Ohio organizations have made their employees’ lives less stressful through psychologically healthy workplace programs. On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 the Ohio Psychological Association honored Neundorfer, Inc. (Willoughby), Union Hospital (Dover), SSOE Group (Toledo) and University of Akron (Akron) as the recipients of its eighth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. After an application was submitted to the OPA, a panel of OPA members conducted a site visit. The workplace was evaluated on five areas: employee involvement, employee growth and development, health and safety, employee recognition and work-life balance. Neundorfer, Inc. Neundorfer, Inc. makes employee involvement in the company a high priority. A team of employees wrote the company’s mission statement, “We create a spirited, mutually supportive organization with integrity, flexibility and excellence. This results in employee dedication, enjoyment, fulfillment, personal growth and confidence, while maintaining a balance between a successful career and personal life.” Union Hospital With over 1,000 employees Union Hospital has made employee health and wellness the foundation upon which it builds excellent care for the community it serves. Their monthly “Lunch & Learn” program is just one of the many steps they have taken to educate staff about wellness and increase participation in onsite activities.
SSOE Group One of the first things you will see walking in SSOE, an international architecture, engineering, and construction management firm is their mantra, “happy clients… happy staff.” Its vision to, “provide career growth and wealth creation opportunities for employees” is clearly a success with an employee retention rate of 98 percent. University of Akron The current economical climate certainly presents a challenge to employers keeping their employees psychologically healthy. Over the past few years we’ve seen news reports about state agencies furloughing employees in Ohio. Two years ago, University of Akron’s CEO told employees they would not be furloughed and charged the management team with fulfilling that promise. The internet was used to gather suggestions from employees and resulted in dozens of improvements, including numerous health and safety initiatives. A strong wellness is now clearly in place. The University went on to receive Best Practices Honors from the American Psychological Association. OPA is now accepting applications for the 2010 awards, to be presented at the OPA Convention this fall. Information on the PHWA program and the application process can be found at ohpsych.org/workplace.aspx.
, OPA Director of Communications and Education firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dealing with Childhood Trauma in Adult Therapy: Facts and Follies Noam Shpancer, PhD Otterbein University
While the notion that early trauma may be linked to psychological and behavioral problems in adult life is rather old news, recent work has refined our understanding of this link in two major ways. First, research has shown quite convincingly that early trauma is a major predictor— and causal agent—not only of neurotic-spectrum problems such as anxiety, depression and relationship issues, but also of physiological health outcomes (see Dong, Giles, Felitti, Dube, Williams, Chapman, & Anda, 2004; Felitti, 2002; Felitti, Anda, Nordenberg, Williamson, Spitz, Koss, & Marks, 1998) and even psychosis (Lardinois, Lataster, Mengelers, Van Os, & Myin-Germeys, 2011; Read, Van Os, Morrison, & Ross, 2005). Second, research has begun to disentangle the complex cascade of events that shape the path from the ‘genotype’ of early trauma to the ‘phenotype’ of adult malfunction. At the level of the brain, evidence is accumulating that early trauma may inflict its damage in childhood by adversely affecting the size and functionality of brain structures such as the hippocampus and the corpus calosum (Bremner, 2002), as well as altering neurobiological mechanisms involved in mediating the stress response (Heim, Newport, Mletzko, Miller, & Nemeroff, 2008; Neigh, Gillespie, & Nemeroff, 2009). These early changes constitute structural vulnerabilities for developing disorders and health problems in adulthood (see Anda, Felitti, Bremner, Walker, Whitfield, Perry, et al., 2006; Heim & Nemeroff, 2001). Looking at environmental influences, we are beginning to understand that, while early adversity appears to have a dose-response relationship
with later functioning (Anda, et. al., 2006; Dube, Anda, Felitti, Chapman, Williamson, & Giles, 2001), the path from early experience to adult outcome is rarely direct (Kendall-Tackett, 2002). For example, Turner and Butler (2003) found that while early trauma was in some cases linked to depression directly, the link was more often mediated by later stress and low self-esteem. Insecure attachment has been found to mediate the links between early trauma and Somatization Disorder in females (Waldinger, Schulz, Barsky, & Ahern, 2006). In Dube et al., (2001) the prevalence of attempted suicide for persons with no experiences of childhood adversity was 1%; for those with seven or more such experiences, it was 35%. These effects, however, were partially mediated by later life events such as drug use, depressed affect, and alcoholism. Finally, it has become clear that the path from trauma to dysfunction must be examined in the context of current conceptualizations of geneenvironment interaction. We realize that while the effects of trauma on brain and behavior depend in part on the individual’s genetic susceptibilities (Bakermans-Kranenburg & Van Ijzendoorn, 2007; Kim-Cohen, Caspi, Taylor, Williams, Newcombe, Craig and Moffitt, 2006), likewise the expression of genetic tendencies depends in part on environmental conditions (Meaney, 2001; Rutter, Moffitt, & Caspi, 2006). In other words, while genes help decide how environmental trauma will affect you, environmental trauma helps decide how your genes will affect you.
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typically absent and accounts of events and their sequences cannot easily be verified. Traumatic experiences are events in context, and often that context includes multiple risk factors that may operate independently of—or in synergy with—the trauma, rendering difficult the task of knowing whether a certain event acted as a cause, a mediator, a covariant, or a moderator related to later outcome. Moreover, early environments are not often amenable to rigorous experimental manipulation of the kind science relies on to decipher cause and effect. We can’t place a representative sample of children in an environment and then randomly traumatize half of them. Additionally, psychological research on the role of trauma in development relies on comparing outcome variation between individuals. It doesn’t tell us much about what happens within each individual. Finding that 50% of the variance for some outcome is due to early trauma does not mean that 50% of that outcome in the individual client in front of you is due to trauma. Thus, even if we figure out the general path from early trauma to later trouble, and a mechanism that explains why more traumatized people end up experiencing some sort of trouble later in life than nontraumatized people, we cannot readily deduce from the group to the individual. Finding that traumatized people are more likely to become depressed does not necessarily mean that the person in front of you is depressed because of his early trauma. There are multiple paths to depression, even for traumatized people. Understanding the limited prediction value of each specific early trauma is important since many laypersons, as well as some therapists, still assume that we need to know the exact root causes of a condition to fix it. This assumption is incorrect (see Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio & Beyerstein, 2010). Perhaps the major contributions of the cognitive-behavioral school of therapy have been to turn the focus of therapy toward the here-and-now and to show empirically how precise knowledge of the historical causes of a problem is not a precondition for overcoming it (Hayes, 2006; Leahy, 2008; Lowenstein and MacCulloch, 2009). We should share that understanding with our clients.
Clinical psychologists, of course, are no strangers to the traumatrouble link. Many of our clients report chaotic, troubled childhoods and traumatic life experiences. Making the connections between early trauma and subsequent patterns of maladaptive behavior, emotion dysregulation, and distorted perception is part of how we help our clients establish a coherent narrative within which to frame their difficulties. However, in light of our emerging understanding of its complex nature, we must address the trauma-trouble link thoughtfully in the context of therapy, lest we mislead our clients and ourselves. First, we, and our clients, should resist the temptation to assume that specific current behaviors can be usefully explained by referring to specific early experiences. The temptation is great, because clients often seek such explanations, and psychologists would love to be able to provide them. But there are vast individual differences in the response to early trauma (Meaney, 2001; Yehuda, & LeDoux, 2007). Even those who suffer similar early circumstances rarely share a similar symptom profile in adulthood. For example, despite popular belief to the contrary, adult children of alcoholics do not share a unique and uniform psychological profile (see Sher, 1997). Teasing apart the various environmental elements that might have produced a certain effect in one individual is quite impossible, particularly in the inherently haphazard context of therapy—where precise mappings of the client’s brain processes and genetic profile are
In addition, even as we track in therapy the possible links between past trauma and present functioning, it is crucial that we understand, and explain to our clients, that what caused a problem in the past is often different than what maintains it in the present. As Allport (1937) classically argued, while adult motives grow out of antecedent systems, they are functionally independent of them. In terms of contemporary therapy, we can say that tracing your current fear of dogs to an early childhood encounter with a scary poodle may plausibly tell us why you became scared of dogs back then. It does not tell us why your fear continues today, after both your childhood and that poodle are long gone. (What causes your fear now is more likely your avoidance. You’re afraid of dogs now because you avoid them). In therapy, we should augment our search for what may have initiated the client’s problems with a more important search for what may be perpetuating the problem in the present. Because, after all, the job of the therapist is to help the client feel and function better now—not to act as a personal psycho-historical detective. Finally, even as we probe the trauma-trouble link in therapy, we need to remain aware that the rule of human existence is resilience in the face of adversity (see Bonanno & Mancini, 2008; Yehuda, & LeDoux, 2007). Trauma is linked to heightened risk of disease and disorder, and yet most people who suffer a traumatic experience do not end up diseased and disordered. Most people are resilient in spite of trauma, particularly if they have positive social relationships, if they learn to problem-solve, and if they develop competencies valued by self and society (Masten, Best, & Garmezy, 1990). In other words, our clients are wired for survival, recovery, and adaptation. While we work to address the sources of their injury, it is important to locate, acknowledge, nurture, celebrate, and capitalize on their reservoirs of strength. Damaged people are never entirely damaged, just as healthy people are never entirely healthy. The client’s assets should be utilized in dealing with the client’s deficits.
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