Division Mission Statements
The District of Columbia Psychological Association believes in the role of diversity and social justice in shaping the daily lived experiences of our providers, clients, communities and society. We recognize power and privilege differentials and their role in racism, religious oppression, sexism, sizeism, heterosexism, ethno-centrism, ableism, and ageism. We acknowledge the impact of power differential on equity, access, participation and people’s rights. We aim to honor the APA Ethical Principles of Beneficence, Fidelity and Responsibility, Integrity, Justice, and Respect for People's Rights and Dignity.
The objectives of the committee are to advance understanding of the impact that differences in racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical ability, cultural and linguistic background between practitioners and clients can have on the therapeutic relationship; to provide educational and professional opportunities to explore ways of addressing and ameliorating this impact; and, to help foster an environment in which interracial, inter-ethnic and cultural dialogue, cultural awareness and sensitivity play a strengthening role in the life of the DC psychological community. This committee will be working closely with the professional development training committee to ensure provision of professional training for our providers, members, and among ourselves.
The Government Relations Committee of DCPA engages in legislative advocacy on behalf of DCPA members and the profession of psychology at large. The committee is also interested in advocating on behalf of individuals who are the recipients of psychological services in the District of Columbia. The committee represents all sub-fields of psychology equally in its legislative and advocacy efforts.
Chair: Jeremy Kozne, PhD. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the Professional Development Committee of DCPA is to oversee on-going training and newly developed programs designed to promote professional development, clinical training, and ethical consultation.
Goal: To establish a supportive intellectual community that serves to enhance both the personal and professional growth of the mental health community in a vibrant and collaborative environment.
Chair: Stephen Stein, PhD. He can be reached at S613s@aol.com
DC Psychological Association Student Committee is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of students in psychology by providing opportunities in advocacy, leadership, networking, mentoring, research, and training within the DCPA.
Chairs: Michael Ray and Jaqueline Castaneda
The purpose of the DCPA Ethics Committee is to support and uphold ethical sensitivity and practice among members of the District of Columbia Psychological Association. It serves primarily as an educative and consultative body to the membership, the DCPA Board and, as appropriate, to the public. It is not an investigative or punitive body.
·Goal: To provide education, consultation, and support, through seminars, consultation groups, colleague assistance programs and individual consultation.
The ECP Committee of DCPA is a newly formed committee of the DCPA directed towards engaging Early Career Psychologists (defined as within 10 years of graduation from doctoral program). We plan to provide on-going training programs aimed at the needs of ECP’s, increase resources available to ECP’s (e.g., Facebook, web presence, listserv), and establish ongoing outreach events aimed at the networking needs of ECP’s (e.g., happy hours). It is our goal to create a community for ECP’s that can allow for greater involvement in the mental health community as a whole as well as enhance the personal and professional growth.