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Division Mission Statements

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE DIVERSITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE 

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.

Chair: Samira Paul, Psy.D., who can be reached at samira.f.paul@gmail.com

Student Representative for Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion Committee, Joniesha Hickson, MA.  She can be reached at Jhickson@thechicagoschool.edu

MISSION STATEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

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

MISSION STATEMENT OF ETHICS COMMITTEE/SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

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. 

ยทGoal: To provide education, consultation, and support, through seminars, consultation groups, colleague assistance programs and individual consultation.  

Chair: Doug Favero, Ph.D. He can be reached at robertfavero@aol.com.

MISSION OF THE STUDENT COMMITTEE

DC Psychological Association Student Committee is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of graduate students by providing opportunities in advocacy, leadership, networking, mentoring, research, and training within the DCPA. 


Chair: Michael Ray. He can be reached at michaeleric.ray@gmail.com

MISSION STATEMENT FOR LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

The Federal Advocacy 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 jeremy.kozne.phd@gmail.com

MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE EARLY CAREER PSYCHOLOGISTS COMMITTEE OF DCPA

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. 


Chair: Victoria Sylos-Labini, Psy.D., who can be reached at vsyloslabini@gmail.com.

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE LIFE ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE OF DCPA

This Committee will employ the application of psychological principles and practices to promote personal and professional wellbeing. To achieve this objective, DCPA will provide multi-disciplinary colleague assistance groups (Each group reflecting the specific needs of the participants), Life enrichment programs and health and fitness seminars. The committee’s goal is to promote life enhancement by providing heightened awareness, emotional regulation, stress reduction, and an increase in focus and vitality within a healing and nonjudgmental community. 


Co-Chairs: Stephen Stein, Ph.D., who can be reached at s613s@aol.com, and Michele Vecchio, MSW, who can be reached at mmvecchio65@gmail.com.

 

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE PSYCHOLOGICALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE PROGRAM AND AWARDS

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee is a public education program founded by the American Psychological Association. Our mission is to partner with Washington DC organizations to advocate for and support employee health and well-being. Our committee serves to educate businesses on the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces, as well as inform the community of the organizational benefits and business impacts of creating cultures of well-being. In addition, our committee formally recognizes institutions which are excelling at sustaining psychologically healthy workplaces.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee is invested in providing education, resources, and recognition based on these defined elements of a psychologically healthy workplace: Employee Involvement, Health and Safety, Employee Growth and Development, Work-Life Balance, and Employee Recognition. 

Co-Chairs: Stephen Bowles, Ph.D., ABPP, who can be reached at lifewellbeing@gmail.com, and Jade Wood, MA, LMFT, who can be reached at jadetwood@aol.com.



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