DCPA provided 27 events for our members this year.
DCPA was approved by APA for homestudy, so members can earn CEs on their own timeline. This feature will be available on our website in 2022!
Our Government Relations Committee (GRC) expanded to a 14-member committee, and had a number of impressive achievements this year, including:
We have a new Mentoring Program for DCPA members that launched in November and is led by Dr. Holly Weber. 13 applications have already been submitted and all eligible mentees were matched with mentors. Sign up to be a mentor or mentee today!
We established a new Student Committee and Marketing and Membership Committee. The Student Committee is led by two enthusiastic Student Representatives: Jaqueline Castaneda and Kira Charles. If you’re interested in joining either committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We provided 4 LGBTQ+ peer consultation groups and are offering a free peer supervision group in January.
We added a new members-only section to the website which includes access to: Free past webinars, Resource pages, member directory, and a community forum to post job advertisements, office space rentals and to informally connect. You can also advertise your services on our Find-A-Therapist referral service. Please update your profile for next year.
DCPA more than doubled our following on Instagram (788 followers), Facebook (765 followers), Twitter (339 followers), YouTube (31 subscribers), and LinkedIn (35 followers). On Facebook, we had a 1.5K% increase in our reach, reaching approximately 64,454 users. On Instagram, we had a 1.3K% increase, reaching 33,883 users. Follow us @dcpsychassoc to stay current with our events and announcements.
Last but certainly not least, a major victory this year is that we have incredible new leadership on DCPA’s horizons. Next year’s President will be Dr. Samira Paul and Dr. Laurie Paul will be our President Elect. Dr. Samira Paul joined DCPA as a student in 2015, when she founded the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee. Since then, she has actively engaged in different leadership roles to include co-chairing the 2020 COVID-19 Task Force, providing cutting edge diversity trainings for the board and our members, assisting in internal reorganization, and chairing the Diversity Social Justice and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Laurie Paul has been instrumental to DCPA in making meaningful contributions on issues of diversity, social justice and inclusion and the advancement of science and practice. She has provided DCPA with 7 continuing education programing on anti-racism and gender diversity, and plans to provide a free peer consultation group in January. Together, Dr. Samira Paul and Dr. Laurie Paul’s commitment to DCPA has put DCPA on the map as a local and national resource for psychoeducation and professional development.
We are indebted to the many members of our Association who have given of their time and talents to bring about these achievements and services. We thank you for your commitment to DCPA and we hope you will continue to be a part of our growth and expansion by renewing your membership next year. Your membership can help support us in representing and advocating for psychology and mental health on local and national levels. You can also help shape your professional community by joining organized committees, trainings, mentorship program, peer consultation groups and networking events. But perhaps the most important reason to renew your membership is to continue to have a voice that promotes the best interests of psychology and mental health, and embraces the values and beliefs within our field that best enhance the collective well-being of our community.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday and healthy New Year,
Victoria Sylos-Labini, PsyD