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  • 2021 Year in Review

     

    2021 was a transformative year for the DC Psychological Association (DCPA). We have a long list of achievements and renovations we are excited to share with you:

     

    First and foremost, DCPA acquired a new management company that efficiently met member requests, streamlined all of our internal processes, and provided financial management and information technology services. We have a new Executive Director, Angela Richardson Certified Association Executive as well as a new Association Manager and Event Planner, Erin Griebe. They have done a fantastic job providing effective administrative and member services and we are truly grateful to have them on our team.

     

    In 2021, DCPA had a 54% increase in our membership since 2020 with 334 members and counting. DCPA’s finances also increased by 32% and is one of the most financially sound small associations in the country.

     

    As of 2021, DCPA has one of the most diverse boards with the highest percentage of Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) in the nation. Of the 14 psychologists on our board, 10 of them are ECPs and our 7 committees are mostly led and composed of ECPs. Their work in advocacy, diversity and social justice, and community outreach earned DCPA the Division 31 2021 Early Career Psychologist Initiative Award. However, our growth and expansion would not have been possible without the guidance, wisdom, and institutional knowledge of our dedicated and longtime board members. Collectively, DCPA’s strength comes from the commitment and passion of all of our members for the advancement of our profession, serving our members, and the promotion of public welfare.  

    DCPA provided 27 events for our members this year.

    • We provided 17 Continuing Education training programs.

    -       Each year DCPA ensures to provide our members CEs that are required for DC licensure. This year we provided 3 Ethics CEs, 4 Public Health CEs, and 4 LGBTQ+ CEs. DCPA created a training in response to the DC Health's emergency-mandated 2-hour COVID-19 vaccine training requirement for all DC Healthcare Providers: “COVID-19 Vaccine: Overview and Clinical Consideration for Healthcare Providers”, where three expert panelists provided an intersectional discussion on promoting vaccine confidence.

    -   Click here for a comprehensive list of our past events
    • 48% of the programs were on topics covering diversity, social justice and inclusion. DCPA is one of the leading psychological associations in promoting diversity, social justice and inclusion.
    • 22% of our events this year were free to the public, a public service that DCPA plans to continue in 2022.
  • 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:

      • GRC advocated within the DC City Government for the passage of the interjurisdictional psychology compact “PSYPACT”. This year DC became the 15th Jurisdiction to enter compact.
      • Provided public statements on DC Statehood to local media
      • Created advocacy email script and tips for emailing legislators, and fact sheets on the APA’s Model Licensure Act.
      • The GRC members, including graduate students from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, authored a paper that was accepted to the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy focused on trauma in the “double pandemic”.
      • The Chair of GRC, Dr. Jeremy Kozne, regularly attends DC Psychology Board Meetings, and this year he advocated for licensure change, for membership concerns, and communicated board decisions to membership. Dr. Kozne plans to continue attending DC Psychology Board Meetings in 2022.

    Dr. Kozne also spearheaded the initiative to update DCPA’s Policy and Procedure manual, which was entirely reviewed by the board and approved this year!

    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 info@dcpsychology.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

    President


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