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About the MPA Practicum

Rosenblum Fellowship Training 2012-2013

The goal of this fellowship is to learn about advocacy, legislative issues, and public policy as it relates to professional psychology. Therefore, the training is intended to give you information and knowledge based on these different arenas. Below is an outline of the training along with suggested readings.

Orientation & Goal-Setting:

  1. Meeting with past fellows to learn from their experience including what they did, how they enjoyed their experience, and to benefit from their suggestions. Recent past fellows include: Paige Fisher, Jodi Morris, Kamala Greene, Ellen O’Donnell, My Banh, Shelby Ortega, Katia Canenguez and Steph Tabashneck.
  2. Meeting with Dr. Sandy Portnoy-to hear about the history of the fellowship & ideas & ways to make the fellowship as effective as possible.
  3. Meet with President of MPA (Dr. Mabel Lam) regarding initiatives and functioning of the elected leadership of MPA.
  4. Meet with MPA Lobbyists: Patricia Lynch and Ben Fierro.
  5. Meet with Rep. Ruth Balser, Psychologist Legislator in Massachusetts House of Representatives.
  6. Meet with Dr. Elena Eisman, MPA’s Executive Director and supervisor of the fellowship, to discuss issues in psychology advocacy and areas of responsibility, current projects, setting goals, and brainstorm ideas for this year’s fellowship.
  7. Meet with representative of CEMA to discuss issues of diversity as they fit into the MPA advocacy agenda.
  8. Attend other events and meetings as appropriate.

Legislative & Advocacy Training:

  1. Spend several months working with the MPA Lobbyist @ legislation; attend meetings; and follow a particular issue relevant to Psychology.
  2. Meet individually with the current Chair of Advocacy Steering Committee and Federal Grassroots Coordinator, Dr. Gerald Sweet to discuss the Advocacy Network.
  3. Attend Advocacy Steering Committee Meetings.
  4. Meet with Mental Health Coalition.

Leadership Development:

  1. Meet to discuss the role of leadership in a community, organization, etc.
  2. Attend monthly MPA Board Meetings (1st Monday of the month from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm)

Additional Ideas:

Work with the Chair of the Student Committee to coordinate Student Initiatives including student MPA reps., and website postings.

Readings shall include among others:

  1. Psychology Licensing Law
  2. Board of Registration Regulations
  3. Federal and State Parity Laws
  4. Federal and State Confidentiality Statues
  5. Medical Records Law
  6. Managed Care Reform Law
  7. Overview of Legislative Process
  8. MPA Bylaws
  9. Current Bills & Legislation which MPA is addressing
  10. APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct
  11. Healthcare Reform Laws
  12. Payment Reform Laws
  13. Electronic Health records

Revised 06/15/12

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