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Your MPA Membership is More Important Now Than Ever, Please Renew Today

Tuesday, February 28, 2017  
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Your MPA membership dues promoted positive change on many levels in 2016.  Because of you, your support, and your voice, we have been able to accomplish so much together.  Specifically, your continued membership led to the following positive outcomes.  You’re welcome to click on any of these to read the details, or you can click here to renew your membership now.

Please note: The deadline to renew your membership and avoid paying a late fee is March 31, but if you pay by Friday, February 24 it will be a “green renewal” as you will also avoid receiving reminders by paper mail.

•We added a substantial new member benefit on the professional affairs website - Practice Tools and Resources. This new page covers a wide range of topics that are relevant to clinical practice, and provides links to a wealth of valuable information, for members only.

•We built a professional community and made connections with many MPA Social events that were launched in early 2016 and continue to thrive and gain momentum.  Depending upon where you work, it can be isolating.  MPA provides a community in which to belong. 

•We were the leading state psychological association nationwide in addressing telehealth, and made positive gains with health plans to secure this growing area of practice for the present and future of the profession of psychology.

We launched the MPA Mentorship Program,an initiative for early and mid-career psychologists that provides an opportunity to establish a mentoring relationship with a more experienced clinician.

•We invested in advocacy with an innovative approach of hiring Jennifer Warkentin, Ph.D. as Director of Professional Affairs, while retaining Michael Goldberg, Ph.D. as Associate Director of Professional Affairs to ensure a smooth transition and continue to achieve positive advocacy outcomes with health plans, regulators, and the legislature through this transition.

•We were a crucial voice for good governance and diversity both within MPA and in the institutions we influence, as the MPA Board endorsed Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel for APA President-Elect, and she was elected in the fall to be the first African-American woman President of APA.  We produced a refreshingly cutting edge Annual Conference focused on overcoming barriers and promoting diversity in clinical, professional, and community spaces.

•We were a strong voice for psychology on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill, including by calling for an end to the ban on federal funding for research on gun violence, and most notably by advocating for the passage of the mental health provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act, which members successfully advocated for both in-person with our representatives in Washington and electronically to their offices.

•We leveraged your active participation both on the listserv and in direct consultation with our volunteers and staff to support strong advocacy with health plans, which led to a string of positive outcomes that directly benefit human welfare and the practice of psychology every day. One member reported that she was able to recoup her membership fee for what MPA was able to do for her practice, and she believes the same is true for many members.

•We presented an interesting and engaging offering of continuing education workshops.  Your membership gave you a substantial discount to attend, and sustaining members were thanked with the privilege of attending these workshops at half price.

We listened to students, doctoral programs, and training sites, who voiced concerns about the problematic practices they had experienced and how they desired a system that was more organized, structured, and fair, resulting in the MPA Training Committee’s creation of the Practicum Training Collaborative.

•We presented a strategic plan to grow MPA and focus its efforts where you told us, in a survey and in your anecdotal feedback, they matter most.  This plan is being implemented by the MPA community and provides a newly focused framework of MPA’s goals while reaffirming our commitment to advance psychology as a profession, as a science, and as a means of promoting human welfare here in Massachusetts. 

Without you and your support, we could not have made so much progress. 

However, as you know, there are significant threats and opportunities we are facing today and in the near future.  Especially now, when health care policy is changing, we need a powerful voice at the table to protect our profession, science, and our clients.  In 2017 we will advance a positive legislative agenda at the State House, fight to defend the Affordable Care Act, advance our strategic plan including by promoting good governance, member engagement and diversity, and we will continue to advocate with health plans for better policies for both consumers and psychologists.    

So please take this moment to renew your membership online (or by calling 781-263-0080 ext 10) and continue to fight for psychology as a member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

   

Dawn Cisewski, Psy.D.
MPA President

Brian Doherty
MPA Executive Director


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