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About the MPA Rosenblum Fellowship for Advocacy Training

Rosenblum Fellowship Training 2020-2021:

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 reading. Note: All MPA meetings are being conducted through Zoom for the foreseeable future, and will continue to be an option for Fellows who are not located near MPA offices.

 

Orientation & Goal-Setting:

1. Meet 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: Jennifer Stockwood.

2. Meet with President of MPA (Dr. Martin Pierre) regarding overview of MPA leadership, strategic plan, advocacy initiatives and goals for fellowship.

3. Meet with MPA Lobbyists, Patricia Lynch and Ben Fierro, III, regarding lobbying efforts, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and the history of MPA’s legislative work.

4. Meet with Rep. Ruth Balser, a licensed psychologist and a legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1999

5. Meet with Susan Wagner, MPA’s Executive Director, to review functioning of MPA, governance, Public Issue Review Committee (PIRC), areas of responsibility, and current projects

6. Meet with Dr. Jennifer Warkentin, MPA’s Director of Professional Affairs and supervisor of the fellowship, to discuss issues in psychology advocacy, current projects, setting goals, and brainstorm ideas for this year’s fellowship.

7. Meet with a representative of MPA’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) to discuss issues of diversity as they fit into the MPA advocacy agenda.

8. Meet with the chair of the Doctoral Student Group (Lauren Zaniboni) to discuss ongoing projects and initiatives

9. Attend other events and meetings as appropriate.

 

Legislative & Advocacy Training:

1. Meetings once or twice per month with Dr. Jennifer Warkentin, MPA’s Director of Professional Affairs, to review legislative and regulatory issues relevant to MPA and the practice of psychology.

2. Serve on the Public Issue Review Committee (PIRC) with a specific role to assist in drafting/preparing statements on approved public/social policy issues on behalf of MPA.

3. Work with the MPA Lobbyists on legislation, attend meetings with legislators and/or legislative hearings, as time allows, and follow a particular issue/bill relevant to Psychology

4. Attend Advocacy Committee meetings, which occur every other month, on a Monday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. 

5. Meet quarterly with the current Chairs of the Advocacy Committee (Drs. Shoshana Fagan and Diana Westerberg) and/or Federal Advocacy Coordinator (Dr. Beth Jersky) to discuss advocacy initiatives and other relevant topics.

6. Attend meetings with the Massachusetts Mental Health Coalition, as time allows (meetings occur on the third on Monday of the month, from 10:00am – 11:30am). 

7. Attend MPA Political Action Committee (PAC) meetings and/or fundraising events for legislators, as time allows

8. Attend meetings for Presidential Taskforce on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, as time allows

9. Attend MPA’s quarterly meetings with regional health plans, as time allows

 

Leadership Development:

1. Meet monthly with a member of the MPA Board of Directors or Committee/Interest Group Chair(s) relevant to the Fellow’s areas of interest to discuss the role of leadership and leadership development in a community, organization, etc.

2. Attend monthly MPA Board of Director Meetings as determined by MPA (1st Monday of the month from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm)

3. Attend the annual meeting of MPA, which occurs at the MPA Annual Conference in November (Note that the conference will be conducted through virtual technology this year)

4. Assist the Chair of the Doctoral Student Group (Lauren Zaniboni) with coordination of student initiatives and possible MPA Lobby Day

 

Readings shall include, but are not limited to:

1. Psychology Licensing Law

2. Board of Registration Regulations

3. Federal and State Mental Health Parity Laws and ongoing challenges

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

14. Telehealth

15. Recent reports on access to mental health care and mental health care reform in Massachusetts

16. Select journal articles on advocacy in psychology

Revised 06/24/20

 

Call for Applications: Rosenblum Fellowship for Advocacy Training, 2020 – 2021

 

The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) is inviting applications for the 2020-2021 Eleanor Rosenblum Fellowship in psychology and public policy. The Rosenblum Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn the processes by which public, social, and mental health policy are created. The program offers active participation in MPA advocacy on several levels, both within and beyond the organization itself. By studying the interface between psychological knowledge and social issues, and by having direct experience with legislative, political and policy-making procedures, the Rosenblum Fellow will be in a position to take an active role in the future leadership of the profession of psychology.

 

Scope of Fellowship

The goal of the Fellowship is to learn about advocacy, legislative issues, and public policy as it relates to professional psychology. The Rosenblum Fellowship will enable the candidate to observe and participate in the Association’s governance process. To this end, the Fellow will attend Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee meetings, join the Public Issue Review Committee (PIRC), and observe and participate in legislative hearings and lobbying activities. The Fellow is also invited to attend additional relevant committee and staff meetings, and to observe and participate in legislative hearings and lobbying activities, as time allows and determined by MPA. The Fellow will have the responsibility for a specific research project or advocacy activity to be completed by the spring 2021, and will take an active role on the Association’s Public Issue Review Committee (PIRC) by preparing statements on those public/social issues the committee approves to move forward with on behalf of the Association. The Fellow will also submit a year-end report describing his/her activities to be presented to the MPA Board of Directors and published on the MPA website.

 

Terms of the Fellowship

The Fellowship will run from October 2020 to June or July 2021 (there is some flexibility) with a 5 hour per week time commitment. The Association will provide a Fellowship stipend of $1,500. Parking or other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, with advance approval of MPA’s Executive Director.

 

Requirements for Candidacy

MPA encourages applications from candidates in marginalized and/or underrepresented

groups.

The applicant must:

Be a doctoral or post-doctoral student in psychology within Massachusetts

Be a Student Member of MPA in good standing

Have a clear commitment to pursuing a professional career in psychology

Demonstrate a serious interest in public policy

 

The applicant should submit:

A curriculum vita (CV)

Two letters of recommendation from faculty instructors or psychologist supervisors, attesting to the applicant’s professional development, ethics and interest in the area of public policy

A two-page, double-spaced applicant statement of background experience and interest in the position

 

Application materials must be received no later than 5:00pm Eastern Time on September 10, 2020 via email, to mapsych@masspsych.org , or postal mail, to The Rosenblum Fellowship Committee, c/o Massachusetts Psychological Association, 195 Worcester Street, Suite 303, Wellesley, MA 02481. Select candidates will be invited for an interview to occur between September 15 and September 22.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Warkentin at warkentin@masspsych.org or 781-263-0080, x11 with any questions.


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