Presidential Update June 2021

Happy Summer!

This can be a busy time of year, full of transitions for many of us; swimming lessons and summer activities for kids, potentially the first travel many of have done for over a year as we head out on vacation, late nights and early mornings as days with longer sunlight allow time for time in the garden, long walks, and barbeques.

During this time of year, IPA leadership begins to think about recruiting our next group of leaders. Starting with this post, and over the next couple of weeks, we are encouraging members to think about volunteering to run for open positions in IPA leadership next year.

The positions we will be voting for this year are will be: Treasurer, IPA Representative, President Elect, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, and State Advocacy Coordinator. 

Each of these positions vary in time commitment, ranging on average from about 4 hours per month to 4 hours per week. Time in each position varies depending on what is happening during the year.

Though the time commitment may appear daunting, the rewards are great. You will get to work with some amazing folks in IPA, and have the opportunity to be at the heart of all that happens in the organization, helping to direct our growth and respond to the needs of our members, other psychologists in the state, and potentially become involved at a national level with APA and related to federal advocacy.

The Policy and Procedures Manual, found on the Member Resource page of IPA website, has a description of each of these positions, however we are in the process of making updates and revisions to each of these. Please feel free to reach out to me, Dr. Benge Tallman, or Dr. Nicole Keedy if you are wanting more information about these positions. 

If you are interested in running, please let one of the abovementioned Presidential Triad know over the next few weeks. We will post the ballot sometime during the second week of August, and voting ends 30 days later.

On a personal level, I would like to share that being in leadership has been one of the highlights of my personal and professional career. I’ve deepened relationships that were already important to me, and established new friendships and working relationships with others in leadership. As part of the leadership team, I have loved exploring and developing learning opportunities for psychologists, creating and promoting IPA initiatives, advocating for the profession of psychology on a state and federal level, and looking for ways to support and enhance training for doctoral and postdoctoral psychology students. These are only some of the things that stand out in my mind from my time as part of the Presidential Triad during these past 18 months.

IPA has a long and amazing history of service by some truly outstanding individuals. You are invited to become part of that history by volunteering to run for one of these positions.  I hope you will consider doing so!


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