The Value of IPA Membership

headshot of Alissa DoobayJanuary is often a time of reflection, prioritization, and rededication to what brings the most value and meaning to our lives. We all have finite time, energy, and resources, and we know the importance of being intentional about how we expend those. Throughout the year, it is easy to get caught up in a multitude of tasks, engagements, and responsibilities, some of which may drain rather than replenish us. This January, I am recommitting to tasks, activities, organizations, and relationships that match my personal values and bring joy and meaning to my life, and I invite you to do the same. 

Being a member of IPA and serving in a leadership role in this organization are excellent ways to develop community, gain leadership and advocacy experience, serve others, and advance the psychological wellbeing of the people of Iowa. I will acknowledge that, although I have been a member of IPA for more than 15 years, it was not until I joined leadership that I really began developing relationships with other IPA members. By serving as co-chair of the Membership Committee, I have had the pleasure of getting to know so many of our fabulous members who are doing amazing work throughout the state. I am so grateful for that opportunity!

Several current IPA members have shared with me the value they see in their membership and leadership in IPA as well, which I have included below. 

My membership in IPA is priceless. The only reason I might not renew membership is if I move out of Iowa! Through IPA I am able to connect with colleagues from across the state, find referrals for patients via the E-List, and learn about all sorts of important advocacy opportunities, trainings, and changes to state codes and statutes that may impact my practice. I also really appreciate the wonderful psychologists who have served as leaders and chairs of various committees over the years: they work hard and do amazing things that benefit all of us! –Dr. Stacey Pawlak

My favorite things about IPA are the wonderful colleagues and the versatility of what membership offers- it offers something for every psychologist. As a clinician in a large teaching hospital, I especially appreciate the referral connections around the state and beyond and the timely updates and advocacy. –Dr. Laura Fuller, IPA Secretary

I really appreciate the support from IPA in all regards of my practice, but especially in pursuing prescriptive privileges. I would not be where I am at in the process without the encouragement and connections I find in IPA. – Dr. Katie Kopp, IPA WEB Co-Chair and Blog Editor

Serving in IPA leadership has been an immensely rewarding experience. I have had the privilege of learning about leadership, advocacy, and the power of collaboration and support from an ambitious and effective group of leaders. I value the connections I have made with psychologists across the state with diverse backgrounds and interests, and future opportunities to form new bonds as our membership continues to expand.  –Dr. Nicole Keedy, IPA President and Membership Committee Co-Chair

I have never belonged to an organization that works as hard, as consistently, and as effectively for its members and the community at large as IPA. I've been a member of and watched this organization evolve over the past two decades and I have never been more honored or proud to be part of an organization!  IPA 's advocacy has resulted in so many important legislative triumphs including, but not limited to, provisional licensure for psychologists, prescription privileges for appropriately trained psychologists, and more recent legislation (in concert with other groups) helping to ensure telehealth parity for mental health services. IPA provided information and emotional support for Psychologists adjusting to telehealth provision and the isolation we have all felt during the pandemic and continues to provide timely updates and advocacy on state and federal initiatives, including ways to combat the seemingly constant threats to Medicare reimbursement and, more recently, guidance on how to comply with the "No Surprises Act". IPA provides access to powerful training on numerous topics including ethics, diversity, equity, and inclusion and supports Psychologists' professional and leadership development through these trainings and through committee and council participation. There has never been a time in my life that I can recall when "community" was more important for growth and, honestly, survival. If you're a Psychologist here in Iowa, you're not alone. Reach out to IPA and I promise you will find welcoming and wise support, just as I have. I have made so many lasting friendships with people I love in this organization. IPA has truly become part of my professional DNA. –Dr. Warren Phillips, Public Education Committee Co-Chair and Former IPA President

As you review you reflect on your values and commitments this year, I hope you feel inspired to renew your engagement with IPA by your membership in this organization, as well as by considering additional ways to become more involved in IPA efforts. To that end, we encourage everyone to complete the new interest survey created by the Membership Committee, which lists several IPA positions and activities, both large and small, and allows you to indicate your interest in becoming involved in those endeavors. Additionally, you are always welcome to reach out to me, Alissa Doobay, at [email protected], if you have questions regarding membership or ways to increase your involvement in IPA. I am eager to see what IPA membership can accomplish with your support in 2022! 



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Joyce Goins-Fernandez - Monday, January 24, 2022

Thanks Alissa for writing this blog post! I don't think many members (and non-members) realize how valuable an IPA membership is to psychologists and the benefits to the surrounding community. Thank you for your time and commitment to IPA! Joy

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