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Renew your membership with IPA in 2023!

headshot of Dr. Alissa DoobayHappy New Year to my IPA colleagues and friends! It is that exciting time of year full of new ideas, hopes, goals, and adventures. I sincerely hope that renewing your commitment to IPA is one of your goals for 2023. 

As an organization, we have had an excellent 2022. As of December 31, IPA Membership has grown to 309 total members. More specifically, we have 185 Full Members (12 of whom are Early Career Psychologists), 9 Academic Members, 7 Associate Members, 46 Retired or Partially Retired Members, 12 Out-of-State Members, and 50 Student Members. 

We have seen excellent professional development programming, including trainings on SPACE Treatment for Anxiety and OCD, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Disability as Diversity, LGBTQ+ Clinical Competencies, the Iowa Legislative Process, and many more. Members can access a wide variety of recorded trainings from this past year through our website, including psychopharmacology content from New Mexico State University.

Throughout 2022, our Diversity Liaison and Diversity and Social Justice Committee continued to host book clubs and expand our knowledge of cultural holidays and remembrances. Our incredible advocacy team has had success in efforts related to insurance reimbursement for supervised psychology interns, opposition of a bill that would have allowed attorneys in civil cases full access to all psychological testing materials and data, and the creation and funding of a new loan repayment program that applies to psychologists in Iowa. Members have been adding excellent content to our blog, and we have had some fun social events, including a “get to know your EC” game at our recent fall conference. Our student membership has grown substantially since implementing our Student Mentorship and Sponsored Student programs, and many of our committees now have student representation. This summary highlights only a few of IPA’s accomplishments over the past year. If you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to read the Year-End Strategic Plan report, which will summarize the 2022 goals and accomplishments of every IPA committee; this will be available on the IPA website under Member Resources.

We are eagerly looking forward to the opportunities 2023 will bring. IPA has already planned some excellent trainings, including the IPA Spring Conference: Taking Care of Us on April 28-29, and the 2023 Trust Workshop: Perplexing Problems in Psychological Practice on June 9. Additionally, our advocacy team has an exciting list of priorities set for next year, including advocating for reducing barriers for prescribing psychologists, increasing funding for psychological internships, requiring self-insured plans to self-identify, and protecting the use of the title “psychologist.” Please review additional member benefits on our website, which you are encouraged to share with others who may be interested in joining our community.  

As a member of IPA, I have a great sense of pride in our organization. I have pride in our accomplishments; our strategic plan; our advocacy; our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and our commitment to making affordable, high-quality trainings available to IPA members and other mental health professionals in our state. However, even more importantly, I experience pride and gratitude in our community – we have an outstanding community of intelligent, generous, compassionate, talented, creative, and dedicated members who improve the quality of life for Iowans every day with their actions. I hope that you, also, feel inspired to recommit to IPA through membership and volunteerism in our organization. 

If you have any questions about the renewal process, please contact me at [email protected].


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