Committees and Special Interest Groups
- Ad-hoc Legal (JD Ph.D.) - This committee responds to inquiries from the Executive Committee and Council about the intersections between law and psychology.
- Advisory Board - The Advisory Board supports of the WSPA Board of Trustees and at its behest. Among its functions is providing support to the WSPA Board of Trustees by serving the Board as a resource for feedback on association issues and decisions, by assisting the Board to accomplish tasks that may require more hours than a small Board may be able to handle, by providing a leadership pipeline for future Trustees, and to provide breadth and depth of perspective to issues that face the Board. Additionally, the Advisory Board may function by serving in a liaison capacity between WSPA association members and the Board allowing for effective membership input to the Board about association programming, community service and impact on the membership from the Boards decisions.
- CE Application Approval - The CE Committee is responsible for the evaluation of proposed continuing education offerings to ensure quality and adherence to APA standards for approval of continuing education credits. This committee requires an investment of about 5-10 hours per quarter, with a bit more required around convention time. If you have interest in helping provide CE credits of value to your fellow psychologists, considering joining. Erica Johnson, Ph.D. is the current chair and can be contacted at email@example.com.
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Disaster Response - The Disaster Response Task Force coordinates the Disaster Response information, training, and response between local chapters of the Red Cross and APA member psychologists, WSPA member psychologists, and interested or qualified psychologists. The Task Force also coordinates Disaster Mental Health training with American Red Cross chapters.
Update July 2018: APA is currently redefining the Disaster Response Task Force for state associations.
- Early Career Psychologists - The Early Career Psychologists (ECP) committee developes networking opportunities, career and growth programming for psychologists in their first 10 year of licensure.
- Federal Advocacy - The Federal Advocacy Network operates in conjunction with APAs Practice Directorate to respond to emergent and on-going legislative concerns for psychologists at the Federal level.
- Legislative Advocacy - The Legislative Advocacy Committee works in collaboration with the DPA, Lobbyist, UP-PAC, Grassroots Advocates, and the WSPA Board of Trustees to monitor and influence any legislation affecting: the practice of psychology, consumers of psychological services, or social polies of where there is relevant psychological research. It's also the LAC's goal to educate, inform, and alert members on legislation which has potential effects on psychological training, practice, or research endeavors.
Contact Casey Ward, Psy.D., for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grassroots - The Grassroots Committee works hand-in-hand with the Director of Professional Affairs, the Legislative Consultant, the Practice Directorate at APA, and other groups within WSPA to develop and implement state legislative initiatives on behalf of psychology.
- Ombuds - The purpose of the Ombuds Committee is to promote respectful, harmonious, fair, just, and productive relationships among all WSPA members. The focus of the OC efforts is on internal WSPA concerns.
- Palliative and End of Life - The mission of the WSPA Palliative and End of Life Care Special Interest Group is to explore, enhance and promote contributions psychologists can make to Palliative and EOL issues; and to encourage and support psychologists working in areas related to end-of-life issues.
- APA Council Rep - Marta Miranda, Psy.D. was elected in 2018 to serve a 2nd two-year term. A new council rep will be elected in 2020.
- ECP Delegate - Julia Mackaronis, Ph.D. was selected as a ECP Delegate to the 2019 Practice Leadership Conference.
- Diversity Delegate - Claudette "Claudia" Antua, Psy.D. was selected as a Diversity Delegate to the 2017 Practice Leadership Conference.
Federal Advocacy - The Federal Advocacy Network operates in conjunction with APA's Practice Directorate to respond to emergent and on-going legislative concerns for psychologists at the Federal level.
Contact: David Wiesner, Ph.D., Chair
(919) 247-5185 - DavidWiesnerPhD@gmail.com
Public Education - PEC seeks to promote psychology to the public and develop new avenues to educate the public about the advantages of using a psychologist for their mental health needs.
WSPA is closely affiliated with these two independent non-profit organizations. Both organizations have their own board of directors, charters and by-laws.
- Washington State Psychological Foundation (WSPF) - WSPF seeks to empower vulnerable populations through connection to resources, community building, and creation of partnerships with psychology. Through education, WSPF further seeks to change public policies. Through integration with other shared-value disciplines, Washington psychologists will make long-term effects on the health and well-being of our local communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(6) non-profit charitable organization.
- United Psychologists Political Action Committee - UP-PAC is the political action committee for psychology in Washington State. UP-PAC does its own fundraising and provides donations to state campaigns for Senate and House of Representatives that support mental health legislation. The PAC is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.
Board committees are filled by Trustees and staff. Updates from Board Committees are given at each board meeting. These committees are top level committees formed to keep the association on track to meet the goals set by the Trustees. Committee members of are current and past board members.
- CE Planning
- Convention Planning