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Seattle Area Spring Workshop April 21, 2018

We are making two popular workshops from our 2017 Fall convention available as Spring Workshops at Bastyr University on April 21, 2018. The Duty to...

APA Feature: The threat of nuclear war

Psychologists say more of their patients fear a catastrophic conflict between the United States and North Korea WSPA member Laura Brown, Ph.D., was quoted in...
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Time for a web address change

One question we hear often is asking if our URL or Web address could be changed to include WSPA in the name. The current...
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ACCA Self-care and Resilience Survey

American Psychological Association’s Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA) is requesting your participation in an important survey focused on your experiences with self-care and...
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Review High Quality CE Workshops and Save on Your WSPA Membership...

The WSPA CE Committee is currently recruiting new members to assist with reviewing CE workshop proposals. Serving on the CE Committee is a low time-commitment...
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Request for Information from the DSHS Office of Forensic Mental Health...

State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services Behavioral Health Administration Office of Forensic Mental Health Services Request for Information #1830-683 (Reissued) Forensic Evaluation Services Click here to download...
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Bree Blog: Meeting the Needs of Transgender Patients

Bree Blog: Meeting the Needs of Transgender Patients By Emily Wittenhagen, Program Assistant, Bree Collaborative This post continues our series on LGBTQ+ populations and the health concerns and...

2017 A Busy Year for WSPA Public Education Co-coordinators

Nancy Goldov, Psy.D. and Bill Thorbecke, Ph.D. serve as WSPA's Public Education Co-coordinators. Their job is to the primary education contact with the media...

New APA Membership Model Proposed in March

The following information has been sent from APA regarding the a new membership model that will be proposed at the March Council meeting. The APA...

WSPA Welcomes the 2018 Board of Trustees

Welcome to 2018, WSPA members!  The WSPA office would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the new 2018 board members. Shelley...
Gay, transgender, and lesbian symbols surround a symbol of justice.

SB 5722 Restricting the practice of conversion therapy passes the Senate

In February 2013, Washington Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds introduced a bill to create a panel of 15 members to study the effects of conversion...

2017 President’s Report

by Sonia Venkatraman, Ph.D. Dear Colleagues, The previous two years have been a period of rebuilding for WSPA as we sought to stem losses and find...

Update from the Washington State Psychological Foundation

Current Activities Psychological Volunteers needed to help WA Asylum Seekers This year WSPF partnered with Refugees Northwest who provide mental health services to our state’s...

Board of Trustees Update

Next year four board members return in 2018 with two board members terming off. Outgoing board members are Russell Hanford, Ph.D., who served three...
Photos of Dr. Breedlove on panel.

WSPA Represented at the 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference in Seattle

In late October, Dominika Breedlove, Psy.D., a WSPA Board Trustee represented WSPA during the Seattle’s 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference organized by the Northwest...

WSPA Supporter Campaign

WSPA is the sole voice for advocacy for psychologists within the state, and this is especially important when it comes to legislation and corporate...

APA Council Representative Report

by Marta Miranda, Psy.D.  APA’s Council of Representatives met in August, 2017 in Washington, D.C. during the APA Annual Convention. Several issues were addressed, which...
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2017 Washington Psychologist Awards

The 2017 Awards ceremony was held Friday November 3, 2017 after the first full day of convention workshops. Due to the early winter weather...

Update from Dr. Lucy Homans, Director of Professional Affairs

By Lucy A. Homans, Ed.D. I am writing this article a few days before Thanksgiving, a couple of weeks after WSPA’s Fall Convention. After a...

Introducing the Telemental Health Package

By William Thorbecke, Ph.D. In 2014, legislation to allow mental health professionals the ability to bill for telemedicine services was being introduced. Seeing this as...

Executive Director Year in Review

2017 was a busy year for myself and WSPA office staff. We started the year by tapping my marketing staff to develop a mark...

Our membership is on the rise!

After three years of declining membership, WSPA is back on track building our membership. As shown in the chart below we’ve had a 55%...
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WSPA ‘Find a Psychologist’ service needs you!

By Sierra VanderHoogt, WSPA Office Manager The WSPA office receives 3-4 phone call requests a week from the public seeking psychologist referrals.  Many of these...

2017 Convention Wrap Up!

Click here to view photos of the convention. “Can We Talk? Connection, Compassion, Communication” was the theme for the 2017 convention held at the Hilton...

Position Announcement: Chief of Professional Practice

The American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking a dynamic, visionary, and innovative psychologist for the position of Chief of Professional Practice to provide leadership...

WSPA Articles

Spring Workshop graphic

Seattle Area Spring Workshop April 21, 2018

We are making two popular workshops from our 2017 Fall convention available as Spring Workshops at Bastyr University on April 21, 2018. The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations. This workshop was presented...

APA Feature: The threat of nuclear war

Psychologists say more of their patients fear a catastrophic conflict between the United States and North Korea WSPA member Laura Brown, Ph.D., was quoted in the following article from the APA Monitor, written by Jeremy...
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Time for a web address change

One question we hear often is asking if our URL or Web address could be changed to include WSPA in the name. The current web address is wapsych.org but few people seem to remember...
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ACCA Self-care and Resilience Survey

American Psychological Association’s Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA) is requesting your participation in an important survey focused on your experiences with self-care and resilience. Participants in this study will be asked to reflect on...
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Review High Quality CE Workshops and Save on Your WSPA Membership Fees

The WSPA CE Committee is currently recruiting new members to assist with reviewing CE workshop proposals. Serving on the CE Committee is a low time-commitment way to contribute to the WSPA community and be involved...
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Request for Information from the DSHS Office of Forensic Mental Health Services

State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services Behavioral Health Administration Office of Forensic Mental Health Services Request for Information #1830-683 (Reissued) Forensic Evaluation Services Click here to download the full RFI in .PDF form February 2018 In 2017, the Office...
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Bree Blog: Meeting the Needs of Transgender Patients

Bree Blog: Meeting the Needs of Transgender Patients By Emily Wittenhagen, Program Assistant, Bree Collaborative This post continues our series on LGBTQ+ populations and the health concerns and disparities that affect these communities, in alignment with one of...

2017 A Busy Year for WSPA Public Education Co-coordinators

Nancy Goldov, Psy.D. and Bill Thorbecke, Ph.D. serve as WSPA's Public Education Co-coordinators. Their job is to the primary education contact with the media as well as the WSPA liaison with APA. Dr. Goldov...

New APA Membership Model Proposed in March

The following information has been sent from APA regarding the a new membership model that will be proposed at the March Council meeting. The APA needs your feedback on an initiative that would modernize its advocacy...

WSPA Welcomes the 2018 Board of Trustees

Welcome to 2018, WSPA members!  The WSPA office would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the new 2018 board members. Shelley Mackaman, Ph.D., Casey Ward, Psy.D., and Debbie Shapiro, Psy.D., who...
Gay, transgender, and lesbian symbols surround a symbol of justice.

SB 5722 Restricting the practice of conversion therapy passes the Senate

In February 2013, Washington Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds introduced a bill to create a panel of 15 members to study the effects of conversion therapy on children 18 and younger. WSPA member Douglas Haldeman,...

2017 President’s Report

by Sonia Venkatraman, Ph.D. Dear Colleagues, The previous two years have been a period of rebuilding for WSPA as we sought to stem losses and find financially viable revenue streams.  The main goal of the 2017...

Update from the Washington State Psychological Foundation

Current Activities Psychological Volunteers needed to help WA Asylum Seekers This year WSPF partnered with Refugees Northwest who provide mental health services to our state’s asylum-seekers and refugees. We have helped recruit 40+ volunteers to...

Board of Trustees Update

Next year four board members return in 2018 with two board members terming off. Outgoing board members are Russell Hanford, Ph.D., who served three years (two years as treasurer) and Andrea Pascarelli, Psy.D. who...
Photos of Dr. Breedlove on panel.

WSPA Represented at the 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference in Seattle

In late October, Dominika Breedlove, Psy.D., a WSPA Board Trustee represented WSPA during the Seattle’s 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference organized by the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA). Dr. Breedlove was invited to...

WSPA Supporter Campaign

WSPA is the sole voice for advocacy for psychologists within the state, and this is especially important when it comes to legislation and corporate policies that affect mental health professionals. In 2018, we will...

APA Council Representative Report

by Marta Miranda, Psy.D.  APA’s Council of Representatives met in August, 2017 in Washington, D.C. during the APA Annual Convention. Several issues were addressed, which are summarized below. The “Master’s Issue” Council was asked to consider whether...
photo of 2017 awards

2017 Washington Psychologist Awards

The 2017 Awards ceremony was held Friday November 3, 2017 after the first full day of convention workshops. Due to the early winter weather that day, turnout was a bit smaller than expected but...

Update from Dr. Lucy Homans, Director of Professional Affairs

By Lucy A. Homans, Ed.D. I am writing this article a few days before Thanksgiving, a couple of weeks after WSPA’s Fall Convention. After a two-year hiatus, it was wonderful to return to that community...

Introducing the Telemental Health Package

By William Thorbecke, Ph.D. In 2014, legislation to allow mental health professionals the ability to bill for telemedicine services was being introduced. Seeing this as a way to expand ones private practice, board member Bill...

Executive Director Year in Review

2017 was a busy year for myself and WSPA office staff. We started the year by tapping my marketing staff to develop a mark for WSPA’s 70th year. The final design has an iconic...

Our membership is on the rise!

After three years of declining membership, WSPA is back on track building our membership. As shown in the chart below we’ve had a 55% increase of renewing members and a 23% increase in new...
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WSPA ‘Find a Psychologist’ service needs you!

By Sierra VanderHoogt, WSPA Office Manager The WSPA office receives 3-4 phone call requests a week from the public seeking psychologist referrals.  Many of these callers note that they have tried to use our online...

2017 Convention Wrap Up!

Click here to view photos of the convention. “Can We Talk? Connection, Compassion, Communication” was the theme for the 2017 convention held at the Hilton Bellevue November 3-5, 2017. This theme was echoed by renowned...

Position Announcement: Chief of Professional Practice

The American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking a dynamic, visionary, and innovative psychologist for the position of Chief of Professional Practice to provide leadership to the field of psychology. This position reports directly to...