By: Sonia Venkatraman, Ph.D., Convention Chair
Ten months of planning will come together this Friday at our Fall Convention. As with last year, we have a slate of high-quality CE programming, including several that address legal, ethical, and regulatory issues.
Our keynote speaker this year, Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., is a highly acclaimed and nationally renowned practitioner, professor, speaker, author, and editor. Dr. Goldstein is board-certified as a pediatric neuropsychologist with areas of specialization in forensics, school psychology, child development, and neuropsychology. His keynote on Friday morning, Behavioral Assessment of Youth: Where Comorbidity is the Norm, Not the Exception, will be an excellent way to kick off our convention.
In addition to CE programs and the keynote, our Friday schedule includes several additional events. Alongside several exhibitors and sponsors, our student poster session will be on display. Our annual Awards Luncheon will honor several psychologists who have made significant contributions to our field, as well as individuals and organizations in the political and public spheres who have made mental health a priority in their work.
Our Annual Stakeholder’s Meeting – free and open to all WSPA members – is scheduled for Friday (10/11) evening, from 5:30-6:30pm. We encourage ALL members to attend to learn more about legislative, financial, and organizational updates, as well as our goals for the coming year. Your input and participation are an integral part of our growth as an organization! Immediately following the meeting will be a Happy Hour social for Early Career Psychologists and students.
In addition to six high-quality 3-hour CE programs, Saturday’s programming includes a special breakfast event for newly-licensed psychologists, and an all-member lunch with legislative and organizational updates, as well as opportunities for involvement and networking. For those of you who need those ethics credits, we close out the Convention on Sunday with another excellent 6-hour CE from The Trust.
Our theme this year is Many Voices, One Community: Shaping the Future of Psychology Together, one that seems to be especially relevant in this time of political and social change. Our programming reflects this, and we plan to carry this forward into coming years to meet the evolving educational, technological, and legislative priorities of today’s psychologists. One of WSPA’s fundamental objectives has been to bring psychologists together – whether through CE programs, social events, or legislative advocacy. We cannot do this work without our members, and we are grateful for your support. Whether or not you attend this year’s convention, we invite you to reach out to any of us to learn more about the work we are doing and the ways you can get involved. Together, we can make great things happen for our profession and our community.