By: Andrea Neal, Ph.D., WSPA Early Career Psychologist Committee Co-Chair
Almost all state psychological associations are grappling with the low number of early career psychologists in their membership. According to our Executive Director, member benefits at state psychological associations are primarily geared towards the older baby boomer members who make up 55% (or more) of an association’s membership. As the number of retiring members grow each year, they are not being replaced by the same number (or more) of mid-career and early career psychologists joining the association. And, if the association is not providing the right benefits and programming, ECPs are also not renewing their membership.
To begin to address this issue, WSPA’s Early Career Psychologist Committee developed a survey last year to understand what kind of support early career psychologists want and need from a state psychological association like WSPA. After reviewing the survey results it was decided to repeat the survey in 2019 with two additional questions. This will allow the committee and Trustees to compare results, identify any trends, and help WSPA develop programming and benefits to better fit the needs of ECPs.
If you have become a licensed psychologist within the last 10 years, please take the short, twelve-question, anonymous survey, even if you took it in 2018. Please click on the link below to start the survey. We appreciate your input and we will report back with findings.