Fall 2017: Volume 73, Number 2
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 look that shows strength, professionalism and longevity which gained many compliments from members and other state psychological associations.
This year the board restructured the membership levels based on member benefits versus the number of years in the profession. The new benefits membership model saw a big jump in renewing and new membership giving us the largest membership in four years. Please see the President’s letter and the membership article for more details.
WSPA sent four delegates to the newly re-named APA Practice Leadership Conference (PLC) this past March. The WSPA delegation included seasoned attendees Director of Professional Affairs Lucy Homans, Ed.D. and Federal Advocacy Coordinator Samantha Slaughter, Psy.D. Board President Sonia Venkatraman, Ph.D. and Diversity Delegate Claudia Antuña, Psy.D. also attended. In 2018, attendees will include Drs. Homans, Slaughter, and Venkatraman, as well as 2018 President Elect Dominika Breedlove, Psy.D., who was granted full funding as one of ten ECP Delegates.
I attended Executive Director meetings 2 days prior to PLC followed by the 3 days at PLC. As a new E.D. with APA’s Council of Executives of State and Provincial Territorial Psychological Association (CESPPA) I was honored to have been invited to sit on the Executive Council as a member at large in 2017. I am pleased to announce that I have been elected to serve as Executive Council Secretary in 2018 with my personal goal to increase WSPA’s leadership reputation with APA and APAPO in the coming years in leadership capacities.
We successfully planned Spring workshops in Kenmore at Bastyr University and Spokane at Gonzaga University. Both universities have expressed a desire to maintaining a working relationship with WSPA to provide affordable CE workshop venues. The fall convention in Bellevue was a success from staff planning to attendee satisfaction (see Convention Wrap-up article). I’m glad to report that the Spring Workshops and Fall Convention ended with positive net incomes. 2018 Spring workshops in the Seattle and Spokane areas plus the Fall Convention are already in the planning stages, so stay tuned for more great CE opportunities in 2018!
In 2016, we began developing a Telemental Health Start Up Kit. This project is the brain child of 2016 board president, Bill Thorbecke, Ph.D. In 2014 he learned of legislation that would allow psychologists to be able to bill for Telemedicine services. Dr. Thorbecke saw this as an opportunity for WSPA to take the lead in helping WSPA members add this service to their practices and as a new revenue source for WSPA. During the development of the document it was decided to use the term Telemental Health to be more specific to other medical industries using telecommunications with clients. See related article.
Since taking over the management of WSPA in 2016, my staff has been working on updating the association’s website and in the process found issues with the content manager being outdated and cumbersome, we’ve experienced issues with scheduling communications, and also found that the membership data that was initially imported in had duplicates and other non-member data that was not needed. So, early this year cleaned up the membership data to give us a better read on our membership numbers, and next year we plan to launch a new website that has better programming, a better member management interface, is mobile friendly and ADA compliant, and will complement our current News-blog.
Lastly, I want to thank the Board of Trustees, especially our outgoing board members Russell Hanford, Ph.D. and Andrea Pascarelli, Psy.D. for their time and leadership. I must also give a lot of kudos and praise to our Office Manager, Sierra VanderHoogt for all of her logistic work on our CE workshops and Fall Convention and working with our members on a daily basis.
Fall 2017, Volume 73, Issue 2.