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Message from the President

Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) has long championed the mission of “advancing the profession of psychology in Georgia,” while being the preeminent resource and advocate for Georgia psychologists. We have made progress in these goals, but our nation has recently been under a tremendous amount of stress that directly impacts us as individuals and as psychologists. We are called upon daily to help others cope with these stressors, while needing to face them ourselves. GPA is composed of many talented members including researchers, educators, practitioners, and students. Through our combined efforts we are able to learn from each other, support each other, increase our expertise, and advocate for those in need. It is my hope that in the coming year we uphold the strengths GPA has built in recent years and continue to expand upon them. It is important for us to not only provide a support system for those of us in our profession, but to establish a solid base on which our future colleagues feel confidently supported, knowledgeable, and resourceful to provide the best psychological care.

In the previous year, GPA has made tremendous strides. We implemented a strategic plan with the following goals: To be a leading advocate for the mental and emotional well being for Georgians; To increase membership and membership engagement in GPA; To increase diversity within GPA membership and leadership; and To have GPA be financially sustainable. Due to the diversity within the Board of Directors and diversity initiatives, GPA was awarded the 2018 State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Affairs Diversity Award.  GPA leadership has participated in numerous meetings with executives from various insurance and managed care companies regarding reimbursement issues faced by our members. GPA’s Legal and Legislative Committee have been working steadily on the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). Our Continuing Education offerings have expanded with a variety of topics. Additionally, GPA has worked diligently to provide workshops in the Regions, to better serve the geographical areas of all of our members.  The Undergraduate/Graduate Student group (GPAGS) has continued to expand, adding officers to guide the growth of our future psychologists.

During my presidency, I will uphold GPA’s mission and vision. The strategic plan will continue to be an area of focus throughout 2018-2019, along with the pursuit of PSYPACT. Furthermore, the goals that will be highlighted are to reinstate a leadership program, to begin a mentoring program, and to increase GPA’s revenue through innovative means. Leadership is the lifeline of our organization and it is of utmost importance to continually recruit and train our future leaders. The mentoring program will be debuted this year as a pilot program to further refine the program for years to come. Lastly, GPA has historically sustained itself through membership dues and continuing education and annual meeting fees. As an organization, it is time to develop new means of increasing revenue to create financial sustainability for GPA. We hope to unveil some of these new ideas in the months to come.

I anticipate a productive year ahead for our association. I am eager to meet you and urge you to continue your GPA membership and to find ways to become active in GPA. Our organization is made stronger with the many talents of our amazing members, and I encourage you to share yours.

 

President Dora Soublis, Ph.D.