I’m very excited to start my role as UPA President. I’d like to thank Dr. Tom Mullin, our new Past President, and Dr. Kathy Barnett, his predecessor, for their wonderful mentorship over the past year.
I’d like to thank our outgoing board members for their dedication and service to UPA. Dr. David Anson served as a member-at large from 2013-2016. Dr. Kathy Barnett has completed her term as Past President and prior to her role as president she served as Education Chair. Summer Hickam, our student representative, has completed her term as well. Thank you all for your wonderful contributions!
UPA is please to welcome Dr. Janiece Pompa, our President Elect. Three new Members at Large will be joining the board this year. Welcome to Dr. Kirt Cundick, Dr. Katie Fortenberry, and Dr. Angela Eastvold. Diana Askings, a student at the University of Utah, will be joining the board as Student Representative Elect. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the great things our board will accomplish in the coming year.
Over the next year, I am hoping to increase the number of options that you will have for completing continuing education through UPA. As you may know, Utah law allows for 18 credits of continuing education per renewal cycle to be completed by distance or online learning methods. I’m working with our upcoming presenters to try to offer more of our regular education programs simultaneously as webinars, to help psychologists outside of the Wasatch front area more easily complete continuing education with UPA. We are also hoping to add smaller, one-credit webinar options for your continuing education. If you are interested in seeing what a UPA webinar would be like, you can view a previous webinar on telepsychology here: https://utpsych.wildapricot.org/Telepsychology-Webinar/Thanks to Dr. Tom Mullin for all of his excellent work on our website, which makes it possible for us to share information like this with you. You can see a list of our upcoming in-person events in this newsletter. UPA’s website, utpsych.org, will keep you up to date on future education events.
UPA will be involved in a number of projects on behalf of our members in the coming year. Dr. Nan Klein, UPA’s Director of Professional Affairs, has already started the process of running legislation to allow Utah to participate in PSYPACT, an interstate compact allowing telepsychology and temporary in-person practice of psychology across jurisdictional boundaries. UPA’s Task for on Optimizing Access to Appropriate Psychological Testing continues to work on a process for identifying misuses of testing and making recommendations to the board for an approach to protecting the public through appropriate use of psychological tests. UPA will also be working to keep you informed of any changes that occur that have an impact on your psychology practice.
You have likely received notification that memberships are up for renewal. Your support, as members, allows UPA to continue to work on your behalf. This year we are pleased to offer a discount for those who renew by August 15, 2016. UPA continues to offer one of the lowest state psychological association membership fees, and your membership fees are used to facilitate educational workshops, provide for lobbying on your behalf in the Utah State Legislature, and helping to keep you up to date on changes in the profession. Your support of UPA is greatly appreciated, and allows us to continue our mission of representing all psychologists in Utah.
As you make your plans to renew your membership, I strongly encourage you to get more involved in our association. The programs, education, and other activities that you see from UPA are largely supported by volunteers, and new ideas, perspective, and assistance are always welcome. We have four committees looking for committee chairs (the Development Committee, the Legislative Committee, the Prescriptive Authority Committee, and the Public Education Committee) and many other committees interested in adding members. You can learn more about our committees here: https://utpsych.wildapricot.org/page-18095. You can contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our wonderful Executive Director, Teresa Bruce, by phone (801-410-0337) to talk more about joining a committee.
I’m really looking forward to the coming year, and all of the new events and changes we are anticipating. I look forward to acting as the president of your Utah Psychological Association.
Jamie E. Brass, Psy.D.