Presidential Blog – by Barbara Nova, Ph.D.
Happy New Year to ALL!! I am honored to take on the role of President of our wonderful organization and I extend warm thanks to those who came before me and a very warm welcome to those who are joining me in this new year of adventure! MCPA has felt like my family ever since I joined as an undergraduate student. I remember polling all of the seasoned members looking for a psych assistantship during grad school. I remember Diane Suffridge extending a vote of confidence by inviting me to be the first student member of the MCPA Board. As many of you know, Fred Rozendal, our esteemed treasurer and my beloved Husband, and I met in MCPA over 10 years ago. Life brings many surprises, as we all know, and I feel I have been very blessed with the camaraderie and support of all my MCPA colleagues and buddies over this last decade. I pledge to offer you my very best efforts and support in the role as president.
In terms of a vision for the year, I see us striving to serve our Marin Community with even more excellent, effective psychological services, especially collaborative and integrative services, as well as supporting our own members in their professional endeavors. Nancy Hoffman, our new CE Chair, Meghan Harris, Past President, Haleh Kashani, President-Elect, and I are beginning to plan the CE Calendar for the year. We have some very exciting opportunities, including possible topics such as law & ethics, child & adolescent psychiatry, collaborative mediation & therapy, marketing our practices in the age of instant info, and two possible special events in May, one with Lonnie Barbach speaking about “Sex after 60”. We will be voting on some changes to the by-laws in early Spring. If anyone is interested in serving on the Board or on a Committee, please give me a call or email – we currently have an opening for our Diversity & Social Justice Chair and many committees are in need of support – either on-going or with a single event/task. I would like to extend a special welcome to all new members and I’m looking forward to seeing and meeting you at one or more of our fun-filled events. My feeling is, and I hear the sentiment echoed in many members’ comments, that the best part of belonging to MCPA is getting to know like-minded professionals who readily share their knowledge and expertise, as well as their friendship. Look for emails with details about the upcoming Annual Meeting on Feb 24 from 6-9 at the Mind Therapy Clinic in Corte Madera and MORE!!!
Also check the Calendar on the MCPA website frequently for details and updates. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with feedback, questions, and suggestions. We can serve you better if we hear what you want and need.
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Please visit http://www.marincountypsych.org for more information about our association and membership benefits or to locate a licensed clinical psychologist in Marin County.
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The opinions expressed by the authors are their own and do not reflect the opinions of the Marin County Psychological Association. The information posted on this blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional mental health services.