|Kentucky Psychological Foundation Board of Directors|
Jennifer Price, Ph.D.
David T. Susman, Ph.D.
Virginia Frazier, Psy.D.
McRae Stephenson, J.D.
COMMITTEESClick here for committee descriptions.
Disaster Response Network
Virginia Frazier, Psy.D.
The mission of the Diversity Committee is to foster awareness and promote understanding of diversity-related topics as they relate to the practice of psychology. This mission is carried out through a variety of activities, including: the promotion of underrepresented groups in Kentucky colleges & universities, providing information that increases psychologists’ knowledge, awareness and skills in multiculturalism, and providing information to the public about psychological services for members of underrepresented groups. The committee is open to new members, and KPA psychologists can join the committee by selecting the Diversity Committee option through the online KPA member profile. The committee welcomes members with ideas for new initiatives and those who are interested in carrying out committee activities.
Psychology in the Workplace Network (PWN)
Courtney Keim, Ph.D., Chair
The Business of Practice Network (BOPN) Committee has a dual mission of providing a resource to the community about the link between employee health and organizational performance, as well as providing a resource to psychologists about issues impacting the business of practicing psychology. Typically, the committee awards state-level winners of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards on a bi-annual basis. The criteria for the awards are the same as the American Psychological Association’s National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. The award program highlights a variety of workplaces, large and small, profit and non-profit, in diverse geographical settings.
Applicants are evaluated on their efforts in the following five areas:
Kentucky previously nominated the Kentucky BellSouth Division and received a National Best Practices Honoree.
Committee involvement is sporadic with periods of not meeting followed by frequent contact prior to an awards period or preparing for a conference. Those psychologists interested in a time-limited commitment that are interested in building relationships in the business community are encouraged to apply.
Public Ed Campaign
The Public Education Campaign Committees (PECC) have been established in partnership with APA and state associations like the KPA, both as a public service and to educate the public about the value of psychology. To reach these goals, the PECCs use three different tools.
First, the PECCs promote campaigns designed by APA to reach out to the public through coordinated events on local and national levels and wide-reaching media coverage. The most recent campaign focuses on the Mind/Body connection (i.e., obesity, heart disease, and stress) and educates the public about how psychologists can help to fight unhealthy lifestyle forces. APA has not only developed material (incl. PowerPoint material, tips for discussions with the audience, material to hand out) for short (about 1 hour) presentations but has also partnered with the YMCA allowing PECC Members to give the prepared presentations in their local YMCA facilities.
Second, the PECC coordinates media contacts and reaches out to the media to promote an accurate picture of psychology as profession and psychological services (see our KPA Members in the Media webpage).
Third, the PECC plans and implements booths at local health fairs.
Probably you wonder: ‘Why should I become involved in the PECC?’
Although the PECC is not a referral campaign, many colleagues nationwide say that the increased visibility of doing grassroots outreach has provided them with the kind of recognition that has proved helpful in marketing their practice. For example, giving a PowerPoint presentation prepared by APA at your local YMCA opens the door for you to meet people who are interested in seeking psychological support but have not seriously considered the option so far. In addition, you will be able to expand your professional network to other psychologists and organizations throughout the state and nation. Furthermore, you will benefit from the above mentioned material provided by the APA to help with outreach activities and working with the media, including PowerPoint presentations and discussion guides. Finally, many colleagues feel that using their work to help a population in need is in itself very satisfying as they are giving back to their communities.
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