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EARLY CAREER PSYCHOLOGISTS COMMITTEE

Chair, Victoria Sylos-Labini, Psy.D.


Congratulations to DCPA's Early Career Committee Chair

DCPA is proud that our Early Career Committee Chair, Victoria Sylos-Labini, received an APA Practice Organization award for innovation and achievements in supporting the role of early career psychologists in the practice of psychology in DC. Among her achievements is the organization of networking social events that have brought together new professionals to support each other and interact with senior professionals. The award ceremony was part of the Practice Leadership Conference (PLC), the annual conference of APA PO. The theme of this year’s PLC was “Advancing Practice Together,” which was very fitting to their new model of membership which proposes a new way of expanding the advocacy and other resources of importance to practitioners. PLC is a source of support and empowerment for early career and diverse psychologists who take positions of leadership, and we are happy that Dr. Sylos-Labini received the recognition that she deserves.  

 

Stephen Bowles, DCPA Council Representative to APA, Victoria Sylos-Labini, DCPA Chair of Early Career Committee, Suzan Stafford, DCPA President-Elect.


Mission: 

The ECP Committee of DCPA provides services, support, and opportunities for Early Career Psychologists (defined as within 10 years of graduation from doctoral program). We believe strongly that the future psychology is based upon the seeds we help plant, and the openness, support, and encouragement we offer to those who will shape our future. We encourage and assist ECP representation in the governance of the association and field of psychology. It is our goal to create a community for ECP’s that can allow for greater involvement in the mental health community as a whole as well as enhance personal and professional growth. 

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What We Offer: 

  • Relevant and affordable CEs that include diversity and ethics licensing requirements
  • Listserv – job opportunities, referrals, training opportunities, news updates, local events, etc.
  • Quarterly Social & Networking events
  • Mentorship program – become a mentor or mentee
  • Free online referral directory service
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Skill development programs, For more information contact Steve Stein: s613s@aol.com
  • An integrated approach to Mind/Body principles and techniques to improve clinical practice for students and ECP
  • Psychotherapy integration program for advanced clinicians
  • Federal advocacy
  • Community Outreach
  • Colleague assistance and support group for journalist and interested members of the media
  • Consultation & Community

Become Involved: 

DCPA is open to new ideas and eager to help it’s members. If you have any initiatives you want to share with ECP, contact Victoria Sylos-Labini, vsyloslabini@gmail.com

  • Help out with the continuing education program. You can attend lectures for free and meet leading experts in the field! Once approved, you also can earn credits for contributing your own CE lecture. For more information, contact Suzan Stafford: suzanms@verizon.net
  • Co-lead support groups and/or participate in skill development programs. For more information contact Steve Stein: s613s@aol.com
  • Spearhead or participate in a peer supervision group or other professional development initiatives, contact Victoria Sylos-Labini,vsyloslabini@gmail.com
  • Interested in marketing and communications? Get involved with our newsletter team. Email Linda Smith: lindapsmith@yahoo.com Or help out with social media vsyloslabini@gmail.com
  • Submit articles, ads, and announcements you would like considered for publication in the DCPA Newsletter to: dcpasubmissions@gmail.com
  • Want to revive the Monthly Book Club? Email Karen Shanor: drkarenshanor@gmail.com
  • Become a mentor or mentee!

Community Involvement

Free support groups - DCPA has been engaged in the provision of support groups that provide a healing environment designed to promote safety, understanding, anxiety reduction, and unity for:

  • Mental health professionals
  • General public
  • Journalists (2018)

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Stein: s613s@aol.com


RAINN 5K


DCPA is dedicated to sponsoring local events that help the community.

RAINN or Shine:

Lace Up for RAINN 5K followed by a Discussion on Sexual Assault 

Adriana Penafiel; Kiana Cummings; Sarah DiGregorio; Frances Cooke; Samuel Swisher Stephen Bowles, Ph.D.

Washington DC, May 20th 2017 – It was a nice spring day at the Congressional Cemetery in Southeast, DC when 138 men and women of all ages came out to run and walk in RAINN’s (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) fourth annual Lace Up for RAINN 5K. Overall attendance for the event this year included over 530 people from across the country participating virtually. A virtual race, unlike the traditional kind, utilizes tracking technology to allow participation from any venue, whether from a treadmill or a track. When asked about the event, coordinator Jim Breslin responded, “It was an all-around great day...everyone was excited and happy to cross the finish line. We also received messages from our virtual racers sharing how happy they were to make a difference in their own community! We could not have asked for a better day.”  

The event began in May 2014 when runners, walkers, and cyclists from across the country were asked to participate in RAINN’s first virtual-5K. In 2016, RAINN placed an additional in-person race, which is chip-timed and USA Track and Field certified, in DC just down the road from RAINN’s headquarters. Runners, cyclists, and walkers from all over America have come together for the past three years to support survivors of sexual assault in one inspiring event that will continue to occur annually both in DC and throughout the country.

Among those in attendance was a group of 11 members from the DC Psychological Association who came out in support of sexual assault prevention and recovery. DCPA members raised $660 for survivors while exercising for a good cause. Dr. Victoria Sylos-Labini organized the DCPA team for the event and stated:

On a larger scale, attending the event was inspiring, especially when hearing the stories of actual survivors before the race and hearing about the great impact our fundraising has for the cause. I believe it was really important for the RAINN community to see that DCPA was in support of their cause and could be used as a resource to find therapists and other supportive services. It is my hope to make this an annual event for DCPA. It is also my hope that more DCPA members will come out in support of these causes in the future, whether in person or with a simple donation.”

The DCPA will continue its mission to give back to the community by sponsoring and fundraising the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention walk that will be held on October 28th. Additionally the DCPA will look to partner with universities in the DC area to look at mindful ways of managing stress.

 




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