Early Career Psychologists Committee
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.