Announcer February 2017 Print

President's Report

 

By Giries Sweis, Psy.D, CPA President

As incoming President of the CPA, I would like to say that I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Association in this role. On behalf of the Cleveland Psychological Association, I would like to thank the outgoing members of the Board who have generously given their time and enthusiasm to maintain the CPA as an active and relevant association. In particular, Dr Nicole Wagner deserves our thanks for her work through three terms (six years in all) as Treasurer to ensure a financially secure CPA. Dr Miriam Boraz has held us steady on our forward progress dur-ing her tenure as President this past year.

Our slate of officers for the Executive Committee of the Board, on which you the membership will be asked to vote, will be sent out by email in the coming week.

Looking ahead, it is my pleasure to welcome the incoming Board and to encourage them to suggest ways to enhance the CPA’s reach and impact. I’d also like to encourage the membership of the CPA to renew their memberships if they have not already done so, and to participate in the activities that the CPA organises throughout the year.

Please also encourage your students and colleagues with an interest in psychology to join the CPA and ensure its future viability.

Giries Sweis

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Past-President's Message

 

By Miriam Boraz-Paponetti, Ph.D. CPA Past-President

We have had quite a year with regard to accomplishments of the Board and in advancing the mission of the CPA, from another year of outstanding speakers to hosting our own poster competition for undergraduate college students. Our Board, in particular, Debbie Ross, had a great year of showcasing our rich Cleveland psychological community. We appreciated all who attended our ses-sions this year.

Cathy Gaw facilitated the OPAs proposal of a new governance model and ran a round table discussion groups with various topics and opportunities for CPA members to network, with great success.

One of our most exciting endeavors for this year is our new website. Our Tech Committee has worked tirelessly to guide us through the process of getting a new website. Please be patient with us as we update our website and work out our kinks.

It has been quite an active and productive year. It is my sincere wish that we pro-vided the psychologists of the Cleveland community an opportunity to learn from each other through our programs and opportunities to be together and engage in collegial discussion. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President. It has been an hon-or.

Miriam Boraz-Paponetti

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Program Report

 

By Debbie Ross, Ph.D., Programs Chair

We have had some interesting programs in 2016. We started with a program on bullying be-havior, a very important topic generating much interest currently.

Josephine Ridley did an excellent Saturday morning three-hour Ethics program on Suicide.

Joe Alexander did a very informative program on the west side at Dave and Busters on Video Game Addiction. He presented a well-rounded view on the positive and negative aspects of video games.

This summer Cathy Gaw conducted a workshop for Ohio Psychological Association that pro-vided an opportunity for psychologists to interact and learn about a variety of topics in small group table discussions.

Then we were pleased to have Lori DeAngelo present on her excellent work at Magnolia House. She brought a social worker and member of Magnolia House with her. There was a great opportunity for participants to ask questions and interact.

At our annual meeting in December we gave awards to early career psychologist and lifetime achievement award. Then Lisa Damour spoke about her work with and book on working with Adolescent girls.

As always, we are interested in your programming ideas and speakers.

Debbie Ross, Ph.D.
Programs Chair

Save the Date!

MARCH 18TH we will have a 4 hour ethics program. This Saturday morning program will be presented by Cyndi Kubu and a panel of others from the Cleveland Clinic.

 

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Action Alert

ACTION ALERT!

HB49 (The Budget Bill) proposes consolidating a number of professional regulatory boards. For example, the Ohio Board of Psychology, the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapy Board and the Chemical Dependency Counselor Board are combined into the Behavioral Health and Social Work Board.

Ohio Psychologists and the Ohio Psychological Association oppose consolidation of regulatory boards and eliminating the Board of Psychology because:

The Boards are self-sufficient: License fees fully fund the cost of board operations. The Boards operate efficiently through group purchasing and shared services. No tax payer dollars are saved by consolidation of boards.

The behavioral healthcare occupational licensing boards have no operational deficiencies that need to be fixed. There have been significant problems in other states with consolidation leading most to return to independent boards.

The behavioral healthcare professions are each distinct and separate in training curriculum and standards, ethics codes, accredit-ing bodies, scopes of practice, and treatment modalities. A "one size fits all" model will not work.

The role of Board members on each board is different. For the Board of Psychology Board members have significant responsi-bilities: supervise complaint investigations, participate in the examination of individuals seeking to be licensed, and provide training in the laws and rules for Applied Behavior Analysts.

Consolidation of boards dilutes the stature of the distinct professions and these licensed professionals believe consolidation sig-nificantly diminishes the value of their license. While the structure of separate Boards looks like silos, the Psychology Board has always reached out to all stakeholders for input when developing rules and policy. The Psychology Board regu-lates psychologists, school psychologists and applied behavior analysts, who work with people on the autism spectrum, which has proven to be a thoughtful and appropriate grouping.

Consolidation discourages students from enrolling in the States graduate educational programs and discourages people from entry into our marketplace. The licensing process will be significantly slower. Ohio already has a shortage of mental health professionals, especially in some areas of the state. We need to make Ohio more attractive to psychologists not less attractive.

The public is better protected by maintaining independent, autonomous licensing boards whose mission is public protection by overseeing their individual licensees. This is one of the main reasons that states that have had consolidated boards have gone back to independent boards.

One behavioral healthcare profession should NOT be allowed to have regulatory authority over another behavioral healthcare profession. With a large board there would have to be committees for each profession, and committee members who investigate and recommend disciplinary action cannot also participate in a vote on board action – resulting in one profession disciplining other professions.

Combining the boards would be costly – leases to cancel, materials to be re-worked, contracts to be worked out, employment issues and loss of employment, retooling expensive data management systems that were just developed, websites to be changed, additional staff to do the work currently done by Board members, etc.

Fewer members of each profession and fewer public members would be on a consolidated board. There will be fewer volunteer board members available to effectively administer the operation of the board to review complaints and be involved in investigations. This will result in a backlog in complaint investigations and licensing.

Summary

The mission of the Board of Psychology:

Protection the public - an especially vulnerable population. 
Regulate the practice of psychology and school psychology.
Regulate the practice of applied behavior analysis to better serve people with autism and similar diagnoses. 
Develop and update Rules and policies affecting these practices.

 

Current Work Load of Board of Psychology

360 psychologist applications received
300 oral exams administered by Board members
100 Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst trained and examined in laws and rules
The Executive Director of the Board of Psychology has approximately 20 weekly 
consultations with licensees by phone or email.

 

Ohios Board of Psychology is nationally recognized as a pioneer in regulatory policy and practice. Among Ohio licensees it is viewed as fair and consistent. Consolidation would make Ohio one of two states that do not have an independent Board of Psychology. This will send a clear message to psychologists that their discipline is not valued in Ohio which will make it a less appealing state for psy-chologists to move to and start their businesses. In a state that is currently facing an unprecedented opioid epidemic and has a high concentration of military Veterans, Ohio needs to be attracting more psychologists rather than discouraging them from coming here.

Resist the state house efforts to disempower our professional board by combining ours with other, less effective and active boards. House Bill 49 proposes just this action and would make Ohio one of only two states without an independent board for psychology. See the talking points (page 4) and write or call your congressperson NOW! This comes up for a vote next week!

Name & Title

Party

District

Office

Email

Rayn Smith, Chair

R

93

614-466-1366

rep93@ohiohouse.gov

Scott K. Ryan, Vice Chair

R

71

614-466-1482

rep71@ohiohouse.gov

Jack Cera, Ranking Member

D

96

614-466-3735

rep96@ohiohouse.gov

Marlene Anielski

R

6

614-644-6041

rep06@ohiohouse.gov

Nickie J. Antonio

D

13

614-466-5921

rep13@ohiohouse.gov

Steven M. Arndt

R

89

614-644-6011

rep89@ohiohouse.gov

Louis W. Blessing III

R

29

614-466-9091

rep29@ohiohouse.gov

Jim Butler

R

41

614-644-6008

rep41@ohiohouse.gov

Robert R. Cupp

R

4

614-466-9624

repo4@ohiohouse.gov

Mike Duffey

R

21

614-644-6030

rep21@ohiohouse.gov

Keith Faber

R

84

614-466-6344

rep84@ohiohouse.gov

Anne Gonzales

R

19

614-466-4847

rep19@ohiohouse.gov

Doug Green

R

66

614-644-6034

rep66@ohiohouse.gov

Bridgid Kelly

D

31

614-466-5786

rep31@ohiohouse.gov

Sarah LaTourette

R

76

614-644-5088

rep76@ohiohouse.gov

P. Scott Lipps

R

62

614-644-6023

rep62@ohiohouose.gov

Robert McColley

R

81

614-466-3760

rep81@ohiohouse.gov

Adam C. Miller

D

17

614-644-6005

rep17@ohiohouse.gov

Michael J.O'Brien

D

64

614-466-5358

rep64@ohiohoue.gov

John Patterson

D

99

614-466-1405

rep99@ohiohouse.gov

Thomas F. Patton

R

7

614-466-4895

rep07@ohiohouse.gov

Rick Perales

R

73

614-644-6020

rep73@ohiohouse.gov

Daniel Ramos

D

56

614-466-5141

rep56@ohiohouse.gov

Alicia Reece

D

33

614-466-1308

rep33@ohiohouse.gov

Bill Reineke

R

88

614-466-1374

rep88@ohiohouse.gov

John M. Rogers

D

60

614-466-7257

rep60@ohiohouse.gov

Mark J. Romanchuk

R

2

614-466-5802

rep02@ohiohouse.gov

Gary Scherer

R

92

614-644-7928

rep92@ohiohouse.gov

Kirk Schuring

R

48

614-752-2438

rep48@ohiohouse.gov

Robert Cole Sprague

R

83

614-466-3819

rep82@ohiohouse.gov

Emilia Strong Sykes

D

34

614-466-3100

rep34@ohiohouse.gov

Andrew Thompson

R

95

614-644-8728

rep95@ohiohouse.gov

Address mail to:

Representative xxxxx

Rife Building

77 South High Street

Columbus OH 43215

 

 

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Community Service

The Search Is On for Psychologists Who Love to Read

Michael Leach, Ph.D.

I have been writing book reviews for the ANNOUNCER for 25+ years and its about time for me to stop. Ideally, there are 3 or 4 of you out there who love reading as much as I do and would like to (1) keep up with the current literature and (2) let your colleagues know the books you really enjoyed reading.

Publishers have been good to us. They send us free books, knowing that we will only publish reviews on the few that we really like. In fact, most publishers let you choose any books you want from their new and forthcoming publications list. You even get to read books 2-3 months before they are officially published. Here is a great way you can stock up your professional library and benefit your col-leagues at the same time. Im happy to get you started, introduce you to the publishersrepresentatives and even help you prepare your first reviews for publication. Your only obligation to the AN-NOUNCER would be to submit one review per year.

Contact me at: drleach@effective-living.com, if you are interested.

Michael B. Leach, Ph.D.

 

 

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Membership News

 

Please consider renewing through CPAs website (www.clevelandpsychology.org) at your earliest convenience. The renewal tab is on the front page of CPAs website, and the process takes only a few minutes. If you have any questions or concerns with the renewal process, please direct them to our Administrative Assistant at 216.397.9229.

While the website has been in transition, membership renewals have been strained. We are now up and running, so please log on as soon as possible to re-new.

Lets keep these programs coming!

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Ohio Psychological Association News

 

By Cathy Gaw, Psy.D., OPA Representative

OPA Board meetings since September 2016 Board Retreat: 10/22/16, 10/10/16, 1/14/17

OPA Staff Change: Dr. Bobbie Celeste, OPAs Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for 18 years, retired at the close of 2016. She had been an energetic and positive influence on Ohio psy-chology and psychologists throughout her directorship, including: participating in a number of coa-litions, advocating with key state departments, outspoken advocate for diversity initiatives and Fed-eral Advocacy, creator of OPA Legislative Day, effective leader in passing state legislation address-ing areas of concern for psychologists, advocating for psychologists with insurance companies, and consulting with psychologists on a range of issues. She has been very appreciated by OPA and psy-chologists and will be missed. If you wish to send Bobbie a message, you can do so at the forum created for this purpose on the OPA website. Dr. Jim Broyles has taken on the part-time role as OPAs Director of Professional Affairs as of 1/1/2017. He is currently the Chair of the OPA Insur-ance Committee and will be focusing DPA efforts on advocating for psychologists with all issues related to insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.

OPA has a new and improved website! It is much easier to navigate and use – check it out!! OPA members, make sure to update your profile page on the site (www.ohpsych.org).

OPA Membership Renewal is now on a rolling basis, meaning that the year of membership begins on the date you renew your membership. This should make the process more user-friendly. Many thanks to OPA Staff, especially Karen Hardin and Carolyn Green, for this fabulous improvement!!!

OPA Governance Structure – OPA members voted to accept the new governance structure re-searched and fine-tuned over the past 4 years. Stay tuned to the OPA website for details of the up-coming election of president elect and the smaller board made up of 5 Vice-Presidents and Execu-tive Committee members.

Opening for OPA Public Education Coordinator – This position is one that involves creating a bridge between APAs public education efforts and the needs of Ohio psychologists and their clien-tele. Please refer to OPA website for information about your fit with this exciting role!

District and State Science Fairs – Influence the lives of young, enthusiastic behavioral scientists - Be a behavioral health project judge at your District and State Science Fair! Cuyahoga, Summit, Geauga, Lake and Portage counties comprise District 5, whose science fair will be held at Universi-ty of Akron on 3/18/2017. State Science Day is on May 13,2017 in Columbus, OH. Contact OPA Executive Director, Michael Ranney, for more information.

Respectfully Submitted:

Cathy Gaw, Psy.D.

 

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