Greetings to NHPA members and other visitors to our new website! After much planning and development, we believe we have a website that is highly user-friendly, a rich source of information, and a valuable point of contact with our organization.
As President of NHPA for 2016-17, I want to share some thoughts and plans I have for my year in this position. First, however, I want to point out that we, as an organization, are very well served by a talented Executive Director, Dr. Leisl Bryant, with help from her capable administrative assistant, Leslie Gould. Both are responsible for the day-to-day operations of NHPA and are available to respond to your questions and concerns.
My points of emphasis as President concern four areas:
- Improved customer service with regard to more frequent and varied CE offerings (including offerings by our Ethics Committee) and continued work by the Behavioral Health Advocacy Committee on billing code problems and other issues in the healthcare marketplace;
- A smoother, more predictable, and transparent budgeting process – outlining where exactly we can expect our monies to come from and where the money is being spent. Dr. Bryant and Ms. Gould are taking an active role in tracking the finances of the organization, which has proven effective and enlightening.
- A renewed effort toward reaching out to Early Career Psychologists in the state, including: increasing membership and participation, and also finding out from them how NHPA could be relevant to their needs and interests as professionals. This effort will include our Board of Directors and committee chairs spending time researching coming trends in the field and in our state and helping disseminate such information to our early career members to help them plan for long, prosperous, and productive careers in psychology. An example of this kind of helpful information includes ways to understand and deal with changes in health insurance and health care delivery systems in this country.
- Helping to engender what is a more amorphous and hard to define but “easy to recognize when it hits you” sense of positivity and good feeling about being a member of, or being actively involved in, NHPA as an organization of people who take an interest in and benefit from contact with each other. As an organization and as individuals, we can and do help each other—and all psychologists in the state—to do our work, feel good about what we are doing, and be recognized for our contributions to the mental health of people in the state of New Hampshire.
In my time as President over the next year, I hope to move the bar at least a little bit in these directions. I humbly ask for your assistance in doing so, in whatever way you can. We on the board are working very hard to continue NHPA’s success as a welcoming and valuable organization for all psychologists in New Hampshire. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns, or show up to one of our CE offerings over the coming year to see who we are and what we are up to! We think your experience will be positive. Thank you for your interest in our organization.