Friday December 15, 2023 | 9:00am - 2:00pm EST
4.5 CE Credits
Live via Zoom
This workshop will address advocacy education geared to behavioral health professionals, many of whom are unfamiliar/uncomfortable with advocacy. The training will consist of three sections:
1) Who me advocate? Is that ethical?
2) Legislative Overview
- The story of a licensed psychologist who has grappled with these questions as she engaged in legislative advocacy.
3) How does advocacy happen?
- The components, language and basic rules that effective advocates know.
- Where can I engage to make a difference in the process?
This will be followed by a panel discussion among the presenters about advocacy and ethics, moderated by Julie Wolter. Participant Q&A will be encouraged.
Level of Instruction:
1. Identify ethical implications of advocacy.
2. List the steps by which a bill becomes a law.
3. Define "ITL", "OTP", "Tabled" and "Retained"
4. Describe the role of Public Hearings in the legislative process.
5. Summarize at least three ways they can ethically advocate.
6. Describe how psychologists can impact public policy and address equity, diversity, and inclusion.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Celia Oliver (she/her) has been on the Board of Directors of NHPA since 2008 and served as President of NHPA in 2018 and 2021. She has also been a member of the NHPA Ethics Committee since 2005 and has been chairing the committee for over 15 years. Realizing that mental health issues and a severe shortage of providers were having a devastating impact on New Hampshire communities, in 2018 she added public advocacy to her professional contributions.
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Oliver practiced for over 25 years and specialized in cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders and autism spectrum disorders. In 2019, Dr. Oliver closed her clinical practice, but continues to engage in a variety of professional activities including professional presentations, consulting, and public advocacy.
Dr. Cynthia Whitaker is a licensed psychologist and the President & CEO at Greater Nashua Mental Health. Cynthia is a strong advocate of social justice and has committed her career to the NH community mental health system. She is a past-President of NH Psychological Association and continues to serve on the NHPA Ethics Committee and Board of Directors. Cynthia is also an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University, where she teaches doctoral level courses in Community Psychology and Public Policy & Advocacy.
John DeJoie, MSW, has worked for the past twenty years in and with the NH Legislature as a legislator, advocate and lobbying consultant. He consults to the NASW-NH and NHPA, to develop and implement their advocacy programs. John has been involved in significant advocacy efforts, including insurance, child welfare and juvenile justice policy reform. John is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, Department of Social Work where he teaches macro practice to graduate social work students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, John coordinates a service learning project in Kenya which provides UNH students with an opportunity to implement the skills they are learning in the classroom.
Group Rates Available:
3 - 5 people = $15 off individual rate (member/non-member)
6 - 8 people = $20 off individual rate (member/non-member)
8 + people = $25 off individual rate (member/non-member)
Please contact email@example.com for more information. Please include first name, last name and email address for each participant in the group, along with a contact person for the invoice.
Paying with a check:
Checks must be received within one week of the event. If payment has not been received, registrant will still have option to pay online with a credit card up until the day before the program. If an invoice remains open on the day of the event, the registrant will not be allowed to attend.
Refunds, minus a 10% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.
Full attendance is required to obtain CEs per NHPA policy. No partial credit will be given. Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation form will receive 4.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.
Registrations are Transferable:
Registrants can transfer an event confirmation to another individual. The NHPA office must be notified of the transfer at least 24 hours prior to the event.
This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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