Southern Arizona Psychological Association
Happy 45th Anniversary, SAPA Members!
SAPA is celebrating its 45th Anniversary this year! I expect this to be a big year for SAPA, and I’m honored to serve as President this year. Tucson was my home before graduate school and I was happy to return here as a newly minted PhD. SAPA has been a vital part of staying connected to the broader psychological community for me, first as a member, and more recently as a member of the Board (which is my idea of fun, I like working on things). I’m very grateful that SAPA was already an important part of the Southern Arizona psychological community.
My vision for SAPA this year is about improving the ways we help and connect to all of our members, regardless of their discipline, and across every stage of their careers. As your Board, there are ideas that we can germinate, but our best ideas will always come from our membership. Is there something that you’ve heard of other professional organizations doing for their members that you’d like to see SAPA do? Something that you’ve thought would be great for SAPA to do for members? I want to hear from you! You can reach me, or any Board member, through the webpage contact form.
SAPA’s mission is to support the entire psychological community in Southern Arizona, and this year we have and are further developing plans to do that in several ways:
Our monthly Continuing Education luncheons, a longtime staple of SAPA services, will be continuing at the popular and historic Mountain Oyster Club location. The CE Committee is one of the most active of all our volunteer committees, and they are bringing some exciting programs to the luncheons this year. First up in February is supporting concussion recovery in adults and children (very topical) – check your email for SAPA Digests or the website calendar for updates as they occur.
This is a Back to School year, one of my personal favorite SAPA programs. Licensing changes remove the urgency from trying to get CEUs finished, and allow us to relax and enjoy the very good programming. I encourage you to save February 3rd for an exciting program integrating research and practice (and including DV/child abuse CEUs!).
SAPA In the Community used 2017 as a year to build the committee. This year they will be coming out strong with a series of four or more events in different artistic mediums celebrating creativity as a pathway to healing and recovery. The first event will be February 11 at the Arizona Repertory Theater.
Professional Outreach builds professional connections within the psychological community, and between psychologists and related professions. They will continue to offer networking socials after or during big events, and also offer freestanding networking events with other organizations.
School Psychology events are open to the psychological community as well as local school psychologists. The committee has an upcoming event on dyslexia, as well as planning some really exciting new programs to support local school psychologists.
And of course, our 45th Anniversary Celebration! This is yet to be planned and we will need member input. Please let us know what you want of this year’s celebration. If you’re ready to get involved, as I was, we have lots of room in this all-volunteer organization, beginning with the 45th Anniversary Committee, and going as far as you want, this year and many others. Happy 2018!
Brenda Sparrold, Ph.D.