Hello Fellow SAPA Members,
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. As we plan for the new year, it is nice to look back and reflect on our personal and professional accomplishments from 2016.
As an organization, SAPA has much to be proud of. This past year saw an increase in membership, including lifetime members and student members. We have also continued to support our primary mission, which is to offer opportunities for networking and local continuing education events for SAPA members. The Program (CE) Committee organized many interesting luncheon presentations, covering a range of topics to meet the varied interest of the membership. In addition, SAPA has continued to move forward with our expanded mission of providing psychological education and support for the Tucson community overall. To meet this goal, the ad-hoc committee, SAPA in the Community (SITC), was very active over the past year. They partnered with The Loft to offer several psychologically-related films, accompanied by guided discussions from experts on the topic. These events offered a blend of professional psychological education with community education and support. The success of these events reflected a commitment of SAPA members to provide increased involvement in the community overall. Due to this, the board decided to make the SAPA in the Community Committee an official committee, starting in January 2017.
As we move into 2017, members can look forward to many wonderful events from our committees. The Program (CE) Committee has planned a full day event in January to provide required Ethics and Child Abuse/Domestic Violence CEs. They also have several luncheons planned that will offer relevant presentations and continuing education credit. SITC is in the processing of planning events for the year, including some additional collaborations with The Loft and other organizations. Additionally, SAPA committees will continue to explore collaborations with other mental health and health care professionals in the Southern Arizona area.
Speaking for myself, I believe that I have SAPA to thank for the continued development of personal and professional relationships with this group of wonderful individuals. I have found that the community of SAPA members are always willing to share their knowledge, resources, and support with others. My goal for 2017 is to give back that support to SAPA members in my role as SAPA President. I aim to support the implementation of our mission in a manner that meets the needs and wants of our current members. I would like to help members have more opportunities to foster relationships with other psychologists and other health care professionals in our community. Additionally, I aim to ensure that SAPA remains a strong organization and continues to be managed in an ethical, professional, and fiscally-responsible manner.
Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, concerns, or suggestions.
Patricia Beldotti, Psy.D.