Colleague Assistance Program

Professional organizations, medical and non-medical alike, are increasingly developing programs and services for their constituents whose quality of life and job performance is being impacted by mental health related issues. Psychologists may themselves become depleted and in need of assistance as they diligently provide psychological care to others. This is why the Ohio Psychological Association is pleased to announce our new Colleague Assistance Program (OPA-CAP). The mission of the OPA-CAP is to provide all Ohio psychologists with assistance in accessing needed services in order to restore optimal professional functioning and to eliminate risk to the general public. The OPA-CAP will serve as a clearinghouse of information, providing education, prevention activities, and wellness resources in addition to referrals.

We are currently in the process of developing a network of Ohio psychologists who have an interest in serving their peers in need. Those seeking to become panel providers will be expected to meet established criteria including:

  • Current unrestricted license to practice psychology in Ohio
  • Current malpractice coverage
  • Submission of required reports to OPA-CAP on a timely basis
  • Adherence to OPA-CAP policies and procedures
  • Attendance at annual meeting of OPA-CAP providers (conference call participation acceptable)
  • Member of the Ohio Psychological Association

If you think you might be interested in becoming an OPA-CAP panel member, please consider attending our workshop on Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. at this year’s fall Convention. Not only can you learn more about the program but three hours of ethics training can be earned. Attendance at the workshop does not obligate you to sign a participation agreement or become a panel member. The program will however, provide interested parties with the basic training needed to fulfill this role and to apply for panel membership if desired. We hope to see you there!

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