Advocacy Alert: Helpless Feelings Decrease When You Act

By: Bobbie Celeste, PhD, Director of Professional Affairs

Bobbie_CAre you frustrated with public policies that don’t support psychology practice and make it difficult for clients to get the services they need?

Do you think elected officials understand and respect the work you do as a psychologist?

The Ohio Psychological Association’s Legislative Day provides the opportunity to 1) Educate state legislators about the important work of psychology. 2) Educate yourself about current legislation that will impact your work.

Why Do Psychologists Make Good Advocates?
As psychologists and graduate students, you make a difference in the lives of others, every day. You know how to build relationships, assess needs and develop interventions that work.

You can use these same skills to build a relationship with your legislator and legislative aides.
Legislators listen to those constituents whom they know and trust. OPA can speak for you during the year, but constituents from their district are the most influential advocates.

Our special guest speaker is Tracy Plouck, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health who is working hard to increase access to and the quality of mental health care. CE’s are provided along with a webinar to prepare you for the topics and protocol for the day.

To learn more and to register, visit this link. For questions or graduate student and intern scholarships, contact Dr. Bobbie Celeste.

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