MPA Statement on Recent Events
The Maryland Psychological Association Board of Directors would like to acknowledge the many colleagues who have been and/or have encountered clients, students, or colleagues who have been profoundly affected by the events of the last several months in this county. It is important that MPA makes clear that we are here to support you, our members, in your efforts to engage and address the stressors that have arisen. Coming together as a community and using our skills as clinicians and scholars to work towards engaging in constructive and respectful dialogue is essential at this time.
With that in mind, MPA would like to reaffirm that we are a non-partisan organization that is committed to advocating for and supporting all Maryland psychologists and the clients that we serve. We remain steadfast in our mission to advance psychology as a means of "...promoting human welfare," and are bound by professional ethics of integrity and justice.
It is in this vein that MPA and the MPA Board recommit to our value of increasing knowledge, professional competence and appreciation of all people; people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, education levels, languages, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations, political affiliations, levels of physical ability, and socio-economic statuses. In whatever way that you are participating in this mission, we thank you and we ask that you stay engaged with MPA in helping you further these values. Please let us know if there is anything that you need, and how we may best reaffirm our commitments to you and our community.
2017 Multicultural and Ethics Day registration open
We have three options for morning workshops and the MPA Ethics committee will present in the afternoon. Registering online is quick and easy. Multicultural and Ethics Day will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Annapolis.
Registration open for 2017 Continuing Education workshops!
Registering online is quick and easy! Workshops offerings from January through April.
Time to renew your MPA membership!
Renewing online is quick and easy! Time is running out to renew your MPA membership! Don't lose your member benefits including free Ethics Committee consultation! Renew online or call 410-992-4258 today!
Resources for coping with traumatic events in the news
It is typical for people to experience a variety of emotions following such a traumatic event. These feelings can include shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, anger, disillusionment, grief and others. You may find that you have trouble sleeping, concentrating, eating or remembering even simple tasks. This is common and should pass after a while. Over time, the caring support of family and friends can help to lessen the emotional impact and ultimately make the changes brought about by the tragedy more manageable. You may feel that the world is a more dangerous place today than you did yesterday. It will take some time to recover your sense of equilibrium. APA offers some tips on how to strengthen your resilience after a shooting and indirect exposure to terror. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network also offers resources for parents and educators on talking to kids about news.
License Renewal Reminder
Odd-numbered licensees: don't forget to renew your license by March 31! Renew online or get the paper application at the Board of Examiners of Psychologists website. Questions? The Board of Examiners can be reached via email or at 410-764-4787.