Chair: Esther Finglass, Ph.D.
Continuing Education Coordinator: Veronica Rand
Misson/Role: Educational Affairs is responsible for planning Continuing Education events through the Maryland Psychological Association Foundation (MPAF).
Vision: This committee strives to connect with MPA members to continually assess and meet professional and educational needs in a fiscally responsible manner, and to reach out to psychologists in all corners of the state and at all stages of personal and professional development through both on-site and distance learning.
Committee Mission Statement
- To coordinate opportunities for psychologists and allied professionals to earn continuing education credits towards maintaining licensure and to enhance professional development, professional practice, and personal growth
- To promote awareness of the most current research and best practice, emphasizing evidence-based practice in psychology, to assist psychologists in providing effective treatments to a diverse population of clients
- To improve Maryland psychologists’ ability to offer ethical, compassionate, and competent care to the public
- To promote a culture of life-long learning, curiosity, and scholarship
- To contribute to the mission and sustainability of MPA and MPAF
- To collaborate with and support other MPA committees in their efforts to educate psychologists and clinicians
- To promote networking and connections between psychologists and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and the development of professional relationships
- To utilize technology to provide distance learning opportunities
Accomplishments this past year: (2016-2017): This committee hosted three multi-session conferences including the Annual Convention in the Fall, Multi-cultural and Ethics Day for mandated credits in late Winter, and the Biennial Integrative Health Day featuring alternative and complementary approaches to mental health in the Spring. Workshops highlights this year included Sally Winston, Psy.D. speaking about OCD, and Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D. from Dr. David Barlow’s lab in Boston introducing the new Unified Protocol, a transdiagnostic cognitive behaviorally based theoretical system. We have also built an online presence of webinars and webcasts for CE
Current initiatives: Supervision workshops will be added to the winter conference for Mandated Credits, currently known as Multi-Cultural and Ethics Day. Efforts are underway to stream live workshops and expand our web presence. Next year will see the return of in-depth, multi-session learning beginning with a series on Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, with a supervision and case review component. We look forward to a panel presentation on Closing a Practice and Preparing Practice Wills (December 1, 2017).