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Well, 2020 has certainly been a year like no other. Many of us are looking forward to finishing the year and enjoying some time away. Then we will begin a fresh new year and a productive 2021. We hope you will share the same.
Our annual Fall Conference was a success. We have received many compliments and much appreciation for the quality presentations offered. The virtual presentations were well done with each of our speakers making special efforts to prepare and practice for their appearance. We appreciate their efforts and professionalism that create a successful conference. With over 20 hours of CE credits to select, the conference upheld our tradition of providing quality education programs for IPA members.
Our virtual relationships have certainly developed this year. Telehealth has become the norm and has likely become a permanent part of our profession. IPA will continue in 2021 to be a resource for evolving telehealth regulation. Changes are continuous within each state as well as ongoing updates in federal rules. We will attempt to keep members updated on these changes.
We look forward to 2021. Our membership continues to grow. IPA leadership continues to evolve as it does each year. Psychology is in demand in Indiana. We have outstanding membership. We have good reasons to look forward to 2021.
The Governor continues to extend the healthcare emergency order for Indiana, as have the Governors of most other states. These orders will continue into 2021 but will most likely begin to change as the vaccine becomes available.
IPA will continue to monitor these orders and changes as the year develops. If you have specific emergency order questions for Indiana or other states, please contact Dick Rhoad at email@example.com.
IPA is pleased to announce a new consultation service. Ethics Consultation Service, ECS, will become active beginning in January. Dr. Shannon Woller chairs this service along with ten other IPA volunteer members. Dr. Woller also presented at the Fall Conference outlining the process and methods to be applied to consultation requests. She described the purpose as to offer a resource that improves the quality of the practice of psychology by helping members identify, analyze, and resolve ethical questions or dilemmas and providing continuing education experiences.
Dr. Woller continues, ECS seeks to promote practices consistent with ethical norms and standards and assist individuals and institutions in handling current and future ethical concerns by providing education, informing policy development, and assisting in quality improvements.
The ECS has committed to following the National Center for Ethics in Health Care’s model of ethics consultation by using the CASES approach. The 5 steps of the CASES approach will be utilized to respond to all consultation requests. This service does not provide legal advice, any advice on malpractice, or comments on licensing board complaints.
Please watch for the announcement of this new service from IPA.
The IPA Continuing Education Committee has presented 12 webinars in 2020. These webinars have been well-attended and have received positive reviews. Each webinar was recorded, and all are available on the Members Only section of the IPA website.
We are now looking to 2021 and welcome you to consider presenting a webinar alone or with a colleague. We plan for a webinar each month and are seeking presenters on these topics:
Psychological Interventions Across the Lifespan:
Young children (birth through age 5)
Issues in Assessment and Evaluations
Multicultural awareness and diversity
Impact of major life events (marriage, birth of a child, divorce, loss of a loved one)
Membership renewal notices for 2021 have been distributed. You have the option of making your membership payment in 2020 or 2021. Payments in 2021 are due by the end of January. If you would like to change or upgrade your membership, the details for each membership type are described on our website at Indiana Psychological Association (memberleap.com). If you have colleagues who should be IPA members, please send them to this site also.
The IPA Message Board frequently sees posts seeking referrals, sharing job opportunities, requesting feedback on trending topics, educational opportunities, and more. Many consider the IPA Message Board a valuable component of membership. If you have not opted into the Message Board and would like to, please contact Connie Vore at firstname.lastname@example.org.