2018 WVPA Committee Structure

Improving Systems in WVPA: Committee Restructuring

The Chairs of the WVPA Standing Committees and Task Forces meet in the Spring and Fall to report to the Board of Directors and members of the West Virginia Psychological Association. In 2018 we plan to formally request a change to the Bylaws to reflect a new committee structure (voting is currently underway until July 30, 2018). Our hope is that this change will improve efficiency and engagement. All former (2016 Bylaws) committees will be subsumed in this structure, with ample opportunity for collaboration among committee members and chairs. If you are a member with an interest in joining a committee, please contact info@wvpsychology.org.


Mid-Year Committee Updates (7/2018)

*Updates in italics, 7/20/2018

Association Management Committee: Past President, Nominating, Finance, Communications, Continued Education, & Conference Program.

  • Solicit nominations for vacant board & committee chair positions
    • Elections are currently underway and close on July 20, 2018 for the 2019 Officers
  • Serve as the management body for committee functions
    • Develops WVPA’s annual budget
      • WVPA continues to enjoy stable financial health. Our Treasurer, Dr. Walker-Matthews has been working toward system upgrades to QuickBooks. The periodic financial audit will be completed by the Fall 2018. And our 2018 Spring Conference was a great financial success.
    • Monitors budget position and recommends adjustments, as needed
    • Develops a strategic plan for increasing revenue
    • Presents budget to WVPA members
      • This took place at the 2018 Spring Conference Business Meeting and will be reviewed again at the 2018 Fall Conference Business Meeting on October 12, 2018.
  • Foster the relationship between the board and committee chairs/members
    • Dr. Luzier orchestrated a formal Board and Committee orientation at the Spring Meeting in April, which included a goal-setting exercise. She has asked for mid-year updates from Committee Chairs toward progress on their goals and targets. Committee Reports were reviewed at the July 14 Summer Board Conference Call. All Committee Chairs are invited to the Fall Board Meeting on October 11.
  • Plan and implement programs and conferences
    • Insures that programs presented/co-sponsored by WVPA meet criteria set by the American Psychological Association (APA) for continuing education for psychologists
      • Dr. Burum has been working with Program Chair and leadership to ensure our programming is meeting all standards. 
    • Develops schedule and location for all conferences
      • Fall 2018: October 12-13 at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, WV
      • Spring 2019: April Date TBD, WVU Natural Resource Center in Morgantown, WV
      • Fall 2019, Dr. Burum is finalizing arrangements for the Charleston Conference Center at the Holiday Inn in Charleston, WV
    • Coordinates selection of speakers for workshops and banquets
      • Fall 2018 Conference Presentation portal closed on July 6. Dr. Koontz and the program committee have been working through the proposals to determine those that fit best with the theme for the conference. 
    • Markets workshops
      • Fall 2018 Conference Brochure will be completed by mid-August, when registration portal will also open!

Membership: ECP, Membership, & Colleges/schools.

  • Overall membership
    • WVPA has reached its highest membership numbers in years – as of 7/14 we had 109 members on our organization!
    • Dr. Cox has provided outreach and promotion to psychologists and faculty members at WVU-Morgantown, along with Dr. Wallace. 
  • ECP membership
    • Helps new professionals gain access to networking opportunities with WVPA
    • Provides general information about the field of psychology in our state
    • Maintains resources summarizing job listings, career opportunities and career development
    • Offers a source of support for psychologists as they transition from students to supervised psychologists to licensed psychologists
    • Advances the relationship between the WVPA and ECPs in West Virginia.
    • Drs. Selby-Nelson and Wallace have been working together to transition leadership of this committee in 2019. 
    • Dr. Becky Denning will host the ECP Mixer Event at the 2018 Fall Conference.
  • Diverse membership
    • Dr. Shelia Robinett is chairing the WVPA Task Force on Diversity and serving as the WVPA Civility Ambassador at our meetings.
    • Dr. Robinett has goals for conference presentations targeting diversity, legislative efforts (including the ban on Conversion therapy), recruitment of diverse candidates for leadership positions in WVPA, improving resources on the WVPA website. 
  • Colleges/University membership
  • Public Sector membership

Governmental Affairs: State, Federal & Rural. While this outlines committee tasks, please see our “Legislative” page for more information!

  • Federal Government Affairs – Dr. Jess Luzier serves as the 2018 WVPA Federal Advocacy Coordinator, sending out regular communications about federal policy/legislation notable for psychologists. 
    • Works with American Psychological Association Practice Directorate to monitor and advocate for federal legislative initiatives that impact health, mental health, and psychologists
    • Develops relationships with West Virginia Congressional Delegates to consult, educate, and advocate for pertinent legislation
  • State Government Affairs – Dr. Scott Fields has led the charge for WVPA when it comes to state policy and advocacy. 
    • Aids development and dissemination of information regarding the nature and impact of psychological services on psychologists and psychological service recipients
    • Assesses and communicates the impact of governmental laws, regulations and policies on psychologists and psychological service recipients
  • Communications
    • Chaired by Dr. Jennie Hughes, this committee has expanded WVPA’s social media presence with an active Facebook page and regular, timely posts relevant to psychologist members.
    • With the help of Drs. Hughes, Luzier, Rutherford, and Bert Hoopes, the first WVPA podcast will be produced and released by mid-September!
    • Dr. Hughes proposed a presentation at the 2018 Fall Conference on psychologists and politics.
    • Dr. Aaron Williams is the WVPA Public Education Chair, and will be rolling out resources from APA’s Campaign: Mind Health Body.
  • Rural Practice Affairs
  • Business of Practice Affairs

State Assistance: Disaster, Business of Practice, Colleague Assistance, & Professional Practice.

  • Colleague assistance
    • Led by Drs. Weisenmuller and Canady, the CAC is in the process of developing a survey for stakeholders (psychologists, members of the Board of Examiners, etc) to better understand the needs of psychologists in WVPA
    • This committee, including a graduate student member, will be presenting a workshop at the 2018 Fall Conference on Well-Being and Competent Practice.
  • Substance Abuse Taskforce
    • Please see our “Legislative” page for more updates!
  • Child Abuse Joint Taskforce
    • Dr. Mills-Price has been leading this Task Force, which has offered high quality CE workshops regarding child abuse at the 2017 Fall conference, plus submitted a proposal for a workshop at the 2018 Fall Conference. She is working with members of WVAPP, and has a virtual meeting planned at the end of JUly. 
  • Disaster response