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Westchester County Psychological Association Celebrates Its 60th Year
Erica Saxe Ross, PhD
The Westchester County Psychological Association (WCPA) celebrated its 60th year on May 9, 2014. WCPA, a professional organization of psychologists who live or work in Westchester County, NY was founded in 1954. The organization is affiliated with NYSPA.
WCPA has successfully continued to evolve as a professional group of psychologists due to the dedicated service of countless members over the past six decades. The organization makes the voice of Westchester psychologists heard on the state and national level regarding important psychological is- sues and the practice of psychology.
Workshops and CE Credit
In an effort to be current, the association has offered members and psychologists from other counties workshops on salient topics such as electronic communication and risk management, DSM V and ICD-10 diagnosis, implications of NY SAFE Act, new forms of drug abuse affecting teens and young adults, and CBT treatments for anxiety, weight management and sleep to name just a few. The educational branch, WCPE, is approved by APA to offer CE credits for psychologists. The organization is one of the few county psychological associations with this capability.
21st Century Mindset
This year, WCPA developed a List Serv to enhance inter-member communication. An updated Referral Service is also in the works on the WCPA website, in addition to Members in Print and News about Members professional accomplishments. The association’s newsletter, The Westchester Psychologist is published five times a year. WCPA maintains a Speaker’s Bureau, A Test Kit Library Service and a Group Therapy Exchange. This year in an effort to introduce local graduate students to psychology, WCPA is offering free membership to students throughout their graduate school career.
WCPA hosts an Annual Fundraiser at its Annual Meeting. The proceeds are donated to a worthy local organization such as The Food Bank, Gilda’s Club, My Sister’s Place, The Children’s Village and the Loft (serving LGBT teens and the community). In recent years, WCPA has contributed to WESEF, the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, which recognizes talented high school students in the sciences. WCPA offers awards in the Behavioral Sciences and many members serve as judges in this prestigious event. The organization has also offered free workshops to the community on a wide range of pertinent topics.
WCPA Honors One of Its Own
It was most fitting that in the 60th year of WCPA, the Executive Director of WCPA, Bobbie Gallagher, was honored for her impressive and unprecedented 51 years of service. She was presented with both the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bobbie was honored through, song, poetry, metaphors, jokes and toasts. To sum up her achievement, she is considered the heart and soul of WCPA.