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Message from the NCPA President

Welcome to NCPA's 2020-21 Calendar Year!

The past months have been strange and daunting in many ways. The coronavirus brought life as we knew it to a halt, and has forced us to meet new challenges and readjust our personal and professional relationships. We now need to consider carefully who we welcome into our lives, and how we do so.

Many of us have been working online and struggle with establishing and maintaining intimacy with patients and those we hold dear. Like so many of you, your NCPA Board was caught off guard and had to scuttle our program plans. Instead, we initiated our Zoom series: Life in the Pandemic with the NCPA Board. These opportunities to meet and hang out with you, to talk and laugh together while we share our fears, frustrations and collective wisdom have been greatly rewarding to us and appreciated by attendees. We plan to continue these meetings, usually on Sunday mornings, and we hope more of you will join us.

I, like many of you, have my roots in School Psychology. The complex issues surrounding re-opening schools motivated our tireless Trustee Ron Smith and Secretary Dottie Ahl to marshal an exceptionally talented group of School Psychologists and with BOCES, we cosponsored two extraordinary meetings. With their wisdom and expertise, they constructed and generously shared a Toolbox of ideas and materials for school mental health workers. We are hoping to reinstate a School Psychology Committee to continue these efforts. Might you join us in this endeavor?

NCPA is monitoring the upcoming NYS licensure requirement for Continuing Education. We all lament the loss of Kathy Doyle, psychology's stalwart shepherd, and the details of who will be approved to provide those required credits, effective January 2021, are still unclear. However, NCPA has arranged low cost CE seminars and credits through our recent affiliation with the National Register.

Especially in view of our social isolation, I ask you to join me in welcoming our newest NCPA members: Deborah O'Shea, Psy.D.; Kathryn Coyle, Ph.D.; Shimon Dreyfuss, Ph.D. ;Karen (Wachtel) Parekh, Ph.D.; Layla Providente, MA; and Adam Weiss, Ph.D.

We're grateful to all of you for your continuing membership. We all must choose where to put our resources, and we appreciate your loyalty in supporting your local community of psychologists.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I send you our warmest wishes for good health, peace, and success in all your endeavors

Maxine Marcus, Ph.D.
NCPA President