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Message from the NCPA President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2018-19 NCPA Membership Year!

I would like to extend a very special welcome to our newest members:

Dorothy Ahl, Ph.D., Lisa Cohen, Psy.D., Emily D’Antonio, Ph.D., David Eckert, Psy.D., Katrina Florio, student, Jeanne Hartman, Ph.D., Sepideh Homayoonfar, Ph.D., Andrea Lampert, Psy.D., Elisabeth Mansdorf, Ph.D., Ashley Marotta, Ph.D., Christine Newman, Ph.D., Margaret O’Conner, Ph.D., Maria Xydas, Ph.D.

We’re very pleased that you’ve decided to join NCPA, your local professional organization, and work together with us. I look forward to greeting all of you personally soon.

Of course, we also extend a warm welcome back to all our members. We know you're asked to join many organizations and to support many important causes. We very much appreciate your making the choice to continue to give us your membership dollars and thereby to focus on important issues in psychology in your own backyard.

Last year, we held a Sunday brunch and tried to bring together all of NCPA (Nassau County Psychological Association) and NPSI (our sister organization, Nassau Psychological Services Institute.) Would you be interested in attending an event like this? We recognize that your time is another resource that is limited. I’m certain you’re aware of the recent Continuing Education requirement for NYS Licensure, and we’ll try to help.

We want to hear from you how we can meet your needs most effectively. Is there a program you'd be interested in attending? Is there a program you'd be interested in presenting? Would you enjoy more opportunities to socialize and get to know each other better? Our constituents have diverse orientations and operate in School and Clinical settings, and we want to be helpful to all of you, and to see you be helpful to one another.

This year, New York State’s mandate for a Mental Health Curriculum in all grades took effect on July 1, 2018. We’re extremely fortunate that your NCPA Trustee, Ron Smith, a former school Superintendent, was part of the NY State planning group. NCPA is co-sponsoring several workshops he will be giving, at three Long Island BOCES first, and then for school administrators and other school personnel. We are also reaching out to the higher education academic community to promote this important curriculum. Nor do we believe this to be an issue exclusive to school members, because we are certain that private practitioners will feel the effects of this mandate.

Once again, we're not raising dues this year, but processing credit cards are costly. Again this year, in addition to offering you the familiar option of paying your dues by simply putting a check in the mail, we offer you PayPal. You can either set up a PayPal account, if you do not already have one, or click on the credit card of your choice to enter information. NCPA's Executive Director, Angela Russo, can answer all your questions and walk you through the process.. Although we will continue to accept payment by credit cards directly, we will have to tack on a $5.00 service charge to offset those extra fees.

So, thanks again for joining or rejoining NCPA!

Your NCPA Executive Board sends you our very best wishes as the waning summer turns into fall and the 2018-19 year begins.

Sincerely,
Maxine Marcus, President
Carol Hassett, Treasurer
Dorothy (Dottie) Ahl, Secretary
Chuck King, Trustee
Ron Smith, Trustee
Shane Owens, Trustee