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Message from the NCPA President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2017-18 NCPA Membership Year!

Our first event for the year will be a Meet-and-Greet Brunch on Sunday morning, October 15, where we hope to bring together our long-term members with those of you who joined us relatively recently and our student members. This will be an opportunity to see old friends again and to make new friends. It will be a combined meeting of Trustees of the Nassau Psychological Services Institute (NPSI) and the Nassau County Psychological Association (NCPA). We value all our members dearly, and we believe you'll enjoy getting to know one another. We'd love to see a great turnout because we want to hear from you how we can work together 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. Here's a great networking opportunity for everyone.

Last year our programs focused on Mindfulness, School Climate, and Social-Emotional learning. They were well-attended (I hope you were there!) and we had very positive feedback.

This year, New York State has mandated a Mental Health Curriculum. We're following this mandate closely and we're planning programs addressing this curriculum as soon as possible.

We also have a drug and alcohol treatment program in mind. No doubt you're aware of the epidemic of addictions on Long Island, and we know you'll want to learn more about addressing these issues in your work.

Would you like to learn more about making effective referrals to Emergency Rooms?

How about learning more about writing legally defensible reports and other legal issues?

Meanwhile, thanks for your membership dollars. We know you're asked to join other professional organizations, and we very much appreciate your supporting us, your local psychological association attending to issues in your own backyard.

We've needed to make some changes in our Membership process. No, we're not raising your dues, but we've been pinched by credit card charges: last year we paid $1,000 in credit card charges! 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 Pay Pal. You have a choice of either setting up a PayPal account, if you do not already have one, or clicking on the credit card of choice to enter information. NCPA's Executive Director Angela Russo will answer all your questions and walk you through the process. I just paid my dues that way, and it was simple. 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! If you're planning to attend the October 15 brunch (please do!), just let us know so we can plan our numbers accordingly. We'd love to have you with us!

On behalf of the NCPA Executive Board, we send you our very best wishes as the waning summer turns into fall and the 2017-18 year begins.

Maxine Marcus, President
Carol Hassett, Treasurer
Fran Schweitzer, Secretary
Chuck King, Trustee
Ron Smith, Trustee
Shane Owens, NYSPA Rep