Mission Statement

The purpose of VCPA shall be to advance psychology as a science and a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare by the encouragement of psychology in all its branches in the broadest and most liberal manner; by the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists through high standards of competence, professional ethics, conduct, education, and achievement; by the increase and diffusion of psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications.

 

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Dear Fellow VCPA Members,

This is a moment in time I imagine many of us will never forget. A time when the terms “quarantine, social isolation, community transmission, and stay at home” have become part of everyday language. It is also a time when science, morality and personal values all seem to come together in either a soft embrace or alternatively, a loud din. As essential providers I often ponder the toll this pandemic is taking on ourselves and our clients. Our work is vital to the public as we offer space and bear witness to all the feelings our clients and fellow community members may be experiencing. All the nuances of life can be magnified as we all follow public health guidelines for the safety of our society. Many of us are trying to figure out how to work at home while also caring for one plus generations.
I am glad to see so many of you using the listserve to share information. VCPA will continue to support state and national efforts that assist mental health professionals and clients during this time. Some SIGS have gone virtual which is a fantastic idea. California has launched the HealthCorps if that is something that interests you.
We will get through this time, although changed. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you are doing. Be well.

Anna

“Relationships matter: the currency for systemic change was trust, and trust comes through forming healthy working relationships. People, not programs, change people.”
Bruce Perry