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Early Career Psychologists Committee

Chair: Linda Herbert [Contact]

Mission or role of Committee: The mission of the Maryland Psychological Association's (MPA's) Early Career Psychologists (ECP) Committee is to support the career development of Maryland psychologists who have obtained their doctorate degrees within the last ten years. This mission is achieved by bridging the gap between student membership and full membership as an ECP, encouraging active membership and leadership within MPA, and increasing comfort levels with advocacy and legislative issues pertinent to Maryland psychologists. The committee strives to provide opportunities for networking, training and education, mentoring, and other areas of career development and support. The goal of the committee is to serve the needs of all early career psychologists, across varied areas of practice and geographic locations in the state.

Accomplishments this past year: (2014-2015) The committee continued our educational webinar series by coordinating seven free webinars that were attended by 49 ECPs. We also hosted seven ECP social events around the state, including dinners, happy hours, brunch, a family outing, and a wine tasting at Elk Run Winery, which included participation by 33 ECPs. The committee continued its mentorship program by hosting a mentor-mentee social event and facilitating connections among ECPs and graduate students. We continued our internship/post doc outreach program by leading a series of in-person presentations on MPA and Maryland licensure.

Current Initiatives & Future Goals: Continue webinar, social event, mentorship, and outreach programs.

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