Why MPA Membership is Important to Me

In the 1980s, my good friend and colleague Joe Walrad, Ph.D., urged me to join MPA, which I did.  Somewhat earlier, he had been encouraged to join by his postdoc supervisor.  Over the years Joe has commented about the importance of staying affiliated with our organization.  I asked Joe to summarize why he values MPA.
- In many clinical settings, we work mostly alone.  MPA membership helps to prevent a sense of isolation by providing collegiality and networking through its activities and services.
- MPA helps us to create professional connections and friendships.  Our conventions and conferences have the feel of a reunion.
- The Association tries to make a difference by reaching out to members in various ways, such as the rural networking conference.
- The quality of speakers has been excellent, representing top notch researchers and practitioners in the field.  A number of our distinguished members have shared their expertise in presentations. 
- Joe has long been convinced of the value of the MPA website's “Find a Psychologist” referral service (especially for children) for his private practice in Allen Park.
In summary, I think Joe's points add up to the importance of MPA as a professional support group in many ways. 
--Andy Kronk, Ph.D.