Why MPA Membership is Important to Me

Why MPA is important to me: 

As a relatively recent transplant to Michigan, MPA membership grounds me in the collective wisdom of a long-standing institution monitoring and influencing the practice of psychology and provides me with empowering opportunities for high quality continuing education. MPA is an outlet through which I can effect systemic change increasing access to psychological tools to improve lives, consistent with our mission as psychologists bound by the American Psychological Association code of ethics. Being able to network with other psychologists through MPA-facilitated peer consultation groups is validating, fulfilling, and helps me maintain professional excellence.
Elissa H. Patterson, Ph.D.

Besides its important role in advocating for the profession and for mental health issues in our state, MPA offers a terrific opportunity to get to know, and learn from, other psychologists I wouldn't otherwise have a chance to meet. The people who have been donating their time and energy into this organization have much wisdom and knowledge to share, as well as a passion for our field.
Cynthia Schroeder Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Membership in MPA is important to me because MPA is the premier organization in Michigan that advocates for psychologists' title and scope of practice with legislators. Additionally, MPA advocates for access to quality and timely mental health care for all, which is critically important at this time when access to psychological care is challenging for many. I am proud to be a member of MPA because it allows me to contribute to this profession that has given me so much!
Brittany Barber-Garcia, Ph.D.

Being a member of a professional organization such as MPA gives one the opportunity to make an impact on issues affecting the well being of psychologists and of the public at large. Representing MPA opens doors, to decision makers and business and health insurance company executives, which would be very closed were one representing oneself. This is the way to go if you want to make a difference on issues related to the provision of mental health care in Michigan.
Louis Post, Ph.D.


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.