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FROM THE TEXAS PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

 

 

Growing in 2017

 

 

 

Dr. Jo Vendl

Community Engagement & Relationship Building
 
The Texas Psychological Foundation is energized and focusing our efforts on growth in 2017. With two new board members, who were introduced in last month’s issue, and ongoing momentum from a very successful 2016, we are setting big goals for growing the reach of our foundation this year.  The board is focusing on community connection and building relationships through several points of contact. 

University departments of psychology are where we plan to begin growing our connections to community.  We all began our careers as students in psychology programs, and some of us continue to be connected through serving as department professors and chairs.  The Foundation Board is dedicating themselves to contacting program directors, training directors, advisors, and student advocacy groups to better serve the students in psychology programs.  We plan to host social events, put on professional workshops, mentor students, and connect with professors and chairs to ensure we are supporting students in all possible ways.  We are also making these connections to generate more buzz about our awards and the poster presentation sessions in order to give more financial support to students conducting unique research in our field. 

Social media is another area where we as a board are focusing our growing efforts. With the help of a social media savvy board member, Dr. Marsha Sargeant, our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages are once again active. Please find as @TxPsychFoundation where we will feature articles, award updates, and event details throughout the year. 

We need to hear from the TPA membership community if you are a professor, department chair, internship director, or otherwise involved with students in psychology programs.  The growth of our connections with departments often depends on a personal relationship. Please contact the board president if you would like us to host a professional workshop, meeting, social hour or other event with your students to provide advice, professional resources, and information about the profession of psychology and the Foundation’s annual awards and grant opportunities. 
 
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