Greetings and Welcome to the New Year 2017!
As your incoming president, I look forward to a year of community building and collective forward thinking. They say “times are changing” but isn’t that true each and every minute of each and every day. The only thing that is constant is changes. What is important is how we prepare for and respond to the change. My objective this year is to build a network of committed professionals, ready to be pro-active and responsive to national, state and local events that directly impact our regional Dayton community. Collectively, we can build small communities that are task oriented and poised to respond to local events as they occur. We can also anticipate and prepare for broader issues that directly affect our professional practice and the lives of our constituents. In order to accomplish this, my first aim is to grow our representation on the Board of Directors to be more reflective of the constituents we serve. This diversity includes representation from our Early Career professionals to our retiring long-standing peers, as well as our up and coming Interns, active duty military and VA professionals, and representation across other areas of diversity to include racial, cultural, disability and the LGBT community. Via our Bill Box in the Newsletter and Recent Updates in the DAPA newsletter we will keep you abreast of federal and legislative changes that directly impact the scope of your practice. So look forward to hearing from us; I encourage you to respond to invitations to serve in various capacities as we move forward with a proactive and committed presence in our communities. Peace be unto you and the clients you serve!
Rose Mary Shaw, Psy.D.