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Motivate to advocate

  1. 1. MOTIVATE TO ADVOCATE Political Advocacy, Leadership, and Organizational Strength John D. Gavazzi, PsyD, ABPP
  2. 2. Political Advocacy: What is it? <ul><li>The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychologists have varying expectations about the purpose and function </li></ul>
  3. 3. Political Advocacy: Why do we need it? <ul><li>No one else will look out for psychology and our patients </li></ul><ul><li>Educate legislators and the public on the importance of psychological services </li></ul><ul><li>Give voice to those who have none or are fearful to express their concerns </li></ul>
  4. 4. Political Advocacy: Why do we need it? <ul><li>Rights: Concerned with law, social structures, and patient protection </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Parity </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational: Inclusiveness, community building, and working toward something beneficial; rally around a cause </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pitfalls of Advocacy <ul><li>Psychologists must focus on the topics that they are advocating </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to get lost in the technical aspects of advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Fear and intimidation because advocacy can be seen as outside of our comfort zone </li></ul>
  6. 6. Psychological Concerns <ul><li>Challenging authority: Anxiety and conflict avoidance </li></ul><ul><li>Social loafing: The belief that someone else is responsible for advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation: Many psychologists practice alone and lack a comprehensive understanding </li></ul>
  7. 7. A Day in the Life <ul><li>Wake up to the radio </li></ul><ul><li>Have a cup of coffee </li></ul><ul><li>Drive to work </li></ul><ul><li>Check email </li></ul><ul><li>Restroom Break </li></ul><ul><li>FCC regulation of spectrum </li></ul><ul><li>Trade tariffs on coffee beans </li></ul><ul><li>Government roads and maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Government regulation of telephone service </li></ul><ul><li>Local sewer overflow regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Governmental Issue </li></ul>
  8. 8. Whether you like it or not…. <ul><li>Many of the rules and regulations do not rise to the level of conscious awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>Why is that? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we need to do about it? </li></ul><ul><li>Government regulation influences many things that we do in our lives, including the air we breathe, the food we eat, how we drive, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is the overarching message? <ul><li>Political Advocacy is part of our professional responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>By not becoming involved in political advocacy, the psychologist is engaging in social loafing behavior and “free rider” mentality. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>You are taking a leadership role </li></ul>By participating in advocacy and the Pennsylvania Psych Association
  11. 11. Political Advocacy: Broader View <ul><li>Depth of feeling and commitment to advance a cause </li></ul><ul><li>Going beyond the call of duty, truly an aspirational ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Stresses vision, voice, and choice </li></ul><ul><li>Passionate volunteerism: Making the world a better place (Exercise about career choice) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Stages of Change: Advocacy <ul><li>Pre-contemplative </li></ul><ul><li>Contemplative </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Action </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul>
  13. 13. First Step: Find your passion <ul><li>Why is advocacy important to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is advocacy important to your patients? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is advocacy important to your job and profession? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it part of your aspirational ethic? </li></ul>
  14. 14. How do we message it? <ul><li>Take into account political, socio-economic and professional circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Language of psychology and our culture </li></ul><ul><li>Trustworthy and Credible </li></ul><ul><li>Informs, Convinces, and Encourages (ICE) </li></ul><ul><li>Treats members/psychologists with respect </li></ul>
  15. 15. Relationship Building <ul><li>Start with similarities (bonding) </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about your excitement and enthusiasm about political advocacy (modeling) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide some concrete examples of how political advocacy has helped your practice (sharing) </li></ul><ul><li>Expand on how laws or regulations have helped the other psychologist’s practice (education) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Relationship Building <ul><li>Multiple contacts or sources of information (repetition) </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a reason or passion (motivation, fear) </li></ul><ul><li>Outline options for involvement: Start low and go slow (Foot in the door technique) </li></ul><ul><li>Invite to Advocacy Day, encourage to respond to legislative alerts, contact legislators directly </li></ul>
  17. 17. “ Modern” ways of outreach and repetition <ul><li>Web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Listserv </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking sites </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>One contact, one conversation, one statement, one email, one tweet, one phone call, one article, one blog post, one meeting, one text at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>We can build organizational strength and value through advocacy. </li></ul>Building a Community of Advocacy
  19. 19. <ul><li>What are you signing up for? </li></ul>To be a leader…
  20. 20. Building Organizational Strength through Advocacy <ul><li>Part of the culture of PPA needs to be that advocacy is an important component to our professional responsibility (Print, social media, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to start at the Board of Directors level and work down toward the committee members </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisors, professors, mentors, and peer contacts need to acculturate psychologists to political advocacy </li></ul>
  21. 21. Reminding psychologists (and ourselves) of our legislative successes <ul><li>Mental Health Parity </li></ul><ul><li>Helped to ban corporal punishment in schools </li></ul><ul><li>20 year effort to establish psychologists to practice psychotherapy in private practices as INDEPENDENT practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Major force for recognition under Medicare (in conjunction with APA) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Advocacy includes <ul><li>Political activity in service to our clients, our community, our citizens, and our profession </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership skills, either within the formal hierarchy of PPA or within our community of psychologists </li></ul><ul><li>A process to build better organizational unity and value </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Testimony </li></ul>Grand Finale