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Motivate to advocate


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Part of an advocacy day presentation. This was a one-hour program

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