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

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    Motivate to advocate Motivate to advocate Presentation Transcript

    • MOTIVATE TO ADVOCATE Political Advocacy, Leadership, and Organizational Strength John D. Gavazzi, PsyD, ABPP
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
      • You are taking a leadership role
      By participating in advocacy and the Pennsylvania Psych Association
    • 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)
    • Stages of Change: Advocacy
      • Pre-contemplative
      • Contemplative
      • Preparation
      • Action
      • Maintenance
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • “ Modern” ways of outreach and repetition
      • Web sites
      • Listserv
      • Email
      • Facebook
      • LinkedIn
      • Twitter
      • YouTube
      • Social networking sites
      • 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
      • What are you signing up for?
      To be a leader…
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
      • Questions
      • Comments
      • Testimony
      Grand Finale