VPA MEMBER BENEFITS
VPA Quarterly newsletters (some academies also have separate newsletters)
Provides a forum for members to express opinions and discuss important issues affecting the profession.
News and Notes provides an opportunity for members to be recognized for their accomplishments
Provides information from each Academy: School, Clinical, Academic and Applied.
Semi-annual Conventions -- Discount rates for members.
Provides a workshop for teachers of high school psychology
Web Site -- working to develop a more elaborate and more active site.
Continuing Education Workshops - at least twice a year. Discounts for members.
Participation in Academic Academy web site which lists academic institutions and psychology faculty across the state.
Opportunity to rehearse dramatic and traumatic experiences of psychological academic life with others who are understanding and have a fresh perspective - Academic Academy.
Share ideas in the formation of research projects and development of new teaching methods - Academic Academy
Opportunities for student competition in paper sessions and poster sessions at conventions.
Participate in the "Turning On the Turned-Off Reader" program - School Psychologists
Virginia Research Network - Joint VAPA, VACP effort to focus on a formal structure by which science and practice integration could move forward.
Peer Review - Clinical Academy
Categories: General Business, Legal Considerations (not legal advice), Administrative Issues, Financial Issues, Electronic Capabilities, Marketing, Organizational Structure, New and Emerging Markets, Managed Care issues, Medicaid/Medicare, Outcomes Measurements, and Effective Use of Consultants
Referral Service - Clinical Academy
Lobbyists - Clinical Academy and School Academy
Monitoring of legislation
Colleague Assistance Committee Access
Disaster Mental Health Network
Practice Development Grants - Clinical Academy
Patient and Practice Protection Committee - Clinical Academy - (law suit against B/C B/S of National Capitol Area)
Psychopharmacology Seminars - Clinical Academy
Public Education Campaign participation VPA & VACP
Provides tools to strengthen public awareness about value of psychological services
Communicates to businesses about the need to provide adequate MH benefits
Encourages businesses to use psychological services for conflict resolution, consultation, stress management, enhancing productivity and problem solving.
Clinical Psychologists in the Public Sector - Clinical Academy
Monitors key issues of relevance to the public sector
Keeps the Clinical Academy Executive Council informed on positions to support the value and necessity of providing Clinical Psychology services to public service consumers.
Organizes annual conferences for public service psychologists
Provides public service psychologists a stronger and more unified voice
Helps with problems in the public sector
Health Care Benefits Committee – Clinical Academy
Deals directly with insurance & manage dcare companies to protect interests of members and consumers.
Establishes relationships between VACP and managed care companaies to improve delivery of MJ care
Pursues appropriate regulation of managed care
Subcommittees address: Medicare, Medicaid, commercial carriers and managed care.
Actively work to lobby for health care reform which protects the rights of mental health consumers and the rights of psychologists.
Deals with members questions about panel membership, covered services, obtaining reimbursement, dealing with insurance and managed care companies
Professional Issues and Ethics Committee - Clinical Academy
Provides consultations and guidance in addressing and resolving legal and ethical dilemmas that arise in the practice of clinical psychology.
Regional Academies - Clinical Academy
Opportunities to join in a variety of activities and benefits on a local level.
Recognize membership in the organization when members become 70 years of age
and have been a member for 10 continuous years with Dues Exempt Status.
Representation on National Councils: APA, NASP, APS
The Foundation provides assistance to teachers of psychology regarding careers.
Provides funds for awards - Virginia Science Fair, Junior Academy of Science Awards, Student Paper Session Awards, Student Post Session Awards, Outstanding Psychologist Awards