Utah Psychological Association

UPA March 2017 Newsletter

March 24, 2017 5:10 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

UPA Presidential Address

The past several months have brought many changes to our country, and many people are becoming more politically aware and active. As I think about all of these changes, and my involvement with UPA, I've also been thinking about UPA's role. Our purpose, according to our bylaws, is as follows:

The purpose of UPA shall be to advance psychology as a science and as a profession and to promote human welfare by the responsible encouragement of the development of psychology in all its branches in the broadest manner consistent with ethical and scientific standards.

It shall also be the purpose of UPA to improve the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists through high standards of education, competence, professional achievement, and professional ethics and conduct; to increase and disseminate psychological knowledge through meetings, reports, papers, discussions, personal contact with colleagues and organized education programs; to make available to the public the knowledge and expertise which scientific inquiry and professional experience has developed in the field of psychology; and to secure for the science and profession of psychology a stable position in the academic and community activities of the State of Utah.

Advocacy, and our work with both state and national legislators, seems like it may be one of the less visible ways UPA fulfills its purpose. Please know that UPA is actively working to help benefit both psychologists and the people we serve. Each year we send a delegation to the Practice Leadership Conference (formerly the State Leadership Conference) and they learn about issues relevant to psychology and advocate directly with our national congressional representatives. Our Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Nanci Klein, and our Legislative Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Greenwell, are also working hard to make sure that your UPA board is aware of and monitoring changes proposed at the state level.

UPA takes our role as advocates very seriously and has a process in place to help ensure that we are thoughtful and careful in our advocacy efforts. We are committed to making sure our work is based in science and is data-driven. We are also watching the work done by APA, and hope to regularly share such information with you. If you have not yet seen APA's responses to the presidential executive orders you can read them here: http://psyciq.apa.org/apas-responses-executive-actions/.

Please reach out to UPA if you have questions or concerns. I hope you will look to UPA as a resource. We will keep you updated on our efforts on the UPA listserv and on UPA's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UtahPsychologicalAssociation). I also invite you to get involved with UPA. Joining a committee or the UPA Board of Directors is a great way to get a better sense of the work that our organization does on behalf of psychologists. 

Jamie E. Brass, Psy.D.
President, UPA

Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Passes Utah State Legislature; Awaits Governor's Signature

Psychology took one step closer to the regulated practice of telepsychology and the provision of time-limited in-person psychological services across state boundaries with the passage of SB 106, Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, in the 2017 Utah legislative session. Sponsored by Senator Brian E. Shiozawa, SB 106 (http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/SB0106.html) unanimously passed both the Utah Senate and House, and currently awaits Governor Herbert's signature to become law. Representative Edward H. Redd was the floor sponsor in the Utah House.

Utah is the second state to pass the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), following Arizona's passage of PSYPACT in May, 2016. Additional states with active legislative efforts include Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.The Compact becomes operational when seven states enact PSYPACT into law. PSYPACT has been endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association, ABPP, APA, APPIC, and The Trust.

PSYPACT is intended to regulate the day to day practice of the provision of psychological services using telecommunication technologies. It is also intended to regulate the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology by psychologists across state boundaries for 30 days within a calendar year. The Compact does not apply to permanent in-person, face-to-face practice which will continue to require a psychology license in a given state. Psychologists who wish to practice under PSYPACT will need to obtain the E.Passport Certificate for telepsychology, and the Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) for temporary in-person, face-to-face practice.

Additional information regarding PSYPACT can be found at: https://asppb.site-ym.com/mpage/micrositehp.

Nanci C. Klein, PhD
Director of Professional Affairs
Utah Psychological Association

Lunchtime Learning Series


Our Lunchtime Learning Webinars are held on the second Monday of the month at 12:00. Approximately half of the webinars will offer one free CEU for those who attend and complete a follow-up quiz with a score of 80%. Specific registration information is available on the UPA website, and you can click on the title of each webinar to go directly to the registration page. We are using a two-step registration process so you will need to register with UPA first, and you will then receive a confirmation email from the UPA website with the link to register through Zoom. This two-step process helps us keep the webinars as a member benefit. 

March: Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Programs
According to the APA (2007), psychology doctoral graduates carry more debt than other doctoral graduates, and in 2005 almost 70% of doctoral graduates had some student debt. Almost 40% of doctoral students owed over $75,000, and a survey of ECPs indicated they have an average debt of over $90,000. Many programs do not provide information on how to manage debt, or what options exist for repaying or forgiving loans. Attend this webinar to learn about loan forgiveness and repayment programs available to psychologists. This webinar does not offer CEU credit.

April: Sleep

Watch for additional information on the UPA listserv. 

May: EPPP Overview

Watch for additional information on the UPA listserv.


PA hosts full- and half-day CEU workshops throughout the year. You can register for events at https://utpsych.wildapricot.org/events and UPA will keep you updated about upcoming events on the listserv. A selection of our upcoming events includes:

  • 3/24/17: Moving Through Swamps: Didactic and Experiences in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr. Cicely Taravella
  • 5/12/17: HIPAA Audits by Dr. Nan Klein
  • 9/29/17: Ethics and Risk Management with the Insurance Trust

APA Policies & Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security

The American Psychological Association's (APA) position on torture is clear and unequivocal: Any direct or indirect participation in any act of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions. Such acts as waterboarding, sexual humiliation, stress positions and exploitation of phobias are clear violations of APA's no torture/no abuse policy.

APA President Antonio Puente, PhD, and Interim CEO Cynthia Belar, PhD, ABPP, send letters to President Donald J. Trump and other key federal officials to urge against use of torture or abusive treatment of detainees. Letters include a statement by the Society of Military Psychology (APA Div. 19 - PDF, 94KB) co-signed by 40 of APA's 54 divisions.

Other letters included:

Letter to President Donald J. Trump

Letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Letter to CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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