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Mission Statement

This mission of the Ohio Psychological Association Committee on Social Responsibility (CoSR) is to promote and coordinate the involvement of psychologists in programs and projects in the community, including advancing a social justice agenda by applying the science and practice of psychology to human welfare, as well as advocating for the fair treatment of Ohio residents through education, training and public policy.

The work of the Committee on Social Responsibility is aligned with the Ohio Psychological Associations Strategic Plan, Goal #3 to make psychology more visible to the citizens of Ohio by providing psychological resources, scientific knowledge, public education and referrals.

Goals
  1. Enhance image of psychologists through encouraging pro bono work
    • Suicide Prevention Walks in October
    • “For the Greater Good” articles highlighting volunteer work by Ohio Psychologists
    • Media Award

     

  2. Plan for unique community programs that can be implemented under the auspices of the OPA, involving psychologists and others.
    • Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February)
    • Legislative Health Fair (May)
    • VA Health Fair, Mental Health Awareness Month (May)
    • A Home Within Project
    • YMCA Programs
    • Library Programs
    • High school psychology class speaker request

     

  3. Inform and educate the OPA Board and member psychologists about relevant social justice issues that affect Ohio residents in collaboration with the Diversity Committee, LGBT Subcommittee and other parts of the OPA structure.
    • “Did You Know” articles in the OPA Notes e-newsletter
    • Foodbank Drive (May-June)
    • Social networking
    • OPA Facebook Page
    • OPA on Twitter
    • COSR Blog

     

  4. Work with the OPA Advocacy Committee to support the development of public policy that promotes equitable mental health treatment and other applications of psychological principles for societal concerns.
    • Legislative Health Fair in conjunction with OPA Legislative Day (May)
    • PEC and other committee members at State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. (March)

     

  5. Represent psychology in public forums and with other mental health organizations and consumers
    • Legislative Health Fair (May)
    • VA Health Fair (May)

     

  6. Provide resources about mental health issues to the public via the Public Education Campaign and the Public Section of the OPA website, with the purpose of informing the public about psychology, and destigmatizing mental illness and use of mental health services.
    • Social networking
    • OPA Facebook Page
    • OPA on Twitter
    • COSR Blog
    • Media Award
    • YMCA Programs
    • Library Programs
    • High school psychology class speaker requests
    • Legislative Health Fair
    • VA Health Fair
    • Support group resources/self-help section of OPA website

     

  7. Work together with OPA as a whole to recognize psychologists who have contributed their expertise and service significantly to the cause of public interest.
    • “For the Greater Good” Articles
    • Media Award

     

Examples of CoSR Activities
Resources for Public Presentations


Possible Handouts for Presentations
We can use your help

Please submit your recommendations for reliable, user-friendly self-help resources in your topic(s) of expertise to OPA to be reviewed by the Committee for Social Responsibility for addition to the Self-Help Resource list. Please include the full reference for books and include a sentence or two about why you recommend the particular resource.

Follow us on our committee Blog!

 

Committee Members

Amy Sailing-Untied, Psy.D., Chair
Kathleen Ashton, PhD, ABPP
Michele Evans, PhD
Sarah Greenberg, MA
Mary Lewis, PhD
Angela Miller, PhD, MPH
Amanda Mitchell, PhD
Rahema C. Rodgers, PsyD, ABPP
Todd E. Finnerty PsyD
Staff:
Michael Ranney
Karen Hardin


New committee members are always welcome. If you are interested in learning more about this committees, please contact the OPA office at 614.224.0034.