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OPA's Prevention and Wellness Program

Thursday, January 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Karen Hardin
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Announcing our name and mission change (formerly the OPA Colleague Assistance Program)

The former Colleague Assistance Program has recently decided to expand our mission and change our name to the OPA Prevention and Wellness Program. We will continue with our original mission:

The mission of the Ohio Psychological Association – Prevention and Wellness Program is to provide Ohio psychologists and OPA members with assistance in accessing services to restore professional functioning and to protect client welfare. We are in the process of expanding our network of providers, and we encourage you if you have at least seven years of clinical experience to consider joining the network so we can have plenty of available resources when a colleague calls for help. If you are interested, please email Howard Fradkin, Chair.
What has changed is our new focus on promoting a healthy practice of prevention, wellness and self-care. We want to help all of us to be as healthy as we can be, both for the good of our clients, and as importantly, for our own good.  We will emphasize prevention and wellness activities, which we can all do regularly to enhance our own happiness, joy and well-being, and increase our ability to be present for our clients. Hopefully, engaging in regular self-care will also help to prevent us from getting to the place where we are challenged in our ability to function professionally. 

Here are some examples of new activities we are in the process of offering:

  1. We are thrilled to announce we have two winners of our recent self-help video contest. Click on our winners' names to view the creative videos, Brittany Carbaugh, a Counseling Psychology Graduate student at Cleveland State, expected to graduate this fall and Brock Partlow, a Clinical Psychology Doctoral student at Xavier University, who plans to graduate in May, 2023.
  2. At spring convention, we are offering a special self- care panel: Speaking of you: A multi-generational, multi-cultural & multi-specialty exploration of self-care in psychological practice. It is a 3-hour ethics workshop.  Here’s a brief description:
  3. As mental health providers, we advocate for the practice of regular healthy self-care. But what about us, and do we practice what we preach?  What gets in our way and how can we welcome those challenges? Are there unique barriers based on our gender, diversity variables or in our unique employment setting? How does gender socialization impact our practice of self-care? How do life’s traumas and past experiences impact us? 
  4. We are excited to offer a special all-day ethics workshop, Healing the Wounded Healer: From Counter-trauma to Counter-Resilience, on July 31st in Columbus, co-led by Sandi Forti, Ph.D. and Howard Fradkin, Ph.D. You’ll hear more from OPA in the coming months about this experiential workshop and how you can register. 
  5. Starting in February, we’ll be posting hypothetical challenging vignettes about our work, and we’ll be inviting you to share with your colleagues your thoughts about how to manage these challenges.  
  6. You may have already noticed in the monthly newsletter, we are including short articles about different aspects of self-care related to our challenging work. Click here to access all of the articles. A few recent columns were: Acknowledging Our Struggles As We Work With Suicidal Clients (November 2019 E-newsletter), Vaccinations Anyone? Another Aspect of Self Care (December 2019 Newsletter), and An Urgent Cry for Self-Care (September e-newsletter).

Lastly, if our mission excites you, we invite you to join our committee; the time commitment is 1 hour per month, on the second Monday from 9:15-10 am. Just email Howard and let him know you are interested.