The mission of the Ohio Psychological Association – Prevention and Wellness Program (OPA-PWP), previously known as the Colleague Assistance Program, is to provide Ohio psychologists and OPA members with assistance in accessing services to restore professional functioning and to protect client welfare. In the role of providing psychological care to others, psychologists may themselves become in need of assistance. State law and established ethical standards require psychologists to recognize when one’s objectivity or competency may be impaired. The OPA-PWP aims to assist in prevention and offers treatment of impairment by providing relevant education as well as referrals for treatment to assist in maintaining and/or restoring professional functioning.
Philosophy and Purpose
The OPA PWP program is based on principles of self-care, prevention, early intervention and psychological care to Ohio psychologists. We seek to create a climate which normalizes self-care and help seeking behavior. In doing so the OPA-PWP program hopes to help stressed/distressed psychologists from becoming impaired and also to link with providers those psychologists who are in need of their own treatment.
In 2006, the Ethics Committee of the Ohio Psychological Association formed a subcommittee to investigate the feasibility of a Colleague Assistance Program for Ohio Psychologists. Subcommittee members were chosen and Michael Schafer, PhD was appointed chair. The Ohio CAP subcommittee has consulted with APA, other state CAPs, the State Board of Psychology, and the Ethics Committee in development of this program. A formal proposal to establish a CAP for psychologists was submitted to and approved by the OPA Board in 2010. In 2019, the Colleague Assistance Program, chaired by Howard Fradkin, PhD, was renamed the Prevention and Wellness Program.
The OPA Prevention and Wellness Program provides Ohio psychologists with assistance in accessing needed services in order to restore optimal professional functioning and to eliminate risk to the general public. OPA-PWP also provides educational programs and articles/resources about self care and recognition of problems before impairment occurs.
The OPA-PWP program will serve as a clearinghouse of information as opposed to a direct provider of services. Services provided include education, prevention activities, resources, and referrals. Psychologists seeking assistance, who contact the program, are referred to a network provider for ongoing care.
The OPA-PWP program will serve Ohio licensed Psychologists who are voluntarily referred or self-referred, regardless of their membership in the OPA.
The OPA-PWP committee has developed a list of approved “OPA-PWP network providers”. These providers are licensed psychologists who hold an unrestricted license to practice Psychology in Ohio, maintain current malpractice coverage, have completed the OPA-PWP training, and agree to adhere to policies and procedures of OPA-PWP. The Ohio Psychological Association, Ethics Committee, and PWP subcommittee do not endorse network providers nor guarantee the outcome of PWP services.
Confidentiality and “Safe Passage”
We understand that psychologists will feel more comfortable seeking early intervention if they know their request will be kept confidential. You may seek a referral for any type of challenges you are facing personally or professionally, even if the presenting problem is a violation of APA ethical standards or Ohio Board of Psychology rules regarding professional conduct. In order to assure confidentiality, an interested party can call OPA and make a request for a referral. No information about the reason for your need for help should be communicated to OPA, and OPA staff members will not seek such information. OPA will connect you with the Prevention and Wellness Program Chair or Committee Member. The PWP representative will ask only general questions about your need for help and then work to provide an appropriate referral. Once you become a client, you will then be eligible for the confidentiality protections afforded to any consumer of psychological services. These protections are spelled out in Ohio Administrative Code 4732-17-01 (G)(2). These include keeping confidential any violations of APA ethical standards or Ohio Board of Psychology rules regarding professional conduct. However, mandatory reporting requirements pertaining to the abuse of children or vulnerable adults would still apply.
Read articles published by OPA's Prevention and Wellness Program Committee.
Procedure to Request Assistance
Interested psychologists may contact an approved network provider directly. A list of providers can be obtained through the list below. If you choose to contact a network provider for an assessment, please identify yourself as a psychologist seeking service through OPA-PWP.
OPA PWP Approved Network Providers
Applications are being solicited and reviewed. As network providers are approved, their contact information will be noted below.
The fee structure for visits will be negotiated between the client and the provider.
What Does the Law Say?
Licensing Laws which address self care and/or impairment
Interested in becoming a OPA-PWP network provider?
The OPA-PWP maintains a network of licensed Ohio psychologists who agree to accept at least one new referral per year. An OPA-PWP network provider agrees to abide by all policies and procedures promulgated by the subcommittee, including requirements for provider eligibility and participation in ongoing continuing education. Providers warrant that all work will be consistent with the highest ethical and professional practice standards and with pertinent laws and regulations.
- Acceptance as Network Provider:
- Maintenance of status as Network Provider:
- Current unrestricted license to practice psychology in Ohio
- Current malpractice coverage
- Submission of required reports to OPA-CAP on a timely basis
- Adherence to Ohio CAP policies and procedures
- Attendance at annual meeting of OPA-CAP providers (conference call participation acceptable)
Please fill out the Network Provider Application, Referral Network Provider Agreement, and Provider Professional Reference Release of Information. Submit completed forms to:
OPA-PWP Michael Ranney, OPA Executive Director 395 East Broad Street, Suite 310 Columbus, Ohio 43215
The professionals you have provided as references will receive the appropriate forms to complete.
If accepted as a PWP Network Provider, you will be contacted by a member of the OPA-PWP committee regarding training information. Questions can be directed to OPA at 614-224-0234.
The OPA-PWP lists licensed psychologists in Ohio who are OPA members, who have completed three hours of specialized training concerning colleague assistance, and have met the minimum requirements of the OPA-PWP provider determination process. OPA does not warrant the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the information contained in the OPA-PWP provider determination. OPA does not endorse or rate any of the psychologists listed. You should verify any information with the psychologist’s office and make a determination as to whether a particular psychologist is appropriate for you.
Ohio PWP Sub-Committee Members
Howard Fradkin, PhD, Chair
Elizabeth Holmes, PhD
Cathy McDaniels Wilson, PhD
Jody Pickle, PhD
Carl Tishler, PhD, ABPP
Michael Ranney, MPA
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.