New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash: 
Q1
2019

In This Issue...

  1. The Heart of NJPA
  2. Foundation Funding
  3. Grants & Awards
  4. Meet the Trustees!
  5. Organization Structure
  6. Get Involved!

 


Check Out our New Logos!

The NJPAF Board approved two new logos in 2018 to be used in the promotion of the Foundation via print, social media, and on the NJPA website. 


Meet the Trustees!

Welcome to our newest trustee Dr. Eileen Kohutis!

Matt Hagovsky, PhD (President);
Toby Kaufman, PhD (Secretary);
Abby Rosen (Treasurer);
Richard Klein, EdD (Trustee);
Ann Stainton, PhD (Trustee); 
E. Belvin Williams, PhD (Trustee);
Regina Budesa, PsyD (Trustee);
Alyssa Austern, PsyD (Trustee);
Eileen Kohutis, PhD
(Trustee);
Lucy Takagi, PsyD (NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison);   
           
Keira Boertzel-Smith (Executive Director); 


Organization Structure

The New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation was established in 1993 as a charitable, tax-exempt organization. The NJPA Foundation is an IRC 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation and all donations, less any goods and services received, are tax deductible. The mission of the NJPA Foundation, in addition to supporting NJPA's mission, is promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.

Get Involved!

Become a Board Trustee
The NJPA Foundation is governed by the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees.  The board has four officers: president, secretary, treasurer, and the NJPA president-elect. All trustees are voting members except for the NJPA president-elect who is an ex-officio non-voting officer. The trustee's term may be as long as he/she is qualified and eligible.  

Become a Friend of the Foundation

The NJPA Foundation includes non-voting Friends of the Foundation members. These individuals must be NJPA members and may assist with projects on behalf of the NJPA Foundation such as volunteering at fundraising events, writing NJPA Foundation articles, reviewing and voting on student grant papers, attending site visits, or planning NJPA Foundation continuing education programs. The projects are monitored and managed by the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees. Friends of the Foundation are welcome to attend and participate at the NJPA Foundation meetings.  There is no term limit for Friends of the Foundation. The NJPA Foundation president, in consultation with the NJPA executive director, reserves the right to terminate a Friend of the Foundation membership if the member is deemed to not be acting in the best interest of NJPA Foundation. 

If interested contact us at [email protected] or 972-243-9800


 Foundation Funding


The majority of current funding comes from the NJPA membership, with some funding coming from outside groups. Funding comes in the form of NJPA Foundation annual solicitation letters to the NJPA membership, NJPAF hosted events such as the June 16th Flamenco and Paella member-hosted dinner party, which raised over $3,500 in donations and the 2017 Somerset Patriots baseball game.  Tributes and bequests are a great way to contribute to the Foundation. The NJPA Foundation is open to exploring new manners of fundraising such as corporate sponsorship and grant writing. Click here to read more about how you can participate in, and contribute to, our fundraising efforts.

Consider Hosting a 2019 Dinner or Gathering that Benefits the NJPA Foundation


Hosting an event is a fun, creative way to raise funds for this worthy cause! Whether you prefer a formal sit-down dinner, a swanky cocktail party, an informal barbeque, a family friendly picnic, or any other type of event to enjoy with your family, friends, and colleagues, you will help raise awareness about the important work of the NJPA Foundation, while raising funds to support their worthy initiatives. You provide the guest list, venue, and food and beverages; NJPA handles the invitations, RSVP list, and collection of donations. If interested, please contact Central Office at 973-243-9800 for more information.

Take this opportunity to make your 2019 charitable donation!  The New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations (less any goods/services received) are tax-deductible and go directly to supporting a psychologically health community. 


 Follow us!

The Foundation is the Heart of NJPA


Welcome to the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Foundation Flash! The Foundation Flash is distributed quarterly and highlights our grantmaking efforts in support of programs that train graduate psychology students who are dedicated to working with underserved populations in New Jersey.

The NJPA Foundation administers and raises money to deliver psychological services to underserved populations, trains psychology graduate students as clinicians and researchers with an emphasis on treating underserved populations, and supports the mission of NJPA, especially in its commitment to diversity, public health, underserved populations, and the training of graduate students in psychology.

In addition to supporting the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) mission, the mission of the Foundation is promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey. The NJPA Foundation administers and raises money to deliver psychological services to underserved populations, trains psychology graduate students as clinicians and researchers with an emphasis on treating underserved populations, supports the mission of NJPA especially in its commitment to diversity, public health, underserved populations and the training of graduate students in psychology. The NJPA Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation and all donations, less any goods and services received, are tax deductible.


Highlights from the 2018-2019 NJPA Foundation Community Service Grants Midterm Reports 

NJPA Foundation Community Service Project Grants  
The NJPA Foundation identifies exemplary programs that provide psychological services to those who cannot afford it and trains doctoral students to work with these underserved populations. We invite applications from programs across the state of New Jersey, with the goal of identifying and supporting model programs from each county.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, we are sponsoring six amazing programs:  Newark Beth Israel Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, Newark Beth Israel General Track, Rutgers Foster Care Program, Rutgers Center for Psychological Studies, Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Clinic and the Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 


Amanda Elliott at the
Rutgers Foster Care Counseling Project

“My experience as an FCCP extern has been rich and full of opportunities to learn and grow as a clinician. Due to the majority of our clients being children and families involved with DCP&P I have learned the importance of collaboration and working as a team with many stakeholders in order to meet clients’ needs. With my clients, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with biological parents, resource parents, caseworkers, schools, teachers, child study team and additional service providers in order to create stability and consistency for my clients. This collaboration has helped my counseling sessions to be more beneficial and informative. I enjoyed the experience of working in the homes with biological and resource parents, providing them parent training and behavior management.”


Courtney Clark at the
Newark Beth Israel Metro RDTC GB-CBT

“I greatly appreciate the NJPA grant and the opportunity it gives me to further my externship experience.  It has helped to alleviate transportation costs of commuting from out-of-state and has offered opportunities for professional development that otherwise would not have be accessible to me.  Thus far, this has allowed me to focus more on my clients and better provide for their therapeutic needs.  I am grateful for the opportunity to further my professional growth and development at the Newark Beth Israel Metro RDTC GB-CBT program through the support of the NJPA grant.”


Saul J. Beck at the
Rutgers Group Psychotherapy Services (GPS)
“My primary goal for this year is to get a sense of how to navigate institutional forces when advocating for a program within the larger institution. Such a professional skill is invaluable in a range of mental health settings that I may find myself working at in the future. Taking a leadership role in attempting to change the way things are done is not something I am as of yet accustomed to, and I feel that the time to learn that is now.”


Russi Soffer at the
Rutgers
Foster Care Counseling Project

“Working at the Foster Care Counseling Project has provided me with numerous and diverse training experiences that are exceptional. To complement the clinical work, the supervision and didactic experiences have been immensely helpful in providing instrumental support and enabling me to think creatively about how to approach each case from the most effective angle. I look forward to continuing this wonderful training opportunity.”


Christine Diaz at the
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – General Track 
"The most exciting part of this new semester is that I have the opportunity to co-lead a group for adolescent girls who were victims of sexual abuse. I am working with one of our fantastic social workers to facilitate this weekly group at a local elementary school. Each week, we will discuss topics related to consent, safety, and sexual health.

It is hard to believe that the academic year is halfway over already and that my work at Newark Beth will come to an end in June. It will be bittersweet to leave the hospital that I have grown to appreciate, but I know that the training I have received will benefit me no matter where life takes me next.”


Other NJPA Foundation
Important Grantmaking Efforts

 NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants The NJPA Foundation has been concerned about current events that impact the mental health of our community. It is the consensus opinion of the NJPAF that the impact of school violence has had an adverse effect on the psychological health of our community and that the arbitrary and unnecessary separation of children from their parents and families constitutes psychological child abuse. Because such adverse effects from violence and abuse produces extreme trauma which can lead to lifelong mental health problems and disabilities requiring long-term, intensive treatment and services, the NJPAF announces the establishment of the NJPAF Dissertation Grants.


NJPA Foundation Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards

A fundamental component of the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation’s mission is to support the training of graduate students. One way they meet this goal is by providing funding for student-initiated research and projects addressing psychological issues that have significant impact on community health. Through the generosity of individual contributions, we are able to offer four awards and scholarships for innovative family, school, and community projects. 

An applicant must be a NJPAGS student member and meet at least one of the following criteria:

1). Enrolled in a New Jersey university or college master’s or doctoral level psychology program OR

2). Psychology Intern at a New Jersey facility

 2018 Graduate Student Initiated Research Award Winners


2018 John M. Lagos Award for Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems

Krista Herbert, MA

I2018 NJPA Award for Research on Diversity Issues

Nicole Cantor, MA
Ebru Dugme Yucel, MA



NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant This grant promotes supplemental training and education experiences in professional practice and research, with an emphasis on treating underserved populations. Attending conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scientific sessions are an essential part of the learning experience for psychology graduate students. Sessions provide an educational experience that allows students to observe and/or practice how didactic lessons can be applied to real-world treatment.

The NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant helps offset some of the costs associated with attending conferences, workshops, and other psychological sessions (including webinars) emphasizing the treatment of underserved populations.

2018 Grant Recipients
The 2018 recipients included Alexandra Gil, MA, Kean University and Karly E. Siffin, MA, Widener University. Alexandra attended the National Association of School Psychology Conference, February 14-17th in Chicago, IL. Karly Siffin attended the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference in Memphis, TN in March. Consider applying in 2019!  For complete requirements, criteria, and application forms, visit the Foundation at 
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