New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash: 
1st Quarter
 
2020

In This Issue...

  1. The Heart of NJPA
  2. Grantmaking Efforts
  3. Dissertation Grants
  4. NJPA Foundation Community Service Project Grants
  5. NJPA Foundation Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards
  6. NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant
  7. Meet the Trustees!
  8. Organization Structure
  9. Get Involved!

 


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Meet the Trustees!

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);
Daniel Lee, PsyD (NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison);  
   Keira Boertzel-Smith (Executive Director); 
Jennifer Cooper (Central Office Staff Liaison)

2020 NJPA Foundation Meetings Calendar
April 20 7-9pm
June 5 Retreat 9am -1pm
September 21 7-9pm
November 16 7-9pm


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  Jennifer Cooper [email protected]  
973-243-9800


 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 member-hosted dinner parties, and special events, such as 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.

Take this opportunity to make your 2020 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.


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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.

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. 

Click here to view the NJPA Foundation website page.


Thank you!

Thank you to all who made individual NJPA Foundation donations! In 2019, the Foundation brought in approximately $33,000 in donations! Our 2019 expenses were approximately $39,000. We need your donations as there are great demands for our important grants! We are currently working on finalizing our 2020 Foundation budget. 

Thank you Essex/Union County Association of Psychologists for the generous 2020 contribution made to the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation in honor of Dr. James Wulach’s volunteer time and energy generously given to present a January 25, 2020, continuing education program for the Essex/Union County Association of Psychologists.

Thank you Dr. David Panzer for hosting a 2020 benefit dinner for the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation.

Thank you Matt Masterson, CFP®, CPWA® for attending our January 2020 meeting as a Spending Policy Guest Speaker.


Grantmaking Efforts 

Thanks to the generosity and support of our donors, the NJPA Foundation is able to continue providing grants that support the training of graduate students who focus on the undeserved residents in New Jersey. Without financial assistance, the Foundation would be unable to continue to fulfill its mission, “promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.” Here’s what your generous support enables us to do:

NEW THIS YEAR!  NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant – Social Advocacy Open Topic 
Starting in 2020, the NJPA Foundation will offer a new NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have a social advocacy topic that may or does impact underserved populations of New Jersey.

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $5,000 per grant recipient, per social advocacy open topic grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient.


Topic Specific Dissertation Grants:  The NJPA Foundation will offer NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have one of the following two areas of study/exploration as the focus of her/his doctoral dissertation: 

1) The Impact of School Violence on the Victims and on Society 
2) The Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Families on the Victims and on Society 

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $10,000 per grant recipient, per grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient.  Read more...


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 2019-2020 academic year, we are sponsoring seven amazing programs!  Click here to read more.  

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Child Outpatient and Adolescent DBT Externship; Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center- General Track Externship @ Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
Rutgers University; Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP); Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Metro RDTC) - GB-CBT RDTC externship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Tourette Syndrome Clinic (TS Clinic); Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers GSAPP- Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC) 
  

Meet a few of our 2019-2020 NJPAF funded students.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Tourette Syndrome Clinic (TS Clinic)

Hyein Lee - Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
My clinical responsibilities include conducting clinical intake assessments involving the client and the caregivers and write intake reports including treatment recommendations; providing weekly psychotherapy utilizing the principles of CBT for TS and comorbid conditions, such as OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, anger outburst, body-focused repetitive behaviors, and ASD; facilitating socio-emotional skills group for children and adolescents with TS; and fulfilling administrative responsibilities including phone screen, preparation of clinical material, and coordination of group sessions.

After working in the TS clinic for 5 months, providing CBT for the clients presenting with various issues, I feel more competent in my role as a supporter and the facilitator of change. I learned effective ways to promote change in the client’s behaviors while letting the clients take more initiative in improving the quality of their lives. I feel more competent in supporting clients through psychoeducation, developing structures for change, and providing a chance to practice skills, without me directly managing the environment and the consequences.

I hope to become a clinician who is more validating of the clients’ challenges and who can make good clinical decisions to enhance the therapy process.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Tourette Syndrome Clinic (TS Clinic)

Rebecca Khiralla - Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology - Rutgers University

Individual supervision has been a valuable part of my training at the TSC and has helped me refine my therapeutic skills. Group supervision is also a critical part of our training as we learn about comorbid disorders that may occur along with Tourette Syndrome and related disorders. It is a more in-depth dive into different disorders than usually received through graduate school coursework. We are also able to hear about each other’s cases which exposes us to different experiences and knowledge that we might not see with our clients.

Overall, through my experience thus far at the TSC, many challenges have arisen. I have learned that through each challenge, I develop stronger critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I brainstorm with the client to come up with the best possible solution for whatever struggle they may face. It is rewarding to watch as my clients succeed through the different strategies that they have independently formed and to see that they are benefiting and motivated to come to therapy.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Metro RDTC) - GB-CBT RDTC externship

Molly Kammen - William Paterson University

“Can I read a poem,” asked a young client during their group therapy graduation ceremony. Surrounded by family and friends, this child proceeded to recite a poem they had written for themselves and their fellow group members describing their collective journey through treatment and their hopes for the future. Poignantly written and beautifully recited, I watched in awe and thought to myself, “This is why I entered the field of clinical psychology.”

The NJPA Foundation Community Service Project grant has been immensely helpful in my training thus far, as it has alleviated transportation costs, allowing me to attend externship, receive training and supervision, and work with each of my clients. Additionally, after having learned about and working with the unique strengths and challenges of this client population for some time now, I have identified specific areas in which I hope to continue developing as a clinician. With the funding I have received through the grant, I will be able to attend an upcoming workshop on the mental health needs of undocumented immigrants. I also plan to begin purchasing my own collection of workbooks for use in therapy with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. I am grateful for these opportunities, which will help me improve my skills and better serve my clients, and I look forward to the remainder of my training at the Metro RDTC.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers GSAPP- Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC)

Idil Franko – Rutgers University

Through the generous support of NJPAF, I am currently working as a Clinic Coordinator at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC) at Rutgers University. The ADC provides assessment and evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety and related disorders (such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder). The ADC also offers weekly support groups that serve veterans from different eras of military service.

As an extern at the ADC, I have completed initial client phone screenings, conducted multi-session diagnostic assessments, and provided outpatient psychotherapy to both child and adult clients.

My position at the ADC has given me the opportunity to practice my skills in the diagnosis of anxiety disorders, as well as in the conceptualization of these disorders from a cognitive-behavioral framework. My experience has also been critical in teaching me how to tailor manualized treatments based on the specific needs and goals of each client.

Working alongside other professionals with similar interests, designing novel programs within the clinic, and ultimately improving access to care, has been an invaluable experience for me.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP)

Laura Betheil – Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
The NJPAF community grant has funded the opportunity for me to learn evidence-based trauma treatments at the Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP) practicum.

My learning at FCCP extends far beyond the therapy room. Through didactics, I have had the opportunity to receive training in TF-CBT, ARC and Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have also learned about bereavement, risk assessment, parent management and attachment theory.

Through group supervision, I have been able to collaborate with my fellow clinicians to get feedback on case conceptualizations and treatment planning. We also discuss how to work collaboratively to communicate with and coordinate treatment for families with multiple siblings in treatment. Group supervision also provides an opportunity to present difficult cases and receive feedback on implementing therapeutic interventions.

Lastly, I have had excellent individual supervision at FCCP. Through individual supervision, I have received ongoing guidance in how to plan treatment, confront resistance to treatment and build rapport with families.

Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center- General Track Externship @ Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Shaneze Gayle – Seton Hall University

My experience at this site has been very rewarding thus far. The population that we are serving are under-served and many of them are people of color. As a person of color, I’ve felt that I have been able to build rapport and connect with my patients on many levels including a cultural and racial one. This site has really taught me the importance of working collaboratively with different organizations for the sake of the child. It has been rewarding to help children process their extensive trauma histories, but has also taught me the importance of self-care. As students, we are taught about self-care and burnout, but this site fosters an environment to take care of ourselves. For cases that have been difficult, my supervisor, Dr. Smarz has been available to help me and I’m thankful for having her support. At this site, I have gained so much clinical experience and I feel like I will be able to tackle any site following this experience.

I believe that this externship experience has strengthened my skills in preparation for the upcoming internship match that I’ll be applying to later this year.

Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

Melissa Pedroza - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Over the course of the past semester, I have experienced tremendous growth and opportunity working with Dr. Brian Chu at the Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic. Through didactic, clinical, and research training, I have been able to practice and strengthen my skills working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring difficulties. This was made possible with the financial assistance graciously offered by the NJPA Foundation to its students.

I am delighted in that many of our families come from diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds, and I consider myself fortunate that I have been able to work directly with kids from different cultures. Awareness and access to mental health resources is so sparse and there is a greater need for psychoeducation, outreach, and connection with families who are limited by barriers such as finances, language, and transportation. At the YAD-C, we make every effort to reduce systematic barriers and we welcome families from all backgrounds, a considerable strength of our clinic.

This past semester at the YAD-C has provided me tremendous lessons in psycho-diagnostic assessment and treatment for diverse populations, and I look forward to applying my training in future endeavors with the continued support of the NJPA Foundation.

Look for more student stories in upcoming Foundation Flashes.


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

read more here


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. The 2018 recipients include 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. For complete requirements, criteria, and application forms, visit the Foundation at www.psychologynj.org

Approved 2020 NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grants
Dominique Reminick, MA
has been approved for a 2020 grant to attend the
National Association for School Psychologists’ Annual Convention. Rachel L. Rosen has been approved for a 2020 grant to attend the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference.


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