New Jersey Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC) Leaders help the New Jersey Chapter Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi) proudly celebrate their 45th anniversary! 

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, IMPAC leaders, from the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi), Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey (LMHANJ), and New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), helped NJABPsi proudly celebrate 45 years of existence, Jegnaship, collectivism, community service and the idea that communal self-knowledge is the key to mental health. NJABPSi is a nonprofit organization of psychologists of African descent dedicated to community service, professional development and issues related to the mental well-being of residents of the State of New Jersey since 1973. Since then NJABPsi has had hundreds of associates and members representing professionals, graduate and undergraduate students across the state of New Jersey.

Dr. Morgan Murray shared some thoughts about IMPAC on behalf of NJPA “Cultural humility is essential to maintain equality in our collaboration. Our associations have different cultures, and as individuals we represent many different cultural backgrounds. Through our equal engagement we have so much to gain. Through cultural humility, as leaders, we can set a tone and an example for our members. With IMPAC our continuing education can be of higher quality. IMPAC provides a platform to speak to and educate the public.”

IMPAC Mission Statement - Through the New Jersey Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC), NJABPsi, LMHANJ, and NJPA join together as equal partners to contribute their unique educational acumen, expertise, experience, and perspectives to obtain synergy as a resource to promote equality in mental health care and to zealously advocate for the mental health needs for the diverse population of the state of New Jersey. This will be accomplished by our respective organizations working together to develop initiatives to educate the public, as well as healthcare providers through training, professional presentations and mobilizing resources as needed to provide counseling and psychological services under emergent circumstances.

Pictured:  (l to r) New Jersey Psychological Association President, Morgan Murray, PhD; New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists Past- President Joseph Connell, PhD, JD; New Jersey Psychological Association President-Elect, Lucy Takagi, PsyD; New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists Past-President Charlena Sears, PsyD; New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists and New Jersey Psychological Association member, Abisola Gallagher, PhD; Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey President Elect, Jessely De La Cruz, LCSW; Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey President, Ricardo Martinez, PhD; New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists President, Monique Swift, PsyD