Legislative Day in Austin
DPA representatives attended the 2011 Psychology Legislative Day in Austin, TX in March. Legislative Day is organized and presented by the Texas Psychological Association in order to enhance leadership skills and educate psychology leaders on important legislative issues. DPA was represented at the State Capitol by Michael Morris, Psy.D., President, Greg Simonsen, Ph.D., Past President, Lane Ogden, Ph.D., Past President, and Rob Mehl, Ph.D., Past President. There were also a number of DPA members in Austin to support the shared legislative goals of DPA and TPA. In addition to receiving training on lobbying from TPA leadership and from Senator Bob Deuell, we had the opportunity to meet personally with Senators and Representatives regarding several important requests outlined below:
● Protecting the doctoral standard as the entry-level requirement for the independent practice of psychology.
● Authority to delegate
● Prescriptive authority
● School psychology and protecting the use of the specialty descriptor "school psychologist"
We had a wonderful time in Austin, with lots of fellowship and time for networking with leaders and members of other area psychological associations facing similar challenges. We left with a strong understanding that psychologists must include themselves at the table when regulations about mental health in general and the practice of psychology specifically are debated at the State level. The leadership of DPA extends our gratitude to TPA for hosting this wonderful event, and we look forward to continued participation in years to come.