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Welcome to CCPA!

The Contra Costa Psychological Association (CCPA) is an active group of psychologists committed to advancing the science and profession of psychology and serving the people of Contra Costa County. CCPA is a chapter of the California Psychological Association, a state organization of the American Psychological Association (APA), which has over 150,000 members in the United States and Canada. CCPA has adopted the ethical standards and guidelines of professional practice of the APA and the state of California.

CCPA offers training and workshops throughout the year to help our members keep up with advancements in our field. We are accredited to offer continuing education that fulfills licensing requirements. Our quarterly dinner meetings offer members the opportunity to network, present their work, and stay current with new literature and treatment practices. For Early Career Psychologists CCPA provides mentoring, consultation and monthly meetings for education and networking.We also provide a newsletter and email list-serve, creating an ongoing, dynamic exchange of information among members. Membership is open to licensed psychologists and graduate students.

Our current offer: New and renewing members receive 50% reduction in CCPA membership. Use coupon code COVID50 at checkout. Become a member today.


The Benefits of Joining CCPA

CCPA provides you with legislative updates so you can keep abreast of the changes that affect your work and the public's interest.

You will have a presence on CCPA's website, making it easier for the public and your colleagues to find you and also for you to update any demographic information that may change.

Through our quarterly meetings you will have the opportunity to hear experts share their best thinking with us on the latest developments in psychology and receive Continuing Education credits.

When you join the CCPA "Find a Psychologist list, you are included in a searchable database that Contra Costa County residents may access to avail themselves of your clinical expertise and you and your colleagues can use to find appropriate referrals for your clients.

CCPA offers ongoing and vital information through our newsletter and listserve. Stay up-to-date with your colleagues' achievements and the association's events. Take part in the dissemination of information and camaraderie on the CCPA listserve where you can ask advice and share information or find an office.

Joining CCPA makes it possible for you to connect with your professional community. In addition to the educational advantages, there are also opportunities to socialize at holiday gatherings so that you may get to know other psychologists who practice in Contra Costa County.

Last, but not least, you can take part in the Disaster Relief efforts, especially important at this time.


CCPA

The President's Message
by Marc D. Komori Stager, PsyD
CCPA President



Things to Know about CCPA:



Your board is putting forth Dr. Laura Naman for your consideration as our next president. You will get to vote her into office at our January meeting. You know Dr. Naman from her articles on diversity in our newsletter. She has a wide-ranging private practice in Lafayette and she consults at Alta Bates. I will be so happy when you vote her into office. I will concede immediately and graciously.



Dr. Howard Steele, half of the famous attachment research couple. will detach himself from his wife to tell us about attachment on January 30, 2021 during the Zoom Annual Meeting. His part of the meeting will start at 10:00 AM. (But you will join us at 9:30AM for the business of CCPA. That business most importantly involves voting the current bum out of office and installing new, vibrant leadership in the person of Dr. Naman.) Drs. Steele most famously tracked attachment in families across the growth of children from birth through 17 years old in the London Parent-Child Project.



I want to share with you that your board puts lots of care and consideration into our selection of speakers. The board can at times agonize over what our members will most want to learn. Even if you do not find one of our workshops compelling, know that we work hard to bring each presentation into existence.



The board has decided to reduce the membership fee by half for 2021. While the board still meets 10 times a year to keep CCPA running, we know that COVID-19 has crimped our associations style. To help mitigate our lowered ability to serve, we have reduced our fee.



First Friday this December will also be our holiday party. We will not be able to taste luscious hors d'oeuvres from our caterer; we will not be able to mingle in a physical sense. But we will be able to say hi to each other, and catch up with people we have not seen in awhile. And we will be able to get out” of the office for a bit. Dr. Alissa Scanlin will post the details on the listserv.



Dr. Alexis Smith-Bauman continues to host the Early Career meeting on Fridays. The group decides which Friday works best for them each month, so contact Dr. Smith-Bauman for details on when the next meeting will be.



We have some openings on the Board. If you are considering joining the board, please sit in on a few meetings to see how we operate. You can come in disguise as all members are invited to attend board meetings. Contact your secretary, Dr. Paige Leopold, for the Zoom invitation code.



Sincerely,



Marc, your humble, soon-to-be-ex president.




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General Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is not intended to be therapeutic in nature and is not designed to be used in place of psychological or medical treatment. If you require psychological health services, please contact an appropriate professional in your area. For more information regarding referrals, click Find a Psychologist.General Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is not intended to be therapeutic in nature and is not designed to be used in place of psychological or medical treatment. If you require psychological health services, please contact an appropriate professional in your area. For more information regarding referrals, click Find a Psychologist