Chair Welcome

Melanie Lantz, Ph.D. Early Career Professional Committee Chair

Welcome to the website for the Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee for the Society of Counseling Psychology. The SCP ECP Committee is dedicated to serving and representing ECPs within the Society of Counseling Psychology. As your Committee Chair for the 2017-2018 year, I look forward to leading our committee in the work of serving our ECPs. Our committee strives to provide resources relevant to ECP work and life, foster a home base for ECPs within SCP, provide opportunities for ECPs to connect with other society members, facilitate ECP leadership in the society and in APA, and enhance the visibility of ECPs in the Society. Further, this year marks the first time that the ECP Committee Chair will serve as a voting member of the SCP Executive Board. I am honored to represent ECP interests on the SCP Executive Board, and will work hard to represent you well.

The ECP Committee has nine members that represent a range of identities and specializations. We are practitioners, advocates, scholars, and community members who are all working towards that elusive work-life balance and trying to keep our field moving towards more equity, inclusion, and justice. I encourage you to read more about our committee members by visiting our “Committee Members” page Members serve a 3-year term and we accept new applications every April, we encourage you to consider serving.

We have several ongoing projects to help support ECPs in the society. We oversee travel grants to aid with travel to the APA Annual Convention. We host a Social Hour at convention that is a great opportunity for ECPs to network and connect with each other after a hectic day of conferencing. We also work each year to submit programming for convention that is relevant to our needs, such as advocacy as an ECP, leadership development, grant writing, salary negotiation, accessing mentorship, and licensure issues. To stay up to date on the activities of the committee, be sure to join our ECP listserv and join our Early Career Professionals Facebook Community.

In addition to our ongoing projects, we also like to select a few initiatives to prioritize each year. This year we have identified three major initiatives to focus on. The first is helping to develop resources for ECPs that enhance our social justice focused work (e.g., supporting the Movement for Black Lives, developing classroom and clinical resources). Second is assessing our progress as a Society in recruiting and retaining ECPs, as well as the ways in which we still have room to improve and grow. Third, we are aiming to create programming that helps support ECP parents. If you are interested in any of these initiatives, do reach out, I’m available via email, and our committee is always interested in connecting with more ECPs who are passionate about this work.

Thank you interest and engagement in the Society of Counseling Psychology. ECPs are the future of SCP and APA, and I am honored to serve as your representative.


Melanie M. Lantz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director, Psychological Services Clinic
Louisiana Tech University