Chair Welcome

Alexandra Minieri, Ph.D. , George Mason University

Welcome to the website for the Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee for the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP)! The SCP ECP Committee is dedicated to representing and supporting ECPs within the Society of Counseling Psychology. As your Committee Chair for the 2018-2019 year, I look forward to supporting our committee and the Society 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 each other and other society members, facilitate ECP leadership in the Society and in APA, and enhance the visibility of ECPs in the Society. Further, the ECP Committee Chair is now a voting member of the SCP Executive Board, so ECP perspectives are represented as part of the functioning of the Society.

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 as a member of the ECP Committee.

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 amidst 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 identifying topics of interest to ECPs and offering webinars to provide guidance and information. Upcoming webinar topics include applying for board certification in Counseling Psychology and interviewing for academic positions. Second is exploring ways to support members of the Society in their transition from student to ECP. Third is identifying ways to build community among ECPs in the Society. If you are interested learning more about any of these initiates, sharing your thoughts, and/or providing feedback about the work of the Committee, please reach out and I will be glad to discuss with you further (allieminieri@gmail.com).

I am honored to support this committee and represent ECPs on the SCP Executive Board. I look forward to working with you all during this next year!

Sincerely,

Allie Minieri, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Clinical Services
George Mason University
Counseling and Psychological Services