MPA Mentorship Program

In collaboration with the Membership Committee and New Psychologist Network, the Student Division launched the MPA Mentorship Program at the 2014 Annual Convention.  Designed as part of the “Student & New Psychologists track” for the annual convention, the goal of the Mentorship Program is to provide students and new psychologists (“mentees”) with the opportunity to establish mentoring relationships with experienced psychologists (“mentors”) working in various specialties.  The concept was born out of the strategic retreat in the fall of 2013, when MPA leaders discussed the association’s goals for the following year.  These goals broadly included connection, protection, and growth – the theme of the 2014 Annual Convention.  

Several experienced psychologists in MPA have expressed interest in sharing their valuable time, insights, and unique expertise with a new or future psychologist as mentors in the MPA Mentorship program.  Mentors have worked in variety of treatment settings, including university counseling centers, private practices, community mental health clinics, and hospitals.  Our mentors have reported expertise in working with specific populations, including children and families, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, LGBT populations, homeless individuals, college students, individuals with sexual concerns, children and adults with AD/HD, underserved populations, among other populations.  

If you are interested in participating in the MPA Mentorship Program as mentor or mentee, contact Student Division Co-chairs, Erika Brink or Bronwyn Neeser, at studentdivisionmpa@gmail.com.  Also, check out the Mentorship Program Guidelines for more information!

 

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.