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Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s ECP Day

sponsored by The Trust


Join us for PPA's Early Career Psychologist Day! PPA understands that the road a psychologist takes as they finish their education and prepare to embark on their career can be difficult. PPA's ECP Day hopes to help alleviate some of this difficulty.

This even is sponsored by The Trust. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow ECPs and seasoned psychologists, while earning CE credit. Lunch will also be provided.

Registration is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. 


When: Saturday, March 3
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
PPA Office
5925 Stevenson Avenue
Suite H

Contact: Erin Brady


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10:30 am – Registration opens


11:00 am - 12:00 pm – Welcome and Plenary Session - Being an ECP in Pennsylvania: Challenges & Opportunities


This workshop will focus on identifying some of the current challenges early career psychologists are facing in Pennsylvania.  In addition, it will outline various opportunities available to Early Career Psychologists (leadership roles, committees, advocacy).  This workshop will be highly participatory.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify current challenges facing ECPs

2. Identify opportunities available for ECPs


12:00 pm – BREAK


12:15 - 2:15 pm – Identify Your Niche: How to Find Clients and Setting That's Right for You

This workshop will begin with a panel discussion that will highlight various settings in which early career psychologists can start their practice. Panelists will give an overview of the setting in which they work (hospital, academic, forensic, private practice, integrated care, i/o psychology, and school psychology). After the overview, participants will break into small groups according to their practice interest and have a small group discussion with panelists. This workshop will be highly participatory.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the various niches where psychologists can practice

2:15 pm – BREAK


2:30 - 3:30 pm – Self-Care: How Staying Connected to Other Psychologists Improve Your Ability to Provide Services to Your Clients

This workshop will focus on how to develop effective networking skills. The first part of this workshop will focus on explaining what networking is, benefits of networking and explain how to network. The second part of this workshop will explain how networking and being connected to other psychologists can help you take care of yourself and practice ethically while starting your career.  Topics will include burn-out, dealing with stressful clients etc.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the concept of networking
2. Explain the benefits of networking
3. Describe how to network
4. Describe how networking improves your ability to practice ethically

3:30 pm – BREAK


3:45 - 4:45 pm – Practical Considerations for ECPs Starting Their Career in Psychology

There are several practical considerations that psychologists need to make when starting out in practice such as should I start my own practice or be part of the group, what business structure should I use, what forms to I need, insurance or no insurance, how to develop presence on the internet (website, blogs), and how to build referral systems in my community (how to promote yourself).  This workshop will try to address some of these concerns and provide participants with useful handouts on how to get started addressing these concerns.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the various practical considerations a psychologist should consider when starting their career in psychology

4:15 pm – Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up



ECP Day is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is an approved provider for Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Requirements as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


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