Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice is holding the election for the Student Representative to the Board of Directors.  Please indicate your vote by checking the box below for one of the two candidates.  Thank you for participating in this important process.  Voting will close June 11, 2018.

Jeanette Bern

My name is Jeanette Bern and I am a non-traditional student currently enrolled in Grand Canyon University’s online Doctoral program working on approval of my prospectus. My history as a college student begins in 2006 at Liberty University with a Graduate in Theology followed by a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling then a Master of Arts in Licensed Professional Counseling awarded in 2013. 2014 found me enrolled at Grand Canyon University in a Masters of Addictions program. In September of 2015, I began the Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology program with an emphasis on Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology. All these classes have been as an online, distance learning student.

I am 58 years old, have been licensed to practice counseling in since 2013 as an LCP in South Central Idaho (read: small towns) and as an LCPC since 2017. I purchased my firm in 2016 and I am currently the sole practitioner. I would like to represent Division 42 from this non-traditional perspective. Many students have an opportunity to enroll in and complete their degrees while raising families and having careers in areas that are not directly supported by a college campus. Finding encouragement and support in this non-traditional setting has been difficult, I would welcome the opportunity to share my experiences and encourage student members to continue to move forward.

Paula L. De Franco

I am a fourth-year student at Saybrook University in the Ph.D. Psychology program with a specialization in Leadership and Consciousness. I currently serve as a student leader for the Student Leadership Council and as a student representative for the Senate Faculty Committee. In this capacity, I have had the opportunity to help forge stronger relations between the student body, administration, and faculty.

In 2015, I returned to school after twenty years to complete my MBA from the University of Miami. Coupled with over two decades of business experience and having my MBA brings a unique skill set, aligned to contribute to Division 42’s ongoing success and growth. Also synergistic with the S/ECP Member at Large Position on the Board of Directors is my strategic experience and ability to identify new market opportunities.

Assisting graduate students in identifying the most transformative trends in the healthcare system is critical to post-­‐graduate career success. Such trends include large population management and capitation-­‐driven healthcare insurance reimbursement -­‐ which promotes the growth of group practices:  evidence-­‐based treatment modalities and the increased use of EMR software (which is prohibitively expensive for solo or small practices).

In this regard, the timely dissemination of information is crucial. This can be accomplished through the use of the newly created S/ECP Resource Guide webpage, the Independent Practitioner newsletter, as well as the Practice Innovation journal, among other APA and PIP resources.

Thank you for your consideration in making your choice for this important position.

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