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Welcome! The Connecticut Psychological Association, as the voice of psychology in our state, welcomes members, students, consumers, and visitors to our Association and its website. CPA’s mission is to further the development and usefulness of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Founded in 1963 as a successor to the worthy traditions of the Connecticut Valley Association of Psychologists and the Connecticut State Psychological Society, the Connecticut Psychological Association is the Connecticut affiliate of the American Psychological Association.


October 24, 2014: Connecticut Psychological Association Annual Convention. The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam, CT; 8am-4pm. CE Credits available. Keynote speaker, David Tolin, PhD, ABPP, Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the The Institute of Living, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, will present Empirically supported treatments: What’s working and what’s not. This year’s 28th Annual Convention will also feature forensic, pediatric, and practice issue tracks. COMPLETE CONVENTION DETAILS are now available. Register before August 6th for Early Bird Registration Rates.




Magellan Health to Offer Expanded Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services. See Market Watch story here

News8 Health News features Stamford company, Framework, recipient of CPA’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and one of three recipients of The American Psychological Association’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards’ (PHWA) Best Practices Honors. See WTNH story here.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The U.S. House of Representatives made this declaration in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services for multicultural communities through increased public awareness.  See the NAMI website for resources and further information.




Psychology in the IslandsAloha. Drs. Jan Owens-Lane and Alma Elder travelled to Hawaii and interviewed 3 island psychologists about their work and associations. Click here for an introduction to the Hawaii Psychological Association and here for the first of a three-part series.

The Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA) shares many similarities with the sister SPTA here in Connecticut. Both associations are small in size and face the challenges of membership recruitment and retention.  Read more…

“… being a member of a minority can feel like “standing behind the curtain.” However, professional associations can help to change this by promoting diversity initiatives and by promoting leadership of ethnically diverse members. Full article…

From the Leadership

Continuing Education (CE’s) will be Required for Psychologists as of October 1, 2014. Psychologists will soon be required to meet yearly continuing education requirements, joining every other mental health professional in the state with this requirement, and nearly every other state in the nation. The law will go into effect on October 1, 2014. See Legislative Page for more information.

Online Psychotherapy? “The APA released a guideline for online therapy last year. It encourages online practitioners to take care protecting clients’ data, and to familiarize themselves with state and international laws. But it doesn’t resolve these issues.” See full article at NPR, and APA Guidelines here.

A Sign of the Times. Medical Boards Draft Plan to Ease Path to Out-of-State and Online Treatment: See NYTimes article, which describes a model law that would allow medical doctors to practice “where the patient is located at the time of the physician-patient encounter,” regardless of where the doctor may be.”


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