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Message from the President

The world within which we as psychologists operate is changing so rapidly, seemingly on a daily basis. For both individual psychologists and our Association, it is a challenge to stay attuned and remain vigilant to issues on which we may provide expertise or should focus our concerted influences. However, we have accepted that challenge and triumphed. We should be proud of the way our organization has evolved. GPA is able to do so much and be so relevant with the help of very talented and knowledgeable volunteers.

Last year was a success. GPA passed the psychological testing bill. Our association was recognized for the innovative work of our diversity committees. Also, we tackled some key insurance and managed care issues. We can continue this success and progress but only with your support and input. Our organization functions to serve you and thus, it is in constant need of being righted to be most relevant to us all. I am privileged to be your President for the 2016-2017 year, and I hope we can continue to work diligently on many of the issues most important to GPA members.

One of the main focuses of my presidency will be membership: keeping GPA relevant for and of benefit to all members, and moving into new or untapped areas that allow us to adapt to newly licensed psychologists.

Additionally, as a regional member of the Association, I will focus on membership of psychologists in all areas of Georgia. I continue to see a need to have a presence throughout the state, and we (GPA) will by establishing positive relationships and mending past concerns.

It will take a concerted effort and much input to grow GPA but, as we have seen, when we put our heads together, we can do great things.

I am eager to meet and talk with many of you in the coming year. I look forward to a great and productive year.

-President Michael Johns, PsyD