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President’s Message


Larry SchoolerHope everyone has had a good month back since our conference in Salt Lake City, which certainly energized me and I know inspired many others. I was and am so grateful for all who made the conference such a success, namely co-chairs Leah Jaramillo and David Hovde and their tireless committee of volunteers.

As you have hopefully seen, a number of exciting projects are underway, and we want and need your involvement. We are working on a certification process that builds upon our current certificate course and enables practitioners to achieve special distinction for their knowledge and professional accomplishment. We are also partnering with Creating Community Solutions and the National Dialogue on Mental Health to conduct public dialogues on that topic in cities around the country, and we are working with an inter-organizational team developing model ordinances and statutes for public participation. Be in touch with us if you’d like to be involved in any of those efforts.

We are also continuing to look for candidates for the Board of Directors, as several of us will complete our terms at the end of this year. I am excited to hand over the presidential reins to Doug Zenn, but I plan to continue actively contributing to IAP2 USA next year and beyond. Please let Doug know of your interest in the Board as quickly as possible.

Our next webinar is coming up next Tuesday, November 12th, at 2p Eastern/11a Pacific, and will deal with some unusual ways to use technology to reach the hard-to-reach. I hope you’ll join me for that. Please register today!

We are also taking your suggestions for webinar topics in December—it’s member’s choice! Let us know what you’d like to learn about in December!

Keep in touch—as my conference-closing song put it, “Like a bridge over troubled water, we’ll be here for you. Like a bridge over troubled water, we are IAP2.”

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