committee updates blog

  • October 21, 2021 8:18 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)


    Service Extender & LPCP

    Biographical Information

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Carbondale, CO.

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED: Colorado University-Boulder; Texas A & M-Kingsville for undergrad, University of Oklahoma for MHR; Walden University for MS Applied Psychology; and Walden University for PhD Clinical Psychology with specialization in forensic psychology.

    Current Studies

    POPULATIONS SERVED:  Mostly youth, but some adults and veterans

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS: ACE’s; youth behavior and trauma; restorative practices; and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT STUDYING TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST:  I loved learning about testing and differential diagnoses. I enjoy taking all the puzzle pieces of symptoms, behaviors, and experiences and helping to find a diagnosis and a plan for moving forward.


    PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES:  Veterans’ treatment court and school IEP testing mostly.

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER: I am finishing my postdoc and will be eligible to take the E3P in the new year.

    Future Plans

    IN WHAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PRACTICING: I plan on staying in Idaho for the time being, there may come a time when I do telehealth from a warm beach somewhere, but not yet.

    IN WHAT TYPE OF SETTING OR WITH WHAT POPULATION DO YOU IMAGINE YOU’LL WORK: I would like to establish a youth and family support and crisis service center to coordinate youth services and prevent some trips to juvenile detention or removal from the home. It would include individual and family counseling, CBRS, Youth Support, respite care, skills groups, family groups, and psych testing as needed.

    Fun Facts

    HOBBIES: I like to ride horses, work on family genealogy, and I enjoy traveling to different countries.

    HIDDEN TALENT: I write poetry and I speak a little French, and actually have a minor in it.

  • October 21, 2021 7:25 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)


    Susan A. Martin, PsyD

    Biographical Information

    BUSINESS NAME:  Family Medicine Residency of Idaho-Boise


    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP:   Born in Ellensburg, WA. Moved 17 times before the age of 17 (WA, Oregon, New Mexico, Libya- Africa, Colorado, Caracus-Venezuela, Chicago-Champaign-Urbana, Oakland-Charleston-Illinois (graduated HS in IL), Indiana, VA (graduated college), Krasnodar-Russia, FL (Doctorate), TX, MI (Fellowship), AZ, ID).

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED:  James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL; Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL; Michigan State University, Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training, Flint, MI.

    Current Work


    POPULATIONS SERVED:  Primarily Medicaid adult and geriatric population in a Federally Qualified Health Center

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS:  Health Psychology in Primary Care

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST:   Teaching the next generation of health care professionals to work with an underserved population and promoting the advancement of psychology in ID through internship consortium development. 


    SERVICE IN PROFESSION:  IPA president, president-elect, and fellow, IPA- ethics committee member, CE committee member, and Advocacy committee member, Idaho Psychology Internship Consortium Program Director, UW Clinical Assistant Professor Dept. of Family Medicine-training 3rd and 4th year psychiatry residents in CBT psychotherapy.


    Fun Facts

    HOBBIES:  Idaho Humane Society, hiking, camping, travel, gardening, guitar, Spanish

    HIDDEN TALENT:  (ex- “Can juggle 4 objects in the air without breaking anything.”)

  • April 29, 2019 3:17 PM | Lyn McArthur

    IPA’s Advocacy committee has been busy in recent months. We followed several topics of interest through the legislative session. The advocacy committee’s priority is to follow and address practice issues related to psychologists. This is what IPA’s lobbyist, Kris Ellis, helps us to do. Some of you have wondered about social issues related to the field of psychology. The advocacy committee can consider taking action on these types of items, but we receive no help in following the relevant issues and must do so on additional volunteer time. If you haven’t taken a moment yet to familiarize yourself with our advocacy issue request form, please do so! Here’s the link: https://www.idahopsych.org/resources/Committees%20-%20Groups/Advocacy%20Committee/IPA%20ADVOCACY%20ISSUE%20REQUEST%20FORM%20-%20MASTER.pdf . Please send us any topics that you view as important to psychologists and/or related social issues, and we will consider the issue and if we have the resources to address it. If you choose to submit an issue, just remember that we may need your help implementing a plan to address it. As of today, we have received two request forms. Both issues raised are long-term issues and are working to be addressed.

    The Advocacy committee has also been working on RxP. Page Haviland continues to work towards starting the ISU Psychopharmacology program. Sue Farber has played a major role this year in implementing the rules. Due to a hold on the signing of all rules, not just ours, during the legislative session, the RxP rules are tentatively in place. The committee has also been working on making sure that prescribing psychologists will be able to become credentialed and thus able to bill with Idaho insurers.

    Please let me know if you are interested in serving on our committee! The more volunteers we have, the more issues we can address.

  • APA

    April 10, 2019 6:23 PM | Julie Parsons

    Greetings from your representative to the APA Council of Representatives.   The latest meeting was held in February 2019...the full minutes can be accessed by signing into the APA website as a member, then searching for 'Council of  Representatives'.   Towards the bottom of that page there is a list of council meeting minutes by date.

    At the most recent meeting the Council overwhelmingly approved a new strategic plan, designed to better position the field of psychology to make an impact on critical societal issues and on  public understanding of psychology.  The plan's implementation is also designed to prepare the discipline and profession of psychology for the future and to strengthen APA's standing as an authoritative voice for psychology.    

    In further action, the APA Council voted to receive a report regarding master's programs in health-service psychology....specifically, the report discussed possible pathways that APA can use to establish accreditation of master's programs in psychology.   To read the report:  www.apa.org/ed/governance/bea/masters-accreditation-blueprint

    The Council also adopted the Resolution on Physical Discipline of Children by Parents, which recommends using alternative forms of discipline;  adopted a clinical practice guideline for the Treatment of Depression Across Three Age Cohorts (to be available on APA 's website by summer), and approved updated policies and curriculum related to psychopharmacology, among other actions.

    As always, your comments and questions are welcomed!

  • April 09, 2019 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Hello fellow IPA members!

    As the student sector representative, I am gearing up for the IPA conference in May.  It looks like there will be some great programming available to students attending the conference including presentations on telehealth, ACT for the treatment of compulsive disorders, and presentations and the opportunity to meet with Dr. Puente, and more! I look forward to the student presentations and the poster session from some of my fellow ISU undergrad and graduate students.

    It is also my pleasure to report that myself and 4 other students from ISU participated in the AAPIC match this year and everyone has matched and is ready to go forth on internship!

    With the IPA conference approaching, this also means that we are looking for a new student sector representative! This is a one year appointment where a student member of IPA reports concerns and interests of psychology students to the board. More details about the position can be found here. Next years representative will also be encouraged to write on IPA’s new blog!

    It has been my pleasure being the student representative for IPA and I look forwarding to meeting everyone at the conference!

  • April 04, 2019 7:42 PM | Anonymous

    Take a look at the following estimates for psychology students from Idaho State University entering the work force in psychology, per Joshua K. Swift, PhDDepartment of PsychologyIdaho State University. He is also the author of: Premature Termination in Psychotherapy; Engaging and Retaining Clients in Psychotherapy

    "I would estimate 15% in academic positions at Universities, 35% in hospital or VA settings, 35% in outpatient mental health clinics, and 15% in individual private practice."

  • April 03, 2019 10:00 AM | Kendra Westerhaus

    IPA's Membership Committee has grown to include 4 active members.  These members regularly review applications received for membership and participate in monthly committee meetings over the phone.

    The Committee has implemented several programs in an attempt to increase and retain members.  Included in the last mailing for new members was a list of the benefits of membership and the offer of an incentive for joining IPA.

    Among the benefits of membership is a mentorship program for new members.  We are still in need of mentors!  Please contact Deb or Kendra if you are interested in serving as a mentor to new IPA members.

    We will also be highlighting certain members in a "Member Spotlight" position on the website.  We will be starting with IPA members who are fellows -- members who have dedicated service to IPA and/or APA for at least five years.  If you fit this category, please apply for fellow status when you renew your membership!

    A brand new initiative of the committee is recognition and appreciation of referrals for membership.  If you are a current IPA member and you recruit a new member, you will receive a token of our gratitude!


  • April 02, 2019 8:26 PM | Lyn McArthur

    Hello, fellow IPA members! I hope you are enjoying our slow but sure transition to spring this year. I sure am! 

    This has been a busy legislative session. Our lobbyist, Kris Ellis, kept us well-informed this session. We have had some questions about whether or not the advocacy committee will take a stance on certain legislative issues. This brought up a great question: do we follow and address practice related issues, or social issues? 

    The answer is, in short, we can address both. Kris, however, is contracted to work on our practice related issues. IPA members, including the advocacy committee, can follow social issues. Please don't forget that you can submit an advocacy request at anytime on the form found on the advocacy page (https://www.idahopsych.org/AdvocacyCommittee). We have recently received two requests regarding psychological testing that we are currently following and examining IPA's options. This would be a great option for any social justice issues that you discover. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions about the process and I would be happy to help. 

    Happy spring! 

  • October 22, 2018 3:03 PM | Lyn McArthur

    Part of our mission statement includes: IPA aims to promote health and human welfare by encouraging the application of psychology in individual and family life, business, law, healthcare, and education.

    IPA’s Advocacy Committee was approached about endorsing Proposition 2. After careful consideration within our committee, it is apparent that expanding Medicaid in Idaho is consistent with IPA’s mission to promote health and human welfare by removing income-related barriers to behavioral and mental health treatment. As scientist practitioners, we have reviewed the available research on the impact of Medicaid expansion and have concluded that Proposition 2 is likely to improve the lives of Idahoans. Research from other states suggests that Medicaid enrollment was associated with improved mental health status, increased utilization of Medication Assisted Treatment and psychosocial treatment of opioid dependence. Further findings included increased employment and economic self-sufficiency, suggesting that improved healthcare allowed Ohio residents to be more functional in their daily lives. Specifically, over 80% of employed Ohioans with Medicaid reported that it was easier for them to work after having Medicaid coverage, and 60% of those who were unemployed with Medicaid noted that they were better able to seek out employment after having Medicaid (http://medicaid.ohio.gov/Portals/0/Resources/Reports/Annual/Group-VIII-Final-Report.pdf ). A literature review by the Kaiser Family Foundation (2018) found that states with Medicaid expansion have seen increased access to medications and services for behavioral health and mental health (https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/the-effects-of-medicaid-expansion-under-the-aca-updated-findings-from-a-literature-review-march-2018/ ).

    Questions may be directed to Lyn McArthur, Ph.D., IPA State Advocacy Chair, at lmcarthur@healthwestinc.org.

  • August 30, 2018 1:41 PM | Barney Greenspan

    This ethical vignette was presented at the APA Annual Convention (San Francisco) at a Symposium with the APA Ethics Committee & ASPPB - "Working together: Where ethics & regulations converge " (08/12/2018).

    This vignette consists of four (4) segments: (1) Introduction to Ethics; (2) A hypothetical vignette that I created called THE WEBSITE; (3) Questions pertaining to the vignette: and (4) Responses to the vignette.

    The goal is to stimulate interest, enthusiasm and discussion about ethics. 

    Please respond with any comments to the IPA list serve. 

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