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Founded in 1965, SCCPA today comprises more than 300 licensed psychologists, registered psychological assistants, graduate psychology students, and other professionals affiliated with the mental health field. We are the third largest of 23 chapters of the California Psychological Association (CPA), which is a state chapter of the American Psychological Association (APA).


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The Santa Clara County Psychological Association (SCCPA) is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to:
  • Advancing the science and profession of psychology
  • Promoting the ethical, responsible, and effective practice of psychology
  • Providing education, fellowship, and support among psychologists
  • Offering our culturally diverse public community a broad array of educational and mental health services




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GUEST ARTICLE

excerpted from the 2016 Spring issue

"HISTORY CORNER"

By James E. Barrick, PhD
SCCPA Historian

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947), the American industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company who perfected the assembly technique of mass production, is alleged to have said, “History is more or less bunk.” 

                                             
According to one presenter at the Institute for Ideas (October, 2010), “We have an ambivalent attitude to the past today. We value novelty and flatter ourselves on our supposedly fast-moving world. The idea of conserving the ideas and institutions of the past is unfashionable.”                                                             

Here, then, are some interesting questions: Of what value is history? And, as every psychologist knows, the answer to a question begets another question: If history is of no value, why are billions of dollars and man-hours spent exploring the past?                                                         

What does history have to tell us? It tells us who we are, where we came from, and gives illumination to the road map into our future. 


Here is the second in a series of SCCPA Presidential Profiles highlighting the reflections of SCCPA’s 15th President, Virginia Heenan, PhD. 

 

1. What was your agenda for SCCPA while you were President? I was president prior to the internet. At that time, we wanted to make the Information and Referral system as seamless as possible. We attempted to make sure that listings in the telephone book and other ongoing sources of referrals had our contact information in an accurate and accessible form. Then we made sure that psychologists checked the answering service daily and rotated referrals through the membership. We also told psychologists about their eligibility to appear on referral lists maintained by the Juvenile (Delinquent and Family) and Criminal Courts. 


2. What do you feel was a major contribution you made to SCCPA? Our goal was to work as a team and to ensure that psychologists were aware of the resources in the community to support their work. We also thought it valuable to have business and social meetings with one another so that we might be aware of others working in our field. On rare occasions we communicated information that came from the California Psychological Association. 


3. What do you remember as your most favorite experience with SCCPA? We met regularly in homes of SCCPA members and enjoyed the opportunity to share our experiences both professionally and socially. It is valuable to have this wide contact since so much of our work is one-to-one contact in our offices. 


4. What else would you like to say to the current membership of SCCPA? I moved out of State in 1993 and have not been active in SCCPA since then. ?


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