Session 1B | Leading a Developing PsyD Program: Critical Challenges and Essential Resources (2 CEs)
Presenters: Kelli Johnson, Ph.D and David Sacks, Psy.D.
This session will examine the arrival of a new leader to chair a developing department from within to feed a systemically underserved community–and the need to confront these issues, and more.
8:15 AM - 10:15 AMThu
Sacks, David Psy.D.
NCSPP President-Elect & Director of Clinical Training
Johnson, Kelli Ph.D.
PsyD Program Chair, Chicago School of Professional Psychology at XULA
How does a new PsyD program, the first in Louisiana, engage with its community? How willing are we as NCSPP program administrators to share our struggles: to form and lead our team of faculty and staff; negotiate relationships with our local host universities, and outside management; and join with the unique culture of our surrounding community to have a measurable impact? This session will examine the arrival of a new leader to chair a developing department, with a vision of a “garden” to grow psychology/psychologists from within to feed a systemically underserved community–and the need to confront these issues, and more. Insights from management literature, systems theory, leadership development, and experiential knowledge as an administrator will be shared. They will model their in-depth consultation to participants, then present small groups with practical questions to spark frank discussions of participants’ own leadership challenges.
1. Participants will be able to articulate critical leadership and management challenges facing administrators in PsyD programs.
2. Participants will be able to identify key people, theories, literature, and processes to support our own leadership development.
3. Participants will be able to develop a preliminary action plan for implementation in addressing an issue facing their own program.