Why Be an Advocate?
What Do We Mean by “Advocacy”?
According to Webster, it means:
"To support or urge by argument, especially publicly; and
A person who speaks or writes in support of a cause."
More specifically, in our case:
On behalf of the discipline of psychology
On behalf of the profession and clients
On behalf of underserved populations
Consequences of Non-Involvement
No funding or flat-funding
Reduction or modest increase
Psychology excluded entirely
Psychology included…but w/obstacles
Amendments favorable to psychology not adopted
Lack of understanding of psychology
Not considered essential health profession
Not considered essential science
Why is Advocacy Valuable to You?
…As faculty members and students
Gain funding for existing and new programs
Gain funding for student loans and scholarships
Gain funding for existing/new internship opportunities
Three Types of Advocacy
Two-way Communications - Relationship Based Hill visits, Site Visits, Receptions
One-way Communications - Message Based Phone Calls; Letters; Faxes, E-mails
Indirect communications - Media Based Editorials, Press Releases, Demonstrations
Kush, C. (2001). The One Hour Activist: The Twenty Most Powerful Actions You Can Take to Fight for the Issues (and Candidates) You Care About.
How is Advocacy Important to You?
…As an individual?
…As a psychologist?
Raises awareness of the contributions psychology makes to meeting local/state/national needs
Advances psychology as a primary care health profession
Enhances status of psychology and behavioral science