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NYSPA 80th Annual Convention Recap

Posted By Herb Gingold PhD, Friday, June 9, 2017

Dear Colleagues,


I'm on vacation this week but wanted to share thoughts about our 80th annual convention from June 2-3 in Saratoga.

My overall aim, seconded by our hard-working convention programming committee, was to schedule vital and interesting programs that offered a range of appealing choices.  We wanted attendees to have good options for each time slot and also to utilize the program platform to showcase the amazing variety of talent in our organization.

Of course, that meant you might have missed a program that you really wanted to see.  We plan a reprise for some of them this fall, winter, or next spring.   You might also suggest that your region or division choose one to sponsor. 

We were also pleased to introduce our new executive director, Deborah Martinez, who just came on board. Those of you who were at the convention had a chance to meet and talk with her. Deb told me that she was able to touch base with many attendees. I'm looking forward to her directorship.

One of the greatest pleasures was the chance to see so many friends and colleagues who live out of the city or who I don't ordinarily run into, and, to meet new colleagues. I think all of us can attest to the thrill of actually meeting a listserv ‘friend.’

It was a particular pleasure to celebrate colleagues who received NYSPA awards.  Our past-president, Roy Aranda, won the Alan V. Williams Jr. Memorial Award for his extraordinary service to the organization.  And I was also happy to present him with the presidential award for his service last year and for his calm, cool and even steering of our ship of state. Virginia Waters won the Beacon Award and Sabrina Esbitt the Sidney "Bud" Orgel Memorial Award. Joe Scroppo, Pat Dowds and Susan Warshaw received Distinguished Service Awards.  Pat also received an award from the Independent Practice Division for her service on their board.

All of us were thrilled to see Lawrence Baker win the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A big thanks to  the continuing Education Committee whose members  worked tirelessly to make sure that CE credits were ready for this year’s programs. 

Finally, with enormous appreciation, I would like to thank Dee Fisher-Golden, Lori Coté, and Sara Wheeler for not only keeping an eye on the big picture but handling all the details that made the convention such a success. 

NYSPA President
Herb Gingold, PhD

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2017 Convention

Posted By Herb Gingold PhD, Friday, May 19, 2017

It’s never too early to start planning the NYSPA convention.   That’s the advice I received and the advice I’m giving away.  The convention has so many details to arrange: place, times, programs, keynote speakers, hotels, meals, charges. Lucky for me and every president, before and after, our central office staff, Dee, Lori and Sara work tirelessly to set it all up. 


The  convention is where I started my involvement  in NYSPA, meeting  a broad range of colleagues, some new to the profession and others long-established,  attending the wide array of interesting and informative programs and feeling really connected to our profession.  Year after year I found that I’d walk away with important and tangible knowledge that I could use in my practice.  I still remember a terrific hypnosis program, given by Dr. Daniel Araoz, in which the entire room (40 or 50 people) experienced a trance together and then learned how to induce it.  In other years, Dr. Jeff Carmen talked about methods to treat migraine, Dr. Shane Owens brought us up to date on suicide prevention research, and Dr. Peter Kanaris discussed the latest in sex therapy.   Some of these presenters will be back at this year’s convention and I can’t wait to attend. 


My hope for this year’s event   is to provide convention goers with useful information about techniques and target populations to help them develop and enhance   their practice,  gaining the skills and expertise to do that.   I also want members to  expand their understanding  about the political challenges we face and  how to address them.  Whenever possible, we must all be advocates for our field.   Finally, my hope is that those present will take initiate new relationships that  will help more strongly unify  us as an organization.  .  So, if you see a new face, invite the person  to join you, sit next to them and make them feel welcome.  They are tomorrow’s NYSPA leaders.


I’m very excited to announce that we have hired a new Executive Director, Deb Martinez, who is planning to attend the convention.  This will be a great opportunity for her to meet us and for us to welcome her on board.  And for those of you who haven’t already done so, you can meet Dee Fisher-Golden, Sara Wheeler and Lori Cote, people whom you may only know as voices on the phone. 


And I hope you will come up and talk to me, as well.  The best part of convention is reconnecting with colleagues and friends from all over the state.


See you at Convention.


NYSPA President

Herb Gingold, PhD

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