The following sessions are being hosted or co-hosted by the Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) and are on a variety of topics relevant to early career psychologists (ECPs) who received their degree between 2007 and 2017. For a full list of relevant sessions to ECPs, download the full ECP Session Guide (PDF, 197KB).

Thursday, Aug. 3

8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 146A 
Alternative Career Paths With a Doctorate in Psychology.

This session, co-sponsored by APAGS and CECP, will feature psychologists who are working outside of the traditional sectors of academia and practice (in nonprofits, federal agencies, and more). Learn what resources exist and what skills you may need to make the leap into an emerging area.

4-4:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Introversion, Extroversion, and the Academy: Tools for Early Career Academics.

Extroverted traits (e.g., engaging the community for scholarship) have become crucial in the advancement of junior faculty. This conversation hour will discuss strategies for navigating the academe.

5-7 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Salons 9/10
Board Certification for Practitioners and Early Career Psychologists
ABPP and Division 42 host an hour-long presentation about the benefits and process of board certification. The second hour will be an informal social event where you can connect with ABPP leaders from each specialty, chat, and ask questions. Drinks will be subsidized.]

Friday, Aug. 4

7:45-8:50 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Career Café: Preparing for your Next Career Move
Breakfast for the first 25 attendees! Join us for a light breakfast and hear expertise from a certified executive and career coach on putting your best foot forward in a crowded and competitive market. The majority of the session will be Q&A so you can ask all about how to best apply and position yourself for an exciting opportunity.

9-9:50 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Preventing Ethical Missteps in the New Digital Era

Psychologists must maintain competence in our subject area and our work processes. Those processes now include many digital skills. Two seasoned psychologists relate career experiences, address ethical issues and suggest joint mentoring with ECPs.

10-10:50 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Building Diversity in the Ivory Tower: Supporting Pre-Tenure Racial/Ethnic Minority Faculty

Participants attending this conversation hour will discuss the facilitators and barriers to entry into academic careers, recommendations for institutions looking to support diverse faculty, and best practices in faculty mentorship.

11-11:50 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Demystifying the EPPP
Gabe Mauren will take a practical and humorous look at the experience of preparing for the EPPP using the 5 Stages of Grief model and offer suggestions to help you approach EPPP preparation. Alex Siegel from ASPPB will provide a technical overview of the exam and insights from historical data on pass rates.

12-12:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Women Empowering Women
Lunch provided to the first 20 attendees! Informal small-circle conversations with women at different stages of their careers. Presenters will be invited to talk about their story, highlighting learning moments, successes, and failures that could be helpful to ECPs in their professional development.

1-2:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Let’s Talk About Sex: Increasing Comfort and Addressing Bias in Conducting Sexual Health Histories
This skill-building session will provide guidelines on how to conduct sexual health histories across the lifespan. Facilitators will also address provider anxiety and bias, while also exploring the role of psychologists in the promotion of sexual health.

1-1:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Room 156 
Trials and Tribulations of Mentoring Doctoral Students as an Early Career Psychologist
This conversation hour will highlight mentoring issues encountered by early career faculty in doctoral training programs. Case examples, mentoring strategies, and resources for professional development will be shared in an interactive format.

2-2:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Exhibit Halls D/E 
Early Career Research and Innovation Poster Session
Over 35 posters featuring cutting-edge research and new innovations in psychological science will be on hand, featuring the work of early career psychologists and researchers examining the ECP career phase.

3-3:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Room 140B 
Exploring and Navigating Intersecting Identities As Early Career Psychologists
This conversation hour aims to identify the impacts of Early Career Psychologists multiple identities, and discuss ways to navigate and take ownership of such intersecting identities in their professional lives.

3-3:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Taking the Lead in the Field: A Conversation with Psychologists in Leadership Positions
Presenters will discuss opportunities to assume leadership positions as ECPs in the field and the skills, experience, and training need to accomplish this goal.

4-4:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Debt Management with the Experts
The CEO and Vice President of IonTuition, a new debt management app given free to APA members, will provide a session on financial literacy and best practices with special emphasis on ways to conquer accumulated student loan debt.

6-8 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, LeDroit Park/Shaw Rooms (M3 Level)
Early Career Happy Hour (co-sponsored by The Trust)
Free food and drink! Mingle with ECPs across the association in our not-to-be-missed social event, with complementary appetizers and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. Midway through, we’ll take a moment to recognize ECP champions and achievement awardees. Special thanks to The Trust for co-sponsorship.

Saturday, Aug. 5

7:45-8:50 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Career Café: Earn the Salary You Deserve
Breakfast provided for the first 24 attendees. Over a light breakfast, learn expert strategies to help you negotiate your best using salary comparisons, short and long term career goals, legitimacy arguments and joint decision-making.

9-9:50 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Marketing a Private Practice: Figuring Out Your Target Audience
The consultation-style session will answer your questions and offer tips on successful marketing strategies related to building a private practice or joining a group.

10-10:50 a.m. | Convention Center, ECP Booth
ECP Coffee Hour (co-sponsored by ASPPB)
Complimentary coffee and bagels offered. Stop by for complimentary coffee and pastries, meet fellow ECPs, and ask any questions you have of the hour’s co-sponsor, ASPPB (the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards).

11-11:50 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Creating a Sense of Safety in Clinical Supervision
Some psychologists do not receive formal education on how to be an effective clinical supervisor and must learn from on-the-job experience. Techniques to foster a strong supervisory relationship and ensure quality training experiences will be discussed.

12-12:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
ECP Leadership Meeting: Strategic Planning
Lunch offered for the first 25 attendees. This annual networking event and facilitated discussion at is open for any and all interested ECPs, with a warm welcome to all in leadership within APA, Divisions, state associations, and elsewhere. Partial focus on strategic planning and alignment for ECP constituencies across APA.

1-1:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
International Psychology: Opportunities for ECPs
Participants in this event will share their experiences of conducting work internationally. They will also describe opportunities for ECPs to connect with psychologists around the globe in research, service, and consulting.

2-2:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Exhibit Halls D/E
Early Career Leadership Opportunities and Benefits in APA Divisions
Stroll down Poster Aisles F and G in the Exhibit Hall to learn about specific opportunities to get involved in dozens of APA divisions, and all the ways that divisions are supporting the needs of early career members through services, programs, funding, leadership development and more.

2-2:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Why Psychology is (Still) Critical in the Science and Practice of Addressing HIV/AIDS
This session will integrate historical, current, and future issues related to HIV/AIDS science and practice in psychology. As the discipline continues its critical role in the epidemic, it is vital for ECPs to recognize their prominent need as interdisciplinary leaders in HIV science and practice.

3-3:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Words of Wisdom from Mid Career Professionals to ECPs: Journeys, Struggles, and Triumphs
This intimate professional development hour will provide “words of wisdom” to those who are beginning their professional journey as psychologists in research, academia, teaching, service, and leadership. Participants will be invited to connect and share as well.

3-4:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Room 140B
Work Life Integration and Perceptions of the New Generation of Employees
2 CE credits offered. Back by popular demand, speakers will address ways in which they have learned their employer’s policies, used technology to their advantage, learned to say “no,” fought the guilt, utilized effective communication strategies, and protected their private time. A hands-on portion will give participants practice with asserting one’s needs, taking mindful breaks and creating an action plan.

4-4:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
Giving Voice to Social Justice in Classrooms, Therapy Offices, and the Field
As ECPs, a clinical professor and a hospital-based practitioner will talk about how they navigate modern political discussions in their classrooms and treatment rooms. Coordinators of Psychologists For Black Lives will also discuss efforts to engage more ECPs in the movement.

4-4:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Room 144C
The Movement Toward Competency Exams: Understanding the EPPP Step 2
Panelists will discuss the movement toward competency, the ways it is assessed already, and the implications for and data supporting the new Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology Step 2. There will be time to discuss concerns raised by student and ECP constituencies.

5-5:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Room 140B 
An Insider's Guide to Research and Training Funding Opportunities: Talk With NIH Staff
1 CE credit offered. This skill-building session will facilitate conversation between NIH staff from NHLBI, NIDA, and NIMH and the next generation of researchers regarding topical ideas, reviews, appropriate funding opportunities and career development.

5-5:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Room 2-054
How Can I Become a Leader in APA

Participants will share the paths they took in becoming a leader within APA and the APA Practice Organization, and discuss ways to become involved in governance within the organization.

Sunday, Aug. 6

12-2 p.m. | Convention Center, Room 140A
Post-Convention Workshop: Psych Advocates Unite!
This post-convention workshop features APA President Antonio E. Puente and other psychologists who have used their skills and knowledge to successfully advocate at the federal, state, and local levels. You will hear from full-time policymakers, spare time advocates, and those with strong professional ties to their members of Congress. Bring lunch if you wish; coffee provided.

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