- 1.MOTIVATE TO ADVOCATE Political Advocacy, Leadership, and
Organizational Strength John D. Gavazzi, PsyD, ABPP
2. Political Advocacy: What is it?
- The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a
cause, idea, or policy; active support.
- Psychologists have varying expectations about the purpose and
3. Political Advocacy: Why do we need it?
- No one else will look out for psychology and our patients
- Educate legislators and the public on the importance of
- Give voice to those who have none or are fearful to express
4. Political Advocacy: Why do we need it?
- Rights: Concerned with law, socialstructures, and patient
- Organizational: Inclusiveness, communitybuilding, and working
towardsomething beneficial; rally around acause
5. Pitfalls of Advocacy
- Psychologists must focus on the topics that they are
- Easy to get lost in the technical aspects of advocacy
- Fear and intimidation because advocacy can be seen as outside
of our comfort zone
6. Psychological Concerns
- Challenging authority: Anxiety and conflict avoidance
- Social loafing: The belief that someone else is responsible for
- Isolation: Many psychologists practice alone and lack a
7. A Day in the Life
- FCC regulation of spectrum
- Trade tariffs on coffee beans
- Government roads and maintenance
- Government regulation of telephone service
- Local sewer overflow regulation
8. Whether you like it or not.
- Many of the rules and regulations do not rise to the level of
- What do we need to do about it?
- Government regulation influences many things that we do in our
lives, including the air we breathe, the food we eat, how we drive,
9. What is the overarching message?
- Political Advocacy is part of our professional
- By not becoming involved in political advocacy, the
psychologist is engaging in social loafing behavior and free rider
- You are taking a leadership role
By participating in advocacy and the Pennsylvania Psych
Association 11. Political Advocacy: Broader View
- Depth of feeling and commitment to advance a cause
- Going beyond the call of duty, truly an aspirational ethic
- Stresses vision, voice, and choice
- Passionate volunteerism: Making the world a better place
(Exercise about career choice)
12. Stages of Change: Advocacy
13. First Step: Find your passion
- Why is advocacy important to you?
- Why is advocacy important to your patients?
- Why is advocacy important to your job and profession?
- Is it part of your aspirational ethic?
14. How do we message it?
- Take into account political, socio-economic and professional
- Language of psychology and our culture
- Informs, Convinces, and Encourages (ICE)
- Treats members/psychologists with respect
15. Relationship Building
- Start with similarities (bonding)
- Talk about your excitement and enthusiasm about political
- Provide some concrete examples of how political advocacy has
helped your practice (sharing)
- Expand on how laws or regulations have helped the other
psychologists practice (education)
16. Relationship Building
- Multiple contacts or sources of information (repetition)
- Creating a reason or passion (motivation, fear)
- Outline options for involvement: Start low and go slow (Foot in
the door technique)
- Invite to Advocacy Day, encourage to respond to legislative
alerts, contact legislators directly
17. Modern ways of outreach and repetition
- One contact, one conversation, one statement, one email, one
tweet, one phone call, one article, one blog post, one meeting, one
text at a time.
- We can build organizational strength and value through
Building a Community of Advocacy 19.
- What are you signing up for?
To be a leader 20. Building Organizational Strength through
- Part of the culture of PPA needs to be that advocacy is an
important component to our professional responsibility (Print,
social media, etc.)
- Needs to start at the Board of Directors level and work down
toward the committee members
- Supervisors, professors, mentors, and peer contacts need to
acculturate psychologists to political advocacy
21. Reminding psychologists (and ourselves) of our legislative
- Helped to ban corporal punishment in schools
- 20 year effort to establish psychologists to practice
psychotherapy in private practices as INDEPENDENT
- Major force for recognition under Medicare (in conjunction with
22. Advocacy includes
- Political activity in service to our clients, our community,
our citizens, and our profession
- Leadership skills, either within the formal hierarchy of PPA or
within our community of psychologists
- A process to build better organizational unity and value