IPA Graduate Student Section (IPAGS)

The Illinois Psychological Association for Graduate Students (IPAGS) is a special interest subsection of the IPA organization. IPAGS is dedicated to the promotion of graduate students’ clinical and academic training experience, the advocacy of graduate students’ professional development during their formative training years, informing the professional community of graduate student events and activities, and connecting graduate students in Illinois with other graduate students and resources. We at IPAGS aim to educate ethically-minded future psychologists through discussion of clinical issues and legal concerns through programming. IPAGS develops psychologically-relevant programming aimed at educating on current clinical topics, targeting social inequalities, and generating dialogue on best practices and competency development. IPAGS also encourages the building of professional relationships by networking psychologists working in the field with graduate students. IPAGS hopes to foster competent future psychologists by cultivating an environment of learning, connectedness, and professionalism.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member, IPAGS can be reached via email at ipags.section@gmail.com. You can keep up to date on IPAGS information via Twittter at @IpagsSection or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/IPAGS/.

Military Psychology Section

The Military Psychology Section is aimed towards the field of psychology working with the United States Military, Veterans, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This section focuses on a variety of military psychological issues and current related activities that take place in Illinois. The section helps by assisting in educating civilian, enlisted and commissioned officer psychologists through advocacy, education, holding workshops, working collaboratively with other local military associations and organizations, policy and legislation, and providing IPA presence at military/veteran conventions in Illinois.

Membership of the Military Section is open to all members of IPA including student members and leaders.

IPA Early Career Section

The Early Career Section is open to all IPA members who are within seven years of obtaining their doctorate degree. Activities include mentoring, networking, and workshops geared to assist the entry level professional.

In order to receive our emails and newsletters directly, join the ECP Section listserve by contacting Terry Koller, Ph.D., ABPP, IPA Executive Director at 312-372-7610 x202 or ipaexec@aol.com.

Health and Rehabilitation Section

Welcome to the new Health & Rehabilitation Section!

The purpose of this Section shall be:

  1. To promote the education of psychologists in the areas of health psychology, rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, and geropsychology.
  2. To inform the professional community about activities related to these 4 areas of psychology.
  3. To advocate for the appropriate, ethical and informed psychological services to those dealing with issues concerning health psychology, rehabilitation psychology, geropsychology, and neuropsychology.
  4. To inform psychologists about the areas of pertinent and related research.

This Section shall exist for psychologists and students of psychology who may be interested in applying psychological knowledge to the fields of psychology that the Health and Rehab Section represents and in the provision of psychological services to consumers who may need these services.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section

The Section on Sexual Orientation Issues shall seek to advance the contribution of psychology in understanding sexual orientation issues, to educate psychologists and the general public in matters of sexual orientation, and to advocate for the provision of ethical and informed psychological services to those dealing with sexual orientation issues.

Social Responsibility Section

Section goals include the promotion of social responsibility for civil and human rights and the values of justice, peace and the public interest within the science, profession, education and training of psychology; the recognition of exemplary achievements of social responsibility in the field; and the maintenance within IPA of a focus and forum in which the relevance of social responsibility for all areas of psychological endeavor can be advanced.

Women’s Issues Section

The Women’s Issues Section focuses on a variety of issues including: educational, consumer and professional needs relevant to women’s issues pertinent to women of color and gender diversity; theoretical, research, and methodological issues; proactive policy making and legislation; and establishing liaisons with national associations and interdisciplinary.

The Women’s Issues Section exists to address the needs of women consumers and providers of psychological services. As such, the purposes of the section are as follows:

To educate psychologists on the needs of women and issues relevant to women.

To identify and address the needs of women consumers of psychological services.

To address the professional needs of female psychologists and to share resources.

To provide a forum for presentation and discussion of theoretical, research and methodological issues related to women.

To address issues of diversity in women, including race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

To work in liaison with other local and national women’s associations and organizations.

To be proactive on legislative advocacy for women’s issues as they relate to psychology.

Membership in the Women’s Issues Section is open to all members of IPA. Contact Kalyani Gopal, Ph.D. kgopalphd@gmail.com

Academic Section

The Academic Section addresses the following issues: 1) fostering the development of statewide student participation in the Illinois Psychological Association; 2) developing liaisons with academic departments, training sites, and other IPA Sections; 3) developing awards for outstanding student work; 4) cosponsoring events with other IPA Sections; and 5) stimulating discussion of training models and issues.

Clinical Practice Section

The Clinical Practice Section, the largest Section of IPA, is geared to advocate for the interests of applied psychology through: 1) advancing the science and profession of clinical psychology; 2) promoting increased access for the public to mental health services; 3) establishing recognition for the full range of psychological practice, independent of setting; 4) supporting the education and training of clinical psychologists and psychology trainees; and 5) furthering collegial relationships within the field of clinical psychology and with related health professions.

Organizational & Business Consulting Psychology Section

Organizational & Business Consulting Psychology involves providing services to individuals, work teams, and entire organizations regarding improving performance effectiveness, developing skills and talent, reducing conflict between people and systems, and strengthening team cohesion. Specialties of our members include management consulting and executive coaching, leadership selection, succession planning, organizational stress audits, 360 degree evaluations of leaders, and assessing organizational culture. The section is committed to continuing education programs, networking for professional opportunities, and promoting the benefits of the specialty to the public through activities such as the Illinois Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.