New Year. New Opportunities.

Happy (late) New Year! Wow, 2017 is off to quite a start and we are only 6 weeks in. Like everything in life, there are moments of suffering and moments of joy, moments of effort and moments of ease, moments of stability and moments of transition. I'm honored to announce that 2017 has brought with it a new opportunity for service within my local community through appointment to the board of directors of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association, representing early career psychologists. I am enjoying deepening connections within my professional community and learning more about the needs that exist within our profession and within the communities that we serve. 

 From left: Rick Grant-Coons (Diversity Chair), Christina Spragg (Early Career Chair), Ken Christian (Member at Large), Ryan Cheperka (President-Elect)

From left: Rick Grant-Coons (Diversity Chair), Christina Spragg (Early Career Chair), Ken Christian (Member at Large), Ryan Cheperka (President-Elect)

As the early career psychologist (ECP) board member, I'll be focusing my efforts on helping ECPs best utilize their talents through supporting their professional and personal development. I'm committed to providing opportunities for early career psychologists to connect with one another and with mentors in our community. I'll also be working to provide ECPs with opportunities for training in areas relevant to the "establishing" phase of career development such as: 

Leadership development  

Finding a niche

Building a research career

Seeing work-life balance/harmony

Increasing financial literacy

Identifying and engaging in advocacy opportunities

If you began working as a psychologist within the last 10 years, congratulations, you are an ECP! I'd love to connect with you and chat about your professional needs so that I'll better understand how I can help to provide opportunities to support you in meeting your career goals.

Best wishes for a healthy and successful 2017,

Christina Spragg