Letter from Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, LMFT, PPSc

It is such an honor and pleasure to serve as the 2018-2019 Division on Practice (DoP) Chair. In 2014, Frances Shen and Winnie Hsieh began working together in co-chairing of the AAPA Practice Task Force with the mission of enhancing the visibility of practitioners within the AAPA, increasing their engagement within the organization, and advocating on behalf of their interests. They dreamed of creating a space for practitioners and researchers to network and collaborate on ways to better serve the AAPI community. I want to thank Frances and Winnie for all their work and vision, which has led us in 2018 having 90 DoP members!

DoP provides a forum for Asian American clinicians, researchers, students and professionals who have vast interests in the provision of clinical services to the mental health community and in bridging the gap between research and practice. DoP offers a platform to foster collaborations between researchers and practitioners on research that truly informs practice with API clients and on current practice trends that can guide future research on API mental health issues. Furthermore, the DoP provides the networks, support, resources and institutional visibility for AAPI practitioners that reflect the core mission of AAPA. In its third year, DoP has been working to create structure, increase membership and awareness of the division. Through the launch of our website (thank you Wonyoung!) and social media presence, our current members are able to connect and share clinical resources. In addition, DoP has continued their presence at the AAPA convention through clinical related presentations and division lunch hour for AAPA members to connect.

Our 2018-2019 goals include increasing visibility and connection among members and financial health though providing paid/unpaid services. We plan to meet our goals by building more content on our website, support AAPA’s clinical referral board. We hope to explore ways for members to connect and share resources, potentially exploring trainings for the community. We hope our goals and efforts will help to sustain our division as well as grow our membership.

Our efforts are only possible with the work our past and current executive members have put in; they work tirelessly to create a community for those interested in clinical practice issues. I want to thank all past and current executive members our members for your support.

Ulash PicIf you have any comments, questions, or want to support the division please feel free to contact our executive committee team or me.

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, LMFT, PPSc
Chair, AAPA Division on Practice

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