Having only experienced the California Psychology Association at California Board of Psychology meetings, I don’t have the experience to tell if they are competent, evil or malicious. I do know they are very nice and polite. Even though I have spent 3 years fighting the APA and its army of minnows (i.e., minions—think of the movie, “Despicable Me”), the two CPA representatives at the BOP meetings have always cheerfully said “hello,” shook my hand and welcomed me to sit beside them (I even shared a urinal conference where he revealed some good information. Urinal conferences? You’ve never heard of a urinal conference? Most deals made and information exchanged between two men is done staring at the wall inches from one’s face ). As I said, I’m not sure if their friendliness was out of politeness or to keep an eye on me or to bring me into pocket-knife stiletto range.
However, I have heard they offer very inexpensive insurance. I assume it’s good coverage.
At the November 18 BOP meeting in San Diego on the weekend of the America’s Cup Race that drew crowds large enough to closed off parking lots and keep me from visiting the USS Midway aircraft carrier (but I digress), the CPA rep brought up a very good point that every licensed person served by a Board should know: due to the economic crisis in the beautiful Golden State of California, all Boards have not been able to hire anyone. Plus the employees have been furloughed a few days a month which means slower processing of applications and less time to answer the phone. This is not news; it’s old news.
What may be news is that the Board of Psychology is totally funded by the psychologists it serves. 100% of the Board’s budget comes from the licensing fees of the psychologists in this gold state. Not one thin dime or fat penny comes from taxpayers.
So, if the Board can’t replace anyone who retires and if the Board has cut its budget, deleted travel expense to national conferences like the Governator and Legislators demanded, what happened to the surplus? What happened to the money saved? What happened to the unspent fees you psychologists gave?
The State absconded with it a good portion. Well, absconded sounds like it stole the money, doesn’t it? The State didn’t really steal the money, it just starting taking it a few years ago and would NOT promise to give any of it back. So, it’s sort of like stealing, but only more politically inspired like Knute Gingrich as a football coach talking to Ronald Reagan.
I almost forgot my point…ah, yes, the CPA representative asked the Board (and these aren’t his exact words), “Say, ah, how about the Board calculate just what it needs and then cut the yearly licensing fee just to cover its budget? This would more fair to the psychologists because, otherwise, in effect, it’s almost like the State is taxing the licensing fee…double dipping as it were.” —or almost like stealing? (remember, these aren’t his words, I’m sure I just heard inaccurately.) “Would the Board cut annual fees enough to cover the budget and not leave anything for the State government to steal…er, abscond, ah, take?”
Well, it will be interesting to see the outcome of the CPA rep’s suggestion that the Board look out for psychologists in the State this way. I didn’t see the Director of the BOP smile slyly as his hand stroked his chin in anticipation of getting back at the State Government for making his staff lose wages, work harder and not play golf between national conferences, but I can imagine his joy at sticking it to his Big Brother, and I liked the CPA’s thinking on this. Maybe they don’t just offer good insurance rates or even want to push me off a cliff.