MWP 2016 Spring Newsletter
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Networking and support for all women in the mental health professions.

MWP Website Development

Many of you may have noticed we finally launched a new website! This was no easy task! The Executive Committee spent months (really years) brainstorming, preparing, planning, interviewing, editing, developing, and so much more! Since our original website was continually crashing, we knew that a change needed to be made. I want to highlight some of the new capabilities:
  • The home page allows for easy navigation and is vibrant with a slide show of member photos.
  • The member directory is user friendly and easy to find. You are now able to search for members by geographic location, specialty, and insurance provider. 
  • The calendar provides one-click information into our color coded events. You can even click to get a description, register, and find it on the map! You can add your own MWP event (i.e. Spotlight Series or Social Hour) by contacting Susan Johnson at
You may have also noticed that many of our pages are private. One of the perks of being a member is that you get first-hand information about our organization, resources, ads, newsletter, member events, and more!
Websites are not a one and done project. They require ongoing, iterative development and improvement. So please be patient as we work out some unexpected bugs. Some areas of concern are that members are unable to edit their own profiles. You will need to send an e-mail to Susan Johnson to make an update. I am aware that this is an inconvenient feature, and we are currently looking into some options. Be sure to review your profile to ensure all information is accurate and complete because mistakes can easily be made during the transition. We apologize for these mistakes in advance. We are working on updating our content to ensure accuracy and ease to our members.

We would like to take a minute to thank Susan Johnson and Rebecca Chesin for their behind-the-scenes and tireless work on our original website.

If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek at the website, you can visit Let us know if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions. Please contact Hanin Ailabouni at or Susan Johnson at with your comments.
--by Hanin Ailabouni, M.S. Ed., LPC, NCC
Chair, Executive Committee

Notes from the Chair

I am truly honored to be your Chair for 2016-2017. I look forward to sharing a piece of me this year through our theme of Embracing Differences.

Embracing differences is truly a part of my heart. I grew up in a Palestinian household, and when I was 11 years old, my family moved us from a small town in Iowa to Palestine, for 5 years – an experience that forever changed the way I view the world and its cultures, communities, and social systems. I believe that every one of us has a unique culture that shapes our perspectives. As mental health professionals, it is therefore SO important for us to value multiculturalism in order to help the people who need us most. This passion for embracing differences is at the core of who I am and is what MWP stands for too.

MWP strives to learn, grow, and understand the issues of diversity. We also strive to engage in an “ongoing process of learning, reflection, and action” in order to address issues such as “power and privilege” in our organization, work, and community. I hope we are able to EMBRACE multiculturalism and diversity, INSPIRE growth, collaboration and change, and VALUE advocacy for all people, by providing dynamic programming, encouraging member involvement, and broadening our marketing outreach. One way the Executive Committee plans to achieve these goals is through holding interactive workshops and professional panels for discussions throughout the year. We hope you will join us at our upcoming events!

Last year, we experienced a large transition in the Executive Committee (EC) so this year we were able to welcome seven new executive committee members: Lauren Robbins, Analisa Jayasekera, Bambi Johnson, Julie Gunderson, Stacey Stillmunkes, and Kyja Foster-DeZurik. Along with continuing members Farren Swanson, Elizabeth Johnson, Laurie Nelson, Deb Rich, Felixia Valerius, and Miriam Zachary, we are now a 13 member EC. We will miss this past year’s committee members (Susan Whalen, Beth Siegel, Debra Beemer, Kathy Boisjoli, Jennifer Fallon, Leslie Root, Ashley Lange, and Sarah Cherwein) and sincerely appreciate all of the hard work they put into making MWP work!
Last year’s members did an amazing job at achieving some of our important goals:
  • The Social Action Committee hosted the CEU event, The Intersection of Domestic Violence and the Legal System: What Every Therapist Should Know. This committee also continued the connection with the Women’s Consortium, facilitated bi-monthly domestic violence discussion groups, and connected with the Book Club.
  • The Finance committee partnered with an accountant and worked through our budgets and reports. They also helped with the scholarship fund and with selecting awardees.
  • The Marketing and Communications Committee designed a new website (a lot more work than it sounds), expanded social media marketing tools, and provided marketing brochures for North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference 2016.
  • The Membership Committee planned the annual Wine and Chocolate networking event, reached out to welcome many new members, coordinated volunteers, and coordinated social hours.
  • The Professional Development Committee facilitated the mentoring program, assisted in the Specialization Workshop, and hosted a CEU event called, Reproductive Health Psychology: Crucial Skills and Practice Guidelines for all Psychotherapists. They also changed the name of Brown Bags to Spotlight Series, connected with the private practice group, student group, and held a seasoned therapist mini workshop. 
  • The MWP Retreat Committee provided an amazing opportunity for relaxation, learning, and growth; the Annual Meeting Committee also put together a wonderful event and presenter, Cindy Reuther.
We encourage you to get involved this year in one of the listed committees, or help plan a Social Hour, host a Spotlight Series, or organize a workshop you feel passionate about. If you are new Minnesota Women in Psychology, you can learn more about our organization at I encourage you to attend an Executive Committee meeting to see us in action. We are definitely in the flow and would love to hear from you! Our annual EC retreat will be in June, so stay tuned for new possibilities and opportunities to learn about one another and our community.
--by Hanin Ailabouni, M.S. Ed, LPC, NCC
Chair, Executive Committee

A New Era of Social Media

We are embarking on a new day of social media and trying to stay up to date with this new era. We would like to utilize our Facebook page to its fullest capacity and offer an opportunity to increase member engagement and dialogue on this platform. Our hope is to offer a safe place where mental health professionals can learn about MWP events and workshops, and also use this page as an additional resource and forum to connect with others. You will notice more postings about community events, topic areas, forum questions, and more! This page is open to the public and we ask you to please refrain from posting about client referrals.

Please take a minute to like our page at!
The Executive Committee is looking for individuals with marketing and advertising savvy to help us gain insights into new trends and ideas. We strive to increase our member engagement and need your help!
--by Hanin Ailabouni, M.S. Ed., LPC, NCC
Chair, Executive Committee of MWP

A Brief History of Women in Psychology

Reprinted from June 2004 MWP Newsletter

Historical accounts of the development and growth of the field of psychology typically have neglected to focus attention on the contributions of women. Though women clearly were contributing to the field early on in its development, much of the neglect towards their accomplishments seems to be due to the low status of women at the time, and over time. It is important, as contemporary women practicing in our field, to remember those who preceded us, especially given the enormous barriers they were up against as they established a sound place for all women in psychology.
In the nineteenth century, the expectation was for women to conform to a traditional feminine social role which progressed from a relatively carefree childhood to an adolescence which focused on training in domestic skills to an adulthood consisting of marriage and motherhood. There was a prevailing sense of male superiority and theories abounded regarding the un-educability of women in higher education settings. Over time, women began to insert themselves into the higher education equation more and more— around the same time that more social science programs were becoming available in colleges and universities. From early on in the profession, let us remember Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth (1871-1924), a pioneer who extended Freud’s work and was the first to explore the use of play therapy in child psychoanalysis. Then there was Augusta Fox Bronner (1881-1966) who led the charge in the development of the child guidance movement and recognized that psychoanalysis and clinical psychology could be paired in the study and treatment of children’s disorders. As these, and other, early women psychologists emphasized the importance of childhood, they both cemented a role for women as psychoanalysts and drew attention to the important role of mothers in child development. For a time, their work also helped support theories that blamed mothers for the origins of mental illness (e.g., the “schizophrenogenic mother”). However, it was also women’s work in psychology that broadened the focus of factors that impacted mental health by including the interpersonal and cultural processes affecting human functioning. Thus, child rearing was given a context, allowing for a deeper and more complex understanding of child development.

Over time, women were drawn to the social science programs that were becoming more readily available. There were distinct challenges for women to overcome to be granted admission into colleges and universities. For instance, many academic institutions excluded women altogether from doctoral programs and those who accepted women often required its female applicants to explain outright how they would combine career and family. Additionally, those who were able to go on to obtain doctoral degrees and to eventually teach at the college level faced many barriers, no matter which degree program in which they taught. For one, as women were not allowed to teach men, most women were relegated to teaching only in women’s colleges. And once they secured jobs in academia they had limited privileges as faculty, had little to no support for research, and were not given the opportunity to achieve tenure (and the job security that comes with it). Moreover, women faculty automatically had to forfeit their jobs when they got married—even if they worked at women’s institutions. Despite those barriers, women continued to contribute to the field. Helen Flanders Dunbar (1902-1959), for instance, was a major theoretician on the correlation between personality type and physical illness and was the editor of the journal, “Psychosomatic Medicine.” Ruth Howard (1900-?) was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in psychology in 1934. She started in social work, later moved to psychology, and focused her work on developmental issues as well as on the need for multicultural training for clinicians. Clara Thompson (1893-1958), foreshadowed the feminist movement by articulating the personal, social, and cultural conflicts of women and asserting that culture—not biology—explained the at-that-time popular notions of women’s inferiority to men. Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983), a black woman psychologist, opened the first full time comprehensive child guidance center in 1946, offering psychiatric, psychological, and casework services to children and families in the Harlem area. These women worked to shape the field as well as the broader perceptions of women’s capabilities.

Women, as a whole, became more ingrained in the workforce during World War II. As increasing number of men joined the armed forces to fight in the war, women made their contributions to the war efforts and by taking on the jobs that men left vacant—jobs that often involved hard physical labor. Again, the stereotypical notions of women’s abilities were challenged. However, after the war, and into the 1950s, women were expected to leave the jobs that they had filled and were again urged to stay at home and to focus on the feminine gender role. There was a resurgence of male superiority theories at that time as gender roles were being questioned by both men and women. During the 1960s, there was renewed social reform within the civil rights movement and feminism gained momentum. Feminists challenged the notions of biological determinism and turned the attention on previously ignored or trivialized issues such as incest, violence against women, and poverty and developed new approaches to treating those issues. Rounding off the decade, in 1969, the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) was founded. AWP is a “not-for-profit scientific and educational feminist organization” which allows for “broader-than-psychology membership” and promotes feminist activism among female therapists. By the end of the ‘60s, women were gathering strength as professionals in psychology. Sandra Wood Scarr (1936-present) studied biological and environmental variables in intellectual development. Her work with the interpersonal stimulation of premature babies changed the standard for neonatal practice in the care of preemies. The 1970s ushered in a boon to women’s professional work in the field of psychology and others. In 1972, with the enactment of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, women’s rights were solidified. The aim of the amendment was to increase efforts to promote educational and employment opportunities for women. Soon after Title IX was enacted, in 1973, the American Psychological Association established its Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP). The CWP’s Mission was to advance psychology as a science, a profession, and a means of promoting health and human welfare by ensuring that women achieved equality as members of the psychological community. It served, and continues to serve, as an organizing base that helps to increasing women’s roles and functions within the profession. The CWP continues to work for those same efforts with their stated goals for 2003 including: promotion of the health and well-being of all women, identification and elimination of discriminatory practices against all women, and promotion of the contributions of women to psychology. Their efforts have served to increased broader interest in women’s mental health issues. Feminist researchers aligned with the CWP have explored neglected areas in women’s lives—menopause, breast cancer, body image and eating disorders, sexual harassment, and dependency. Prior to feminist research such as from the CWP, theories about women’s mental health often neglected to put those issues within a sociocultural context and, thus, often justified the disadvantaged status for women. The 1970s truly were a decade of growth for women in psychology. Laura Brown (1952-present) is an example of those who advanced the field through her work. A Jewish, lesbian, feminist psychologist, Brown continues to work with therapist misconduct issues and integrates social justice issues, such as discrimination, into her work in psychology. Another clinician, Camille Wortman (1947-present), has dedicated her work to finding treatment approaches for those who are survivors of sudden traumatic loss, more locally, Minnesota was not isolated from the excitement of the times. In 1977, Minnesota Women in Psychology (MWP) was founded with the purposes of promoting the professional development of women in psychological professions, informing members about ideas and issues that affect women, developing network and support group systems, and taking action in the best interest of Minnesota women. MWP encourages women in our field to use their own voices by giving presentations, taking on leadership positions, mentoring others, and exchanging ideas and expertise. In 1981, the Minnesota Women’s Consortium (MWC) was founded. A one-of-a-kind statewide collaboration of 170 member organizations, MWC serves as a resource center to enhance the equality and justice for women and children by raising awareness of women’s issues, sound public policy, and the full equality for women. Though women have made significant contributions to psychology since early on in the profession, these contributions have often gone unrecognized. However, it is clear that the profession is shifting and that the recognition that women in the profession—past and present—is still needed and valued. As one marker of the growth of women’s involvement in psychology, in 1950 only 14.8% of the doctorate degrees in psychology were granted to women and that rose to just 17.5% in 1960. There were increases in the 1970s and 1980s with 1984 being the year that men and women were granted doctoral degrees in equal proportions. In 2000, 66.6% of women were granted doctoral degrees in psychology. Clearly, there is a welcoming place for women in this social science niche. As we look back at the contributions of the women from the past and the women we work with and know today, it becomes even more apparent that every woman’s contribution to our field is important and deserves recognition, support, and appreciation.
—by Amy Swanson, Psy.D., LP
A member of the MWP Steering Committee from 2003-2006
April 2004 Newsletter 5
Food for Thought
While driving into my parking garage the other day, I was interrupted by a car that was backing in and out of a spot in order to straighten itself between the lines. This caused me the pain of having to WAIT AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS before I could make my way to my own spot.

I suspected that same driver would run to cue the elevator, jump in and cue the door to close in order to travel upward before I could join them. While all this was indeed happening, I began to turn the corner in my thinking and driving, and arrived at a different set of thoughts as I positioned my car in my own spot:

What if they are doing the best they can?

What if this is the best they have today?

Sometimes my own best is being the person that hurriedly cues the elevator to take off.

Sometimes I’m in a hurry.

Maybe they can’t handle being in the elevator with another human right now.

Maybe they hurt themselves, and they’re in a hurry?

Maybe this is their best, today.

What if everyone is doing the best they can.
-- by Farren Swanson, MA, LMFT
MWP Newsletter Editor

Minnesota Women in Psychology

Annual Meeting Minutes
April 26, 2016 – 4:00-8:00 PM
International Market Square, Minneapolis
Present: Amy-Ann Mayberg, Analisa Jayasekera, Bambi Johnson, Beth Johnson, Cathy Skrip, Char Follett, Cynthia Haakana, Dana Fox, Deb Rich, Denise Kautzer, Denise Dworakoski, Dorothee Ischler, Farren Swanson, Felixia Valerius, Fran Zimmerman, Hanin Ailabouni, Janet Schlegel, Janet Thomas, Jill Strunk, Judy Brooks, Julie Gunderson, Karrol Butler, Katheleen Avila, Kathy Wise, Kathy Johnson, Laura Tripet Dodge, Laurel Guntzel, Lauren Robbins, Lisa Roesner, Marjorie Sita, Mary Einerson, Miriam Zachary, Natalie Runge, Rae Hoesing, Rebecca Chesin, Ruth Markowitz, Sandy Sample, Stacey Stillmunkes, Sue Eckfeldt, Susan Whalen, Theresa Tsuchiva
  1. Meeting opened and members welcomed by Kathy Johnson
  2. Executive Committee Chair, Susan Whalen, was introduced and gave an opening statement.
    • MWP will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2017.
      • A commemorative newsletter is in the planning.
  3. The 2015-16 year review.
    • The Executive Committee theme for the year was “Get Involved”.
      • The committee experienced some ups and downs with several members resigning due to relocation, family crisis and illness.
    • The Professional Development Committee
      • A campaign to call all new members to welcome them and encourage them to be active in MWP began.
      • The Fall Retreat was very successful.
      • A Winter Workshop on Domestic Violence and the Legal System which focused on the involvement in courts and domestic abuse cases was held.
      • Seven new mentor/mentee partnerships were developed through a Meet Up/Match Up Gathering.
      • A Spotlight Series-Network and Learn on the Go featured a session on learning to use Linked In to benefit your marketing.
      • Members are encouraged to plan a Social Hour Gathering and invite MWP members to join them through the EBlast.
      • A Private Practice Group facilitating by Heather Holt is held the 2nd Saturday of each month.
      • An additional Private Practice Group not affiliated with MWP but attended by many MWP members is held the last Thursday of the month and facilitated by Denise Dworakoski.
      • A Graduate Student Group facilitated by Beth Siegel and Kyja Foster DeZurik meets on the third Saturday of the month and is slowly growing.
      • A Specialization Workshop was to help graduate students and others broaden their knowledge of the many specialties options.
      • A “Seasoned Therapist” mini workshop was held.
      • And coming up in May is a Reproductive Health Workshop.
        1. Deb Rich, presenter for this workshop, spoke briefly on the outline of the workshop.
    • Membership Committee Review
      • The committee hosted a well attending social/networking gathering, “Wine and Chocolate” in October.
      • The committee calls new members to welcome them and help them become more involved in the organization.
      • The committee would like to find a volunteer to take on the “Volunteer Coordinator” position.
    • Social Action Committee Review
      • The committee hosted a Domestic Violence and the Legal System Workshop in December.
      • The committee has a liaison working with the Women’s Consortium to look into a future joint event.
      • A Book Group meets quarterly to discuss a selected book on different topics related to social action.
    • Marketing and Communications Committee Review
      • The committee continued to use Facebook as a way to market MWP and promote upcoming MWP events.
        1. The committee invites MWP members to post their upcoming events or things they believe other therapists would find of interest on the MWP Facebook page.
        2. The MWP website has a link to the organization’s Facebook page.
      • The Spotlight Series this Spring was hosted by Miriam Zachary and its focus was to help members become more familiar with Linked In.
      • The Adler Conference held this Spring was given MWP brochures to include in their gift bags.
      • The new MWP website was launched a few weeks ago. The entire Executive Committee was involved in the development of the new website.
        1. A demonstration was given to attendees on how to search for a therapist on the new website.
        2. The new website includes a new calendar visible to anyone who visits the site.
    • Finance Committee Review
      • An accountant was hired to generate monthly budget reports.
        1. It is being considered to go to having a bi-monthly budget report.
      • The committee hopes to create a new version of the monthly report that would be less complicated.
      • The committee made possible and was responsible for the two Scholarship Awards.
        1. This is the third year in a row that MWP has been able to award scholarships.
        2. The sale of the MWP Travel Mug proceeds all go directly to the Scholarship Fund.
        3. A small book sale at the 2015 Annual Meeting also raised funds for the Scholarship Fund.
      • A few problems arose during the transition from one treasurer to the next, mostly due to incompatible computer programs used to track MWP’s finances.
        1. No monies were lost during this transition.
      • Please refer to the Treasurer’s Report below.
    • Kathy Johnson, the 2014-15 Executive Committee Chair, asked the room if they had any questions.
      • The organization has been helpful to therapists new to Minnesota.
      • The Executive Committee is open to hearing about what type of workshops would be of interest to the membership.
  4. Recognition of the wonderful MWP members who were involved and volunteered by Susan Whalen
    • Special thank you to Susan Johnson, the administrative assistant to MWP. (not volunteer)
    • The 2015-16 Executive Committee was recognized.
      • Susan J. Whalen, LICSW, Chair; Hanin Ailabouni M.S.Ed., NCC, Vice Chair; Debra Beemer, M.A., Treasurer; Kathy Boisjoli, M.A., LPC; Sarah Cherwien, Psy.D., LP; Connie Cohen, M.A.; Jennifer Fallon, Ph.D., LP; Beth Johnson, LAMFT; Ashley Lange, Counseling Psychology (Student); Laurie Nelson, LICSW; Deb Rich, Ph.D., LP; Leslie Root, LAMFT; Beth Siegel, M.A.; Farren Swanson, M.A., LMFT; Felixia Valerius, M. A.; Miriam Zachary, M.A., LMFT
    • Membership Committee
      • Laurie Nelson, Chair; Leslie Root
    • Elections Committee
      • Susan Whalen, Chair; Miriam Zachary
    • Marketing & Communications Committee
      • Hanin Ailabouni, Chair; Farren Swanson, Newsletter Editor; Kathy Boisjoli; Ashley Lange
    • Social Action Committee
      • Beth Siegel, Chair; Beth Johnson
    • Website Committee
      • Kathy Boisjoli, Susan Whalen, Hanin Ailabouni, Ashley Lange, Beth Siegel
    • For Website Backup, Special Thanks to:
      • Rebecca Chesin
      • Farren Swanson, Editor; Cathy Skrip; Felixia Valerius; Kathy Johnson; Susan Whalen; Joy Sales; Beth Siegel; Rebecca Chesin; Ann Manning; Diane Barrett; Farren Swanson; Mindy Benowitz; Miriam Zachary; Trisha Falvey; Jennifer Fallon; Laurie Nelson; Hanin Ailabouni; Deborah Rich
    • Finance Committee:
      • Deb Beemer, Chair
    • Scholarship Committee:
      • Deb Beemer; Laurie Nelson; Jennifer Fallon
    • Professional Development Committee:
      • Felixia Valerius, Co-Chair; Deb Rich, Co-Chair; Miriam Zachary; Hanin Ailabouni; Susan Whalen; Sarah Cherwien; Connie Cohen
    • Private Practice Group:
      • Heather Holt; Kathy Johnson
    • Graduate Student Group:
      • Beth Siegel; Kyja Foster-DeZurik
    • Social Action Book Group:
      • Jane Whiteside
    • Eastside Private Practice Group:
      • Denise Dworakowski; Hanin Ailabouni
    • 2015-2016 Mentors: Miriam Zachary; Susan Whalen; Kathleen Avila; Charme Davidson; Laura Tripet Dodge; Judith Lies
      • Special thanks to Hanin Ailabouni, Felixia Valerius, and Cathy Skrip for coordinating the event
    • Specialization Workshop: Mary Clare Lindsley, Coordinator; Hanin Ailabouni, Volunteer
      • Presenters: Deb Rich; Michelle Hunt Graham; Renee Segal; Lauren Robbins; Karen Wright; Bri Dunbar; Annie Schwain; Marg Penn; Britta Jabbar; Rowan Buckley
    • Domestic Violence Workshop Presenters: Beth Johnson; Megan Oedekurk; Rayna Alexander
      • Committee:  Beth Siegel, Cathy Skrip and Lauren Reily
    • Seasoned Therapist Mini Workshop: Ruth Markowitz; Kathy Johnson
    • Spotlight Series Host:
      • Miriam Zachary, Host: “Leveraging LinkedIn to its Fullest Potential”
    • Social Hours: Cathy Skrip/Susan Whalen
    • Wine and Chocolate Fall Gathering: Hosted by Membership Committee, Executive Committee & Other Volunteers: Laurie Nelson, Coordinator; Ruth Markowitz, Kathy Johnson, Cathy Skrip, Rita Stanoch, Stacey Nunne, Allison Peterson
      • A special thanks for the Door Prize donations from Miriam Zachary, Beth Johnson, Deb Beemer, Hanin Ailabouni, Leslie Root, Beth Siegel and Susan Whalen
    • Liaisons to Minnesota Women’s Consortium: Beth Siegel and Beth Johnson
    • Annual Meeting Committee & Volunteers: Kathy Johnson, Chair; Kathy Wise, Laura Tripet Dodge, Miriam Zachary, Hanin Ailabouni, Cathy Skrip, Lauren Robbins, Ruth Markowitz, Denise Dworakoski, Analisa Jayasekera, Susan Whalen and the Executive Committee
  5. Honoring Retirees
    • Cathy Skrip and Peggy Trezona
  6. The Dorothy Loeffler Scholarships were awarded by Hanin Ailabouni and Miriam Zachary
    • Natalie Runge and Analisa Jayasekera
  7. The Founding Mother’s Award was presented by Karrol Butler (last year’s recipient) to
    • Dana Fox
  8. The Women Who Make a Difference Award was presented by Kathy Johnson to
    • Jill Strunk
  9. The 2016-17 Executive Committee was introduced
    • New members are Kyja Foster-DeZurik (student; Julie Gunderson; Analisa Jayasekera; Bambi Johnson; Lauren Robbins; Stacey Stillmunkes
    • Continuing members are Hanin Ailabouni (2nd term), Beth Johnson, Laurie Nelson, Deb Rich, Farren Swanson, Felixia Valerius and Miriam Zachary, M.A., LMFT
    • The officers are
  10. MWP members are encouraged to “Stay Involved” (last year’s theme) and “Embrace Differences” (the upcoming year’s theme).
The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 PM and the Guest Speaker for the evening, Cindy Reuther, was introduced.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Johnson
MWP Administrative Assistant

2015-16 Annual Financial Report

INCOME 4/1/14 - 3/31/15 4/1/15 - 3/31/16 DIFFERENCE
  * 4/16/14 - 4/15/15    
Membership Income $16,571 * $15,242 -$1329
Annual Meeting 1,314 (est.) 2,000 686
Professional Development 2,792 * (est.) 4,000 1,208
Scholarship 764 753 -11
Directory Income 239 578 339
Fall Retreat 3844 4,057 213
Other Income 1,105 1,888 783
Interest Income 2 2  
TOTAL INCOME $26,631 $28,520 $1,889
EXPENSE 4/1/14 - 3/31/15 4/1/15 - 3/31/16 DIFFERENCE
  * 4/16/14 - 4/15/15    
Contract Labor $10,656 $12,286 $1,630
Annual Meeting 1,612 * 4,000 2,388
Wine & Chocolate 1,763 1,823 60
Professional Development 1,447 * 1,275 -172
Fall Retreat 4,065 3,844 -221
Scholarships 1,000 1,000  
Accountant  Fees   400 400
Website  ($2,875 + $390)   3,265 3,265
Other 2,412 889 -1,523
TOTAL EXPENSE $22,955 $28,782 -$5,827
INCOME $26,631 $28,520 $1,889
NET $3,676 -$262 -$3,938
CASH BALANCE AS OF 3/31/16     $21,101.36

Contributors to this Issue

Hanin Ailabouni, M.S. Ed., LPC, NCC
Amy Swanson, Psy.D., LP
Susan Johnson, MWP Adm. Asst.
Farren Swanson, M.A., LMFT
Newsletter Editor
Farren Swanson, M.A., LMFT
Production Coordinator
Susan Johnson
Web Site
The MWP Newsletter is published four times a year by Minnesota Women in Psychology for its members. All articles and announcements may be edited to conform to space limitations or to improve clarity, without permission of writers. Contributors are given credit via byline. Email articles and items of interest to Be sure to include “Newsletter” in the subject line.

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2016-2017 Executive Committee

Hanin Ailabouni, M.S. Ed., LPC, NCC - Chair
Felixia Valerius M.A.  -Vice Chair
Miriam Zachary, M.A., LMFT - Treasurer
Farren Swanson, M.A., LMFT - Newsletter Editor
Kyja Foster-DeZurik, M.A., LADC, BCC
Julie Gunderson, M.A.
Dorothee Ischler, M.A., LP, LMFT
Analisa Jayasekera, M.A., LAMFT
Bambi Johnson, M.A.
Beth Johnson LAMFT
Laurie Nelson, LICSW
Deb Rich, Ph.D., LP
Lauren Robbins, M.S., LPCC, LADC
Stacey Stillmunkes, M.A., LMFT

Regular & Retired Membership in MWP is available to women who hold either a Master’s or doctoral degree in one of the fields of mental health or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and eligible for licensure in Minnesota in one of the fields of mental health.

Student Membership in MWP is available to women who are in the process of becoming a licensed mental health professional who have not yet earned a graduate degree. Student members are not voting members of the organization. Student representatives on Executive Committee may participate in consensus votes within Executive Committee but may never participate to break a tie vote.

Annual dues are based on a sliding scale according to the annual income of the member, currently ranging from $30 to $80 per year. Membership applications are available by emailing the MWP office at or on the website at
Saturday, May 21
Student Group
12:30 PM
Location: Amore Coffee
879 Smith Ave, W. St. Paul MN 55118
FFI: Kyja at
or Beth at

Monday, June 13
Executive Committee Retreat (part 1)

6:00 - 9:00 PM
Shoshana Center, Ivy League Place, 475 Cleveland Ave. N. #200, St. Paul, MN
FFI: Hanin,

Friday, June 17
Executive Committee Retreat (part 2)

6:00-9:00 PM
Beth Johnson's
FFI: Hanin,

Saturday, June18
Student Group

12:30 PM
Location: Amore Coffee
879 Smith Ave, W. St. Paul MN 55118
FFI: Kyja at
or Beth at
Saturday, July 16
Student Group
12:30 PM
Location: Amore Coffee
879 Smith Ave, W. St. Paul MN 55118
FFI: Kyja at
or Beth at
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