Maltreatment in Division 37. Donald Routh, in his book on the history of clinical child psychology (1994), has already placed my name in a history book, crediting me for my editorial activities.
The lessons I've learned are to work hard, be creative and visionary in your thinking, and surround yourself with outstanding professionals. Be open to input from others and realize that there is more to life than just psychology. Use your skills and your knowledge to open doors for others, and take the time to help open those doors. Be involved in your professional organizations by membership, attendance at meetings, and contributing to task forces, business meetings, and through presentation of papers or symposia. However, be active locally in organizations that benefit people less fortunate, or start groups for disenfranchised people or people in need of psychology's assistance. Be unselfish by giving psychology away to others through group work or through donation of time to speak, consult, or advocate on behalf of the needs of others. Be civic-minded and politically active by attending precinct meetings, joining political organizations of your choice, informing policymakers about psychology and what it can do for others, and even testifying on legislation at the state or local level. It is as imperative to me that psychologists be good and interested citizens as they are psychologists. Life will be richer because of our involvement, and we can contribute more to others.
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