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2021 Effective Advocacy - Every Voice Counts!
Monday, January 11, 2021, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: In-Person Continuing Education Event

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Workshop Details

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Effective Advocacy - Every Voice Counts!, 2 CE

Presented by Sheila Schuster, Ph.D.

Legislative advocacy – changing public policy to improve people’s lives – is important for health and mental health professionals, consumers, family members and advocates. The legislative process and ways to make policy change happen through advocacy will be described from the perspective of an experienced lobbyist/psychologist, legislators who knows Frankfort well. Questions to be addressed: “How can I make my voice be heard? Why get into the game? How can I become a player? How can I influence the outcome?” Skill Level: Beginning

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the “inner workings” of the legislative process and identify the most effective communications with legislators and other policy-makers, particularly with the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • List the issues of primary focus in the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly session, such as a one-year budget; maintaining the Medicaid Expansion; services and supports for those with disabilities; issues of racial inequity and social justice which impact our most vulnerable Kentuckians; measures to improve the health of the Commonwealth; and school and community safety.
  • Describe various methods of educating legislators and policy-makers on issues of concern, generating the advocacy arguments which advocates’ legislative priorities suggest, and the contributions which various stakeholders and coalition members can make in mounting a successful advocacy campaign as critical members of the public policy team.

About the Presenter:

Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who served for many years as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator and Legislative Liaison for the KY Psychological Association. Dr. Schuster also represents a number of mental health and health care organizations in Frankfort. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Advocacy Action Network, an umbrella organization encompassing the work of the KY Mental Health Coalition, the Medicaid Consortium, and the United 874K Disabilities Coalition. Dr. Schuster also serves as Board Chair of Kentucky Voices for Health, a statewide coalition whose mission is to improve the health of Kentuckians. Additional presenters may include members of the Kentucky General Assembly, staff of the KY Legislative Research Commission (LRC) and others who advocate in Frankfort on health/mental health/disabilities/social justice issues.


The presentation is intended for mental health, health and public health professionals and students, as well as for professionals in related fields and for consumers, family members, and advocates interested in influencing public policy. The information gained is applicable across settings, as advocacy is a useful tool to understand and master, regardless of the specific focus of personal and professional activities and interests.

Registration Fees

Registrant Type Registration
January 10
   CE Credit Needed $30
   No CE Credit Needed FREE

Event Location

It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that KPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on/before January 4, 2021, will receive a 90% refund. Cancellations received between Jan. 5, 2021 and Jan. 10, 2021, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds available after January 10, 2021. All refund requests must be in writing to KPA, 8004 Lyndon Centre Way, Suite 202, Louisville, KY 40222 or [email protected]

CE Credits/Attendance

This program has been approved for 2 CE credits by the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA). 

KPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. KPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. KPA is also an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. 

Social Workers & Art Therapists:
KPA is an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Professional Art Therapists. (Provider #1004)

Pastoral Counselors: 
KPA is approved to offer Continuing Education to Pastoral Counselors as stated in 201 KAR 38:070, Section 3(1)(b) as an approved KBEP provider.

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Contact: KPA Central Office - [email protected], 502-894-0777