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Effective Advocacy – Making Every Voice Count!
Monday, January 08, 2024, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: Virtual Continuing Education Event

 Effective Advocacy – Making Every Voice Count!, 3.0 CE
Monday, January 8, 2024 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST on Zoom
Presented by Sheila Schuster, Ph.D. & Emily Beauregard, MPH, Rep. Lisa Willner, Ph.D. & Rep. Kim Banta

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Legislative advocacy – changing public policy to improve people’s lives – is important for health and mental health professionals, consumers, family members and community advocates. The legislative process - state and local - and ways to make policy change happen through advocacy will be described from the perspective of an experienced lobbyist/psychologist, policy analyst/advocate and legislators who knows Frankfort and local policy 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

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to...

  • Describe the “inner workings” of the legislative process at both state and local levels and identify the most effective communications and approaches with legislators and other policy-makers to achieve success.
  • List the context of the upcoming 2024 Kentucky General Assembly session and the issues likely to be of primary focus, such as expanding Medicaid 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 to assure equity in access to healthcare; and improving the mental health of our children and youth.
  • Describe various methods of educating policy-makers at state and local levels on issues of concern, generating the advocacy arguments that advocates’ priorities suggest, and the contributions that various stakeholders can make in mounting successful advocacy campaigns and working in partnership with policy-makers.

About the Presenters

 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, 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.


Emily Beauregard, MPH, became the Executive Director for Kentucky Voices for Health after years of active health coalition membership. Under her leadership, KVH has led successful campaigns to get more Kentuckians enrolled in health coverage, protect Medicaid from harmful work reporting requirements and other barriers to care, and build a stronger safety-net that meets the basic needs of all Kentuckians. Prior to joining Kentucky Voices for Health, Emily served as Director of Planning and Communications at the Kentucky Primary Care Association, where she worked on practice improvement, community development, policy advocacy, and communications with members and policy-makers. Emily holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Lisa Willner, Ph.D., is a graduate of Yale University and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Lisa is a strong advocate for mental health issues and until recently served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Psychology Association. Lisa also taught in the Psychology Department at Bellarmine University for nearly 20 years. Lisa was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2018. Since she began serving in 2019, she has served on the Education, Health and Family Services, Appropriations & Revenue Committees, and Medicaid Oversight Committees, as well as several legislative task forces.  She was the primary author of Trauma-Informed Schools legislation, and has worked on numerous mental health, public education, public safety, and maternal health initiatives.  She serves as chair of the House Democratic Women's Caucus.

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This workshop is appropriate for Psychologists, Social Workers, Other Mental Health Professionals

Registration Fees

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NO CE Credit Needed


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Event Location
This is a virtual event that will take place on Zoom - attendees will receive zoom details upon registration. 

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 22, 2023, will receive a 90% refund.  No refunds will be available after January 22, 2023. 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 3 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.