Happy New Year Everyone!

I trust that everyone enjoyed the holiday season, having good times with family and friends. We wish you and yours continued love, happiness, and prosperity in 2019!

The President’s Corner is a monthly feature designed to bring an overview of HABPsi’s projects, events and activities, share trending topics and integrate philosophies of psychology.

As the new 2019 president of HABPsi, I look forward to serving our organization and community. I will endeavor to bring fresh new ideas to stimulate, motivate, inspire moving forward in addressing the mental health needs in accordance with our culture, heritage and the mission of the National Association of Black Psychologists.

January 2019 to December 2019, commemorates the African American Quad-Centennial of the official arrival of the ship carrying the first enslaved people of African descent. Pastor Aswad Walker of the Houston Shrine of the Black Madonna Orthodox Christian Church, will share at our Members’ Brunch more about the 40Q and the role of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (1915 Founders of Black History Month) and what 40Q means. This will be a year of health, healing and transformation for people of African ancestry. Please brainstorm about a HABPsi theme for 2019 that can help focus our energies.

The Houston Association of Black Psychologists is seeking sponsors, underwriters, donors, and partners for our 2019 activities. Please bring your ideas, positive energy and participation to make things happen.

A New Year brings things anew. If you have not seen our new website, I invite you to visit www.Houstonabpsi.org. What else is new? You can now renew your membership online. Please go to the ‘Membership’ section on the website and follow the directions. It’s quick and easy with a PayPal account and will meet eligibility for HABPsi’s upcoming election on February 9, 2019. Your support will allow HABPsi renew our national membership to ABPsi.

HABPsi will institute a Member-of-the-Month each month feature on our website. Featured member for January is Dr. Lesajean Jennings. Please feel free to nominate someone or yourself.

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, we will host our ‘Houston Association of Black Psychologists Brunch – For Mental Health Professionals at Lucille’s of Houston, 11:00 am, This members-only brunch is being generously underwritten by one of our sponsors. I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting of the year!

I encourage you to become more active in HABPsi so we share in the work and the play. There will be opportunities for volunteering to impact mental health in our community, fun social activities like after work happy hours, a Christmas gathering or soiree, picnic/pool party, etc. We have a great year ahead with many exciting things on the horizon! We would like for you to be a part of all the great things coming our way in 2019!

– Anelle Williams, HABPsi President