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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
This year’s Annual Appeal marks a milestone. In the New Year we will celebrate ICP’s 50th Anniversary, which commemorates the Institute receiving its first charter in 1973!
Since then, ICP has provided over one million hours of sliding-scale treatment to underserved patients and trained thousands of mental health professionals. If you’re reading this note you well know the breadth of the Institute’s commitment. Over the decades you’ve graduated from one of our programs or participated in ICP’s countless workshops. You’ve continued on for your licenses as therapists in the clinic. You’ve supervised or been on faculty or divisional committees. And, you’ve participated in ICP’s Annual Appeals which have added immeasurably to the growth of the Institute.
In September we welcomed the largest class of trainees in ICP’s history and in November forty-eight candidates graduated. Your support of last year’s Annual Appeal made a huge difference to the financial aid and scholarships that were awarded in our certificate programs. We also established five scholarships for BIPOC applicants and in doing so strengthened all our efforts toward a more diverse, inclusive community.
ICP’s 50th anniversary ushers in numerous foundational changes. The board of directors officially began its expansion and renewal which will include significant input and membership from the ICP community. A new position was established for a noted Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant to guide the Institute’s DEI initiatives. A new professional development position will widen the reach of ICP’s fundraising in order to better compensate community members at all levels of the Institute.
These significant changes need your support at a moment when the costs of investing in our Institute have become extraordinary. We are also building infrastructure, for effective hybrid learning – a new accessible website – sophisticated outreach for recruiting candidates and better internal ICP-wide communication for our community.
Our yearly scholarship drive and these new commitments truly need your participation.
So, when you contribute to this year’s Annual Appeal, please keep in mind the special moment we are in. It is a time to rejoin as a newly invigorated community, one in which we can celebrate ICP’s remarkable fifty-year history and, together, create a new history!
We wish you and your families healthy, peaceful and happy holidays.
All our best,
Ron Taffel, PhD
Chair, ICP Board of Directors
Andrea Green-Lewis LCSW-R
ICP Director of Operations