NCPA is proud to announce our Leadership Formation Academy which is the brainchild of Dr. Tonya Armstrong, Former Past President of NCPA. 

  1. Purpose of the Academy
  2. Areas of Leadership Development
  3. Mentors for the Leadership Academy
  4. Format of the Academy
  5. Application Process
  6. Questions

Purpose of the Academy

The purpose of the NCPA Leadership Formation Academy is to develop, diversify, and enhance the leadership and ownership capacity of our NCPA members at every career stage seeking to make lasting contributions to psychology, NCPA, and their respective fields.  Participants will be identified through the application process outlined below. Participation is free, although participants will be responsible for any travel costs.  Successful participants will maintain a long-term commitment to NCPA leadership in some capacity as well as reflect growth and innovation in areas where their psychological acumen and passion converge.

Areas of Leadership Development

Public Sector


Independent Practice

Legislative Advocacy

Academic Administration

SPTA/APA Governance

Mentors for the Leadership Academy

We will need to secure the commitments of at least a handful of mentors prior to launch in order to maximize interest in the program.  In addition to virtual attendance at the retreat and three small group meetings, mentors will be asked to participate in one 1- to 2-hour planning meeting prior to the retreat.  We also request that mentors complete an evaluation form for each participant in their small group at the end of the formation year. Please click here to read more information about being a mentor.

Format of the Academy

All selected participants will attend the initial full-group retreat scheduled for September 2020 from 9am to 4pm (specific date and time TBD).  Topics addressed during the initial retreat include:

  • Conceptualizing and contextualizing leadership
  • Understanding the rationale for leadership development
  • Defining leadership spheres across sectors
  • Examining the past, present, and future of NCPA leadership
  • Appreciating the benefits and costs of leadership
  • Embracing the importance of diversity and inclusion in our leadership initiatives
  • Discovering our own leadership styles

Following the initial retreat, small groups will meet on the following (tentative) Saturdays from 9am to 12pm

December 2020

March 2021

June 2021

In addition to attending each meeting, participants will be expected to complete any readings or reflections assigned by their mentors. At the end of the fourth session, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will receive guidance in identifying potential leadership opportunities in NCPA.

Application Process

Click here to access the application. A cover letter, CV, and application will be due by July 31.  Academy participants will be selected by August 31.


Contact Tonya Armstrong, Past President, [email protected]; or Martha Turner-Quest, Executive Director, [email protected].