2006 Distinguished Illinois Psychologist Awardee
It is my pleasure to present this year's Distinguished Illinois Psychologist Award. Our awardee, Dr. John Blattner, is currently completing his term as Past-President of IPA after a very productive year as President.
For years people attempted to convince John to run for President of IPA. As many of you know, he had a long and successful career as Chair of the Consulting Section. As Chair for nearly a decade he created a number of programs that continue today. For example his Consulting Café brought members together on a regular basis to hear a range of impressively credentialed speakers. He also created a Consulting section listerv that allowed section leaders to communicate with members as well as member-to-member communication. People who experienced these programs wanted John to bring this kind of thinking to the entire IPA.
When John finally decided to run for IPA President he did so only after organizing his life so that he would have the time to dedicate to the position and after consulting with his family to ensure their support. John was the first person to run for this office who put together a website so that members could see his position on issues and his plans for the IPA.
John brought a wide range of experience to his presidency. A short list of his experience includes working for years as a clinician treating individuals, couples and families. He initiated and managed effective EAP programs at five companies. He has treated individuals with chemical dependence and has performed DUI evaluations for the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance abuse. He has trained pre- and post- doctoral students and has provided consultation and training to clinical staff. As a consultant John provides individual coaching and developmental plans. He develops and delivers executive retreats and seminars. He initiates organizational assessments and assesses individuals for executive positions. Some of his earliest experiences in the field began in the military where he was given the Army Commendation Medal and honorably discharged in 1973.
John drew on these professional experiences during his presidential year. He began a strategic planning process that continues today. To ensure that this process was successful, he brought two senior consultants, Drs. Bernie Liebowitz and Gene Morrissy, to a number of Council meetings to help facilitate this process. These experts volunteered their time to help us and I am personally very indebted to them for their help. John also managed to find funds to help us conduct a membership survey and upgrade the office computer system and hardware. John has an appreciation for the need to encourage participation in the association by minorities, students and early career psychologists. He has brought new blood into the association as can be seen by our executive committee, half of whom had never served in an executive position before.
So with that I would like to call Dr. Blattner to the podium and present him with the 2006 IPA Distinguished Psychologist Award.