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January 23, 2021

Summary: The first virtual Board meeting of the year discussed each person’s role and their vision for the organization. Themes of the meeting were: sustainability strategies (grants or product-marketing); interests of the individuals which could lead to webinar creation; further audiences for the BPTI trainings and courses; and security of the information being gathered at the site.
Further notes are available at this link: Further notes of 2021 BPTI meeting

June 12, 2021

Summary: The second virtual Board meeting of the year was brought to order by Afua Forson, President. It discussed progress on several fronts.
Training site: Rich Mohrmann discussed the success of putting password protection on the training site, and the success in getting paypal payments to be accepted automatically for courses. He has solved the problems that occurred during the “handshake” between the training site and Survey Monkey, which contains the questionnaires.

Research: In George Ramos’ absence, Ruth discussed the decision to submit the paper on Latino participation in SUD treatment to the Journal of Organizational Psychology. She also mentioned the two other studies – one on SBIRT use by social workers, and the other on Ethical decision-making by social workers – which have begun. Several of the BPTI staff, including Tina, Tim, Dan, Richard, and Afua, will be helping write resulting papers when the studies are complete.

Data and Marketing: Ula had investigated the analytics of the database and was able to show that the average income from participants was $27, and that the courses had brought in approximately $2600 last year. This year, (2021) because of lack of advertising, only 10 courses for which payment was required have been completed. Ula states that the revision of the website to retain interest by users would be the first effort to increase user participation. Other avenues, brought up by other BPTI staff, are other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Youtube, and Linked In.

Prospective issues which were mentioned were: upcoming webinars, a proposal to eliminate royalties from the sale of courses, and the issue of intellectual property rights. A decision was made to refrain from expanding to ally with any other organizations (other than ASWB, NYSED, and OASAS,) for the time being.

September 3, 2021

Summary: The third virtual Board meeting of the year was brought to order by Afua Forson, President. In attendance were: R. Mohrmann, T. Iler, R. Campbell, R. Coleman, T. Campbell, G. Ramos, L. Rachlin, S. Dewan, A. Ross. Board members not in attendance were: D. Campbell. The meeting discussed policies and procedures for the upcoming webinars. It also discussed progress on the integration of the database with a Client Relationship Manager for mailings and progress on updating the website.

Webinars: The discussion communicated webinar policies for those new to the webinar presentations: Smita Dewan, Ph.D. and Allison Ross, Ph.D. Policies concerned payment ($125/hr), planned national distribution, the necessity of signing a contract, and creating a 15 question multiple choice posttest for the course. The contract suggests that creators will be allowing BPTI to use the recording for two years. Recordings will be cleared with ASWB for distribution nationally. Decisions concerning the use of chat and breakout rooms must be made by all webinar givers. Members of the continuing education committee will get royalties on course distribution.

Research: The Journal of Organizational Psychology turned out to be a Pay-to-Play, rather than a peer-reviewed journal, and neither S. Dewan nor G. Ramos wanted to pursue submission after that was discovered. After clearing the next submission with the other two authors, Ruth re-submitted the paper on Latino participation in SUD treatment to the Journal of Progressive Human Services in August, 2021. Both the SBIRT study and the Ethics study are continuing.

Data and Marketing: the website has been updated by Ula and Rich Morhmann. The website has a new look and feel because of Ula’s efforts. Tiles for the old webinars are now clickable links due to Rich’s work. SEO optimization will be improved by Ula and Julian. The Facebook page has been finalized by Ula-Ruth-Tina.

November 17, 2021

Data and Marketing: Ad hoc meeting between Rich and Ruth: Ula has made progress in setting up the mailing system. As a result the database is behind in accommodating direct information about people with two degrees or two mailing addresses. Rich said he will “dust off” the development environment of the database creation so that a solution can be found which will not disturb Ula’s work.
Webinars: The webinars are proceeding as planned. Dr. Dewan gave her 2 hour webinar on Nov 13th. There were 16 in attendance.
Research: The printing of letters for North Carolina NASW members (for SBIRT and Ethics research) has stalled because of PDQ printing shop move. Ruth will contact North Carolina NASW chapter to place 2 enewsletter reach-outs to NC NASW membership while the print delay is resolved.