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Psychology in the Corporate World: Embracing the Challenge

CE Credit: 1.5

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Length: 1 hour

The value and benefit that psychologists can provide in corporate settings is reviewed, and barriers that exist to hamper psychologists from fully utilizing their skills in corporate settings are discussed.  The roles that psychologists currently fill in the corporate world are described as are a broader range of human services activities within these corporate settings — services currently not often provided by psychologists.

As it is our belief that psychologists can make much more significant contributions, we share our perspectives on how optimal impact of psychological expertise in a corporate environment can be achieved.  Organizational support programs that make very strong contributions to corporations are presented with selected examples. Finally, we summarize our input and suggest possible next steps for consideration.

Learning Objective 1
Appreciate the need for greater representation and involvement of psychologists in corporate settings.

Learning Objective 2
Comprehend the roles psychologists currently play in corporate settings and the broader range of human services provided to corporate settings.

Learning Objective 3
Identify the organizational support programs, including specific examples that achieve optimal impact in corporate settings.

Presenters: Paul Banikiotes, PhD and Florence Gorsky, MSA

Dr. Paul Banikiotes received his BA (Cornell University), his MS and PhD (Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Purdue University) and completed his internship in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (University of Wisconsin Counseling Center). After 12 years in the academic setting, he joined ARD Corporation, a broad-based performance and productivity improvement company, as Vice President of Training and Organizational Development.  He subsequently added Chief Financial Officer to his responsibilities, and then became Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Board Member.  With the sale of the company, he co-founded ARD Consulting, a company focusing on Management and Organizational Development.

Florence Gorsky received her BS (City College of New York), MS (Speech and Communication, Purdue University), and her MSA (Business School, University of Notre Dame).  She entered the corporate world initially as a Director of Business Development for Renaissance Healthcare Corporation.  Within a short period of time, she took over leadership of Rehabilitation Services serving a multi-region area, becoming Corporate Vice President and serving on its Board of Directors. Subsequently, she became a Principal at ARD Consulting.