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The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) is a member-driven organization. More than a fourth of our active members volunteer with the organization in some way. Volunteering with CPNP can help you develop management and leadership skills as well as network with other psychiatric and neurologic pharmacists. By interacting and sharing ideas and experiences with other practitioners, we can strengthen our organization and raise awareness of our specialty focus. Our volunteers have found their participation both personally and professionally rewarding.

The range of volunteer opportunities includes committee membership, peer review of articles and abstracts, field testing of continuing education offerings, and authorship. Applications are now being accepted for committee and editorial board opportunities. CPNP’s volunteer opportunities center contains postings representing openings for the 2018-2019 committee year. Applications to 2018-2019 editorial boards and standing committees will be accepted through January 8, 2018. Selections will be made and announced in late February 2018 with a volunteer start date of April 21 when the committees meet on-site at the CPNP 2018 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. After the initial in-person meeting, collaboration is facilitated by regular conference calls.

Even those who cannot volunteer can appreciate the broad range of work being done to advance the profession. The "Committees and Task Forces" page of the web site lists all active groups and their charges.

Additional ad hoc opportunities for involvement such as joining and contributing to a CPNP community, peer review of articles and abstracts, field testing and authorship are always available year round and can provide a way to explore options without a significant time commitment. The “Overview of Opportunities for Members” webpage provides a quick summary of current opportunities as well as information on the benefits of volunteering. Open opportunities are announced weekly via an email to CPNP members. Serving as a peer reviewer for Annual Meeting abstracts or for the Mental Health Clinician (MHC) is a popular way for members to contribute while also furthering their own skills. If you are ready to contribute even more to the profession, then the next step is to actually present a poster at the Annual Meeting or author a manuscript for the MHC. Initiatives like those require significant volunteer support to thrive, and we welcome all CPNP members to become meaningful contributors.

To become a leader in the organization takes time and dedication. Start by volunteering as a reviewer or author, and then consider committee and editorial possibilities. As you demonstrate your commitment and expertise, the leadership will work to find an outlet for your passion and professional priorities.

Volunteering allows you to generously donate your knowledge, experience, time, and energy to an issue or topic important to you. Your work may inspire others to also volunteer and help our organization grow. Whether you are interested in collaborative research opportunities, developing your skills as a clinical writer, or want to contribute to a current committee, you have the ability to shape our organization and improve psychiatric care for patients in the future.

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