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The word "Jegna" is a translation from the ancient kingdom of Abyssinian. In the African culture, Jegna is a title of distinction. The word Jegna has been translated into English as meaning: hero, warrior, soldier, courage, strength and protection of our culture, land and people, and elder.

Jegna (Jegnoch, plural) are those special people who have:

  • been tested in struggle or battle,
  • demonstrated extraordinary and unusual fearlessness,
  • shown determination and courage in protecting his/her people, land and culture,
  • shown diligence and dedication to our people,
  • produced exceptionally high quality work,
  • dedicated themselves to the protection, defense, nurturance, and development of our young by advancing our people, place and culture

A Jegna is a person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential, and whose life continues to have within it promise for and connection to the future. A Jegna is a person who deserves respect and honor and whose work it is to synthesize wisdom from life long experience and formulate this into a legacy for future generations.


Are you a student who desires a jegna?
Are you a professional who has a desire to be a jegna to students?


The Virtual Jegnaship Program is a new mentorship program created to help connect student members and professional members of the ABPSI. This is facilitated through monthly correspondence via telephone or e-mail contact. This virtual mentoring is a wonderful way to give back to the Student Circle. Jegnaship is a vital part of creating and maintaining relationships between students and professionals.

Want to get involved?

To learn more about the program, please contact the Student Circle Jegnaship Chair: jegnaship@abpsi.org.



The Jegnaship committee conducts a roundtable program, during each National ABPsi convention. This exciting event gives students an opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversations with ABPsi professional members, academicians and clinicians. Professional members speak to students about a range of topics that are relevant to their developmental stage. This event allows students to utilize the expertise that our professional members have as well as providing a unique networking opportunity for students!