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More than 80 division leaders and members of APA’s Board of Directors came together at APA’s Annual Division Leadership Conference to exchange information about common interests and opportunities for collaboration.

2002 Division Leadership Conference

APA’s Annual Division Leadership Conference was held in Washington, DC, January 18th through 20th. More than 80 division leaders and members of APA’s Board of Directors came together to exchange information about common interests and opportunities for collaboration. Friday evening’s reception and dinner with a goal setting session offered the first of those opportunities.

APA President Dr. Phil Zimbardo and President-elect Dr. Robert Sternberg each shared information on their presidential initiatives urging divisions to become active participants in associated activities and programs. As in past years, APA’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Raymond Fowler updated attendees on the overall health of APA, and Chief Financial Officer Charles (Jack) McKay discussed financial reporting issues impacting divisions.

Interactive sessions were offered during three breakout sessions. Of particular note in this year’s sessions was Exploring the Internet and the Web featuring Dr. Ron Wood, Web Master and Listserv Administrator for Division 28, and Robert Catenor, Information Systems Support Specialist in APA’s MIS Department. Dr Wood and Robert demonstrated creative ways of deigning and using web pages to convey information and how to efficiently create and use listservs to conduct division business.

Saturday afternoon offered a two-hour session on The APA Convention 2002: New Format and Structure. Along with CODAPAR member Dr. Rodney Baker, Dr. Michael Honaker, and Board of Convention Affairs members Drs. Rochelle Balter and Michael Haley, addressed concerns and questions about the new convention format.

Division presidents-elect and members of the Board of Directors attended dinners at some of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants on Saturday evening, with each dinner hosted by a member of CODAPAR. The dinners always offer an opportunity for informal conversation, new connections among conference participants, and give CODAPAR members a chance to better know the new division leaders. The next opportunity for division leaders and CODAPAR members to meet will at the 2002 APA Convention at a breakfast scheduled for Friday, August 23rd, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

This year, special recognition goes to Dr. Ed Cairns, President-elect of Division 48, Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology, for most miles traveled to attend the DLC. Dr. Cairns traveled to Washington from Coletrain, Northern Ireland to attend the conference. He certainly earned his frequent flyer miles!

Mark your calendars now for DLC 2003: January 17th-19th, Washington, D.C.

Council Establishes Division 55 as a Permanent APA Division

At its February 2002 meeting, Council voted to approve the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (Division 55) as a permanent division. The division was initially approved in February 2000 and has demonstrated its organizational viability over the past two years. We commend the division’s leadership for the hard work that went into the drive for division status and we congratulate and welcome it as part of the American Psychological Association.

Council New Business Items from February 2002

The Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) provides the following information to division officers to increase the awareness of and opportunity for division input to governance issues that are on the current agendas of APA boards and committees. What follows is a summary of new business items submitted between the close of the August 2001 and February 2002 sessions of Council. The Agenda Planning Group, which is made up of the chairs of APA standing boards, the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council, CODAPAR (representing division interests), the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (representing state/provincial interests), the Committee on Legal Issues and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), met on February 17th to review the items received and refer them to APA groups for consideration.

Divisions are invited to comment on these items. Summary statements for each item appear below, along with a list of the APA boards and committees to which the item was referred. The board or committee appearing in bold has been designated lead group for the item, although in some cases two or more boards may share the lead. Divisions may obtain a copy of any of the Council new business items listed below by contacting the Division Services Office. Division comment on an item should be directed to the lead board or committee at the APA address.

The board/committee acronyms used in the listing are:

APAGS - American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

BAPPI - Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest

BEA - Board of Educational Affairs

BPA - Board of Professional Affairs

BSA - Board of Scientific Affairs

CAPP - Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

CIRP – Committee on International Relations in Psychology

CODAPAR – Committee on Division/APA Relations

COLI - Committee on Legal Issues

CRSPP – Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology

CSFC - Committee on the Structure and Function of Council

P&P - Policy and Planning Board

Item 27A: Financial Support for the Archives of the History of American Psychology – This item recommends that APA provide an annual contribution of $50,000 to support the Archives of the History of American Psychology.
Referred to: BEA, BSA and History Oversight Committee

Item 27B: Culture and Gender Awareness in International Psychology – This item asks that the Council of Representatives adopt the position paper “Culture and Gender Awareness in International Psychology” as APA policy. APA legal counsel has determined that the paper could be reasonably construed as guidelines and will undergo the review process outlined in Association Rule 100-1.5.
Referred to: CIRP, BAPPI, BPA, BSA and COLI

Item 27D: Disclaimer for Guidelines Documents – This item recommends that the text provided in the main motion be included as a required disclaimer clause for any practice or treatment guidelines promulgated by a division or the association.
Referred to: BPA, BEA, CAPP, CODAPAR, COLI and P&P

Item 27E: Statement on Specialization in Professional Psychology – This item recommends that Council endorse a statement developed and adopted for use by Division 42 that has to do with APA’s formal recognition of specialties and proficiencies in professional practice and the protection of the right to engage in general practice.
Referred to: CRSPP, BEA, BPA, CAPP and COLI

Item 27F: Eligibility for Service on the Board of Directors – This item recommends that the APA Bylaws be amended in such a way as to prevent a member-at-large of the Board of Directors from seeking reelection to a second consecutive term.
Referred to: Election Committee, CAPP, CSFC, CODAPAR and P&P

Item 27G: Council Contingency Discretionary Fund – This item recommends that Council appoint a committee to review requests from the Council Contingency Discretionary Fund. Unanimous approval by the committee would place the item on the Council consent agenda. Council would take up any items not unanimously approved.
Referred to: CSFC

Item 27H: Expenditure of Council Time – This item recommends that Council elect a committee of Council to review requests for money from the Council’s Contingency Discretionary Fund and present those approved unanimously as a package for Council’s vote.
Referred to: CSFC

Item 27I: Timely Action by Council on Pending New Business – This item recommends that Council new business items be returned for Council action within 3 years of their introduction.
Referred to: CSFC and P&P

Item 27J: Increase Resources for Communications Missions – This item recommends that Council allocate additional money for augmenting the current programs aimed at raising the public’s awareness of psychology and psychologists. $2,200,000 per year is requested for a new staff position (state media relations officer) and extending the scope of the Public Education Campaign.
Referred to: CAPP, BEA, P&P and Finance

Item 27K: Culture of Giving – This recommends that the Board of Directors develop a plan for a culture of giving, i.e., systematic member donations.
Referred to: CAPP, BAPPI, BEA, BSA, P&P, Finance

Item 27L: Better Use of Division and SPPA Members with Communications Talent and Interests – This item recommends that each division generate a list of members with talent in relating to the media. In addition, each division and state psychological association would be asked to establish a media response network that could receive materials from APA and distribute them to local media outlets.
Referred to: CODAPAR and CAPP, APAGS

Item 27M: Increase Field in the APA Database to Include Categories of Scientific Expertise – This item suggests that the APA membership database be extended to include categories of scientific expertise on members’ records. This information would be used to search for expertise on a particular issue or topic.
Referred to: BSA, APAGS, BEA and CODAPAR

Item 27N: Increase Media Staff in Science Writing – This item recommends the inclusion of, at minimum, a half-time staff position in science writing to inform the public and government agencies about research findings in psychology.
Referred to: BSA and CODAPAR

Item 27O: Increase Science Directorate Public Policy Staff – This item recommends the creation of a new position in the Science Directorate that would be responsible for compiling names of scientists with expertise in various areas of concern and information on scientific findings on which to base of APA policy statements.
Referred to: BSA, BEA and CODAPAR

27P: Develop Mechanisms to Identify Critical Issues That Need to Be Informed by Research – This item recommends that APA should develop mechanisms for identifying critical issues that need to be informed by research, encourage scientists to undertake research in these areas and encourage funding agencies to support the research.

Item 27Q: Enhancing Future of APA – This item recommends that Council institutionalize the use of breakout groups at each Council meeting.
Referred to: CSFC and BEA

Item 27R: Office of Strategic Planning and Vision – This item asks Council to establish an Office of Strategic Planning and Vision, which would collect relevant futures information to help Council lead APA.
Referred to: P&P

Item 27S: Accountability to Vision and Goals – This item recommends that the Council new business form be revised to request that the mover identify the strategic goal toward which the item is directed.
Referred to: CSFC and P&P

Item 27T: More Proactive Involvement with Other Disciplines, Organizations, Media and Political Bodies – This item requests regular updates for Council on interactions with other disciplines, organizations, media and political bodies.
Referred to: CSFC

Item 27U: Feedback on Past Items’ Progress in Terms of Strategic Goals – This item requests that Council be provided information on the progress of planning priorities and strategic goals.
Referred to: CSFC and P&P

Item 27V: More Involvement from Council of Representative Members – This item requests that Council be provided ongoing information on APA activities and given opportunities to discuss issues in between Council meetings via the Internet.
Referred to: CSFC

Item 27W: Institutionalizing Change – This item recommends that 2-4 hours of time at Council meetings be set aside to focus on future issues.
Referred to: CSFC

Item 27X: Future Information – This item recommends that information such as demographic, ecological and technological trends be sent to Council in preparation for planning.
Referred to: CSFC

Item 27Y: Future of APA (International) – This item recommends that APA should prepare and disseminate relevant statements to international groups involved with health, education and welfare of the world.
Referred to: CIRP

Item 27Z: Add Education to APA Mission Statement – The item recommends that the APA bylaws be amended to add “education” to APA’s mission statement.
Referred to: BEA and P&P

I-O Psychology Course Materials Offered at SIOP Website

Teachers of introductory psychology courses can turn to the Internet for assistance in finding custom-made material for integrating industrial-organizational psychology into their curricula.

I-O psychology is the branch of psychology that deals with behavioral aspects in the workplace. The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which is Division 14 of the American Psychology Association, has created a series of learning modules that are designed to complement many of the topics typically covered in introductory psychology courses.

Each module is a downloadable PowerPoint file that contains approximately 40 minutes of lecture material, along with 10-minute small-group classroom exercises. Also included are background information and key references for each topic; material intended to make it easier for the instructor to prepare for the unit.

In all there are nine modules, covering such areas as leadership and gender stereotypes, workplace diversity, evaluating work performance, sexual harassment and work teams. Two more are being developed and should be completed by May 1, 2002. Also, other module topics are being considered.

“These are self-contained courses and easy to use,” said SIOP member Dr. Todd Harris, a consultant with the Continuous Learning Group in Everett, MA. “SIOP’s goal is to assist faculty in introducing students to I-O psychology as part of their courses.”

He noted that SIOP’s Education and Training Committee, in developing the instructor’s guide, focused on three guiding themes. “Those include I-O psychologists helping employers deal with employees fairly, making jobs more interesting and satisfying and helping workers be more productive,” Harris said.

And, he noted SIOP is developing new modules to make the guide even more useful for faculty. The instructor’s guide can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.siop.org. Just click on “Publications” and go to “Introductory Guide for Introducing Industrial-Organizational Psychology.”

For further information, contact Dr. Harris at 617-290-5686 or Todd Harris.

2002 Deadlines for Articles for The APA/Division Dialogue

Please submit copy on diskette or via email to Courtney Leyendecker

May/June: April 15, 2002
July/August: June 17, 2002
September/October: August 19, 2002
November/December: October 14, 2002

Committee on Division/APA Relations

Gloria B. Gottsegen, PhD, Chair
Divisions: 12, 29, 38, 39, 42, 46, 52, 55

Keith O. Yeates, PhD, Vice-Chair
Divisions: 5, 8, 23, 26, 27, 40, 43, 53, 54

Gary R. Brooks, PhD
Divisions: 13, 18, 20, 22, 31, 33, 41, 50, 51

Angelo S. DeNisi, PhD
Divisions: 1, 14, 15, 19, 21, 24, 25, 34

Mary E. Kite, PhD
Divisions: 2, 3, 6, 7, 28, 35, 44, 47, 48

Ilene Serlin, PhD
Divisions: 9, 10, 16, 17, 30, 32, 36, 37, 45

Charles L. Brewer, PhD
Board of Directors Liaison

Division Services Staff

Laura Anibal Braceland, Division Services Coordinator
Keith Cooke, Division Services Manager
Penny Harrison, Division Services Assistant
Sarah Jordan, Director, Divisions Services
Courtney Leyendecker, Division Services Officer

Online References for Division Officers

Here is what’s available for you on our website…

Information on soliciting votes for the APA apportionment ballot, the Division Leadership Conference program and administrative agreements between APA and divisions can be found at APA divisions.