From the Education Directorate

The Committee on Accreditation (CoA) is currently recruiting accreditation site visitors and is inviting nominations.

Accreditation Site Visitors Needed

The Committee on Accreditation (CoA) is currently recruiting accreditation site visitors. The site visit is an essential and unique step in the accreditation process, and as such site visitors serve a critical role in providing information to the CoA about the quality of educational programs. Site visitors act as the "eyes and ears" of the Committee. It is through the written report of the site visitors that it is possible to verify self-study information and receive a perspective about the program operation that can only be obtained through direct observation. The criteria for becoming an accreditation site visitor are available at the accreditation site.

Prior to participating in the site visit process, prospective site visitors must first receive training. Training typically consists of a one-day workshop including both didactic and experiential exposure to the Guidelines and Principles of Accreditation and the role and functions of the site visitor.

The CoA invites nominations of individuals to serve as APA accreditation site visitors. In submitting a nomination, the nominator should provide a brief statement about why he or she thinks the nominee has the appropriate background and personal qualities to be included in the site visitor pool. Self-nominations are welcome. Please mail statement along with a current vita to the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at the APA address.

The CoA makes a special effort to ensure diversity among site visitors. Therefore, the Committee strongly encourages the nomination of women and members of underrepresented groups. For more information, contact Betsy Horrocks by email or call her at (202) 336-5995.

$2 Million Appropriation for the First Graduate Psychology Education Program

The Education Directorate is pleased to announce its success in establishing the Graduate Psychology Education program in the Bureau of Health Professions through our appropriations initiative this year. This initiative was the highest advocacy priority for the Education Directorate, and is the first federal program targeted to graduate education in psychology. In addition, it clearly recognizes the part of psychology that is a health profession. This appropriation is for $2 million, and represents a first step in the Education Directorate's long range goals for this program. Special thanks go to Nina Levitt, Director of Education Policy, and the rest of the Public Policy Office, for their hard work on our behalf.

The GPE program is a competitive grant program for accredited graduate programs, internships and postdoctoral residencies to train health service psychologists. It will provide awards for training to work with under-served populations, including children, the elderly, victims of abuse, the chronically ill or disabled and in areas of emerging needs. Its goal is to foster an integrated approach to health care services, address access for underserved populations, and build on the interrelatedness of behavior and health.