From the Public Interest Directorate

The APA's HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program is currently recruiting psychologists from across the country to become Regional HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Trainers.

Psychologists Sought to Train HOPE

Call for Nominations - 2002: Committee on Psychology and AIDS Leadership Awards


Psychologists Sought to Train HOPE

The American Psychological Association's (APA) HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program is currently recruiting psychologists from across the country to become Regional HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Trainers. Doctoral level psychologists with HIV-related clinical work, research, and training experience are encouraged to join an established faculty of trainers sponsored by the APA.

Established in 1991 by a three-year contract from the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the APA's HOPE Program is gearing up for another round of training. Very soon, the HOPE Program will receive an additional three years of funding which will support an update of the HOPE Training Resource Materials, recruitment of additional psychologist trainers, a national Train-the-Trainer Conference (NTC), and the development of a web-based, online continuing professional education program.

Applicants chosen to become HOPE Regional Trainers will receive state-of-the-science training materials developed in collaboration with national experts on HIV/AIDS and the mental health needs of diverse populations living with HIV/AIDS at the HOPE National Training-of Trainers Conference in New Orleans, LA, in the spring of 2003, dates to be announced. Additionally, those chosen can expect HOPE Program staff to offer timely technical assistance, information updates and help developing and setting up area training.

Because HOPE is nation-wide, Regional Trainers will be part of a collaborative network, and because HOPE is at the APA, trainers can offer CE credits to their program participants. All HOPE asks of its trainers is that they commit themselves to training at least 30 of their colleagues within three years after attending the NTC and completing the new 4-part, 4 hour, HIV online CE training! The APA Office of Continuing Professional Education awards continuing education credits for completion of both the NTC and the online training.

Application to become a HOPE Regional Trainer involves the submission of a curriculum vitae, a completed application form, and a letter describing the applicants HIV-related clinical work, training or lecture presentations, and research.

The HOPE Program has adopted an affirmative action approach to Regional Trainer recruitment. Qualified, doctoral level applicants will be chosen who reflect the diversity of the AIDS epidemic in terms of gender ethnicity, geographic location, and diverse populations served. Registration deadline is August 30, 2002.

To request an application or additional information, please contact Christopher Rowe, HOPE Program Training Director at the APA address, by phone at (202) 216-7603, or by email.

Call for Nominations - 2002 Committee on Psychology and AIDS Leadership Awards

The American Psychological Association (APA) Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) invites nominations for its first annual Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award. This award serves to actively demonstrate COPA's commitment to ensure issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS are kept at the forefront of psychological research, education, training, and practice.

Nominees will be identified as "emerging" or "distinguished" leaders in one or more areas of influence: service provision, research, teaching/mentoring, and policy/advocacy. Emerging leaders are psychologists who have received their doctorate within the past 10 years, have made substantial contributions to the field of HIV/AIDS, and show promise of an extensive, influential career. Distinguished leaders are psychologists who have worked for 10 years or more after receiving their doctorate. They should have a longstanding influence on HIV/AIDS issues and should be recognized leaders in the field. Two awards will be granted each year, one in the category of Emerging Leader and one in the category of Distinguished Leader.

The following categories are used to examine each candidate's work and qualifications for receiving an award. Successful candidates will have made significant contributions in one or more of the following areas:

Service Provision

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in the delivery of psychological services to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and/or the delivery of technical or support services to community agencies that provide a range of HIV/AIDS-related services to individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Psychological services to people living with HIV/AIDS may include both treatment and prevention, and technical and support services to community agencies may include a range of activities such as program evaluation and development, needs assessment, and training. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort in providing direct psychological/support services; developing, directing and/or supervising psychological or support services; and creating or expanding venues/organizations that deliver psychological/support services.

Research

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in the conduct and dissemination of high-quality research in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care, and/or policy. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort in conducting innovative quantitative or qualitative research that increases our general knowledge and understanding of specific HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care, or policy issues; developing innovative research methodologies that enhance HIV/AIDS-related research; developing theory or conceptual models that are useful in guiding HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care, or policy efforts; and advancing the transfer of scientific knowledge related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment/care to community agencies and providers.

Teaching/Mentoring

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in educating psychologists or students in psychology about HIV/AIDS practice, research, and/or policy. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort in providing various forms of mentorship for psychologists and students of psychology working in the area of HIV/AIDS; developing and teaching innovative university/secondary school courses on HIV/AIDS related topics; developing and conducting training workshops on HIV/AIDS related topics; developing HIV/AIDS curriculum used in the training of psychologists or students of psychology; and publishing educational texts designed to advance the knowledge and involvement of psychologists in combating HIV/AIDS.

Policy/Advocacy

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in policy/advocacy-related activities that improve the welfare of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and/or improves the delivery of prevention services to individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Specific activities under this category may include, but are not limited to, leadership or outstanding effort with respect to promoting legislation that improves the welfare of all people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, improving the delivery of prevention services to individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS; advocating for the rights of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; advocating for the delivery of HIV prevention services to under-served populations; challenging the discrimination and harassment of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; increasing the representation of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in psychology and science; and/or increasing the recognition of the need for professional organizations to include HIV/AIDS-related issues in their policies and procedures.

Procedures for Making Nominations

All nominations must include a brief statement of support for the nominee (500-word maximum), a current vita, and three letters of reference. Reference letters should indicate whether the candidate is being nominated as an emerging or a distinguished leader, as well as the categories in which the candidate has made contributions (service provision, research, teaching/mentoring, and/or policy/advocacy). Additionally, letters should address the nominees' leadership activities, contributions, and scope of influence that advance knowledge for and about people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as knowledge associated with slowing the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Current COPA members, members of APA's Board of Directors, and individuals who have announced candidacy for APA President are not eligible. Current COPA members cannot make nominations. Award recipients, selected by current members of COPA, will be announced at the APA Convention in Chicago, Illinois, in August 2002 and will receive a plaque during a reception in the Public Interest Suite.

Nominations and supporting materials must be postmarked by Friday, May 31, 2002. Incomplete nominations, and materials sent after the deadline, will not be reviewed. Send nominations materials to Robert Beverly, Office on AIDS, at the APA address.