From the Education Directorate

Continuing resolutions, budget caps, special projects, soft and hard earmarks—what do these things have to do with psychology? Everything.

Special Invitation to APA Division Members

By: Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, Executive Director, APA Education Directorate and Nina G. Levitt, EdD, Director, Education Policy, APA Public Policy Office

WHAT? The Annual APA Education Advocacy Breakfast Meeting and Presentation:
“Fighting for Graduate Psychology Education Funding: Surviving the Annual Appropriations Battle”

WHEN? Saturday, August 9th (7:30–9:00 AM)

WHERE? APA Convention in Toronto—Fairmont Royal York Hotel (Confederation Rooms 5&6)

Continuing resolutions, budget caps, special projects, soft and hard earmarks—what do these things have to do with psychology? Everything. All federal grant programs, such as the Bureau of Health Professions’ Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program, must survive the annual appropriations battles in Congress. Every year, 13 appropriations bills must be passed (one way or another) by Congress, and this includes the Labor, Health, Human Services and Education bill that contains the Bureau of Health Professions’ GPE Program. Those are the dry facts. But, what’s really happening behind the scenes as Congress and the Administration battle the annual budget and sometimes threaten to “close the government”?

Come and find out the reality behind the headlines and sound bites. Most importantly, find out what you can do to protect and even increase federal funding for the GPE program. This year we are very pleased to have Evan Knisely, Associate Vice President for Van Scoyoc Associates—one of the top appropriations consulting firms in Washington, DC—as our keynote presenter for the annual breakfast meeting. Sharing fascinating stories from “behind the scenes,” Mr. Knisely will not only explain how the annual process really works and how difficult it is for psychology to get a “win”—but why it’s the biggest game in town and how you can help us keep our place at the table!

As always, the breakfast is free and open to members of the Education Advocacy Grassroots Network, and all other interested individuals. Because we anticipate a large turnout, please be sure to RSVP not later than Friday, August 1st.

Again, we sincerely hope that you will be able to join us for the breakfast meeting. As you know, the annual meeting not only enables us to share information directly with you, but also gives us an opportunity to gather important feedback and support from psychologists in the field.

As noted above, in order to ensure adequate room and catering arrangements, please RSVP by Friday, August 1st, either by email or phone (202-312-6483).

Thanks so very much for your prompt reply—we look forward to seeing you in Toronto!


New Proficiencies Recognized, Specialty Reaffirmed

Upon the recommendation of the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP), the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association at the February 2003 meeting recognized Sport Psychology and the Assessment and Treatment of Serious Mental Illness as proficiencies in professional psychology. In addition, the Council reaffirmed recognition of Industrial and Organizational Psychology as a specialty in professional psychology.

The present policies and procedures of the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) require that each proficiency and specialty approved in February 2003 reapply for continued recognition on or before February 2010.

The Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) was pleased to recommend and facilitate this process for approval and recognition. For more information about CRSPPP, the recognition process, and a listing and description of other recognized specialties and proficiencies, visit the website at the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) or contact the Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training at 202-336-5967.


APA Convention Plans

The Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC) invites members of the APA Divisions to attend these sessions while in Toronto:

Friday, August 8, 2003

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 201D

Innovative Community College Teaching Methods

Moderator: Tonja Ringgold, EdD, Baltimore City Community College
Panelists: L. William Cheney, Community College of Rhode Island, Incorporating
Interactive Activities into a Career Planning Course
Beverly Burton, Piedmont Technical College, Groups in Cyberspace

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 201D

Hosting Conferences and Workshops for Community College Faculty and Students

Moderator: Donna Duffy, PhD, Middlesex Community College
Panelists: Jerry Rudmann, PhD, Coastline Community College
Pat Puccio, EdD, College of DuPage

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Psi Beta/PT@CC hospitality suite

Join us for light refreshments and a Conversation Hour

Resources for Community College Teachers

Moderator: Jerry Rudmann, Coastline Community College
Panelists: Ann Ewing, PhD, Mesa Community College;Donna Duffy, PhD, Middlesex Community College; Robert Johnson, PhD, Umpqua Community College;Pat Puccio, EdD, College of DuPage;Tonja Ringgold, EdD, Baltimore City Community College

Saturday, August 9, 2003

11:00 am – 11:50 am
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 201D

Using the New Student Outcome Standards in Psychology to Improve Student Learning

Moderator: Robert Johnson, PhD, Umpqua Community College
Panelists: Jerry Rudmann, PhD, Coastline Community College; Donna Duffy, PhD, Middlesex Community College

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 201D

The Last Lecture

Moderator: Patricia Puccio, EdD, College of DuPage
Panelists: Jane Halonen, PhD, James Madison University; Barney Beins, PhD, Ithaca College; David Murphy, EdD, Waubonsee Community College

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 201D

PT@CC Invited Address

Diane F. Halpern, PhD, Claremont McKenna College, What Inquiring Minds Want to
Know: Can We Teach Thinking?

Moderator: Ann Ewing, PhD, Mesa Community College

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Psi Beta/PT@CC Hospitality Suite

Reception for Diane Halpern

Detailed information about the APA Convention will appear soon on the Education Directorate Web site.


Committee on Accreditation’s Convention Open Forum

The Board of Education Affairs (BEA) allocated two hours to the Committee on Accreditation (CoA) to hold a public forum on accreditation issues at the 2003 APA Convention in Toronto, Canada. The session, entitled: Open Forum on Accreditation: Emerging Substantive Areas will include a 20-30 minute presentation by CoA representatives, after which comments and questions will be taken from the audience. Audience members are not required to register in advance to observe the forum, however, those wishing to comment or pose a question at the forum must sign up in advance. To do so, please send an email to Committee on Accreditation, indicating: (1) your name; (2) the group, if any, that you represent; and (3) your specific comment or question. Advance sign up will be made available until July 21, 2003.

In an effort to make the forum most efficient, a designated speaker at the forum will be responsible for reading those comments and questions submitted in advance and in the appropriate format. If time permits, additional comments and questions will be taken from audience members.

Further information on the forum will be posted online prior to convention at http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/. Please contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at (202) 336-5979 with any questions or concerns.