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Reading, writing, arithmetic and ... resilience? Resilience, the fourth "r," is being added to the lesson plans in schools throughout the country this fall with the launch of APA’s “Resilience for Kids & Teens” campaign.

APA Launches “Resilience for Kids & Teens”

Reading, writing, arithmetic and ... resilience? Resilience, the fourth "r," is being added to the lesson plans in schools throughout the country this fall with the launch of APA’s “Resilience for Kids & Teens” campaign.

As an integral part of this campaign, APA member psychologists will have access to materials for use in conducting community outreach with parents, teachers and youth aimed at helping kids and teens build their resilience. The campaign materials are contained in a “toolkit” expected to be available by the end of September. At that time, members may obtain the “Resilience for Kids & Teens” campaign materials online and/or by calling toll-free, 1-877-274-8787, ext. 135, and requesting a toolkit from the APA Campaign Services Bureau.

The “Resilience for Kids & Teens” campaign focuses on teaching the skills of resilience, or the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress. The campaign launch includes the distribution of a special September 19 issue of Time for Kids (TFK) Magazine on the topic of resilience. The TFK Magazine helps children learn the skills of resilience using "kid-friendly" language developed using parents, teachers and child psychologists.

The TFK special issue was created because the APA and TFK found that teachers were eager for language they could use in classrooms that would help children deal with the situations they face at school and at home. The special issue of TFK magazine will be sent to more than 2 million fourth- through sixth-graders and their teachers.

In addition, APA is offering an online brochure for parents and teachers who want to help children build resilience, and an online brochure aimed at teens, to which MTV contributed. Both brochures, “Resilience for Kids & Teens: A Guide for Parents and Teachers” and “Resilience for Teens: Got Bounce? will be available at APA's online help center, http://www.APAHelpCenter.org starting in mid-September.

The “Resilience for Kids & Teens” campaign is an outgrowth of APA's successful “Road to Resilience” campaign that first looked at the skills of resilience shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


APA Practice Organization Guide Assists Practitioners with HIPAA Transaction Rule Compliance

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is intended in part to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system by encouraging the establishment of standards and requirements for the electronic transmission of certain health information. Congress recognized that in order for the electronic transmission of healthcare information to be well received, it would have to be accompanied by increased privacy and security protections.

Since HIPAA’s passage in 1996, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has promulgated several rules governing HIPAA implementation. Psychologists need to be aware of three of these rules in particular –- the Transaction Rule, the Privacy Rule, and the Security Rule.

Health professionals and other ‘entities’ covered under the Transaction Rule face an extended compliance deadline of October 16, 2003. To help practicing psychologists understand this Rule, how it affects their practices, and the steps that can be taken to ensure compliance, the APA Practice Organization has developed and disseminated a guide, “Getting Ready for HIPAA: A Psychologist’s Guide to the Transaction Rule.”

The Guide has been mailed to licensed members of APA who pay the APA Practice Organization special assessment and is also available to them for free download at http://www.APApractice.org. This online resource is a service of the APA Practice Organization designed for special assessment payers. Information and products concerning the HIPAA Transaction Rule, as well the Privacy and Security Rules, are found at the “HIPAA Compliance Center” inside APApractice.org.


Call for Nominations

APA’s Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) is pleased to invite nominations for membership on its two committees, the Committee on Professional Practice and Standards (COPPS) and the Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA).

In a continuing effort to broaden representation in APA governance, BPA seeks nominations from a wide variety of sources. Self-nominations are welcomed.

COPPS is a standing committee to BPA. Its mission includes (1 the development, review, and evaluation of practice guidelines for providers of psychological services; (2) providing assistance with BPA to other APA bodies developing practice guidelines; and (3) monitoring, evaluating, and developing information regarding the scientific and professional aspects of psychological services.

While all applicants will be seriously considered, those with experience in guideline development, forensic psychology, in APA governance, and those who have a legal background are particularly encouraged to apply. BPA seeks candidates who will enhance the diversity of the Committee. Well-developed writing, editorial, and information research skills are an asset to the Committee.

Participation in COPPS requires a significant annual time commitment including two meetings in Washington, DC, work on individual projects, and conference calls. Committee members cannot serve simultaneously on another APA standing or continuing board committee and no one can serve consecutive term on a committee unless an exception is voted by two-thirds of the board.

There are three appointments available on COPPS, with three-year terms beginning in January 2004.

COPPS will review nomination materials and forward its recommendations to BPA, which will select new members in the fall of 2003. All completed applications will be considered. Individuals with experience in forensic psychology, APA governance, and the legal system are particularly encouraged to apply. Well-developed writing editorial, and information research skills are an asset to the Committee. BPA and COPPS seek candidates who will enhance the diversity of the Committee.

ACCA is an advisory committee to BPA. Its mission includes: (1) investigating the unique needs of psychologists for colleague assistance; (2) promoting the development and continuation of state-level colleague assistance programs and peer assistance networks; and (3) developing relationships between state ethics committees, boards of examiners, and colleague assistance programs.

Participation in ACCA requires a significant time commitment including two meetings per year in Washington, DC, work on individual projects, and conference calls.

There are two appointments available on ACCA, with three-year terms beginning in January 2004.

ACCA will review nomination materials and forward its recommendations to BPA, which will select new members in the fall of 2003. Nominees are particularly sought with experience working with impaired or distressed professionals, occupational health programs, forensics issues, prevention/program development, and/or the effects of delivery system changes. Nominees who have previously worked with an ethics committee and/or state-level psychological association are encouraged. BPA and ACCA seek candidates who will enhance the diversity of the advisory committee.

The deadline for nominations is September 19, 2003. Please send nominations, including a 75-word description of qualifications and a curriculum vitae, to Ernestine Penniman at the APA address. Note that nominators of other individuals are responsible for ensuring that these materials are submitted. Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to Ernestine Penniman.