From the Education Directorate

Through the APA Psychology Department Program, undergraduate and graduate psychology departments can purchase a package that includes subscriptions to APA’s many teaching and advising publications and promotes access to its varied education resources.

Announcing the APA Psychology Department Program

The APA Education Directorate announces a new opportunity to take advantage of the benefits and resources offered by APA. Through the APA Psychology Department Program, undergraduate and graduate psychology departments can purchase a package that includes subscriptions to APA’s many teaching and advising publications and promotes access to its varied education resources.

Departments that participate in the program receive subscriptions to various APA magazines and newsletters. Departments receive copies of the APA books, Graduate Study in Psychology and the Publication Manual. As an added benefit, departments will also receive a copy of the Careers in Psychology video, highlighting diverse psychology careers, and the Resource Guide for Departments, which lists information on teaching awards, small grants for teaching conferences, and undergraduate research opportunities.

The program provides annual subscriptions to:

  • Monitor on Psychology, the monthly news magazine of the APA,

  • GradPSYCH, a quarterly magazine for that provides graduate students with cutting-edge information on innovative psychology careers; financial information, training and supervision; graduate student lifestyle issues; and emerging trends in psychology practice, research, and education,

  • MPsychology Teacher Network, a quarterly newsletter that offers tips on teaching introductory psychology and notices on psychology teaching conferences, and

  • The Educator, a biannual newsletter on trends and issues in psychology education and psychology in education.

Other benefits include:

  • A Psychology Club Certificate, a certificate of congratulations from APA in recognition of your campus psychology club,

  • The “Behavior Matters” booklet describing how behavioral research makes a difference in everyday life,

  • A limited number of complimentary APA Student Affiliate Memberships that can be offered to your outstanding students, and

  • Web site links of participating schools as a means of showcasing psychology departments and facilitating partnerships between them.

If you have any questions about the APA Psychology Department Program, please call the Office of Precollege and Undergraduate Education at (+1/800) 374-2721 ext. 6140 or contact us through email at: Maureen McCarthy or Martha Boenau.

 

Coalition of Psychologists Engaged by Giftedness and Talent

At the annual APA convention, five psychologists representing five APA Divisions (7, 10, 15, 16, and 53) discussed “Perspectives on Giftedness” in response to a call from the Center for Gifted Education Policy (CGEP). Spurred by CGEP’s invitation, these five APA members have agreed to a fall meeting to plan strategies to engage their Division colleagues in their home Divisions, as well as conduct outreach with other Divisions and APAGS. This interdivisional coalition, modeled after the Coalition for Psychology in the Schools and Education, will develop projects, make presentations at various conferences, and further raise awareness of gifted children and adolescents through its activities. The Coalition’s efforts can influence current members to realize the wide-ranging possibilities associated with research in giftedness, attracting new researchers and graduate students from different areas to the field. The Coalition’s activities also may provide direction and opportunities for graduate students who research giftedness. For further information, contact Director Rena Subotnik at Rena Subotnik or Assistant Director Jason Gorgia Jason Gorgia.

 

Clinical Health Psychology Re-Approved as a Specialty

At its July meeting, the APA Council of Representatives approved continued recognition of Clinical Health Psychology as a specialty in professional psychology. According to the policies of the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP), Clinical Health Psychology will be re-evaluated for recognition in or before 2011. For more information about CRSPPP and the recognition process, and for a listing and description of other recognized specialties and proficiencies visit the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) or contact APA’s Office of Graduate Education and Training at (+1/202) 336-5967.