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APA will feature candidate statements on its website. Those individuals running for Division Officers and Council Representatives, as well as State/Provincial/Territorial Association (SPTA) Council Representatives, will be given the opportunity to submit statements of up to 250 words which will be placed on the website.

Candidates Statements to Appear Online

Beginning with the 2005 elections, APA will feature candidate statements on its website. Those individuals running for Division Officers and Council Representatives, as well as State/Provincial/Territorial Association (SPTA) Council Representatives, will be given the opportunity to submit statements of up to 250 words which will be placed on the website (note that the 250 word limit will be strictly enforced). The feature is being added as a result of suggestions made by members recently.

The election ballots are mailed to members of Divisions and SPTA’s in mid-April. Each member receives a customized ballot that contains only those elections in which they are eligible to vote. Because the ballots are customized, including candidate statements with each ballot is not possible. The current practice of placing candidate statements in Division and SPTA newsletters and listservs will be enhanced by the website posting.

The website address will be listed on each member’s ballot and will also be included in the cover letter that accompanies the ballot. The Election Office hopes that by adding this feature, voters will be more informed and more inclined to vote.

The deadline for submission of statements will be April 15, 2005.


Interdivisional Task Force Launches New Web-based Survey to Explore Student Experiences in Psychology

Encourage Your Division’s Students to Participate

Psychology students have a unique opportunity to report their educational experiences electronically during the next three months. From now through May 31, 2005, a web-based survey is in progress at www.psychstudy.net/studentexperiences/. The data are being gathered by an interdivisional task force formed by five divisions of the American Psychological Association.

The task force was formed in 2001 to investigate ways to improve the minority pipeline to the Ph.D. in psychology. It spent its first several years reviewing existing work, conducting background research, examining trends over time in minority student rates of graduate school entry and completion, identifying best program practices to enhance minority student recruitment and achievement, and generating policy implications for the field. This work resulted in a number of papers currently under editorial review, and a number of presentations at national conferences. The task force includes members of divisions 9 (SPSSI), 16 (School), 17 (Counseling), 27 (Community) and 45 (Ethnic Minority).

The newest project of the task force aims to gain greater understanding of psychology student experiences. The project involved development of a web-based survey, to be completed by both undergraduate and graduate students. Based on the findings of the survey, the task force hopes to identify methods for improving the pipeline for underrepresented groups.

To gain access to the website, you would need to complete a few initial items, but as long as the "submit" button is not pressed at the end this initial information would not be processed.

Specifically, the web-based survey includes questions about: 1) students’ reasons for studying psychology and any of its sub-fields; 2) challenges met, support received, and plans for the future; 3) whether students’ experiences in psychology to date and aspirations are associated with their ethnicity (i.e. being persons of color; being European American/White; 4) students’ perspectives about affirmative action and their beliefs about the representation of race/ethnicity and gender in psychology; and 5) demographic characteristics.

Multiple means are being used to promote student participation in the survey. In particular, divisional listservs and newsletters represent a terrific way to reach faculty, who could then let the graduate and undergraduate students in their department know about the study. Please e-mail the chair of the task force, Ken Maton if your division is willing to forward information about the web-based survey on your listserv and in your newsletter. The task force is also communicating to divisions via the divofficers’ listserv, including study description materials and a flyer that can be posted.

The task force plans to share their findings with divisional leaders when the study is complete. Special focus will be placed on the similarities and differences in the experiences and perspectives of minority and non-minority students.


APA Presidential Virtual Working Group on Anti-Semitic, Anti-Jewish and Other Religious, Religion-Related and/or Religion-Derived Prejudice and Discrimination

At its February 18-20, 2005, meeting, the APA Council of Representatives requested that the President appoint a virtual working group to develop a resolution condemning anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and other religious, religion-related and/or religion derived prejudice and discrimination for adoption by Council as soon as feasible. The virtual working group will not hold any face-to-face meetings, but will accomplish its task through conference calls and electronic media.

Ron Levant, PhD, APA President, seeks nominations to this Presidential Working Group, which will be comprised of individuals with relevant expertise. Self-nominations are welcome. Please forward a brief statement (no longer than 200 words) of qualifications to Paul Donnelly, Director, Board/Committee Operations, via Email. Please do not send CVs. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, March 23, 2005.


APA Presidential Virtual Working Group on Prejudice and Discrimination in All Its Forms

At its February 18-20, 2005, meeting, the APA Council of Representatives requested that the President appoint a virtual working group to develop a resolution condemning prejudice and discrimination in all its forms for adoption by Council as soon as feasible. The virtual working group will not hold any face-to-face meetings, but will accomplish its task through conference calls and electronic media.

Ron Levant, PhD, APA President, seeks nominations to this Presidential Working Group, which will be comprised of individuals with relevant expertise. Self-nominations are welcome. Please forward a brief statement (no longer than 200 words) of qualifications to Paul Donnelly, Director, Board/Committee Operations, via Email. Please do not send CVs. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, March 23, 2005.


Council New Business Items – February 2005

The Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) provides the following information to division officers to increase the awareness of and opportunity for division input to governance issues that are on the current agendas of APA boards and committees. What follows is a summary of new business items submitted between the close of the August 2004 and February 2005 sessions of Council. The Agenda Planning Group, which is made up of the chairs of APA standing boards, the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council, CODAPAR (representing division interests), the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (representing state/provincial interests) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) reviewed the items and referred them to APA groups for consideration. Divisions are invited to comment on these items. Summary statements for each item appear below, along with a list of the APA boards and committees to which the item was referred. The board or committee appearing in bold has been designated lead group for the item. Division comments on each item should be directed to the lead board or committee at the APA address.

The board/committee acronyms used in the listing are:
BEA – Board of Educational Affairs
BPA – Board of Professional Affairs
CAPP – Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
CODAPAR – Committee on Division/APA Relations
COLI – Committee on Legal Issues
P&P – Policy and Planning Board

Item 33B: Updating References in APA Papers Released by Council
This item asks APA to require that boards, committees, divisions, and working groups update the citations and references associated with resolutions and other policies adopted by APA Council prior to dissemination. The maker of the main motion believes that these revisions would not require re-review by Council.

Referred to: P&P

tem 33C: APA Dues Credit for Members Who Are State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Members
This item asks that a dues credit in an amount not to exceed 25% of the base APA dues be provided to state, provincial, territorial psychological association members.

Referred to: Membership Committee, CAPP, Finance Committee and P&P

Item 33D: Enhancing Member Dues Revenue
This item asks APA to investigate different financial management model techniques that will lower the dues burden on members while increasing overall dues-related revenue to the association. Several areas of possible study are noted in the item.

Referred to: Finance Committee and Membership Committee

Item 33E: Enhancing Membership Recruitment, Engagement and Retention
This item recommends that a Membership Board be established with a separate committee on fellowship. Other committees and work groups might be also created and placed under the board to support expanded functions of membership recruitment, engagement and retention.

Referred to: Membership Committee, P&P and Finance Committee

Item 33F: Consultation and Supervision in Sports Psychology
Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) has developed an educational brochure that has been found through initial review to have the effect of a guideline. Therefore, “Consultation and Supervision in Sport Psychology: What Do I Need to Know?” will be taken through the standard and guideline review process noted in Association Rule 30-8.

Referred to: BEA/BPA, COLI and Ethics Committee

Item 33H: Licensure Portability for Psychologists Consulting in Multiple Jurisdictions
This item proposed the development of a policy and implementation plan to address licensure portability for consulting psychologists.

Referred to: BPA, CAPP and COLI


Thanks to the Division Fellowship Chairs For Another Job Well Done!

The Membership Committee and the Central Office membership staff would like to thank and publicly commend the Division Fellowship Chairs for all their hard work in nominating candidates for APA Fellowship. Initial Fellows recommended by the Membership Committee will be announced after the August Convention and their Fellows status will begin in 2006. Also at the Convention this year, a Fellows workshop will be held, please join us… we welcome all who want to attend and find out more about the APA fellowship process! We hope to see you there! For more information please contact: Sonja Wiggins at (+1/202) 336-5590 or by Email.


Sign-up Now for Pre-Convention Public Policy Workshop – Limited Seats Available!

WHAT: The APA Public Policy Office is pleased to invite APA and APAGS members to participate in a special daylong pre-convention workshop entitled: "Becoming an Effective Advocate for Psychology.” Workshop participants will learn why advocacy is important, both personally and professionally, and develop skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Most importantly, the workshop will be followed by actual Hill visits the next day. (CE Credits Available)

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17th - All Day Workshop
Thursday, August 18th - Morning Hill Visits with Senate Offices

WHERE: Washington, DC. APA 2005 Convention (Room TBA)

WHY: Although psychologists have a tremendous amount to offer in the public policy arena, many in the field have not received any formal training on how to be an effective advocate. APA and APAGS members with limited exposure to advocacy often miss opportunities to advocate for the inclusion of psychology in relevant federal programs and to secure funding for psychology education and training, services, programs, and research.

OVERVIEW: The daylong training will include information on the legislative process, developing a grassroots network, and a variety of skill building exercises. Participants will learn to utilize a variety of important strategies and techniques for influencing public policy at the local, state, and national level, while more seasoned advocates will gain up-to-date information related to APA’s legislative agenda. The workshop focuses especially on preparing participants for a successful visit with their legislators and/or their staff. Using current APA legislative initiatives, participants will learn how to prepare for a Hill visit, why it’s important to "stay on message", and how to develop key talking points for Hill visit. The session includes interactive skill building activities and role-playing.

NEED FOR PRELIMINARY HEADCOUNT! Because there is limited space for this workshop, please let us know by Monday, March 21st if you are likely to attend the workshop and your name will be placed on a pending list of participants. We will confirm your attendance when we arrange for your Hill visit prior to the workshop.

CONTACT: For further information contact: Matt Billeri at (+1/202) 336-5934 or via Email.


2004 CODAPAR Members

Lisa Harlow, Gary Brooks, Martha Banks, Frank Worrell, Ilene Serlin (Chair), and Thomas Zentall

Division Services Staff

Troy Booker, Division Services Officer
Keith Cooke, Division Services Manager
Penny Harrison, Division Services Assistant
Sarah Jordan, Director, Divisions Services
Micheline Meyers, Division Services Coordinator

2005 Deadlines for Articles for the APA/Division Dialogue

Please submit copy on diskette or via email to Troy Booker.

May/June 2005 : April 18, 2005
July/August 2005 : June 20, 2005
September/October : August 22, 2005
November/December : October 24, 2005