From the Practice Directorate

The APA Practice Organization Psychologist Locator Service is designed to connect eligible practicing psychologists directly with interested consumers. Licensed APA members who pay the Practice Assessment are eligible to display their contact information in the Psychologist Locator Service.

APA Practice Organization’s Psychologist Locator Service Now Available

The APA Practice Organization Psychologist Locator Service is designed to connect eligible practicing psychologists directly with interested consumers. Licensed APA members who pay the Practice Assessment are eligible to display their contact information in the Psychologist Locator Service.

The new and growing Psychologist Locator Service builds on the ongoing APA public education campaign. The service is available online at APAHelpCenter.org, the consumer website for the public education campaign. The Help Center is visited more than 130,000 times each month. APA campaign materials invite APAHelpCenter.org users to "Talk to a Psychologist." Help Center visitors can locate and contact psychologists in their local area by clicking on "Find a Psychologist" near the top of each page at the APA Help Center, or by calling 1-800-964-2000 for information about referrals.

Information about how to display contact information on the Psychologist Locator Service is available at APA Practice.



New Mind/Body Health Resources Available

The APA Practice Directorate officially launched the new Mind/Body Health public education campaign in September.

The campaign highlights psychology’s unique role at the intersection between the psychological and the physical, which the public often refers to as the mind/body connection. It is the largest in scope ever launched by the Practice Directorate.

At every phase of its public education campaign, the APA Practice Directorate has provided toolkits that make it easy for APA members to conduct outreach to the public. The latest toolkit, “Mind/Body Health…For a Health Mind & Body, Talk to a Psychologist,” is no exception, but it takes a slightly different approach.

The issues of lifestyle and behavior that are associated with mind/body health are broad and complex. Not only does this theme lend itself to a variety of populations and settings, but it also encompasses traditional mental health messages, resilience messages and psychologically healthy workplace messages. This is a campaign that will unfold over a number of years.

Once past toolkits were compiled and finished, they were mailed to members who expressed an interest in public education. Because the Mind/Body Health Toolkit materials will be continuously updated and expanded to include the latest studies and statistics, as well as fact sheets on more populations and settings, this toolkit is never entirely “finished.” To ensure that APA members have access to the latest versions of materials, the Mind/Body Health Toolkit resources are being posted online as soon as they are developed.

The Mind/Body Health Toolkit contains materials that APA members need to conduct events that showcase the connection between psychological and physical health. The toolkit already includes:

  • Resource lists on stress, obesity, heart disease and job stress that refresh psychologists on the science behind mind/body health

  • Consumer fact sheets on stress, obesity, heart disease and job stress

  • A “Did You Know” fact sheet with information and statistics for consumers on mind/body health

  • Discussion guides on heart disease,obesity and stress, audience evaluation forms, and consent forms for the audience to complete if the media is present - all designed to help APA members conduct an event

  • Flyer templates on heart disease, obesity, and stress to promote public education campaign events

  • Radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for members to get local airplay about mind/body health. Members can access audio files of 30-second radio PSAs on mind/body health, scripts of the PSAs, and a letter template to send to radio station public service directors encouraging them to run the PSAs.

More Toolkit materials are coming soon, including:

  • Materials to help members promote their events to the media

  • Ordering information for signs to promote events as well as “stress brains” to give away at events



CoA Call for Comment

The Committee on Accreditation (CoA) is making available a proposed change to the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology, with a related addition to the Implementing Regulations. The CoA has reviewed the prior public comment submitted on the issue of emerging substantive areas and wishes to thank all participants. In an effort to address the concerns and needs expressed, the CoA has developed a new proposal for a change in the scope of accreditation.

The full text of the potential change to Section I of the Guidelines & Principles, as well as the related Implementing Regulation that defines “developed practice areas” for doctoral and internship programs, is available on the Accreditation Web site comments and reactions from all interested individuals and organizations are requested. Comments on this new proposal will be accepted until January 1, 2006. In an effort to promote thoughtful discussion, the CoA is providing an electronic-based comment form for public review and submission of all comments.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at the APA Address, by phone at (+1/202) 336-5979 or via e-mail.



BPA 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 of 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, institutional practice and record-keeping, and psychological evaluations related to child custody and child protection matters 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 per year in Washington, DC, work on individual projects, and conference calls. Committee members cannot serve simultaneously on another APA standing or continuing board committee.

There are two appointments available on COPPS, for three-year terms beginning in January 2006.

COPPS will review nomination materials and forward its recommendations to BPA, which will select the new member in the fall of 2005.

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 2006.

ACCA will review materials and forward its recommendations to BPA, which will select new members in the fall of 2005. Nominees are particularly sought with experience working with impaired or distressed professionals, prevention/program development, and/or implementation of programs in systems, particularly SPTAs.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 are especially seeking candidates who will enhance the diversity of the advisory committee.

The deadline for nominations for both COPPS and ACCA is SEPTEMBER 16, 2005. Please send nominations, including a 75-word description of qualifications and a curriculum vitae to Ernestine Penniman, American Psychological Association, Practice Directorate 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.

Thank you for your interest and assistance.