From the Education Directorate
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, and 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 Email.
The APA’s Education Directorate is seeing nomination for the 2007 Education and Training Awards. Winners receive an honorarium of up to $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA’s 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, August 16-19; a waiver of the 2007 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1,000 in expenses related to attendance at the 2007 convention.
All nominations must include a letter of nomination citing the award for which the nomination is made and outlining the contributions of the nominee, two letters of support, and curriculum vitae. Send nominations and supporting materials to: Sharon Leiss, Education Directorate, at the APA Address.
Deadline for all E & T Award nominations is June 1, 2006.
The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training recognizes psychologists who have engaged in teaching/training as the primary employment during their career. Psychologists will be selected for this award on the basis of their documented positive influence on the education and training of students; engagement in important research in education and training; development of effective materials for instruction; establishment of workshops, conferences, or networks, of communications for education and training; achievement and leadership in administration that facilitate education and training; and activities in professional organizations that promote excellence.
The Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and training recognizes psychologists for evidence-based applications of psychology to education. To be considered for this award, the candidate must demonstrate a contribution to new teaching methods or the solution of learning problems through the use of research findings or evidence-based practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of psychological knowledge to improve learning in educational settings (including pre-kindergarten to 12th grade) and/or in communities.
Civic Engagement and APA Initiative
Civic engagement is at the forefront of many APA initiatives. Psychologists and psychology educators are leading efforts to address serious societal concerns. Their work can be found in many settings addressing a broad cross section of society. Some examples of the work conducted through the APA Divisions and the people who are served appear on an APA web page that addresses Civic Engagement and Service-Learning in Psychology.
These web pages are being updated and we invite you to share information and showcase your current initiatives in civic engagement. Please forward a description and relevant links to your programs and activities to Martha Boenau by January 7th.