Divisions News

The APA Council of Representatives discussed and voted on the proposals for the establishment of two new divisions, Trauma Psychology and the Society of Human-Animal Studies.

Suggested Guidelines for Hosting Division Outreach Programs in New Orleans

Consider participating in the APA Community Service Project

The APA Board of Convention Affairs has created a number of programs intended to give convention attendees an opportunity to make contributions to or participate in New Orleans recovery programs. Divisions are asked to encourage their members to participate in these programs before considering the creation of additional programs.

On Wednesday, August 9, APA will partner with Habitat for Humanity in a home building project. APA members are invited to spend the day building a house for a local family dislocated by Katrina. No special skills are necessary and APA will provide transportation to and from the building site and lunch.

Please also encourage your members to participate in APA’s school supplies donation program. All convention attendees are being asked to bring school supplies to New Orleans. There will be collection sites around the convention center and APA will donate all collected supplies (pencils, paper, calculators, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) to New Orleans Public Schools.

Focus on Public Education

After discussions with the Louisiana Psychological Association, legal research regarding licensure and insurance restrictions, and review of ethical considerations, the consensus is that programming that is intended to benefit victims of Katrina should focus on educative group presentations and avoid activities that could be construed as creating a professional relationship or rendering clinical services to individuals. For example, a psychoeducational presentation on dealing with traumatic events would be a recommended program.

APA does not have insurance coverage for provision of professional services and therefore neither do the Divisions. Individual members may or may not be covered by their own malpractice insurance. Furthermore, any kind of direct service provision, no matter how brief, can raise ethical issues of informed consent, record keeping, transfer and termination. Use of waivers would be required to manage legal risk. For all these reasons, we encourage divisions to avoid these types of activities.

Team with a local Community Organization

It is strongly suggested that any Division wishing to host an outreach or public education/psycho education program team with a New Orleans area community, civic or business group to do so. Teaming with a local organization will help give your event credibility with the local community. It will also help you communicate the event to New Orleans residents. Possible teaming partners include local civic groups, Churches, Chamber of Commerce, city health agencies, schools, etc.

Any division interested in holding a community outreach event should contact Dr. Michael Honaker, APA Chief Operating Officer, via Email. The Central Office, working with the Louisiana Psychological Association, will attempt to assist you in identifying potential community partners.

Locate your event where the people are.

In addition to teaming with a local community organization, many New Orleans leaders have suggested to us that the success of outreach programs will depend in large part on where they are located. If such programs take place in facilities convenient to their target audience; in facilities that people are familiar with -- their local church, school or community center, for example -- they are much more likely to be well-attended.

Publicizing your event

Marketing and publicizing your event will be critical to encourage attendance and thus ensure its success. A community-based partner will have on-going and natural channels of communication with its members and constituents -- another reason to have a community partner.

The APA Office of Public Affairs will also be available to assist you in publicizing your event. All preliminary contact with the news media, including any press releases and other types of outreach to media, will be handled by the Public Affairs Office. Once the initial media contact has been made by APA staff, your division leadership should be prepared to talk to the news media about your event, but all first contact with the media will be made through and by the APA Public Affairs Office only.

(February 24, 2006)

Candidates’ Statements Website

At this time we would like to remind you of the website that will display candidates’ statements for this year’s election. Each candidate will have the opportunity to submit a statement of no more than 250 words (strictly enforced) that will be accessible to all voters for the elections that take place in April, 2006. We ask that you inform those running in the elections of this feature and encourage them to take advantage of this campaigning tool.

The statement submission site will only be accessible to members of APA for security purposes. The website address is www.apa.org/governance. Once there, click on the “Candidate Statement” link to proceed. The candidates will be required to provide their membership number and user ID to access the site. Once at the site the candidates will be asked to provide their name, email address, the division name (a drop down will be provided), the name of the office (check the appropriate bubble), and their statement. Statements can be typed or pasted in the box. Candidates’ statements must be submitted by April 15, 2006. Those candidates who are not members of APA will need to contact the Election Office (see below).

When voters receive their ballots in April, a website address will be provided on the ballot for voters to visit so they can read any candidates’ statement they wish. It is our hope that by providing this service, voters will be more informed, and thus more likely to vote in the election.

Should you or any of the candidates running for office in your division have any questions, please contact me via email at Garnett Coad or at (+1/202) 336-6087.

Notice of Guidelines in Progress

APA’s Division 55, The American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (ASAP) has developed proposed Guidelines for Collaborative and Independent Practice in Pharmacotherapy. The guidelines were approved by the Division 55 executive committee in August, 2005.

APA Association Rule 30-8.3 mandates notification of all divisions and state and provincial psychological associations of guidelines in progress prior to consideration by the Council of Representatives. At this time, divisions and state/provincial psychological associations are being notified of the availability of the draft guidelines. APA members are also invited to request a copy of the document and to offer comment if you so choose. This 90-day period for receipt of comments will end on August 9, 2006. After comments have been received and reviewed, and appropriate revisions made, the guidelines will be reviewed by APA governance. Once in final form, the guidelines will be sent to the Council of Representatives for adoption as APA policy. The draft guidelines are available on the internet at www.division55.org/draftguidelines.htm. For further questions you may contact Division 55’s current President, Dr. Robert McGrath, or via phone at (+1/201) 692-2445.

Council New Business Items – February 2006

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 2005 and February 2006 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:

BAPPI – Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest
BEA – Board of Educational Affairs
BPA – Board of Professional Affairs
BSA – Board of Scientific Affairs
CAPP – Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
CIRP – Committee on International Relations in Psychology
COLI – Committee on Legal Issues
P&P – Policy and Planning Board

Item 27: Addendum to Resolution on Anti-Semitic and Anti-Jewish Prejudice
This item proposes an amendment to the Resolution on Anti-Semitic and Anti-Jewish Prejudice, which was adopted by the Council of Representatives as APA policy in August 2005. Additional language is proposed that would address the distinction between criticism of the policies and actions of the government of Israel and anti-Semitism.
Referred to: BAPPI

Item 28: APA Policy on Health Care Reform
This item recommends the development of an APA policy on health care.
Referred to: CAPP, BPA, BSA and P&P

Item 29A: Reclaiming Recognition of Psychology
This item makes a number of recommendations concerning the use of the terms psychology, psychologist and psychological by authors of APA communications and publications. The movers believe that using these rather than generic terms (e.g., clinician, intervention, and therapy) will increase awareness of the distinction between psychology and subdoctoral mental health professions.
Referred to: BPA, BEA, BSA, CAPP, P&C

Item 29B: Division 55 Pharmacotherapy Practice Guidelines
This item asks that “Guidelines for Collaborative and Independent Practice in Pharmacotherapy” be adopted as APA policy. The draft guidelines will undergo the process as outlined in Association Rule 30-8, including a 90-day comment period that will end on August 9, 2006.
Referred to: BPA, CAPP and COLI

Item 29C: Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
This item recommends an amendment to the 1986 APA Resolution on Torture that would address current issues regarding torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Referred to: Ethics, BAPPI, BPA and P&P

Item 29D: United Nations – University Partnerships
This item asks that APA encourage efforts to establish partnerships between the United Nations and universities to develop centers for non-violent conflict resolution of civil and international disputes.
Referred to: CIRP and BEA

Council’s Vote on Proposed Divisions

At its February 2006 business meeting, the APA Council of Representatives discussed and voted on the proposals for the establishment of two new divisions, Trauma Psychology and the Society of Human-Animal Studies. Council voted to approve Trauma Psychology as candidate Division 56. The Division of Trauma Psychology will retain a candidate status for two years as it works to adopt bylaws, elect officers and recruit members. During this time, the Division will function as a fully established division, enjoying all the privileges awarded to other divisions. At the end of this two year period, the Division will go before Council for its final approval. This approval is contingent upon the division meeting the criteria in the Association Rules and Bylaws for divisional status.

The candidate division, the Society of Human-Animal Studies was rejected by Council.

2006 DLC Recap

The 2006 Division Leadership Conference (DLC) hosted by the Committee on Division / APA Relations (CODAPAR) was held January 20-22, at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference provided division officers with valuable information on what makes a successful term in office, resources to access relevant and key offices within APA, its governance structure and an overview of the directorates. Participants left, perhaps the most successful DLC yet, feeling enlightened, empowered and eager to lead their respective division to new heights.

The conference kicked off with its Opening Reception on Friday, January 20, giving attendees time to meet, greet and reacquaint themselves with other divisions’ leaders, members of the Board of Directors, CODAPAR and APA Staff. Frank C. Worrell, PhD, chair of CODAPAR, officially opened the meeting by extending a warm welcome to everyone in attendance, introducing fellow CODAPAR members, members of the Board and the Division Services Office staff.

Right after the Dr. Worrell’s welcome, Jean A. Carter, PhD, led the group in a plenary session entitled, “Best Practices for Division Presidents”. This session really jumpstarted the meeting as Dr. Carter shared her experiences as a past president of several APA divisions. Dr. Carter discussed tactics ranging from delegating responsibilities to fellow officers to developing projects and timelines to getting members involved in division activities. Other important points made were to plan for the presidential year – go in with an idea of what you would like to accomplish, stay on top of your division’s finances – always be in the know and communicate with your members – draw them in and get them involved; retain your members. Watch out for pitfalls, warned Dr. Carter. Early detection of conflicts; difficult or slow to respond officers on the board can save on time, effort and headaches in the long run. Diplomacy and a back-up plan are essential to successfully navigating through challenging situations.

Dr. Carter’s plenary was a great way to break the ice and set the tone for the weekend. The session was informative and useful and got participants excited about what the conference would offer them in preparing for their presidential term.

Immediately following, each CODAPAR member hosted a table of their liaison divisions at the Welcome Dinner.

The 2006 Division Leadership Conference: At A Glance:

7:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.
South American Room Foyer

8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.
APA President's Welcome Address
South American Rooms A & B
Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, APA President
APA President Dr. Gerald Koocher opened the Division Leadership Conference with a brief welcome address and discussed how divisions can play a role in his 2006 presidential initiatives and how divisions can address membership problems currently confronting APA.

9:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
South American Rooms A & B
Dr. Hays gave a brief presentation on each of these topics:
1. The role and functions of the Committee on Division/APA Relations, where it fits in the overall APA governance structure, and how it directly helps divisions;
2. The role and duties of a division president;
3. The presidential timeline, outlining important dates presidents need to pay special attention to through the year concerning divisional, APA governance, and election deadlines.

9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
Plenary: Getting To Know APA
South American Rooms A & B
Steven Breckler, PhD, Executive Director, Science Directorate; Michael Honaker, PhD, Chief Operating Officer; Gwendolyn Keita, PhD, Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate; Jack McKay, Chief Financial Officer; Paul Nelson, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, Education Directorate; Russ Newman, PhD, Executive Director, Practice Directorate; Judy Strassburger, Executive Director, Governance Affairs; Gary VandenBos, Executive Director, Publications and Databases
During this panel discussion, each representative gave a brief overview of his/her directorate, upcoming projects, and the services the directorate can provide to divisions. After the presentations, there was an open forum for questions.

DLC attendees at the opening session

10:30 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.

Breakout Session I

10:45 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Nuts and Bolts
California Room Presenters:
Keith Cooke, Manager, Division Services Office; Kathleen Gebe, Grants and Contracts Manager, Financial Services; Christopher Hobson, Operations Specialist, Service Center Operations; Sarah Jordan, Director, Division Services; Sharon Marshall, Supervisor, Service Center Operations; Micheline Meyers, Coordinator, Division Services; Jeff Sabot, CPA, Director, Nonprofit Services, CBIZ; Julian Slaughter, Division Services Specialist, Division Services Office; Barbara Spruill, Director, Service Center Operations; Cathleen Syphax, Division Accounting Coordinator, CBIZ; Lillian White, Assistant Controller, Accounting; Greg Wickwar, Controller, Accounting; Sonja Wiggins, Membership Committee Assistant, Service Center: Development; Dolores Valencia, Senior Director, Membership and Convention Marketing, Public and Member Communications
APA staff from different departments was on hand to discuss their various roles and answer questions about the services they provide and how they can assist divisions.

APA Staffers sharing their expertise with participants

Governance Issues
Ohio Room Presenters:
Garnett Coad, Director, Elections; Paul Donnelly, Director, Board and Committee Operations; Judy Strassburger, Executive Director, Governance Affairs
Here was an opportunity for participants to get an in-depth look at APA governance, its structure, how to get involved in boards and committees, and pertinent information about elections and procedures.

Practice Directorate
Massachusetts Room Presenters:
Russ Newman, PhD, JD, Executive Director, Professional Practice; Randy Phelps, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, Professional Practice; Elizabeth Winkelman, JD, PhD, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Practice Directorate
The Practice Directorate is involved in a broad range of activities that support practicing psychologists and health care consumers. The directorate pursues a complex agenda that involves interrelated initiatives across four arenas: legislative advocacy, legal and regulatory strategies, marketplace activities, and public education. This work is carried out through the APA and its companion organization, the APA Practice Organization.

Public Interest Directorate
New York Room Presenter:
Gwendolyn Keita, PhD, Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate
The Public Interest Directorate works to advance psychology as a means of promoting health and human welfare. The primary concerns of the directorate include promoting the science and practice of psychology as they contribute to the improvement of health and well-being, supporting the development and implementation of social policies that benefit from psychology's unique expertise and are supported by the empirical base of psychological research, promoting the equitable and just treatment of all segments of society, and informing the public about the ways in which psychological knowledge can improve lives.

Breakout Session II
11:35 A.M. to 12:20 P.M.

Nuts and Bolts
California Room
A repeat of the earlier breakout session

Governance Issues
Ohio Room
A repeat of the earlier breakout session

Education Directorate
Massachusetts Room Presenter:
Paul Nelson, PhD, Deputy Director, Education Directorate
The APA Education Directorate advances education in psychology and psychology in education for the benefit of the public. It seeks to enhance (1) the education and training of psychologists, (2) the teaching of psychology, and (3) the application of psychology to education. This session will inform participants about the ongoing projects in the directorate and encourage division involvement.

Science Directorate
New York Room Presenter:
Steve Breckler, PhD, Executive Director, Science Directorate
The Science Directorate undertakes a broad range of activities in support of psychological scientists and psychological science. These include developing and implementing strategies to serve the needs of researchers in academic and nonacademic settings, both within and outside the association. The directorate maintains and oversees APA's liaisons and memberships with science-based coalitions, in other scientific societies (e.g., COSSA, Federation), and in national and international science venues (e.g. Academy of Sciences).

12:20 P.M. - 1:20 P.M.
Federal Rooms A & B

1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Diversity Workshop

South American Room
Derald Wing Sue, PhD
APA has recognized that there is a need for greater sensitivity to and recruitment of ethnic minorities in our divisions and within our association. This workshop (a) discussed the importance of understanding your own biases, stereotypes, and assumptions about human behavior; (b) discussed how biases, etc., may act as barriers to making APA and divisions welcoming and inclusive environments; and (c) offered guidance in helping divisions increase their ethnic minority membership. Special attention was given to the invisible, unintentional, and subconscious manifestations of verbal, nonverbal, and environmental racial/ethnic microaggressions that have a detrimental impact on race relations. This session was followed by informal discussions.

Derald Wing Sue, PhD

3:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

3:15 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Plenary: Membership Issues

South American Rooms A & B
Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, Chair, Committee on Early Career Psychologists; Bertha Holliday, PhD, Director, Office on Ethnic Minority Affairs; Pat Miyamoto, Senior Director, Membership and Publishing Services; Dolores Valencia, Senior Director, Membership and Convention Marketing; Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, Associate Executive Director, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
Membership recruitment and retention issues have been one of divisions’ highest priorities. APA staff presented information on membership numbers and trends, the needs of students and early career psychologists and ethnic minority members. There were group discussions on strategies for enhancing and showcasing division benefits and ways to involve your members in divisional activities.

4:15 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Interdivisional Grant Program

South American Rooms A & B
The Interdivisional Grant Program is an APA-funded project to encourage and support joint activities that enhance the work, interests, or goals of two or more divisions. This session reviewed the criteria of the interdivisional grant program and gave division leaders time to interact and brainstorm on projects for the 2006 call for grants.

6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Reception at APA Headquarters

CODAPAR hosted its second annual reception at APA Headquarters, giving participants the opportunity to network and tour the executive offices.

APA C.E.O., Norman Anderson, PhD, mingles at the CODAPAR Reception

Frank Worrell, PhD, CODAPAR Chair, chats with attendees

8:00 P.M.
Group Dinners at local restaurants

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Sunday, January 22

7:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.
South American Room Foyer

8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
Plenary: Being Prepared—APA Resources to Help You Navigate Your Presidency
South American Rooms A & B
Nathalie Gilfoyle, JD,APA General Counsel; Ellen Garrison, PhD, Director, Public Interest Policy, Public Policy Office; Peter Newbould, PhD, Director, Congressional and Political Affairs; Marguerite Schroeder, Director, Disaster Response Network; Rhea Farberman, Executive Director, Public and Member Communications
APA staff in the areas of legal affairs, federal and state advocacy, disaster response, and media relations shared their expertise on how to prepare for occasions when you, a division president, need to be fully aware of current policies and potential liabilities. This session broadened awareness of critical issues for APA and its divisions and gave attendees the resources necessary to prepare for many types of situations.

CODAPAR member, Richard Velayo, PhD, facilitates the session

9:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Coffee and Conversation

South American Room Foyer

10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
APA CEO Address

South American Rooms A & B
Norman B. Anderson, PhD, APA Chief Executive Officer
APA CEO Dr. Norman Anderson shared association news that was of particular interest to the divisions.

APA President-Elect Address: “Does Anybody Have a Crystal Ball? Predicting the Future of Psychology”
South American Rooms A & B
Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD, APA President-Elect

APA President-Elect, Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD

Following the CEO and President-Elect addresses, participants will had an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of Dr. Brehm and Dr. Anderson.

2006 CODAPAR Members

Chana K. Akins, PhD (01/06-12/08)
University of Kentucky
Department of Psychology
219 Kastle Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0001
Phone: (+1/859) 257-1103
Fax: (+1/859) 323-1979
Divisions: 6, 7, 28, 38, 45, 48, 50 and 53

Wayne J. Camara, PhD (01/05-12/07)
The College Board
45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (+1/212) 713-8069
Fax: (+1/212) 649-8427
Divisions: 5, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24, 32 and 41

Kate F. Hays, PhD (01/05-12/07)
The Performing Edge
730 Yonge Street
Suite 226
Toronto, ON M4Y 2B7
Phone: (+1/416) 961-0487
Fax: (+1/416) 599-8287
Division: 10, 17, 29, 30, 31, 39, 42, 47 and 51

Richard S. Velayo, PhD (06/05-12/06)
Pace University
Psychology Department
41 Park Row
Room 1324
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (+1/212) 346-1506
Fax: (+1/212) 346-1618
Divisions: 3, 23, 26, 27, 37, 40, 43, 52, and 54

Frank C. Worrell, PhD, Chair, (1/04-12/06)
Graduate School of Education
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1670
Phone: (+1/510) 643-4891
Fax: (+1/510) 642-3555
Divisions: 1, 13, 15, 16, 21, 25, 33, 34 and 36

Janice D. Yoder, PhD (01/06-12/08)
University of Akron
Department of Psychology
Akron, OH 44325-4301
Phone: (+1/330) 972-8371
Fax: (+1/330) 972-5174
Divisions: 2, 8, 9, 22, 35, 44, 46, 49 and 55

Division Services Staff

Troy Booker, Division Services Officer
Keith Cooke, Division Services Manager
Sarah Jordan, Director, Divisions Services
Micheline Meyers, Division Services Coordinator
Julian Slaughter, Division Services Specialist

2006 Deadlines for Articles for the APA/Division Dialogue

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

May/June: April 24, 2006
July/August: June 26, 2006
September/October: August 28, 2006
November/December: October 23, 2006