From the Practice Directorate

The American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Directorate is disseminating a new guide to Cultural Awareness for Public Education Campaign (PEC) and Disaster Response Network (DRN)members.

New Cultural Awareness Guide Is Available

The American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Directorate is disseminating a new guide to Cultural Awareness for Public Education Campaign (PEC) and Disaster Response Network (DRN)members. The wallet-sized folding guide encourages psychologists to engage, experience and celebrate different cultures.

More information can be found in the PracticeUpdate e-newsletter from the APA Practice Organization.


Health Care Reform Moves to the Front Burner

The President-elect and key members of Congress have indicated that health care reform could gain momentum early in 2009. The APA Practice Organization is working to place professional psychology at the forefront of the debate by building on recent legislative wins in pursuing a central role in emerging health care reform efforts. The APAPO's advocacy efforts are guided by the principles for reform approved by the APA Council of Representatives in August 2007.

More information can be found in the PracticeUpdate e-newsletter from the APA Practice Organization.


How to Deal with a Subpoena

Receiving a subpoena, a legal command to testify or turn over records, is often a perplexing and anxiety-provoking experience for psychologists. APAPO reached out to members, running an article in Good Practice and Practice Update addressing many common questions about subpoenas that psychologists raise with the APA Practice Organization.

More information can be found in the PracticeUpdate e-newsletter from the APA Practice Organization.


Full Mental Health Parity is Now Law

President Bush signed historic legislation making full mental health parity the law.

More information can be found in the PracticeUpdate e-newsletter from the APA Practice Organization.


Americans Stressed Over Economy, More Report Symptoms

In the midst of a shaky economy, the 2008 APA Stress in America survey finds an anxious nation.

More information can be found in the PracticeUpdate e-newsletter from the APA Practice Organization.


Mental Health Grant Program Offers Alternative to Incarceration

According to the Federal Bureau of Justice, 1.25 million inmates suffer from mental disorders. The President has reauthorized funding for a program to keep non-violent offenders out of jail and get them the help they need.

More information can be found in the PracticeUpdate e-newsletter from the APA Practice Organization.