From the Public Interest Directorate

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) is anticipating two vacancies in 2010.

CYF: Call for Nominations for Terms Beginning in 2010

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) is anticipating two vacancies in 2010. CYF welcomes nominations from individuals interested in linking research and policy for children and families within APA and the profession. The Committee is particularly interested in candidates with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well being and optimal development of children, youth, and families; and in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession in the area of promoting health and human welfare. Candidates are sought who have particular expertise in contemporary issues facing children, youth, and families in the context of their socioemotional and cognitive development and mental health. Candidates who have particular interest in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved and diverse populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Members are expected to participate in a targeted project directly related to CYF’s work and mission and to APA as a whole. The project is to be completed during their three-year term on the Committee. Some examples of projects previously implemented by the Committee include immigrant children, youth, and families; school drop-out prevention; sexuality education; social practices that induce violence; psychological implications of disasters; early mental health interventions; violence against children in the family and community; training psychologists to work in the public sector; cultural competence; day care; testing; the mental health needs of children and adolescents in the juvenile justice system; bullying and violence in videogames and interactive media. Areas of interest to the Committee at present include rural children’s mental health, mental health disparities, and cultural diversity. Potential candidates are encouraged to visit the CYF website to learn more about CYF’s mission and prior initiatives.

The Committee places a priority on maintaining representation within the Committee's membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, and those who are employed less than full time). The candidates selected to serve on the Committee will serve for three years and will be required to attend two Committee meetings a year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in conference calls. The successful candidate is expected to attend, if possible, the informal CYF meeting held during the APA convention at the member's own expense. In addition, members are expected to work on projects and Committee business between meetings.

Each candidate is asked to submit:
(1) a letter indicating his/her willingness to serve;
(2) a brief statement describing the applicants expertise and interest in one or two contemporary issues facing children, adolescents and families that they would bring to the Committee; and
(3) a current curriculum vita.

Nomination material including a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve, issues statement, and a current CV must be received by Monday, August 24, 2009. Nomination material received after August 24 will be held for consideration the following year. Although it is not required, candidates are encouraged to have letters (not more than three) supporting their nomination submitted to the Committee. Material may be sent to CYF Nominations, c/o Amani Chatman, CYF Administrative Coordinator, Public Interest Directorate, at the APA Address, by email or fax (+1/202) 336-6040.

2009 APA Convention: Public Interest Program Highlights

Incarceration prevention, treatment, and parole * aging and health care reform * child maltreatment * children’s literacy and learning * practice issues related to individuals with disabilities * psychosocial issues related to the end of life * ethnic minority training * ethnic minority research * HIV/AIDS and personality disorders * homelessness * therapeutic responses to sexual orientation * research and training funding * violence and ethnic minority youth * women’s leadership training * and trafficking…   These are just a few of the topics addressed by Public Interest related programming at APA’s 2009 convention.  Visit "About the Public Interest Directorate" for details and highlights, including information on Public Interest sessions offering CE credits.

What Psychologists Should Know About Working with Older Adults

What Psychologists Should Know About Working with Older Adults, an online continuing education offering developed by the Committee on Aging (CONA) and Office of Continuing Education is now available. The presentations cover key topics of importance for psychologists interested in increasing their competencies for work with older adults. To register, visit the APA Online Academy at: An all-day preconvention workshop on this same topic will also be offered at the APA Convention in Toronto. Register for the preconvention workshop here.

CoA Holds Its 8 th Annual Conversation Hour

The Committee on Aging will hold its 8 th Annual Conversation Hour Health Care Reform in an Aging America at Convention on Saturday, August 8 th at 5:00 pm in Convention Centre, Constitution Hall 105, North Building-Level 100. Please join us and share your thoughts on federal policy issues of importance and learn more about how APA’s Health Care Reform efforts impact older adults from Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH of the APA Public Interest Government Relations Office. Refreshments will be provided.

The ABA/APA Assessment of Capacity in Older Adults Working Group Releases Latest Product

The ABA/APA Assessment of Capacity in Older Adults Working Group’s most recent product, Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Psychologists is now available. The handbook is designed for psychologists evaluating civil capacities of older adults.  It reviews psychological assessment of six civil capacities of particular importance to older adults, namely, medical consent capacity, sexual consent capacity, financial capacity, testamentary capacity, capacity to drive, and capacity to live independently.  Other topics include working with lawyers and courts, undue influence and emerging areas of interest. Online versions of all three handbooks and an order form for a copy of the psychologist handbook are available on the Office on Aging website.

SES Network Meeting & 2009 CSES Leadership Awards Presentation

You are Invited! Join the Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) during the 2009 APA Convention in Toronto, Canada for the annual SES Network Meeting & 2009 CSES Leadership Awards Presentation. For more information, please visit the Socioeconomic Status Office website.

Psychology-Community Engagement: Partnering for Social Change

Psychology-Community Engagement: Partnering for Social Change is designed to highlight the theory and practice of partnerships between psychologists and diverse and economically challenged communities. This grassroots initiative is spearheaded by Division 9, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and cosponsored by 10 APA Divisions (8, 9,17, 27, 32, 34, 35, 39, 44, 45, and 48) and the Office of Socioeconomic Status of the Public Interest Directorate of the American Psychological Association. For more information, please visit the Socioeconomic Status Office website.