Division News

Learn about the 2010 Division Leadership Conference, Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse and more.

What Divisions Can Do to Attract, Support, and Engage Their Early Career Members
By: Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D., Committee on Early Career Psychologist, Division Representative

APA Division membership is getting older. Not that increases in our age is somehow unnatural. It is, however, alarming, when an average APA member tends to be a person in her or his late 50s or early 60s. To assure the vibrant future for our organization and its many divisions, it seems vital that efforts are made to examine reasons for why early career professionals (ECPs) decide to join or leave.

Good news is that although membership has generally declined across all APA divisions, ECP membership has began to grow, especially following the concerted effort on the part of APA and its Divisions to consider the distinct needs of ECPs. Committee on Early Career Professionals was created, and has been one of the most active committees in APA governance structure. Another initiative involved stepped up dues structure that allows a person to transition from paying student fees to full member fees more gradually. Yet another effort has focused on inclusion of ECP slates on many of the APA governing boards and committees.

In addition to these strategies, Divisions have been creating new exciting initiatives attractive to their ECP members. Many organizations within APA including an APA Committee on Early Career Professionals are learning about these initiatives through connections with ECP leaders across varied Divisions as well as through surveys (please participate in an upcoming survey!).

Based on this information, the Committee on Early Career Professionals created a TOP 10 THINGS DIVISIONS/SPTAS CAN DO TO RECRUIT EARLY CAREER MEMBERS. Strategies we review in this list include, for example, how to identify ECPs within your division, what resources may be attractive for ECPs, and ways to make ECP concerns more visible within your division. If you are interested in this Top 10 list, you can find it on ECP APA website as well as by emailing Oksana Yakushko, the CECP Division Representative.

These efforts to attract and support ECPs have a high pay off for all of us. They will insure that APA and its divisions continue to stay vital and growing. They will also infuse APA and its divisions with new ideas and energy that ECPs can contribute. Although in the previous generations of professionals belonging to organizations such as APA was a routine step, for new generations of professionals belonging to organizations is a choice, often involving considerable financial and time commitment. Therefore, we must find ways to make our Divisions a welcoming space for ECPs who would see great value in being a member as well as find ways to be active and engaged.

Information for International Participants in 2010 Division Convention Programming

The deadline for the call for programs is fast approaching, and division program chairs will soon be reviewing submissions for the 2010 convention, including a sizeable number from international colleagues. In Toronto, over 600 international psychologists were invited speakers or had their programs accepted for presentation – an almost 50 per cent increase since 2007!

The APA Office of International Affairs encourages divisions to identify those international colleagues who are part of division programming and make special arrangements for their convention experience. Serving as a good host to international colleagues begins with preparation for attending convention, moves through convention, and continues with follow-up after convention, and the office has prepared a brochure, APA Divisions & International Perspectives (PDF, 689 KB), containing a number of tips for program chairs and division officers concerning international presenters.

Last but not least, program chairs are asked contact the APA Office of International Affairs (by e-mail or by phone at (+1/202) 336-6025) with the author’s name, contact information, and presentation title of any international presenter accepted for the division program. This information greatly facilitates the Office’s preparations for convention. For more information, please contact the Office of International Affairs by e-mail or at (+1/202) 336-6025.

2010 Division Leadership Conference

The Committee on Division / APA Relations (CODAPAR), announces its 2010 Division Leadership Conference, being held January 29-31, at the Fairmont Washington DC Hotel and Resort.

During this weekend, division presidents-elect will (a) learn the nuts and bolts of leading their division, (b) be encouraged to engage in long-range and strategic planning for their presidential year, and (c) be provided with opportunities to foster interdivisional collaborative ventures.

The conference begins with a Welcome Reception and Dinner on Friday, January 29. APA 2010 President, Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, will officially open the DLC with a Welcome Address. Following Dr. Goodheart’s welcome, there will be an “Introduction to the DLC” presentation, which will familiarize attendees with the program, purpose and goals set for the weekend. The highlight of the presentation will be a discussion on “the top 10 things to know about being a division president” to help jumpstart presidential terms in office.

Saturday’s morning sessions will focus on “getting to know APA” and the afternoon sessions will shift to “getting to know divisions”. Welcome remarks will be given by the newly elected APA President-Elect and he or she will be invited to discuss his/her vision for the Association. We are also excited to have Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, speak on motivation, recognizing challenges, how to prepare for their presidencies, and how to lead. APA Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Michael Honaker, PhD, will give an update on current APA activities as well as an overview of the Association, the directorates and their functions. Breakout sessions featuring an inside look at APA governance and the Education, Practice, Public Interest and Science Directorates will end Saturday morning’s sessions.

The afternoon sessions will focus on division matters and operational issues. We’ll take an in-depth look at your legal responsibilities as a division president and the legal services available to divisions. There will be a plenary session on working with the media, preparing for media interviews and getting the word out about your division. The key session of the afternoon will be the “Nuts and Bolts” Fair. This session will provide you with the fundamental resources to make your term in office a success. Staff from the Division Services Office, Membership, Office of General Counsel, Publications, Information Technology and the American Psychological Foundation will be on hand to talk one-on-one with division leaders

The last session of the day will be a plenary on membership trends and recruitment strategies. Representatives from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), the Committee on Early Career Psychologists, International Affairs and the Office on Ethnic Minorities Affairs will be on hand to share recruitment strategies for their respective constituent group.

Hot topics for division officers will be Sunday morning’s focus. The first plenary will explore advancing your division’s web presence and moving your division forward in this age of social networking. The next session will be an engaging presentation on division membership best practices for member recruitment. There will be breakout sessions for divisions with similar issues/concerns to talk, strategize and share ideas. The morning will end with a roundtable discussion as the groups share their ideas and strategies.

The 2010 DLC promises to be a weekend of information sharing and knowledge gathering as well as providing opportunities to build relationships with other division leaders. Don’t leave your division unrepresented. If the president-elect of your division is unable to participate in the DLC, we ask that your division chooses another representative from your executive board to attend.

Contact Troy Booker, Division Services Office and staff liaison to CODAPAR, in Division Services at (+1/202) 336-6121 or by e-mail for more information.

Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan – Deadline Extended

The 2010 Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse being held in Dallas, Texas, February 25-27, 2010, has extended its deadlines!

The deadline for Symposia and Papers is now December 1, 2009

The deadline for Posters is now December 18, 2009

The goals of the summit, through plenary speakers, symposia, posters and workshops are, in a cost effective manner, to:

  • Identify gaps and issues facing the field of interpersonal violence

  • Integrate research, practice and policy to affect public awareness, training/ mentoring, and community action/capacity building

  • Offer speakers, workshops, and poster sessions focusing on Child Maltreatment, Children Exposed to Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, Teen/Youth Violence, Elder Abuse, Diverse Populations, Community Violence, Substance Abuse

  • Move from dialogue to action

  • Emphasize networking and collaboration

  • Encourage multidisciplinary and multicultural strategies

  • Provide up to 19 hours CE credits

  • Produce a number of web-based products and publications

For more information and/or to become a partner in the NPEIV, contact: Jacquelyn White, PhD; Robert Geffner, PhD or Alan Kazdin, PhD.

For Information about NPEIV, the Summit, or the Call for Submissions: www.npeiv.org.

Make Sure You VOTE!!!

Apportionment Ballots to determine the 2011 Council of Representatives were mailed to all voting members of the Association on November 2. The 45-day election period will close on December 17. Notify your division members via email, newsletters articles and listservs that by casting their 10 apportionment votes, they can significantly impact the APA governance structure.

For questions or more information, contact the Elections Office or by phone at (+1/202) 336-6087.

Division Annual Reports

Attention Division Presidents – the 2009 Division Annual Reports are due Monday, February 1, 2010. Divisions that have chapters and/or sections are reminded that a separate annual report must be completed by each chapter and section.

Divisions and their chapters and sections are asked to submit their reports electronically this year.

If you have any questions, please contact your CODAPAR liaison (liaison assignments are listed below) or Troy Booker in Division Services.

Julia C. Phillips, PhD
CODAPAR, 2010 Chair
Liaison Divisions: 9, 27, 34, 35, 44, 45, 48, 51 and 52

Frank M. Webbe, PhD
CODAPAR, 2010 Vice-Chair
Liaison Divisions: 6, 22, 28, 38, 40, 47, 50, 55 and 56

Margaret Bull Kovera, PhD
Liaison Divisions: 5, 8, 13, 14, 19, 21, 23, 31 and 46

Deborah Fish Ragin, PhD
Divisions:1, 2, 3, 10, 24, 25, 26, 32 and 36

Linda A. Reddy, PhD
Divisions: 7, 15, 16, 20, 33, 37, 43, 53 and 54

Lawrence M. Zelnick, PsyD
Divisions: 12, 17, 18, 29, 30, 39, 41, 42 and 49