Division Leadership Conference encourages cross-divisional opportunities, engagement

Representatives from every APA Division convened in late-January at the annual Division Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, for training and networking

The annual Division Leadership Conference welcomed more than 80 individuals to Washington D.C. last month. The conference theme of "Motivate-Engage-Lead," lead the delegates down a path of networking, sharing resources, and building a toolkit of best practices for engaging division membership.

Throughout the weekend, the delegates, mostly newly elected presidents-elect, heard from the APA Board of Directors (including the president and president-elect of APA), APA staff, and a special keynoter, Dr. Gary Latham, who spoke on the topic of motivation.

Many resources were shared with division leaders throughout the weekend (see below). In addition, members of the Committee on Division/APA Relations (which hosted the event), were available to encourage divisions to network with each other on collaborative projects in the future. Members of CODAPAR are also available to support divisions and provide assistance to divisions.

In addition to a special invitation to each president-elect, eight early career psychologists were invited to be participant-observers in the conference and provide feedback to divisions on working with ECPs. This initiative, funded by APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, was part of her efforts to recruit the next class of psychologists to APA.

"Divisions offer an important opportunity to engage APA members through their varied activities," Johnson wrote in her January presidential column. "There is some evidence that division membership is associated with a longer association with APA."

The 2013 Division Leadership Conference will be held January 25-27, 2013, in Washington D.C. APA invites all presidents-elect to attend, and starting in 2013, the newly appointed programming chair for each division will be invited to attend.

2012 DLC Presentations