Council new business items

Increase your awareness and provide input on governance issues that are on the current agendas of APA boards and committees.

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 February 2013 and August 2013 sessions of council. The Agenda Planning Group, which is made up of the chairs of APA standing boards, Committee on Structure and Function of Council (CFSC), CODAPAR (representing division interests), Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP; 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. Please feel free to contact Sarah Jordan in the Division Services Office if additional information is needed.

Item 25A: Guidelines for Psychologists Regarding the Assessment of Trauma for Adults

Div. 56 (Trauma Psychology) has developed guidelines which it hopes will increase the use of trauma assessment and educate health professionals about the appropriate mechanisms for evaluating trauma history and assessing adults in a trauma-informed manner. The guidelines will be reviewed according to the process set forth in Association Rule 30-8 (see 30-8: Standards and Guidelines) and subsequently sent to the Council of Representatives for final approval as APA policy.

Referred to: Board of Professional Affairs, Committee on Legal Issues

Item 25B: Resolution on Need to Include Self-Help Support Groups as Part of Health Care Reform

This item recommends that APA adopts a resolution recognizing the effectiveness of self-help support groups, promoting broad access to these groups, and advocating for their inclusion as health-promoting interventions in the APA’s U.S. healthcare reform priorities. The item was developed by Div. 27's (Society for Community Research and Action) Self-Help/ Mutual Support Interest Group. The resolution will be vetted by APA boards and committees and the final version will be sent to the Council of Representatives for approval as APA policy.

Referred to: Board of Professional Affairs, Committee on Legal Issues