Board of Directors Approved Minutes: August 2 & 5, 2000

Present: Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, JD; Norine Johnson, PhD; Richard M. Suinn, PhD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; Gerald P. Koocher, PhD; Raymond D. Fowler, PhD; Laura H. Barbanel, EdD; Charles L. Brewer, PhD; J. Bruce Overmier, PhD; Ruth Ullmann Paige, PhD; Nathan W. Perry, PhD; and George P. Taylor, PhD; incoming Board member Katherine Nordal, PhD

Absent: None.


I. MINUTES OF MEETING


A.(1) The Board voted to approve the minutes of the June 9-11, 2000, meeting of the Board Directors.


II. ELECTIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES


A.(2) The Board discussed the item "Council Seats for State Associations and Divisions."


B. In executive session, the Board voted to recommend that Council elect 126 Members to initial Fellow status on the nomination of the indicated divisions and on the recommendation of the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors.


C. In executive session, the Board discussed the memo received from Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, Chair of the Board of Professional Affairs, regarding slate development and ethnic minority representation. The Board requested that Ronald F. Levant, EdD, Coordinator of the Nominations Subcommittee, draft a response to Dr. Johnson on behalf of the Board.


III. ETHICS


A. In executive session, the Board discussed the update regarding implementation of Board motions restricting Ethics Adjudication and guidance on the confidentiality of the Board motions. The Board requested that the following minute be reported out from its executive session June meeting and distributed to Council at its August 2000 meeting:


The Board voted to approve the following approve the following motions regarding Ethics Adjudication:


I. Changes Applicable Only to Complaint Cases

  • That APA should decline to process a complaint under Part V of the 1996 Rules unless the complaint involves allegations of conduct which, if proven to be true, would likely result in loss of membership under the Ethics Committee policy defining such behavior. The Board directs the Ethics Committee to consider, with the assistance of staff, how to accomplish the above including Board action and amendments to the Ethics Rules, further definition of expellable conduct, and any other necessary steps and prepare a report for the Board regarding such steps for consideration by the Board at its December 2000 meeting.

  • That APA should decline to process a complaint under Part V of the 1996 Rules unless the complaint involves allegations of conduct for which there is not an alternative forum (state psychology licensure board, affiliated state psychological association, institutional review board, university grievance process or other comparable fora) available to address the behavior and sanction the offending member, if appropriate. The Board directs the Ethics Committee to consider, with the assistance of staff, how to accomplish the above including Board action and amendments to the Ethics Rules, further definition of adequate alternative fora, and any other necessary steps and prepare a report for the Board regarding such steps for consideration by the Board at its December 2000 meeting.

  • That APA should develop a non-disciplinary educative procedure for complaint cases that involve non-expellable conduct and that the Ethics Committee should develop an implementation plan with the assistance of staff, for consideration by the Board at its December 2000 meeting.


II. Changes Applicable to All Cases


That APA members who are the subject of an ethics investigation, complaint, or a charge under either part IV or part V of the Ethics Rules, be offered an opportunity, when first contacted by the ethics office regarding the potential case, to resign from APA with the understanding that such resignation will be deemed for all purposes to be a resignation "under ethics investigation", that the membership and any inquiring third party will be so informed and other conditions described in a similar motion regarding non-complainant matters passed by the Board in 1998 will be imposed. The Board votes that this option will be made available to all respondents currently under Committee scrutiny, regardless of the stage at which their case is in the process.


III. Changes Applicable Only to Show Cause Cases


That the Board reaffirms the similar motion passed in December 1998 to use automatic expulsion with a right of appeal in show cause cases, with the understanding that the list of actions that will trigger show cause cases be expanded to include appropriate findings by any of the enumerated alternative fora used to screen complaint cases, and directs APA staff to develop a plan, in conjunction with the Ethics Committee, to implement this change within the next 6 months.


The Board Ethics Subcommittee (Gerald P. Koocher, PhD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; and Ruth Ullmann Paige, PhD) will continue to work on this.


The Board was informed of the feedback received following Council’s discussion regarding Ethics Adjudication.

 

IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS


A.(3) The Board voted to approve the establishment of an ad hoc committee for two years to focus on the recruitment and retention of new professionals. The ad hoc Committee on New Professionals will be composed of four individuals within five years of receipt of the doctoral degree in psychology representing Science, Practice, Education and Public Interest and including gender and ethnic balance, plus one senior member appointed by the Board of Directors. This group will research, organize, and institute initiatives to increase the number of student affiliate members who transition to full member status, as well as the number of new professionals joining the Association for the first time. The group will hold two in-person meetings, and will carry out its work between meetings via email and conference calls. The ad hoc committee will present annual reports to the Board of Directors citing its progress in recruitment and retention efforts.


The Board requested that the request for funding for the ad hoc committee be brought to the Board in February 2001.


B.(3A) The Board voted establish a subcommittee of the Board (George P. Taylor, PhD, Chair; Laura H. Barbanel, EdD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; and Nathan W. Perry, PhD) to discuss and make recommendations to the Board regarding staff compensation and other staffing issues. Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, L. Michael Honaker, PhD, and Jack McKay will work with Board subcommittee on this issue.


C. The Board expressed its deep appreciation to Pat DeLeon, PhD, JD, for an outstanding Opening Ceremony.


D. In executive session, the Board took action on the following Psychology Defense Fund (PDF) cases:


#2000-3: On recommendation of the Executive Management Group (EMG), the Board voted to grant $10,000 to Rusell M. Holstein, PhD, to help cover legal expenses he incurred in proceedings with the lawsuit against Human Affairs International (HAI), Aetna U.S. Healthcare (Aetna) and Magellan Health Services, Inc. (Magellan), after being terminated from HAI’s provider panel.


#2000-4: On recommendation of EMG, the Board voted to grant $15,000 to the Missouri Psychological Association to help cover expenses for their lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Medical Services.


V. DIVISIONS AND STATE AND PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS


No items.


VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE APA


A.(4) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve amending Association Rule 50-3.1 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

50-3. AD HOC GROUPS

50-3.1 The standing boards and continuing committees [shall] may, in exceptional circumstances, appoint, for designated time periods, such ad hoc groups (e.g., task forces, work groups, ad hoc committees, subcommittees) as may be necessary. [The term of ad hoc groups shall expire at the close of the annual meeting following their appointment, unless they complete their assignment and are discharged earlier. If the appointing board or committee wishes the continuance of an ad hoc group, it shall so report to Council. Ad hoc groups reported by a board or committee may be included in an official list of ad hoc groups. A formal vote by Council is not necessary to establish an ad hoc group, unless the appointing board or committee requests special powers for the ad hoc group beyond the competence of the board or committee to grant.]

If funding is already available for an ad hoc group, the Board of Directors shall be informed at its next meeting of the establishment of the group and provided with a description of the following: purpose; progress to date; membership roster (if available); duration of the group’s appointment; funding amount and source of funding. If new funding is needed for the ad hoc group, prior approval must be obtained from the Council of Representatives or Board of Directors as appropriate. The request for approval shall include a description of the following: purpose; membership roster (if available); duration of the group’s appointment; funding amount required and the source from which funding is requested. Requests for Council contingency funds or for funds to be added to the budget require Council approval.

If the appointing body determines that an ad hoc group should continue beyond its initially designated term, the Board of Directors shall be informed at its next meeting and shall be advised of the group’s progress; the new designated time period; and the amount and source of funds. If funding is needed for the group’s continuance, prior approval must be obtained from the Council of Representatives or Board of Directors as appropriate.

The Council of Representatives shall receive a listing annually of all ad hoc groups as an integral part of the budget document.

 

VII. PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS


No items.

 


VIII. CONVENTION AFFAIRS


A.(4A) Rochelle Balter, PhD, Chair of the Board of Convention Affairs (BCA), met with the Board to discuss changes to the APA Convention. The Board requested that BCA meet with the Board at the Fall 2000 Consolidated Meetings to further discuss this issue.


IX. EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS


A.(5) The Board discussed the scope of authority of the Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPEC) and the Office of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and determined that CPEC and CPE were working within their scope of authority when they requested that as part of their annual activity summary, sponsors should be asked to submit a copy of all promotional materials related to their programs, rather than the self-selected sample of promotional materials previously required as part of the interim report.


B. George P. Taylor, PhD, provided the Board with an update on activities of the Committee on Accreditation.


X. PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS


A.(6) The Board discussed the item "Commission on Education and Training Leading to Licensure in Psychology."


B.(6A) The Board voted to recommend that Council endorse the "Practice Parameter: Screening and Diagnosis of Autism" and suspend the rules in order to consider the item at Council’s August 2000 meeting. The Board requested that the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) look at ways of handling future requests for APA approval or endorsement which are time-sensitive.


C.(6B) The Board recommended that Council approve the following addition to Association Rule 130-3 (underlined material to be added):


130-3.7 The Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice shall announce its


professional awards in a timely fashion in advance of the annual convention.


The APA shall award up to two prizes of $1,000 each for Distinguished Contributions to Mental Health Services. This award recognizes the work of psychologists or programs in making superior contributions to the development, implementation or evaluation of programs that improve outcomes for persons with a serious mental illness or children with a serious emotional disorder. The emphasis is on demonstrated accomplishments in providing services and treatment at the operational level, in public or private service delivery settings. Contributions to services for adults and to services for children and adolescents is recognized by separate awards in those two categories. On occasion, contributions in related areas (such as education, policy development, public education, or consumer liaison) that have fostered service improvements, may be recognized. The award is intended to give recognition to important but often unrecognized contributions of psychologists in the area, as well as to stimulate the interest of additional psychologists to work in this area.


Award recipients shall be invited to be present at the annual convention to receive the award.


D.(7A) The Board was informed of the renaming by BPA of the Self-Assessment Work Group to the Executive Coaching Work Group.


E. George P. Taylor, PhD, provided the Board with an update on the activities of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.


XI. SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS


A. In executive session, the Board received as information a letter from Kenneth J. Shapiro, PhD, Executive Director of the Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, regarding the Committee on Animal Research and Ethics.


XII. PUBLIC INTEREST


No items.


XIII. ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS


No items.


XIV. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


No items.


XV. CENTRAL OFFICE


No items.


XVI. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS


A.(7) The Board voted to postpone the item "Setting Priorities for Future APA Budgets" and requested that the item be brought back to the Board along with the item requesting an increase in Board and Council contingency funds.