Board of Directors Approved Minutes: February 23 & 24, 2000

Present: Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, JD; Norine Johnson, PhD; Richard M. Suinn, PhD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; Gerald P. Koocher, PhD; Laura H. Barbanel, EdD; J. Bruce Overmier, PhD; Ruth Ullmann Paige, PhD; Nathan W. Perry, PhD; and George P. Taylor, PhD

Absent: Raymond D. Fowler, PhD

I. MINUTES OF MEETING

A.(1) The Board voted to approve the minutes of the December 9-12, 1999, meeting of the Board Directors, as amended.

II. ELECTIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES

A.(1A) The Board voted to allocate $15,000 from the President-elect's contingency fund to support the cost of meetings and related projects for the 2001 presidential initiatives on Effecting Change in the Health Care System, Expanding Opportunities in Practice and Expanding Opportunities in Science.

III. ETHICS

A.(12) The Board received information regarding recent actions taken by the Ethics Code Task Force.

B. In executive session, the Board took action on 14 Ethics cases.

C. In executive session, the Board received information on Stipulated Resignations with Admission of Violation.

IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A.(1B) The Board voted to allocate $3,000 from its 2000 contingency funds to provide support for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students to develop materials that will be useful to students applying for internship.

B.(1C) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following amendment to Association Rule 40-3.3 (bracketed material to be deleted):


40-3.3 Liaison/Observers shall not be entitled to vote on matters before Council[, and shall not be eligible to secure reimbursement from general Association revenues of the expenses incurred for their attendance at Council].

The Board also recommended that Council allocate $5,000 to reimburse liaison/observers for their attendance at the February and August 2000 meetings and approve the following reimbursement policy for liaisons/observers:


Liaison/Observers shall be reimbursed for the same amount as Council members for their attendance at Council.

C.(12A) The Board received as information the APA History Oversight Committee Report.

D. In executive session, the Board discussed the 5-year Report and recommendations of the Policy and Planning Board Blue Ribbon Panel.


E. In executive session, the Board took action on the following Psychology Defense Fund cases:


Petition # 2000-1: On recommendation of the Executive Management Group (EMG), the Board recommended against awarding a grant to P. Jeffrey Ewert, PhD, at this time, but encouraged Dr. Ewert to re-submit his application for a grant when his case has progressed to the point that it is clear exactly what isssues are involved and if they have relevance to the profession.


Petition # 2000-2: On recommendation of EMG, the Board voted to grant $5,000 to Richard F. Brown, PhD, to support a legal action against Magellan.

F. In executive session, the Board voted to approve the following motion regarding the use of honorifics in the APA Monitor:


The Board wishes to reaffirm current policy (use of PhD, PsyD or EdD as appropriate upon first reference only in text of all articles) with the following exception: beginning with the May 2000 issue, "Dr." will appear before all such persons in photo captions. The use of honorifics in authored columns will continue to be used (or not used) at the discretion of the author.

V. DIVISIONS AND STATE AND PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS

A.(2) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve candidate division status for the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy, Division 55 of the APA.

B.(2A) In executive session, the Board discussed the item regarding the proposed change to the allocation of seats on the Council of Representatives. The Board voted to allocate $4,000 from its 2000 contingency funds to support a meeting at the 2000 annual convention of some Board members and caucus/coalition members to consider a plan for all state associations to have at least one seat on Council.

VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE APA

No items.

VII. PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.(3) The Board postponed the item "Request for Funding for a Joint P&C/BSA Task Force" to its June 2000 meeting.

VIII. CONVENTION AFFAIRS

No items

IX. EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(13) The Board approved the following APA policy on Avoidance of Conflict of Interest in Accreditation Decision Operations:


The integrity and fairness of the accreditation process is of paramount importance. For this reason all participants in and observers of the process, having access to sensitive and confidential information, shall assiduously avoid all actual and apparent conflicts of interest. This policy applies to voting members of the Committee on Accreditation, official liaisons from the Boards of Directors and Board of Educational Affairs, and staff working in or having oversight of the APA Accreditation Office.


Examples of such situations include current or former employment at the candidate program (including consulting relationship); presence of participant/observer's doctoral student in an internship program under review, family connection with the candidate program, close personal or professional relationship with a program staff member; and having an adverse relationship with the institution, program, or its personnel.


Since APA staff, Committee members and liaisons will not be fully cognizant of each persons' real or apparent conflicts of interest, it is the responsibility of each individual to thoughtfully consider this issue inform the Committee chair and staff and : 1) avoid review of written submissions from such programs, 2) avoid being present at the time the program is discussed, and 3) avoid any participation in decisions about the program. If participants have any doubt as to whether a conflict exists or may appear to exist, they are ethically obligated to raise these concerns promptly with the Committee chair and the senior APA accreditation staff member.

X. PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(4) The Board voted to allocate $4,000 from its 2000 contingency funds to support a Leaders Breakfast Forum on the Changing Health Care System at the 2000 annual convention in Washington, DC.

B.(5) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $20,000 from its 2000 contingency funds to support consultative site visits to stimulate the development of prescription privileges activities in states with good potential for such development. The Board recommended that Council suspend the order of business rule at its February 2000 meeting in order to take up this item.

C.(6) The Board voted to allocate $20,000 of its 2000 contingency funds to support the further development of 2-4 focus groups to refine the product content and help develop packaging distribution plans for parent training materials and for administrative costs accruing to the authors of the material.

D.(6A) The Board voted to allocate $4,000 of its 2000 contingency funds to support the creation and dissemination of a flyer and posters to advertise the "Serious Emotional Disturbance: Working with Children, Adolescents and Their Families" miniconvention to be held at the 2000 annual convention in Washingtion, DC.

XI. SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS

A.(7) The Board voted to allocate $25,000 from its 2000 contingency funds, and recommended that Council allocate $25,000 from its 2000 contingency funds, to support the Decade of Behavior initiative.

B.(8) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $4,600 from its 2000 contingency funds to support one-half of the cost of a final meeting of the Test User Qualifications Task Force.

XII. PUBLIC INTEREST

A.(8A) The Board voted to allocate $5,400 from its 2000 contingency funds to support one meeting of a task force to develop guidelines for integrating gender and sexual orientation into introductory psychology textbooks.

B.(14) The item "Collection of Information About the Representation of Women, Ethnic Minorities, Gay Men, Lesbians and Bisexuals and Individuals with Disabilities in APA Governance" was withdrawn.

XIII. ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS

A.(9) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $8,000 of its 2000 contingency funds to support one meeting of a Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training 2 Task Force Textbook Working Group.

XIV. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

No items.

XV. CENTRAL OFFICE

No items.

XVI. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

A.(10) The Board voted to refer the item "Request to Increase Level of Board and Council Contingency Funds" to the Finance Committee.

B.(11) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following amendment to paragraph three of Association Rule 210-2.1 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted):


A direct service program provides to individuals or organizations a product, benefit, or service for a fee. Each direct service program (e.g. Convention, [Sponsor Approval, ] Continuing Education, [Accreditation,] and Communications) shall have their specific financial goals set annually by the chief executive officer during the budget process but shall be expected to at least produce an excess over expenses.