Board of Directors Approved Minutes: February 21 & 22, 2001

Present: Norine G. Johnson, PhD; Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD; Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, JD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; Gerald P. Koocher, PhD; Raymond D. Fowler, PhD; Laura H. Barbanel, EdD; Charles L. Brewer, PhD; Katherine C. Nordal, PhD; J. Bruce Overmier, PhD; Ruth Ullmann Paige, PhD; and Nathan W. Perry, PhD.

Absent: None.

I. Minutes of meeting

A.(1) The Board voted to approve the minutes of the December 8-10, 2000, meeting of the Board of Directors.

II. Elections, awards, membeship and human resources

No items.

III. Ethics

A.(1A) The Board voted to reject the request that the Board allocate $11,700 from the Board's 2001 contingency funds to support a 2-day meeting of five members of the Ethics Code Task Force and eight representatives of practicing psychologists to address practice issues in the February 2001 Ethics Code Draft and to direct that the Chair of the ECTF select the representatives from the ECTF and chair the meeting.

The Board appointed a subcommittee of the Board (Drs. Koocher, Nordal, and Paige) and Russ Newman, PhD, JD, to meet with Judith P. Steward, PhD, and other members of Division 42 regarding their concerns.  The Board asked that the group meet during the February 2001 Council meeting, if possible.

B.(18) The Board received as information an update on the Ethics Code Revision and the Ethics Code Task Force.

C. In executive session, the Board took action on 5 Ethics cases.

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

IV. Board of Directors

A.(2) The Board voted to allocate $4500 from its 2001 contingency fund to support one meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on New Professionals.

B.(3) The item “Request for Contingency Funds to Support a Meeting to Reconsider the APA Policy that Prohibits Advertisements from the U.S. Military in APA Media” was withdrawn.

C.(3A) The Board voted to allocate $15,000 from the President-elect's contingency fund to support three planning committees for the 2002 presidential initiatives. The funds will be allocated as follows: Psychology Enhances Education across the Curriculum ($7,500), Expanding Membership through Affiliate Organizations ($3,750), and Making a Significant Difference: Psychological Science and Practice Enrich Our Lives ($3,750).

D.(3B) The Board voted to allocate $3,300 from its 2001 contingency fund to help support the meeting of the Division 17 and 35 Interdivisional Task Force on Guidelines for Counseling/Psychotherapy with Women.

E.(3C) The Board voted to allocate $5,400 from its 2001 contingency fund for the establishment of and funding for a 2-day meeting of a six-person Working Group on Psychology and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  The mission of the Working Group is to outline the array of areas in alternative medicine that psychology could, or should, be involved in as potential growth and opportunity for practice, research, education and public interest.  The Working Group will be appointed by President Norine Johnson, PhD.  Nominations will be solicited from the Interdivisional Healthcare Committee, the Board of Directors and the Executive Directors of the Practice, Science, Education and Public Interest Directorates.

F.(19) The Board received as information the APA History Oversight Committee Report.

G. In executive session, the Board voted to approve, in principle, the inclusion of an APAGS member on the Board of Directors.  The Board requested that staff draft relevant Bylaw and Association Rule changes to be forwarded to the Policy and Planning Board and the cross-cutting agenda at the Spring 2001 Consolidated Meetings.  The Board requested that an item come back to the Board for consideration in June 2001 and to Council for consideration at its August 2001 meeting.  The Board also requested that Council soon receive as information the item being put on the March 2001 cross-cutting agenda.

V. Divisions and state and provincial associations

No items.

VI. Organization of the APA

A.(4) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following motion:

That the Council of Representatives directs the Research Office to develop a method of determining association priorities at a regularly scheduled interval.  Data gathering should include a variety of member and APA staff groups similar to those used in the 1998 P&P Information Request.  Results of this survey should be reported widely, but specifically to the Policy and Planning Board for its use in long-range planning and to the Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives for their use in determining association priorities and initiatives. Council allocates $8,500 from its 2001 contingency fund for the cost of conducting the survey.

The Board requested that the method to be developed by the Research Office be submitted to the Board for approval.

VII. Publications and communications

No items.

VIII. Convention affairs

No items.

IX. Educational affairs

A.(5) The Board voted to approve the continuation of the Task Force on Psychology in Early Education and Care and allocated $10,000 from its 2001 contingency fund to cover the cost of one meeting of the Task Force.

B.(6) The Board voted to allocate $20,000 from its 2001 contingency fund to support one meeting in 2001 of a 12-person task force to develop distance education and training guidelines for professional education and training in psychology.

X. Professional affairs

A.(7) The Board voted to allocate $14,000 from its 2001 contingency fund for a one-day “Institute on Psychology and America’s Changing Demographics” to be held on Thursday, October 25, 2001, immediately prior to the Fall Consolidated Meetings.

B.(8) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $35,000 of its 2001 contingency fund to
strategically assist states well positioned to pass a prescriptive authority bill this year.

C.(20) The Board received information regarding the proposed amendment to Association Rule 130-3 to add the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Mental Health Services.

D. Russ Newman, PhD, JD, provided the Board with an update regarding the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  The Board requested that an item regarding NASP be put on the Board’s June agenda.

XI. Scientific affairs

A.(9) The Board voted to allocate $15,400 from its 2001 contingency fund for a Task Force on Psychological Testing on the Internet.

B.(10)  The Board voted to allocate $10,000 from its 2001 contingency fund to co-sponsor a one-day meeting of experts who would contribute their knowledge to the production of a document that can assist investigators and Institutional Review Boards in ethical planning for research with ethnic minority children and adolescents with mental disorders.  

XII. Public Interest

A.(11) The Board voted to allocate $6,600 from its 2001 contingency fund to support one meeting of the APA Working Group on Children’s Mental Health.

B.(12) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following motion:

That the Council of Representatives allocates $13,200 from its 2001 contingency fund to support two meetings of an APA Task Force on Workplace Violence.  The Task Force, housed within the Public Interest Directorate, will be charged with compiling available research information on: 1) the identification of factors that contribute to workplace violence; 2)  the impact of workplace  violence in today’s work force; and 3) features of successful workplace prevention programs which provide suggestions on how to prevent and reduce workplace violence.  The Task Force will also be charged with issuing a report which includes an evaluation of current literature on the issue of workplace violence along with recommendations for future actions by APA related to this issue.

C.(13) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $13,200 from its 2001 contingency fund to support two meetings of the APA Task Force on Advertising and Children.

D.(14) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $4,700 from its 2001 contingency fund to support a School Superintendents Forum, to be held in conjunction with APA’s 2001 annual convention in San Francisco.

E.(14A) The Board voted to allocate $4,200 from its 2001 contingency fund to support Sexual Orientation and Mental Health: Toward Global Perspectives on Practice and Policy, an international meeting on lesbian, gay, and bisexual concerns in psychology to be held August 21-23, 2001 in conjunction with the APA convention in San Francisco.

XIII. Ethnic Minority Affairs

A.(15) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $19,800 from its 2001 contingency fund to support one additional meeting in 2001 of the Textbook Guidelines Initiative Work Group.

XIV. International affaiirs

A.(16)  The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following motion:

That the Council of Representatives adopts the following resolution and allocates $5,600 from its 2001 contingency fund to support the establishment of a six-person working group as outlined in the resolution.

APA Resolution on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention’s Optional Protocols

WHEREAS psychologists have ethical duties to promote human dignity and welfare;

WHEREAS the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child provides a comprehensive policy framework for the protection of the dignity of children;

WHEREAS research shows that ratification of the Convention frequently leads to governments’ thoughtful review of policies affecting children and to the formation of coalitions of organizations interested in the well-being of children;

WHEREAS the Convention provides for the establishment of systems to monitor the well-being of children in diverse contexts;

WHEREAS psychologists may contribute to the development and enhancement of such systems for data collection and analysis;

WHEREAS psychologists may also contribute to the design and evolution of structures for children’s participation in their communities and of programs to enhance respectful service delivery for children and their families;

WHEREAS the Convention recognizes children’s right to a family environment and provides support as a matter of human right for the protection of relationships critical to children’s healthy development;

WHEREAS the Convention shows due respect for cultural differences in children’s lives and for gender equity in resources available to children;

WHEREAS the Convention provides a framework for humane educational, health, mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems;

WHEREAS psychologists can contribute to an understanding of the nature of, and requisites for, children's sense of dignity;  

WHEREAS psychologists can also contribute to the design of systems to ensure children’s survival and to promote their healthy development;

WHEREAS the American Psychological Associations (APA) has declared the development of a national strategy for the protection of children to be “a matter of the highest urgency”;

WHEREAS the United States has signed the Convention but is the only country in the world with a working government that has not ratified the Convention;

WHEREAS APA in 1989 endorsed the “spirit and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child provided that the language is not used to limit freedom of reproductive choice”;

WHEREAS the traveaux preparatoires (drafting history) of the Convention clarify that such a limitation is not addressed or supported by the Convention;

WHEREAS scores of other national professional, civic, and religious organizations have endorsed US ratification of the Convention;

WHEREAS optional protocols to the Convention -- on involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution, and pornography – were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000;

WHEREAS the United States was one of the first countries to sign these protocols;

WHEREAS psychologists abhor the sexual exploitation of children and the targeting of children in armed conflict and recognize the trauma and degradation often experienced by children in such situations;     

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that APA reaffirms its support for the spirit and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and calls on the U.S. Senate to ratify it with due urgency;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that APA affirms its support for the optional protocols to the Convention and calls on the U.S. Senate to ratify them with due urgency;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, until the Senate ratifies the Convention and its protocols, states and municipalities should adopt the principles in the Convention as guides to their own policies and practices affecting children;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that APA encourages state psychological associations to advocate such action by state legislatures, city and county councils, and state and local school boards;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that APA should apply the principles in the Convention in its own work related to children;

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED that the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology shall establish and appoint a working group to examine the implications of the principles in the Convention for psychologists’ practice, research, education and advocacy.

XV. Central Office

No items.

XVI. Financial affairs

A.(17) The Board voted to refer the Finance Committee’s contingency fund restructuring recommendation to the Policy and Planning Board and the Finance Committee.