Association Rules — 130. Professional Affairs

130-1. Board of Professional Affairs

130-1.1 The Board of Professional Affairs shall consist of nine members, three to be elected each year for staggered terms of three years.

130-2. American Board of Professional Psychology

130-2.1 The APA recognizes the significant service to the profession and to the public that is rendered by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The Board of Professional Affairs and the Board of Trustees of ABPP are encouraged to maintain constant communication on matters of importance and mutual concern. The Board of Professional Affairs and the Board of Trustees of ABPP are encouraged to exchange the minutes of their meetings with each other. The Board of Trustees of ABPP is encouraged to submit to the Board of Directors of APA for its information and comments the slate of individuals nominated by ABPP to fill vacancies on its Board of Trustees.

130-3. Professional Awards

130-3.1 The Board of Professional Affairs shall announce its professional awards in a timely fashion in advance of the annual convention.

130-3.2 The APA may award annually up to three prizes of up to $2,000 each for outstanding contributions to psychology as a profession. The Board of Professional Affairs shall select as recipients for the awards those who have made outstanding contributions to the knowledge base of professional psychology, in technical applications in the applied practice of psychological knowledge, or in the use of the knowledge base or the practice base in psychology for the betterment of the general public. These contributions should be seminal or innovative in ways that are judged to have improved or changed significantly the conceptual understanding of behavior or the applied practice of such conceptual understanding of behavior, or to have accrued significant benefit to the public.

  1. The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. This award is given to a psychologist whose research has led to important discoveries or developments in the field of applied psychology. To be eligible, this research should have led to innovative applications in an area of psychological practice, including but not limited to assessment, consultation, instruction, or intervention (either direct or indirect). Research involving the original development of procedures, methodologies, or technical skills that significantly improve the application of psychological knowledge and provide direct and immediate solutions to practical problem areas will be considered, as will research that has informed psychologists on how better to observe, define, predict, or control behavior. Original integration of existing theories or knowledge is also eligible for consideration.

  2. The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding independent practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in any area of clinical specialization, health services provision, or consulting, and services provided to any patient population or professional clientele in an independent or institutional practice setting. Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and persons with serious mental illness, will be considered. Contributions can be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public's recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including advancement of the profession.

  3. The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in a wide variety of institutional practice settings (e.g. schools, military, state hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.). Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/ adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and persons with serious mental illness, will be considered. Contributions can be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public's recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including improvement of institutional service delivery systems or development of psychologically informed public policy.

130-3.3 The Board of Professional Affairs shall seek diversity in selecting recipients, avoiding as far as possible the consecutive selection of more than one person representing a specialized topic, a specific material, a given method, a particular application, or a specific specialized service.

130-3.4 Ineligible for the awards are members serving currently on the Board of Professional Affairs and the current APA President and President-elect. The following rules also apply: No person can receive a professional award in any two consecutive years; recipients are permitted to receive only one award in their lifetime per category of the professional awards; current members of the Board of Professional Affairs cannot vote for members of their own family; and those with a history of ethical violations at a state or national level or who have received disciplinary action from a state board of examiners in psychology are not eligible.

130-3.5 Nominations for these awards shall be solicited in the broadest possible manner, including announcements in appropriate publications. The category of the three awards in which the nomination is placed shall be based, insofar as possible, on a determination of the candidate's primary area of work. Deadlines for receipt of nominations shall be established by the Board of Professional Affairs each year. Nominators are responsible for providing the Board of Professional Affairs with an up-to-date resume and bibliography and a narrative statement detailing the nature of the contributions and focus of the nomination. Endorsements from other individuals and groups are also considered part of the record. All nominations are good for two years, after which nominators must reapply for another review. Nominators of the award recipients are also responsible for the wording of the awards' citation.

130-3.6 Award recipients shall be invited to be present at the annual convention to receive the awards and to address convention attendees in the year following the receipt of the awards.

130-4. Committee on Professional Practice and Standards

There shall be a Committee on Professional Practice and Standards that shall perform the following function:  (a) develop and recommend to BPA standards and guidelines for providers of psychological services:  (b) along with the Board of Professional Affairs, provide assistance to other APA bodies developing practice guidelines:  (c) monitor, evaluate, and develop information regarding the scientific and professional aspects of psychological services:  (d) recommend to BPA actions to implement these policies: and (e) monitor federal and state laws and regulations affecting delivery of psychological services to ensure the use of psychology in the public interest.

The Committee shall consist of nine members, including a member from the Board of Professional Affairs, eight of whom shall be elected for staggered terms of three years, and one member (from the Board) shall be appointed for a term of up to two years.  The Committee shall report to Council through the Board of Professional Affairs.

All policies and actions that the Committee believes the Association should take are governed by policies of APA and are channeled through the Board of Professional Affairs.

130-5. Committee on Rural Health

There shall be a Committee on Rural Health whose mission shall be to address the full breadth of issues affecting the health of persons living in rural and frontier America. The APA Rural Health Committee shall consist of eight (8) members each of whom shall serve a staggered term of three (3) years. All members of the committee shall be APA members and reflect rural, gender, ethnic minority, sexual orientation and age diversity. The members shall be chosen by the APA Council of Representatives through the nomination process described in Association Rule 110-15. Committee members shall be limited to two successive terms of service and may not further succeed themselves without a break in service. The committee shall meet twice a year. The activity of the Committee will encompass the interests of all APA Directorates and communication will be maintained with all Boards, Committees, and Divisions with an interest in these issues. The Committee will identify, study, and attempt to ameliorate health and mental health problems that may yield to the special knowledge and competence of psychologists. The Committee will identify and develop programs to meet the needs of residents in these areas. Linkages of psychologists with other health providers in these areas will be promoted to enhance the assessment and treatment of health problems with a behavioral component. The Committee on Rural Health shall report to the Council of Representatives and the Board of Directors through the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice.