Council of Representatives Approved Minutes: February 15-17, 2002

I. MINUTES OF MEETING

A.(1) Council voted to approve the minutes of the August 23 & 26, 2001, Council of Representatives meeting.

II. ELECTIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES

A.(2) Council voted to reject the following main motion of new business item 58A:

APA Books is instructed immediately to begin production of a paper-bound less expensive directory and make it available for purchase as soon as possible.
B.(3) That Council approve amending Association Rule 40-1.8 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

The appointment of an alternate representative [other than an officer within the] for a voting unit shall be certified in writing to the Recording Secretary in advance of the [meeting at which the alternate is seated] alternate representative being seated. The certification shall be from [the president or secretary] an officer or director of the voting unit so represented[, or shall make clear by what authority or custom the appointment has been made] or from a person authorized in writing by the voting unit to make such appointments. Consistent with the APA Bylaws, an alternate representative shall be a member of the voting unit who is also a member of APA and shall not be a member who has served as a Council representative for the six consecutive years prior to the year in which they serve as an alternate.

C.(4) Council voted to reject the following main motion of new business item 53:

(1) candidates for the APA Board of Directors will have an opportunity to submit a statement of 500 words (or less) when they return their questionnaire indicating interest in nomination. These statements will be mailed to members of Council with the nomination ballots; (2) these statements will also be posted on the APA-website with the permission of each individual, and (3) the Council of Representatives encourages candidates and final nominees for the APA Board of Directors to utilize the above standard mechanisms that are designed to inform Council members of their unique qualifications and interests relevant to the respective governance groups and discourages nominees from engaging in additional direct campaigning efforts. All actions will be approved for a three-year trial basis. An evaluation of these actions in meeting their intended outcomes will be presented to Council after the completion of three election cycles, by the Election Committee.

D.(5) Council voted to reject the following main motion of new business item 54:

(1) nominees for each APA board or committee (excluding the Board of Directors) elected by Council members will be invited to submit a statement of 300 words (or less) that will accompany election ballots; (2) nominees for each APA board or committee (excluding the Board of Directors) will be also have the option of having their statement posted on the APA website; and (3) the Council of Representatives encourages nominees for each APA board or committee (excluding the Board of Directors) to utilize the above mechanisms that are designed to inform Council members of their unique qualifications and interests relevant to the respective governance groups and discourages nominees from engaging in additional direct campaigning efforts. All actions will be approved for a three-year trial basis. An evaluation of these actions in meeting their intended outcomes will be presented to Council after the completion of three election cycles, by the Election Committee.

E.(17) Council voted to approve the following motion regarding the Membership Recruitment and Retention Fund Proposal:

Council approves the inclusion of $100,000 in the 2002 Final Budget to fund special projects for membership recruitment and retention. Council asks that a strategic plan for implementing this program be developed and used in evaluating the request for future funding to be brought to Council for action in February 2003.

Council recommends a close collaboration among the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), the Ad Hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists and the Membership Committee in implementing this program.

F.(27F) A new business item “Eligibility for Service on the Board of Directors” was referred to the Election Committee, the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council (CSFC), the Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) and the Policy and Planning Board (P&P).

G.(28A) Council received as information a strategic plan for membership recruitment and retention.

H.(44) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “New Criteria for Dues-Exempt Status.”

I.(45) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Pro/Con Statements.”

III. ETHICS

A.(6) Council discussed the item “Ethics Code Revision Update.”

B.(28) Council received information on stipulated resignations.

C.(29) Council received information about the establishment of a prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics.

D.(30) Council received information regarding changes to the Ethics Committee Rules and Procedures.

IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A.(18) Council voted to approve the addition of $77,000 to the 2002 Final Budget to 1) enhance central office research capabilities and 2) provide electronic access to APA journals and research tools for the Congressional Research Office.

B.(26) A new business item “Email Mailing Lists” was referred to CSFC.

C.(27G) A new business item “Council Contingency Discretionary Fund” was withdrawn.

D.(27H) A new business item “Council Contingency Fund” was referred to CSFC.

E.(27I) A new business item “Timely Action by Council on Pending New Business” was to CSFC and P&P.

F.(27Q) A new business item “Enhancing Future of APA” was referred to CSFC and the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA).

G.(27R) A new business item “Office of Strategic Planning and Vision” was referred to P&P.

H.(27S) A new business item “Accountability to Vision & Goals” was referred to CSFC and P&P.

I.(27T) A new business item “More Proactive Involvement with Other Disciplines, Organizations, Media and Political Bodies” was referred to CSFC.

J.(27U) A new business item “Feedback on Past Items' Progress in Terms of Strategic Goals” was referred to CSFC and P&P.

K.(27V) A new business item “More Involvement for COR Members” was referred to CSFC.

L.(27W) A new business item “Institutionalizing Change” was referred to CSFC.

M.(27X) A new business item “Future Information” was referred to CSFC.

N.(31) Council was informed of emergency action taken by the Board of Directors in December 2001 to adopt the Resolution on Terrorism.

O.(31A) Council received an update regarding the issue of APAGS membership on the Board of Directors and Council.

P.(46) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Streamlining the Presentation of Information to Council Members.”

Q.(47) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “C/R Briefing on Specialization.”

V. DIVISIONS AND STATE AND PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS

A.(7) Council voted to approve the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy, Division 55, as a permanent APA division.

B.(7A) Council voted to approve the withdrawal of new business item #23S, “Council Seats for State Associations and Divisions.”

C.(27L) A new business item “Better Use of Division and SPPA Members with Communications Talent and Interests” was referred to CODAPAR, CAPP and APAGS.

D.(48) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Amend the APA Rule 100-2.1 for Signing Petitions to APA Council in Order to Permit Electronic Endorsements for Petitions for New Divisions.”

VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE APA

A.(49) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Change in Council's Name.”

B.(50) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Work Group to Study Equity between Divisions and Affiliates of the Numbers of Members and Representation on Council.”

C.(51) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Better Articulation Between Council and its Board and Committee Structure.”

D.(52) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Increasing the Number of APA Members of a State/Provincial/Territorial Association Required for Affiliate Status.”

VII. PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.(32) Council received as information the American Psychologist Task Force Report.

B.(33) Council received as information a publications update. The Publications and Communications (P&C) Board met twice in 2001: June 2-3 and October 27-28. Sara Kiesler, PhD, served as 2001 Chair and Randi Martin, PhD, as Co-Chair. The P&C Board continued its policy oversight of the Association's major knowledge and information dissemination programs: the APA Journals program, PsycINFO database products and services, the APA Books program, and APA Internet Services. The P&C board made 5 editorial appointments in 2001, naming the following to 6-year terms to begin in 2003 (with 2002 as the incoming year): Journal of Applied Psychology (Sheldon Zedeck); Journal of Educational Psychology (Karen R. Harris); Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (Lizette Petterson); JPSP: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (John F. Dovidio); Psychological Bulletin (Harris M. Cooper). Searches were opened by the P&C Board searches for editors for the following two journals: Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books and Developmental Psychology. The fifth edition of the APA Publication Manual was approved for release, and sales of the Publication Manual in 2001 reached $7 million. The P&C Board approved a special issue of the Clinician's Research Digest newsletter to cover posttraumatic stress disorder as related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. A new ethnic minority researcher database was introduced to aid editors in selecting reviewers for articles. In addition, the P&C Board approved a staff proposal to add cited references to the PsycINFO database. When the new database is introduced at the American Library Association Mid-Winter meeting in January 2002, it will include cited references from all materials received in 2001 and retrospective coverage from 2000, as well as all APA journals back to 1986. The P&C Board provided oversight and input for the APA trade book imprint, APA LifeTools, as well as efforts to expand the number and kind of APA reference book publications (e./g., an electronic version of the lucrative encyclopedia). Two APA LifeTools books were released in the fall of 2001. PsycINFO produced approximately 78,000 records in 2001. PycINFO had 2000+ leases from 8 distributors. APA Books released 52 new titles in 2001, and Magination Press 6 new titles. Book order volume in 2001 totaled $10,900,000 and approximately 618,000 total copies. The number of paid serial publication subscribers in 2001 was 367,971. (Serial titles include not only the regular primary journals, but also Psychological Abstracts and the PsycSCAN series, the Monitor, and the American Psychologist.) The number of APA members purchasing annual access to one of the electronic information packages from APA reached 7,267. Advertising sales for 2001 were on the order of $3,500,000 (as compared with $3,100,000 in 2000). The P&C Board reconsidered its policy on uniform masked review across all journals. Masked review is now considered the default policy with room for adjustment if needed by the area covered by a journal. The copyright and permissions problems associated with the publication of test items, from research instruments as well as commercially published tests, were discussed. It was noted that many researchers develop tests and scales that they wish to be freely used and modified. To further that aim, they publish the entire instruments in APA journal articles and are rather put out by requests for permission. Other measures, however, especially intelligence tests and others copyrighted by commercial publishers may be highly protected. The difficulty that authors, editors, and APA staff have in distinguishing among the measures that may lie in the gray area between these extremes and then applying the appropriate procedures was noted.

C.(53) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Support for Editors to Enhance Dissemination of Psychological Knowledge to the Public.”

VIII. CONVENTION AFFAIRS

A.(34) Council received information regarding the restructuring of the annual convention.

IX. EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(8) Council voted to approve the recognition of Family Psychology as a specialty in professional psychology.

B.(9) Council voted to reject the following main motion of new business item 32C:

In order to realize the benefits that would accrue from more uniform education and training standards, the American Psychological Association (APA) urges all U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions to seek changes in administrative policies and regulations and, where necessary, in law that would require all health service provider applicants for licensure to have completed a doctoral training program in psychology that is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education (or comparable recognition in Canada). The Association adopts this position as official policy and calls upon its affiliated state and provincial psychological associations, state and provincial regulatory bodies, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP), the Councils of Training Directors in Psychology, and the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) to endorse and support the implementation of the policy.

C.(19) Council voted to allocate $6,800 from its 2002 contingency fund to support one meeting of the BEA Task Force on Psychology Major Competencies. Council requested that the term “guidelines” be removed from the title and throughout the document of the formerly titled National Guidelines and Suggested Learning Outcomes for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.

D.(20) Council voted to allocate $8,500 from its 2002 contingency fund to contribute to the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers' conference “Competencies 2002: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology.”

E.(21) Council voted to allocate $9,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to revise the Guidelines on Cross Cultural Education and Training, Research, Organizational Change and Practice for Psychologists.

F.(27A) A new business item “Financial Support for the Archives of the History of American Psychology” was referred to BEA, the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and the History Oversight Committee.

G.(27G) A new business item “Statement on Specialization in Professional Psychology” was referred to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP), BEA, the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), CAPP and the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI).

H.(27Z) A new business item “Add Education to APA Mission Statement” was referred to BEA and P&P.

I.(35) Council received an update regarding the report and recommendations of the Commission on Education and Training Leading to Licensure in Psychology.

J.(36) Council was informed of the decision of the Committee on Accreditation, in consultation with legal counsel, to retain Footnote 4 of the Guidelines and Principles in Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology.

K.(37) Council received an update on the Task Force on Distance Education in Professional Psychology.

L.(54) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Future Composition of the Committee on Accreditation.”

M.(55) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Internal Review of Committee on Accreditation Effectiveness.”

N.(56) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Greater Autonomy for Committee on Accreditation.”

O.(57) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Level in Consulting – Organizational Psychology.”

P.(58) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Resolution on the Accreditation of the Newly Emerging Substantive Area of Clinical Child Psychology at the Predoctoral Level.”

Q.(59) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Impact of School Size on Psychological Well-Being and Educational Achievement of Students.”

X. PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(10) Council voted to reject the following main motion of new business item 58L:

That the Council of Representatives recommends that the existing APA and Divisional guidelines be re-titled, terming them “considerations” and to title all future such documents with this term.

B.(11) Council voted to approve the following amendments to APA's policy on challenges to the doctoral standard for psychology licensure (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

1. Encouragement and assistance to State Psychological Associations (SPAs) and state licensing boards to move to single level doctoral licensure.

2. Active consulting to SPAs in states that have dual level licensure.

3. Encourage the recognition of individuals holding terminal masters degrees in psychology under existing or new state statutes, provided that such statutes do not recognize, regulate or govern the title or practice of psychology[.] ,and do not use the term “psychological” in defining the title or scope of practice for such persons.

4. Convening exploratory meetings focusing on issues involving education, training and credentialling, at the Consolidated meetings with the Board of Directors, Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, Board of Professional Affairs, Board of Educational Affairs, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and other relevant groups.

C.(12) Council voted to approve the withdrawal of new business item 56, “Guidelines for Provision of Humanistic Psychosocial Services.”

D.(12A) In executive session, Council requested that the Council of Credentialing Organizations in Professional Psychology be asked, in consultation with APA legal counsel, to review and provide input on the item “Board Certification for Psychologists in Applied Fields of Specialization in Professional Psychology.”

E.(21A) Council voted to allocate $15,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to conduct a legal analysis on how revision to federal statues could potentially increase the ability of psychologists to participate as providers and authorizers of treatment under Medicaid.

E.(27D) A new business item “Disclaimer for Guidelines Documents” was referred to BPA, BEA, CAPP, CODAPAR, COLI and P&P.

F.(27J) A new business item “Increase Resources for Communications Missions” was referred to CAPP, BEA, P&P and the Finance Committee.

G.(27K) A new business item “Culture of Giving” was referred to CAPP, the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI), BEA, BSA, P&P and the Finance Committee.

H.(38) Council received an update regarding the activities of BPA in relation to APA guidelines.

I.(60) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Coalition Building to Design and Implement Health Care Reform.”

J.(61) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Information Service for Practitioners.”

K.(62) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Guidelines for Multicultural Counseling Proficiency for Psychologists.”

L.(63) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Creation of a Task Force on Health Care Policy.”

M.(64) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Primary Care Psychology.”

N.(65) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Changes in Association Rules Regarding the Promulgation of Guidelines.”

XI. SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS

A.(22) Council voted to allocate $7,000 from its 2002 contingency fund for one two-day meeting of the Task Force on Psychological Testing on the Internet.

B.(27M) A new business item “Increase field in the APA Database to Include Categories of Scientific Expertise” was referred to BSA, APAGS, BEA and CODAPAR.

C.(27N) A new business item “Increase Media Staff in Science Writing” was referred to BSA and CODAPAR.

D.(27O) A new business item “Increase Science Directorate Public Policy Staff” was referred to BSA, BEA and CODAPAR.

E.(27P) A new business item “Develop Mechanisms to Identify Critical Issues That Need be Informed by Research” was referred to BSA, APAGS, BAPPI, BEA, BPA and CODAPAR.

XII. PUBLIC INTEREST

A.(13) Council voted to reject the following main motion of new business item 58F:

Whereas Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers the American Psychological Association;

Whereas the principle of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, is nondiscrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age;

Whereas EEOC defines EEO groups as Black males, Black females, Hispanic males, Hispanic females, Asian American/Pacific Islander males, Asian American/Pacific Islander females, American Indian/Alaskan Native males, American Indian/Alaskan Native females, White males and White females (29 CFR, 1607.4);

Whereas EEOC Form 100 (Employer Information Report EEO-1) for reporting EEO progress includes Black males, Black females, Hispanic males, Hispanic females, Asian American/Pacific Islander males, Asian American/Pacific Islander females, American Indian/Alaskan Native males, American Indian/Alaskan Native females, White males and White females;

Whereas racial discrimination is present when people are treated differently than others who are similarly situated because they are of Hispanic ethnicity or members of a specific race or sex;

Whereas the courts have been careful to state that Hispanics, all racial groups and both sexes are protected by civil rights law;

Whereas every U.S. citizen is a member of some protected class and is entitled to the benefits of EEO law;

Whereas EEOC stipulates that employers compare the EEO make-up of their workforce to the relevant labor force from which employees are recruited;

Whereas the percents of minorities and women by job groups reported in past APA EEO/Affirmative Action reports do not indicate the extent to which racial groups, Hispanics, women and men are under-represented or over-represented;

Whereas comparing the percent of each racial group, Hispanics, women and men in each APA job group to an appropriate (i.e., relevant) labor pool from which employees are recruited provides a common metric (a representation index) to assess the relative utilization of each target group;

Whereas APA has been a leader in EEO/Affirmative Action efforts (HR Magazine);

Whereas racial and gender bias continue to exist in U.S. society

Be it resolved that:

1. APA reaffirms the spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, that all-racial groups and Hispanics as well as members of both sexes shall not be discriminated against;

2. APA shall vigorously continue its affirmative action programs;

3. All APA reports on the race and gender characteristics of its staff, members, governance bodies, psychology students, etc. shall present in equal fashion information of the status separately of all racial groups and Hispanics as well as both sexes;

4. APA EEO/Affirmative Action reports shall present a representation index for each racial group, Hispanics, women and men with an accompanying description of the relevant labor pool used to calculate the representation indices;

5. These reports will be publicly available to APA Council, APA members and staff;

6. APA endorses full utilization/representation of all racial groups, Hispanics and both sexes

B.(14) Council voted to receive the report of the APA Working Group on Children's Mental Health.

C.(15) Council voted to adopt the following Resolution on Ageism:

Resolution on Ageism
 
WHEREAS ageism is defined as prejudice toward, stereotyping of, and/or discrimination against any person or persons directly and solely as a function of their having attained a chronological age which the social group defines as “old”; and
 
WHEREAS psychologists have documented the role of ageism in assessment and treatment of older adults, the degree to which aging does (or does not) affect human behavior and performance, the effects of age stereotypes, the extent to which ageism is a factor in workplace discrimination, among other concerns related to age and behavior; and
 
WHEREAS over the past several years APA has affirmed its opposition to discrimination and stereotyping based on gender, race, physical disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity; and
 
WHEREAS most recently (February 1999) APA affirmed by Council resolution its support of Affirmative Action and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and national origin; and
 
WHEREAS APA embraces diversity in all efforts and programs and recognizes the dimension of age as an important element of diversity;
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Psychological Association rejects ageism in all its forms and is committed to support efforts to eliminate it from our society.
 
References
 
Calasanti, T.M. (1999) Feminism and gerontology: Not just for women. Hallym International Journal of Aging, 1, 44-56.

Kimmel, D.C. (1988) Ageism, psychology, and public policy. American Psychologist, 43,175-178.

Laws, G. (1995) Understanding ageism: Lessons from feminism and postmodernism. The Gerontologist, 35, 112-118.

Palmore, E. (1990). Ageism, negative and positive. New York: Springer.

Schaie, K.W. (1988). Ageism in psychological research. American Psychologist, 43, 179-183.

D.(23) Council voted to allocate $15,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to support the formation and two meetings of a Children and Adolescents Task Force of the Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues that would be charged with producing a report on practice, research, training, and policy issues for psychologists involved with children and families dealing with the end of life.

E.(24) Council voted to allocate $15,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to support publication of a Book on Women of Color Leader Psychologists.

F.(27C) Council voted to allocate $13,200 from its 2002 contingency fund to support the formation and two meetings of an Ad Hoc Working Group on Children's Mental Health to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Working Group on Children's Mental Health. The ad hoc working group will be comprised of six members to be appointed by the APA President. (Note: Subsequent to the Council meeting, the name of the group was changed to the APA Task Force on Psychology's Agenda for Child and Adolescent Mental Health to more accurately reflect the mission and charge of the group.)

G.(66) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Proposed Resolution on Creating and APA Council Task Force of Pro Bono Affairs.”

H.(67) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Rural Children's Mental Health Services.”

III. ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS

No items.

XIV. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(15A) Council voted to approve the withdrawal of new business item #25E, “Position Paper on Culture and Gender Awareness in International Psychology.”

B.(27B) A new business item “Culture and Gender Awareness in International Psychology” was referred to the Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP), BAPPI, BPA, BSA and COLI.

C.(27Y) A new business item “Future of APA (International)” was referred to CIRP.

D.(68) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item “Culture and Gender Awareness in International Psychology.”

XV. CENTRAL OFFICE

A.(39) Council received as information the 2001 Report on Environmental Issues.

XVI. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

A.(16) Council discussed the item “Annual Review of APA Compensation Package.”

B.(25) Council voted to approve the Proposed 2002 Final Budget calling for a net bottom-line deficit of $1,585,600. In addition, Council supported the passage of this budget authorizing the CEO to do what is necessary to ensure that the deficit for 2002 is no greater than the $1,585,600 deficit being proposed at this time and asked that the CEO develop a plan to achieve a balanced budget by 2004 including substantial progress toward a balanced budget in 2003.

C.(40) Council received information regarding various requests for the offering of an APA dues installment payment mechanism.

D.(41) Council received as information a cost analysis of refinancing APA's buildings.

E.(42) Council received as information the minutes of the August and September 2001 conference calls and the December 2001 meeting of the Finance Committee.

F.(43) Council received an update on the staff compensation, recruitment and retention improvements that have been implemented over the past two years.

On Friday morning, David Edell and Mary Wheeler of DRG (Executive Search Consultants for the Nonprofit Sector) spoke to Council regarding the search for a new Chief Executive Officer of APA.

On Friday morning, John Long, Chief of the Population Division of the Census Bureau, made a presentation on the changing demographics of the United States population. This was followed by a discussion by Council members of the implications of these changes for the field of psychology.

On Saturday afternoon, Council discussed the evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer. Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, was commended for continuing to do an outstanding job and tirelessly working on behalf of APA and psychology throughout the year. It was noted that Dr. Fowler is held in high esteem by the Council, Board of Directors and staff as is evidenced by his evaluation.

On Sunday morning, Council members broke into four groups with each group discussing one of the following topics: 1) Enhance the public awareness of psychology, generate a more realistic public image of the field and promote efforts to utilize psychological knowledge to inform and develop public policy; 2) Enhance diversity in all aspects of the psychological profession, including membership, students in the pipeline, APA governance, and course content. Diversity includes race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other relevant dimensions; 3) Increase advocacy for psychological science and for the academic discipline of psychology, including the promotion of psychology as a science; 4) Envision the future of psychology. Each group was asked to incorporate demographics information presented on Friday into their discussion and also to consider and respond to the following in relation to their topic: 1) Vision; 2) Current Status; 3) Operationalized suggestions; 4) Accountability. Following the breakout discussions, each group provided a brief report to Council. Several new business items were generated by the groups and submitted to the Agenda Planning Group for referral to boards and committees.