Council of Representatives Approved Minutes: August 19 & 22, 1999

I. MINUTES OF MEETING

A. (1) Council voted to approve the minutes of the February 19-21, 1999, Council of Representatives meeting.

II. ELECTIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES

A.(2) The item "Multi-Year Memberships" was withdrawn.

B. (2A) Council voted to elect 132 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.(23J) The new business item "New Member Slates for Committees" was referred to the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council (CSFC).

D.(32) Council received an update on the new-business-in progress item "Encourage Opportunities for Participation by Newcomers in APA Governance."

E.(33) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item"Creation of a New Membership Category."

F.(34) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item"New Criteria for Dues-Exempt Status."

III. ETHICS

A.(24) Council received an update regarding the Ethics Code revision.

IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A.(3) Council voted to approve amending Association Rule 30-1.4 as follows (underlined material to be added):

30-1.4 No matter may be properly placed before the Council for its vote that has not been disseminated to the members of Council, in its final form and with a response from the Board of Directors, at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which the matter is to be deliberated.

"Final form" shall mean that all sections of the agenda items are complete. Agenda item sections that must be complete include(1) a description issue, (2) a description of the implementation plan, (3) the fiscal implications of passing the main motion or any amended or substitute motion, (4) the exact wording of the main motion and any amended or substitute motion, and (5) the recommendations of the Board of Directors and any other board or committee that has reviewed the issue.The Board of Directors' recommendation is not required in advance of the meeting on any items requesting Council contingency funds at Council's February meeting. The Board of Directors shall make their recommendation regarding such requests at the Council meeting.

Agenda items that do not meet the definition of "final form" will not be accepted for the Council agenda.

This rule shall not be interpreted to apply to supplemental materials such as exhibits, comments, and minutes that are not available at the time the agenda is printed and mailed.

B.(3A) Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, provided an implementation report of the Science/Practice Integration Report. Council requested that an update of the Integration Report be provided to them in each Council agenda.

C.(23D) The new business item "Policy Manual" was referred to the Committee on Legal Issues, the Policy and Planning (P&P) Board and CSFC.

D.(23K) The new business item "Break-out Sessions at Council Meeting" was referred to CSFC.

E.(25) Council received as information a notification of the emergency action taken by the Board of Directors in which they adopted the following APA Resolution Opposing Child Sexual Abuse:

APA RESOLUTION OPPOSING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

WHEREAS the American Psychological Association is steadfast in its stand against the sexual abuse of children, and
WHEREAS the welfare, appropriate treatment and protection of children is a priority of the highest order for the American Psychological Association, and
WHEREAS the Committee on Children, Youth, and Families of the American Psychological Association was established in 1986 to "...contribute to the formulation and support of polices that facilitate the optimal development of children and youth within families... ", and
WHEREAS children who have been sexually abused often experience health problems, eating disorders, learning difficulties, behavioral problems, fearfulness, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, and
WHEREAS psychologists as researches, educators, service providers and policy advocates have played important roles in advancing knowledge regarding the consequences, effective treatment, and prevention of child sexual abuse, and
WHEREAS the vast body of research studies published by the American Psychological Association over the past 20 years has advanced the field and contributed to the development of sound public policy, and
WHEREAS the American Psychological Association repudiates and disassociates itself from any organization or publication that advocates sexual interaction between children and adults,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Psychological Association reaffirms its long established position that sexual relations between children and adults are abusive, exploitative, reprehensible and properly punished by law.

F.(35) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Fostering Career Development of Young Professionals".

V. DIVISIONS AND STATE AND PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS

A.(4) Council voted to append the Association Rules as follows(underlined material to be added):

100-7. DIVISION DISPUTES RESOLUTION MECHANISM

100-7.1 In the event of a conflict or a dispute between two or more divisions, the Committee on Divisions/APA Relations (CODAPAR) endorses and encourages informal dispute resolution through direct negotiation and conciliation between the conflicted divisions. Within its mission of facilitating interdivisional communication, when asked to do so CODAPAR will provide assistance to divisions in resolving their differences.

100-7.2 It is within the power of the Council of Representatives to address any conflict between or among divisions. Council may decide, either on its own initiative or at the request of one or more of the disputing parties or any other interested persons or bodies, whether to address a conflict and, if so, the mechanism by which the conflict will be addressed. For example, depending on the nature of the conflict, Council may choose to take direct action to resolve the matter; appoint a subcommittee or other body such as the Board of Directors to evaluate the conflict and make recommendations to Council; or recommend other mechanisms to resolve the conflict consonant with fiscal responsibility.

B.(5) Council voted to ratify the Board of Directors' determination that the revision to the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial/Organizational Psychology proposed by the Society for the Industrial and Organizational Psychology's (APA Division 14) poses no undue risk to the Association for its members.

C.(23G) The new business item "Amend APA Rule 100-2.1 for signing petitions to APA Council in Order to Permit Electronic Endorsements for Petitions of New Divisions" was referred to the Committee on Division/APA Relations, the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP).

D.(36) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Authorization of the Annual Division Leadership Conference."

VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE APA

A.(6) The Council received an update on the P&P Board Blue Ribbon Panel from Donald N. Bersossff, PhD, JD, Chair of the P&P Board.

B.(37) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Membership on Standing Boards and Committees and on Continuing Committees."

VII. PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.(23B) The new business item "Disclaimer in APA Books" was referred to the Publications and Communications Board, BSA and COLI.

VIII. CONVENTION AFFAIRS

No Items.

IX. EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(7) Council voted to approve the National Standards: The Teaching of High School Psychology.

B.(8) Council received with thanks that Multi-Division School-to-Work Task Force's Report of Findings on "How psychology Can Contribute to the School-to-Work Opportunities Movement."

C.(9) Council voted to approve the following revisions to the APA Sponsor Approval System Criteria and Procedures manual:

New definition of Continuing Professional Education (to replace current definition)

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) in psychology is an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that (1) are relevant to psychological practice, education and science, (2) enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies, and (3) allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

(Note: The definition of Continuing Professional Education, when it is described in the Criteria and Procedures Manual, will include an expanded description to the elements contained in the definition. That expanded definition will incorporate the recommendations by the sponsor Approval System Review Group, the Board and Council as shown in the February 1999 Council minutes, item C.(16), main motion III.)

D.(22) The new business item "Internal Review of Committee on Accreditation Effectiveness" was referred to the Board of Education Affairs (BEA) and the Committee on Accreditation (CoA).

E.(23A) The new business item "Greater Autonomy for Committee on Accreditation" was referred to BEA, BSA, BPA and CoA.

F.(38) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Bar to Service in the Accreditation Process."

G.(39) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Membership on Accreditation Site Visiting Panels."

H.(40) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Future Composition of the Committee on Accreditation."

X. PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(10) Council voted to approve the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)'s plan to retire the Special Assessment Reserve Fund overrun in a graduated manner, with its complete elimination by the end of 2002.

B.(11) The item "Authorization of APA to Consider Psychological Test Publication" was withdrawn.

C.(11A) Council voted to allocate $16,000 from its 1999 contingency funds to support consultative site visits to stimulate the development of prescription privilege activity in states with good potential for such development. The consultative site visits will be coordinated by the Practice Directorate.

D.(20) The new business item "Patient/Client Access to Their Record When a Psychologist/Provider Whom They Saw in Independent Practice is Deceased" was referred to the BPA, CAPP, COLI and the Committee on Professional Practice and Standards.

E.(23E) The new business item "Continuation of APA Public Education Campaign Activities" was referred to CAPP, BPA and the Finance Committee.

F.(26) Council received an update regarding the new business item "Provisional Licensure for Post-Doctoral Psychologists."

G.(27) Council received an update regarding the new business item "Resolution on Test Case Litigation."

H.(28) Council received an update on the development of a psychopharmacology examination.

I.(41) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "A Taxonomy for Professional Psychology."

J.(42)Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Coalition Building to Design and to Implement Health Care Reform."

K.(43) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Board Certification for Psychologists in Applied Fields of Specialization."

XI. SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS

A.(12) Council voted to refer the item "Amendment to Association Rule 140-4.1" back to the Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE) for their reconsideration of the proposed changes to CARE'S mission statement.

B.(13) Council voted to approve the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

C.(13A) Council voted to endorse the American Association for the Advancement of Science's resolution on the University of Science and Freedom in the Conduct of Science (attachment A).

D.(23C) The new business item "Retention of Material on Development of Testing Standards" was withdrawn.

XII. PUBLIC INTEREST

A.(14) Council voted to adopt the following resolution:

Resolution in Support of the International Year for the Culture of Peace

WHEREAS the United Nations has designed the year 2000 as The International Year for the Culture of Peace;

WHEREAS Culture of Peace refers to promoting human welfare within communities, and has been defined by the UN along the lines of the following eight (8) principles: respect for human rights, tolerance, democracy, free flow of information, non-violence, sustainable development, peace education, and equality of men and women;

WHEREAS the membership of this Association seeks to promote human welfare and mental health;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Psychological Association endorses the declaration of the Year 2000 as The International Year for the Culture of Peace.

B.(21) The new business item "implementation of Council Public Interest and Social Policy Resolutions" was referred to the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) and the P&P Board.

C.(23F) The new business item "Need for Coordination of Trauma Activity within APA" was referred to BAPPI, CAP, BEA and BPA.

D.(29) Council received as information an implementation plan to the Resolution on Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity adopted by Council at their February 1999 meeting.

E.(44) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Identification, Training and Organizational Responses to Workplace Violence."

F.(45) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Proposed Resolution on Creating an APA Council Task Force of Pro Bono Affairs."

G.(46) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Physician Assisted Suicide."

H.(47) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Convention Projects in Site Cites."

XIII. ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS

A.(15) Council voted to allocate $10,000 from its 1999 contingency funds for the re-printing and electronic dissemination of resource materials in support of APA's National Conversation on Psychology and Racism.

B.(48) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Approval Funding for the Five Year Plan of the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training Psychology."

XIV. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

No items.

XV. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

A.(16) Council voted to reject a motion requesting the approval of a line item on the membership dues statement for a voluntary contribution to the public education to be used to offset the $1,000,000 annual cost to APA.

B.(17) Council voted to adopt the Resolution of the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives Regarding the Warehouse Project (attachment B). Council requested that they be kept informed of the progress of the possible Warehouse purchase.

C.(18) Council voted to approve the 2000 Preliminary Budget*, in principle, calling for a $1,559,900 deficit before consideration of the $1,000,000 building subsidy to serve as the frame work for the 2000 Final Budget that will be presented to Council for approval in February 2000. [*Includes the increase in the Communications R&D reserve set aside from 7.5% of PubManual sales to 15% of PubManual sales as originally intended.] Council also voted to direct the CEO to restore the full meeting schedule of boards and committees for 2000.

D.(19) Council, based on the recommendation of the Board of Directors, voted to accept the forecast and to direct the CEO, boards and committees, and staff to set in motion annual budgets and plans that move the Association toward the attainment of the following financial goals over the forecast period (2000-2002):

1) Limit APA's dependency on the building subsidy to cover the operational deficits during the forecast period to no more than:

2000 ; $1,000,000

2001 ; Deferred

2002 ; Deferred

2) Develop budgets for 2000 through 2001 that provide for the continued funding of the Public Education Campaign as mandated by Council (February 1996).

3) Restrict capital expenditures to no more than $3,500,000 over the forecast period.

4) Leave APA's long-term portfolio intact reinvesting all gains/losses from such activity (estimated at $2,550,000 over the forecast period).

5) Continue to treat the advances to Square 677 as a loan rather than as an additional capital contribution and limit the loan principal to no more than $10 million dollars.

The Board of Directors will consider main motion 1) for 2001-2002 at its December 1999 meeting. The Board's recommendation will be forwarded to Council at their February 2000 meeting. [Note: It is intended that, the Board of Directors budget subcommittee will meet with the Finance Committee in December and formulate a joint recommendation to the Council in February regarding the 2001 and 2002 building subsidy issue.]

E.(23H) The new business item "Sale of APA Building" was referred to the Finance Committee.

F.(23I) The new business item "Dues Equity" was referred to the Finance Committee, the P&P Board, BSA, CAPP and the Membership Committee.

G.(30) Council received as information the Arthur Andersen LLP 1998 Audited Financial Statements.

H.(31) Council received as information the June 1999 Finance Committee Minutes.

I.(49) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Accountability".

J.(50) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Prioritization of Requests for Contingency Funds."


On Thursday morning, Richard McCarty, PhD, Executive Director of the Science Directorate, provided an update on the Science Directorate.

On Thursday morning, a presidential citation was presented to Andrea Farkas Patenaude, PhD, for her outstanding work as Chair of the Genetics Advisory Council.

On Thursday afternoon, Russ Newman, PhD, JD, Executive Director of the Practice Director, provided an update on the Public Education Campaign.

On Thursday afternoon, Toni Bernay, PhD, Provided an update on Developing the Psychology Marketplace.

On Thursday afternoon, in executive session, Council discussed a legally privileged matter.

On Sunday morning, Dr. Russ Newman provided an update on the Practice Directorate.

On Sunday morning, a presidential citation was presented to the Honorable David Satcher, US Surgeon General.

On Sunday afternoon, Council commended Richard M. Suinn, PhD, for his outstanding leadership throughout his term as APA President.