Inaugural PsycAdvocate™ Training Brings Federal Advocacy Training to APA Convention

A collaborative effort between APA’s Public Interest and Education Government Relations Offices led to the inaugural PsycAdvocate™ Day training on the opening day of the 2011 APA Convention. Nearly 100 psychologists and psychology students participated in the daylong program, which included a continuing education workshop on public policy and communication with policy makers, as well as interactive exercises that put these principles into practice. After the workshop, participants met with over 100 congressional offices, including over half of all Senate offices, to advocate on behalf of two key issues for psychology, Graduate Psychology Education and the Minority Fellowship Program.

From left: Lauren Legato, Kriston Schellinger, and Will Martinez

PsycAdvocate™ attendees at the workshop

PsycAdvocate™ participants from Colorado speaking with a staff member of Senator Michael Bennet's (D-CO) office

From left: staff from Senator Maria Cantwell's (D-WA) Office speaking with Katherine Hoerster PhD, MPH, Samantha Slaughter, PsyD, and Cynthia Alexander JD, MA

From left: Rachel Casas, PhD, Cindy Miller-Perrin, PhD, Charisse Corsbie-Massay, MS, staff of Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) office, Ken Lane, M.Ed, and Donna Lane, PsyD

From left: Gwyne White and Kathleen Van Dyk speaking with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)