The Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises has been in existence
for slightly more than five years. During that time, we have been able
to maintain the Section and its activities with a rather modest membership
dues of $15 per year (or $25 for 2 years) for Divisional and Affiliate
members, and $5 per year for Graduate Student members.
might be expected, there have been some fiscal changes for the Section
over the course of this five year period. When Section VII began, we
were able to rely on Division 12 to absorb some of our expenses and
to provide us with a few monetary benefits. While the Division has
continued to be supportive, they have found it necessary (because of
their own fiscal constraints) to scale back what they can provide for
the Sections. Thus, for example, while the Division paid for the Section’s
web site expenses in the past, it no longer does so. While the Division
formerly gave $300 to each Section that had a 10% increase in membership
for the year, it no longer offers this reward. These are small changes
and not unreasonable, but they add up. The Section needs to compensate
for them and to generate funds for new endeavors and projects.
response to these demands, the Section VII Board of Directors (reluctantly)
has voted to approve a dues increase. Starting in 2005, the new dues
schedule will be as follows:
members - $25 per year
(non-divisional) members - $30 per year
Student members - $10 per year
Of course, those members who, in 2004, opted to pay $25 for two years
will be considered as having paid until 2006.
sincerely hope that you understand the need for this dues increase.
With it, we will be able to maintain such things as our newsletter
(Behavioral Emergencies Update), our web site, and our program
at the annual APA convention. In addition, we may be able to plan for
projects that will advance our efforts to promote education and research
on suicide risk, violence risk, and vulnerability to interpersonal
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