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University of Vermont
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Mount Holyoke College
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Washington University, St. Louis
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Representative to APA Council
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University of South Florida
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Early Career Psychologist
California State U. at Fullerton
APA Council Report
Thomas Zentall & MaryLou Cheal
Council Representatives at APA Council, February 22-24, 2008
Starts with Plenary Session at 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 23rd
Funding for Interdivisional Grants
Resolution on Violence Revisited
“BE IT RESOLVED that this unequivocal condemnation includes all techniques considered torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Geneva Conventions; the Principles of Medical Ethics Relevant to the Role of Health Personnel, Particularly Physicians, in the Protection of Prisoners and Detainees against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners; or the World Medical Association Declaration of Tokyo. An absolute prohibition against the following techniques therefore arises from, is understood in the context of, and is interpreted according to these texts: mock executions; water-boarding or any other form of simulated drowning or suffocation; sexual humiliation; rape; cultural or religious humiliation; exploitation of fears, phobias or psychopathology; induced hypothermia; the use of psychotropic drugs or mind-altering substances; hooding; forced nakedness; stress positions; the use of dogs to threaten or intimidate; physical assault including slapping or shaking; exposure to extreme heat or cold; threats of harm or death; isolation; sensory deprivation and over-stimulation; sleep deprivation; or the threatened use of any of the above techniques to an individual or to members of an individual’s family. Psychologists are absolutely prohibited from knowingly planning, designing, participating in or assisting in the use of all condemned techniques at any time and may not enlist others to employ these techniques in order to circumvent this resolution’s prohibition;”
voted to add a science-oriented priority for APA: “To promote and support
the advancement of psychology as a scientific discipline”
for Qualitative Psychology failed
Nancy Dess, the President-Elect of Division 6 prepared a document that cited several writings by members of the steering committee of the proposed division, one of whom, Lois Holzman, has written of quantitative methodology as being “vain”, “authoritarian”, “dreadfully simplistic”, “ludicrous”, “bogus”, and “ultimately reactionary and useless.”
After several speakers, representing Division 3, 5, and 6, voiced strong concerns about the formation of this new division, the proposal was defeated. The formation of a new division requires approval of 2/3 of the members of Council. This proposal received approval from approximately 60% of those voting, so the motion failed. Perhaps our strongest argument came from the APA by-laws, which includes the statement that no new division shall be formed that is inimical to any existing division. It was a close vote. We are thankful to our colleagues in practice whose opposition tipped the balance. However, it is quite likely that the backers of this division will come back to Council for another vote at a later Council meeting.
Trauma Psychology, Division 56, was approved for permanent status
Vote this Fall on Amendment to Add Four Council Seats for Four Ethnic
Minority Psychological Associations
It was believed that the amendment failed because members did not understand the issues. It was voted to bring the vote back to the membership this year with some educational materials. Nothing was changed as to the statement of the amendment. The reason for giving these groups a voice on Council is to increase diversity in APA and to increase membership.
The representatives of these associations must be APA members although only some of the constituents who will vote for the representatives are members. If this amendment passes, it will create four new seats on Council; it will not change the apportionment plan that is in use. Thus, the number of Council seats will increase from the present 162 to 166.
Amendment to Add Territorial Psychological Associations Language to APA
Bylaws and Association Rules
Amendment on Whether to Give a Vote to the APAGS Representative on the Board
Ø APA BUDGET: Dependence on Publications and APA Buildings and Some Allocations
A point of information that many members are not aware of is that the annual budget for APA is over $100 M and only 14% of that budget comes from dues paid by members. Most of the remaining funds come from electronic publications and rents from buildings owned. In other words we get a lot of return for our dues in the form of lobbying, training, evaluation, and publications.
Funding for items of interest to our members includes: 1) Increased funding for Interdivisional Grants; 2) $10,000 to provide funding for 11 participants to attend the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology; and 3) $24,400 to support the 2008 three-day conference to provide quantitative training and support for students from underrepresented groups.