Making a difference for psychology

We have made significant gains in garnering federal support for psychology education and training

Have you ever wondered if getting involved in grassroots activities can really make a difference? It can! Thanks to hundreds of psychologists attending the annual APA Education Leadership Conference (ELC) and hundreds of other psychologist-grassroots members across the country, we have made significant gains in garnering federal support for psychology education and training. For example, grassroots support has resulted in:

  • Securing support from all Democrats and many Republicans on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for increased funding to the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program

  • Securing a champion in the House of Representatives for the GPE Authorizing Bill

  • Securing a champion for the Campus Care and Counseling Act (CCCA) and incorporating many CCCA provisions into the Garrett-Lee-Smith Act, which resulted in the SAMHSA Campus Suicide Prevention Program

Following on-site advocacy training, and with the help and guidance of leaders of the Federal Education Advocacy Coordinators (FEDAC) grassroots network, every year about 100 ELC participants head to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and/or their staffs to urge support (funding) for psychology education and training. This year ELC attendees visited about 185 offices.

In fact, since 2003 the annual ELC “lobby day” has resulted in more than 1,000 Hill visits, enabling APA members to educate Members of Congress and their staffs about the contributions that psychologists make to health and education. Want to help make a difference? Join the Federal Education Advocacy grassroots network.