PsycAdvocate

These highly interactive advocacy training modules were developed by Nina G. Levitt, EdD, Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH, and Sheila Lane Forsyth, MEd, and are a joint collaboration between the APA's Education Government Relations and Public Interest Government Relations offices.

Each module is designed to:

  • Provide psychologists, psychology students/trainees and others with the skills to become effective public policy advocates at federal, state and local levels.
  • Present information in a dynamic learning format that includes interactive Q&A, demonstrations and links to key policy resources.
Module 1

Introduction to Advocacy

CE Credits: 0 (this program is free of charge)

This module begins with an introduction to advocacy and includes an overview of the APA Government Relations Offices, how APA determines its federal legislative and policy priorities, and how psychologists and psychology students can get involved.

Module 2

Introduction to the U.S. Federal Government

CE Credits: 1

Module two provides a review of the structure of the U.S. federal government and explains the responsibilities of each of the three separate governing bodies: the executive, the legislative and the judicial branches of government.

Module 3

U.S. Federal Legislative & Regulatory Processes

CE Credits: 1

Module three focuses on the federal legislative process, including the authorizing and the budget and appropriations processes. It also discusses the regulatory process and provides tips and tools to locate federal legislation, laws and regulations.

Module 4

Effectively Informing & Influencing Policymakers

CE Credits: 1

This module presents the essential elements needed for any successful legislative strategy. It also identifies factors that can motivate legislators and how the psychology community can use these to best inform and influence the legislative process. Module four concludes with tips for communicating effectively with policymakers.

Module 5

State and Local Advocacy & the Value of Political Activities

CE Credits: 1

Module five provides an overview of the role of advocacy at the state and local levels, as well as a discussion of the importance and value of participating in political activities.