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That was the question addressed by 150 participants at the 2009 Presidential Summit on the Future of Psychology Practice, held last weekend in San Antonio.

The meeting is the first step in a long-term effort to position psychology practitioners for success in a changing world. Two of the meeting's take-away points:

  • Practitioners are still being trained for traditional practice, but the days of reimbursement for 50-minute sessions may be dwindling. To thrive in the future, psychologists will need to redefine training and embrace best practices and interdisciplinary experiences.

  • Psychologists need to be ready for change. To grow into the future, practitioners must be open to changing the way they practice, even as they leave behind something familiar and beloved. They need to put on their entrepreneurial hats and seek out opportunities where they can use their broad skills in human behavior.

These ideas, and many, many more, will be part of the summit's task force report due out this fall. In fact, said APA President James Bray, PhD, this summit is just the beginning of a process that will be built on in a variety of ways, including a two-hour session at APA's 2009 Annual Convention and through summit co-chair Carol Goodheart's work as APA President next year.

"This is not going to end with this meeting,” said Bray. "We are very well-positioned for the future."

To share your thoughts on the future of psychology practice, visit http://forms.apa.org/president.