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Committee on International Relations in Psychology Meets in September

Highlights included comment and discussion of APA’s strategic plan, a review of APAs UN activities and plans for future engagement, internationalizing the curriculum initiatives, and reports from Division liaisons and liaisons from APA’s external international partners.

by Psychology International Staff

APA’s Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) met in the middle of September for two and a half days. CIRP’s chair, Stephen Quintana, PhD, University of Wisconsin, led the group of nine CIRP members, Board of Directors liaison, several Division liaisons, and liaisons and guests from outside organizations through an agenda that was full of deliberation, discussion and action. Highlights included comment and discussion of APA’s strategic plan, a review of APAs UN activities and plans for future engagement, internationalizing the curriculum initiatives, reports about the Fulbright initiative at the 2008 convention, plans for the 2009 convention, and reports from Division liaisons and liaisons from APA’s external international partners.

CIRP formed smaller working groups to deliberate a number of new and ongoing initiatives including ideas for expanding international membership to include department level possibilities, ideas for proactive steps APA might take to assist international colleagues when disasters strike, and procedures for APA engagement in international, especially UN activities. CIRP elected its 2009 chair Jeanne Marecek, PhD, from Swarthmore College, made recommendations for the 2009 International Humanitarian and Distinguished Contributions to International Psychology awards, and developed a targeted nominations statement for the 2010 slates.

The minutes from the meeting will be posted on the CIRP web page (www.apa.org/international/cirp) along with talking points for Divisions. Ψ