Members of the psychology education and training community came together to discuss advocacy issues and pending legislation over Saturday breakfast during APA's Annual Convention.

APA's Public Interest and Education directorates co-sponsored this year's event, where keynote speaker Anna Marsh, PhD, acting deputy director for the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, presented information about SAMHSA-funded programs and grants, including:

  • Lifeline Gallery, (www.lifeline-gallery.org) a new online forum developed by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that allows suicide survivors and family members to share their stories of hope and recovery using avatar technology.

  • Behavioral Health Workforce Information Network, a Web site slated for introduction this fall, which will serve as a one-stop shop for psychologists to find information on education, training, professional opportunities and other resources devoted to psychological work force development.

  • Older Adults Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant Program, which will allow communities to support expanded services that meet the diverse mental health needs of older adults.

  • Minority Fellowship Program, which provides stipends to doctoral and postdoctoral students in nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy to increase the number of behavioral health professionals working with underserved minority populations.

Marsh also encouraged attendees to sign up for SAMHSA's eNetwork mailing list (www.samhsa.gov), for information on the latest federal grant opportunities and new publications from the agency.

-A. Novotney