President's Column

One of APA’s main priorities is ensuring that members have the skills and expertise they need to compete in today’s dramatically changing environment for research, practice and education. We know, for example, that psychologists need to leave our silos and collaborate with other disciplines to improve both our research and patient outcomes. We know our psychological research and services must consider cultural factors. We know that psychology practitioners need to embrace evidence-based practice. We know that our research has to document that psychologists deliver high quality, cost-effective care.

Helping our members get up to speed on these issues and more is the idea behind the Presidential Workshop Programs offered for APA’s 2010 Annual Convention in San Diego, Aug. 12–15. These programs are intensive, practical training experiences led by the top experts to address critical topics in science and practice. The programs will help participants develop their skills and translate them into their daily work.

The Presidential Workshop Programs include:

  • Asking the Right Clinical Questions and Accessing the Best Research: Evidence-based Practice Skills,” with John C. Norcross, PhD, Lauren A. Maggio and Thomas P. Hogan, PhD. Much of the research that guides evidence-based practice is too inaccessible, overwhelming and removed for practitioners. This hands-on, intermediate workshop will teach you how to electronically access that research. Bring your own laptop — or share with another workshop participant — and join a clinical psychologist, a health-care librarian and a research methodologist to find the best available research online.

  • Testing Structural Equation Models: A ‘Walk’ Through Basic Single- and Multiple-Group Applications,” with Barbara M. Byrne, PhD. This intermediate workshop will walk you through the many stages of structural equation models analyses that are pertinent to single- and multiple-group applications, such as model specification, input file interpretation, model testing, output file interpretation, model-fit assessment and post hoc model fitting. The session offers seven continuing-education credits.

  • Ten Steps for Culturally Competent Evidence-Based Practice,” with Pamela A. Hays, PhD. This intermediate workshop presents cutting-edge research on how to apply cognitive behavioral therapy with multicultural populations. The speaker will address the limitations of cognitive behavioral therapy as well as the opportunities for improving the relevance and effectiveness of psychotherapy. Participants will learn 10 steps for making cognitive behavioral therapy more culturally responsive, including strategies for building the therapist’s credibility, creating behavioral interventions and refining cognitive restructuring.

  • Integrating Outcome Measurement in Psychotherapy Practice,” with Ann M. Doucette, PhD. This intermediate workshop presents a framework for addressing the growing demand for practitioners to demonstrate the quality and the cost-effectiveness of the care they provide. The workshop will describe the criteria for selecting outcome-measurement approaches that reflect psychotherapy processes; how these approaches can be used to optimize client outcomes; and how outcome efforts can demonstrate the “practice-based” evidence of providing quality care. The speakers will also discuss the approaches used by governmental and health plans and the impact they have on practitioners.

  • Building Your Practice Through Interprofessional Collaboration with Health Care Providers,” with Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, Nancy B. Ruddy, PhD, and Barry S. Anton, PhD. This introductory workshop is designed for practitioners who want to expand their practice through interprofessional collaboration. The speakers will review the challenges of interprofessional collaboration, including health-care culture, training disconnects and institutional barriers. You will learn the business strategies to overcome these challenges, including payment mechanisms and contractual and statutory mechanisms. The speakers will also review specific collaborative clinical approaches and their application to patient care.

Space is limited in these workshops, so enroll now. See you in San Diego!