In Brief

At its February meeting, APA's Council of Representatives passed several measures that will enable the association to explore and have an impact on societal issues such as children's mental health and end-of-life issues for children and adolescents.

The council:

  • Agreed to form a task force on end-of-life issues for children, charged with examining the current knowledge and future research directions of end-of-life care for children.

  • Received a report from the APA Working Group on Children's Mental Health that included several recommendations for APA, such as calls for the association to increase its advocacy for parity in financial resources for children's mental health services.

  • Approved the formation of an ad-hoc working group to advance psychology's national agenda on children's mental health.

  • Approved a resolution denouncing ageism and reaffirming psychology's commitment to eliminate it from society.

  • Approved spending $77,000 to enhance APA Central Office research capabilities and provide electronic access to APA journals and research tools for the federal Congressional Research Office so that public policy makers have better and faster access to psychological literature.

  • Approved Div. 55 (the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy) as a permanent division.

  • Allocated funding for a two-day meeting of the Task Force on Psychological Testing on the Internet to finalize an article for publication in the American Psychologist.

  • Approved funding for membership recruitment and retention strategies targeting students and early career psychologists.

  • Confirmed the recognition of family psychology as a professional specialty.

  • Voted to fund the publication of a book about women of color who are leaders of psychology.

  • Approved a final budget for 2002, calling for a net deficit from operations of $1,585,600. The 2002 budget has $90 million in revenues and $91 million in expenses. Council authorized APA's CEO to do what is necessary to ensure that the deficit is no greater than $1,585,600. The council endorsed the recommendation that the CEO achieve a balanced budget by 2004 and make substantial progress toward a balanced budget in 2003.

After all motions were heard, the council broke into four groups to discuss specific topics: public awareness and education, diversity in APA governance, advocacy for psychological science and future directions for APA. Aside from just envisioning an outcome, each group was charged with determining ideas for implementation and accountability, says Div. 42 (Independent Practice) Representative Sandra Haber, PhD. "I think the spirit of what occurred was an attempt to get council to be more proactive in steering the APA ship," she says.

--J. DAW

Further Reading

To view the minutes of the council meeting, go to