Two special events during the Annual Convention in San Francisco will give attendees a rare opportunity to hear 13 presidents sharing the values that are important in APA governance and in psychology itself, both during their presidencies and for the new millennium.
Sponsoring these events are Divs. 9 (SPSSI), 13 (Consulting) and 45 (Ethnic Minority Issues) and Section VI (Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities) of Div. 12 (Clinical). Co-chairs for these events are Carole A. Rayburn, PhD, Steven Handwerker, PhD, Lee J. Richmond, PhD, and Asuncion Miteria Austria, PhD. There are 30 other APA divisions along with the four APA Directorates that are co-listing these events.
"APA presidents predict values for the future of psychology" is an open forum with Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD, Nicholas A. Cummings, PhD, Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, Bonnie R. Strickland, PhD, Jack G. Wiggins Jr., PhD, and Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD. The Open Forum, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, 1-3 p.m. This event has been designed to give maximum opportunity for the presidents and the audience to discuss the issues.
The second event, "APA presidents address values for APA's second hundred years," is a symposium featuring presentations by George W. Albee, PhD, Robert Perloff, PhD, Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, and Richard M. Suinn, PhD, and discussants Florence L. Denmark, PhD, and Charles D. Spielberger, PhD. There will be adequate time for audience discussion with the presidents. The symposium will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2-4 p.m.
Rayburn notes that it is important to hear about values from APA's presidents since "they form the brain-trust that guides psychology in general and APA specifically." Handwerker adds that "having APA presidents give their perspectives helps form the bigger picture for psychology."