Candidates for APA President
What are your top three priorities for APA and how do you plan to achieve these?
Public education: I introduced the motion to create a Public Education Campaign, authorizing APA to spend $6.5 million. We must encourage the public to "Talk to Someone Who Can Help." I will ask Council to double its commitment.
Prescription privileges for psychologists: An integrative model in which the therapeutic relationship is primary and prescribing meds adjunctively is fundamental. Trained psychologists can prevent overprescribing by physicians. I will help one state achieve it in 2001!
Support diversity initiatives and membership retention: Promote greater integration of diverse groups into APA governance and APA membership. Develop partnerships with ABPsi, Hispanic and Asian Psychological associations.
How can APA maintain and extend mutual support and collaboration between science and practice?
Good science is fundamental to good practice. Practice enriches science. We are mutually interdependent and must find ways to support each other and help each to thrive.
There is a fine spirit of cooperation now existing in APA. Funding for science is at as high a level as ever. The "Decade of Behavior" is supported as are the Summer Science Institutes. Advocacy for Science has new funds available now that we created a (c)(6) companion organization for practice which takes funds from the special assessment. Our future depends on our togetherness. "Tenga Familia."