APA's Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) seeks two new members with experience and expertise in promoting the application of psychological knowledge to the well-being and optimal development of children, youth and families. Candidates should have experience advancing psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health and human welfare. The committee is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in contemporary issues facing children, youth and families including, but not limited to, stress, juvenile justice, family violence, exposure to community disasters or war, and children's mental health treatment and prevention services. Members are encouraged to take leadership on a targeted project during their service on the committee.
Some examples of issues previously addressed by the committee include immigrant children, youth and families; school drop-out prevention; sexuality education; social practices that induce violence; psychological implications of disasters; early mental health interventions; violence against children in the family and community; training psychologists to work in the public sector; cultural competence; day care; testing; and the mental health needs of children and adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Projects have included topic-specific task forces, working groups, conferences, publications and public policy statements. The candidates selected to serve on the committee will begin their three-year terms next January. They will be required to attend two committee meetings per year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by APA. The committee will meet on March 28-30 and Sept. 19-21 in 2003; March 26-28 and Oct. 1-3 in 2004; and March 18-20 and Sept. 23-25 in 2005. The successful candidate is expected to attend, if possible, the informal CYF meeting held during APA's annual convention at the member's own expense. In addition, members are expected to work an average of 10 hours per month on CYF-related issues.
Each candidate is asked to submit:
A letter indicating his/her willingness to serve.
A brief (not more than one page) description of a project promoting the application of psychological knowledge to the well-being and optimal development of children, youth and families (e.g., convention programs, edited books, journal articles, policy resolutions or statements).
A current curriculum vitae.
The committee places a priority on maintaining representation within its membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location and those who are employed less than full time).
Nomination materials must be received by Aug. 1. Nomination material received after Aug. 1 will be held for consideration for the following year. Although it is not required, candidates may wish to have letters (not more than three) supporting their nomination submitted to the committee. Material may be sent to CYF Nominations, c/o Trena King, Public Interest Directorate, at the APA address.