Training directors, site visitors, training council representatives and other professionals involved in the psychology program accreditation process gathered in January for the 2007 Accreditation Assembly. The meeting, which took place in St. Pete Beach, Fla., was hosted by APA's Committee on Accreditation and addressed topics such as the accreditation process; applying evidence-based practice to education and training; how programs can ethically resolve student-faculty problems and attract a more diverse population; and training models.
The opening plenary session included a welcome and overview of the accreditation process by APA President Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD, and tackled issues such as the role that regional and specialized accreditation agencies play in monitoring the quality of U.S. education, and the possible effects of the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the Committee on Accreditation's work. The committee, which becomes a commission in 2008, plans to regularly hold assemblies and is currently considering dates for the 2008 meeting.
"The assembly grew out of the need for institutions and individuals involved with accreditation to have a forum to discuss concerns with the Committee on Accreditation," says APA Associate Executive Director of Accreditation Susan Zlotlow, PhD. "We are hoping to see even more participation next year."