APA President Ronald F. Levant, EdD, is basing his "Making Psychology a Household World" initiative on a train-the-trainers model, through which psychologists teach one another to use APA public education materials on the value of psychology in everyday life. His hope is for 1,000 APA members to deliver community presentations using the materials by year's end.
To get involved, members can attend several "household word" training sessions over the next several months--the next one will be held on Aug. 20 during APA's Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., and will include:
An overview of the APA public education toolkit materials.
Presentation-skills training and general dos and don'ts about communicating with the public.
Tips on what makes for successful encounters with the news media.
Ideas for community outreach.
Check the APA Convention Web site in June and the convention program in July for more details on the training session's time and location. Watch for future details on other training sessions in upcoming issues of the Monitor.