As APA's Annual Convention in Honolulu came to a close on Aug. 1, musicians left attendees with a lasting impression of the islands and organizers gave a preview of what convention-goers can expect in 2005 when the convention heads to the nation's capital, Aug. 18-21.
The 2005 convention will mark the 12th time that Washington, D.C.--also the home of APA headquarters--has hosted an APA convention.
APA President-elect Ronald F. Levant, EdD--who co-chaired the closing ceremony with APA President Diane F. Halpern, PhD--said that he hopes next year's convention will include family-oriented and evening events as well as a local health fair where psychologists across the country can give something back to the D.C. community. Next year's convention will take place in the new Washington Convention Center, a 2.3-million-square-foot facility that opened in 2003.
Barbara T. Roberts, PhD, president of the District of Columbia Psychological Association, also presented an overview of Washington, D.C., attractions for next year's convention-goers, including Smithsonian museums and several national monuments.
"Washington, D.C., sits at the epicenter of political access and influence," said Roberts, adding that on Capitol Hill psychologists can advocate for the psychological health and welfare of their constituents.