Another component of APA's public education efforts is the Practice Directorate's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) program.

"In the workplace, tending to the emotional health and well-being of individuals not only has a direct and positive impact on employees' physical health, but has a positive impact on organizational productivity as well," says Russ Newman, PhD, JD, APA executive director for professional practice. This is what APA considers to be a psychologically healthy workplace, adds Newman.

A new APA Web site, www.phwa.org, aims to further educate the business community about the role of psychology in the workplace and help the PHWA program reach a wider audience.

The program consists of three components. The first piece, the state-level award, conducted by state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) with support from the Practice Directorate, was launched in 1999 and recognizes organizations for programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance. From there, SPTAs can then nominate their winners to be considered for two additional awards: APA's Best Practices Honors or the new national PHWA coming in 2006.

The new Web site will:

  • Provide information about psychologically healthy workplace practices and the ways in which both employees and organizations can benefit.

  • Make it easier for organizations to apply for the award by giving SPTAs the ability to accept online award applications.

  • Provide SPTAs with additional tools to manage the administrative demands of conducting and tracking their award programs.

• Give national visibility to the award program and award winners.

--K. KERSTING