APA's 2014 Council of Representatives Meeting

Council actions on Public Interest-related items.

By Leslie Cameron

At its February 2014 meeting, APA’s Council of Representatives took action on three Public Interest related items:

  • Adopted as APA policy the Resolution on Gun Violence Research and Prevention. This new resolution came out of the APA Policy Review Task Force on Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention, commissioned by Council in February 2013 to review and update APA’s 1994 policy Resolution on Firearm Safety and Youth and convey research-based conclusions and recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of gun violence — whether by homicide, suicide or mass shootings — nationwide. Council also archived the 1994 resolution, which is no longer APA policy.  
  • Endorsed "Multidisciplinary Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-level Health Professional Degree", a document developed by the Partnership for Health in Aging, of which APA is a member, which articulates competencies for working with older adults that cut across disciplines.
  • Received the "Report of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls," developed to raise awareness among psychologists and the public about human trafficking, make recommendations to enhance research, education and training, and urge psychologists to apply scientific research and expertise to influence public policy and enhance services to survivors of trafficking.