CONA Spring 2014 meeting

CONA had a full agenda at its most recent meeting.

At its spring 2014 meeting, the Committee on Aging (CONA) continued work on a number of its initiatives. Related to cognitive aging and dementia, they began review of a draft white paper for policymakers that will discuss psychological interventions related to cognitive aging focusing on prevention and mild cognitive impairment. CONA also provided input to the APA Center for Psychology and Health’s briefing series (PDF, 1.26MB) on the role of psychology in health care focused on Alzheimer’s disease. 

Expansion of APA Continuing Education Offerings

CONA has a number of efforts regarding the workforce to serve older adults including advocating for the expansion of APA continuing education offerings. As a result of these efforts, two aging-specific Clinician’s Corner workshops will be offered by the APA Office of Continuing Education in 2014. Manfred Diehl, PhD, will present Promoting Successful and Healthy Adult Development and Aging via live webcast on Friday, June 27, 2014, (see resources section for more information) and Sara Qualls, PhD, will present on Caregiver Family Therapy: An Integrative Intervention for Family Caregivers on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The live webcasts will be archived and made available online. One previous Clinician's Corner focused on older adults is currently available — Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Older Adults by Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD. CONA also suggested a number of journal articles to repurpose for CE credit. CONA continues to advocate for the collection of geropsychology workforce data as part of the APA Center for Workforce Studies efforts. 

Integrated Health Care

CONA continues its work advocating for integrated health care for older adults. CONA discussed the decades-long, rich history of psychologist involvement in integrated care efforts and inter-professional team work with older adults with both APA CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, and with President-elect Barry Anton, PhD, who is planning an International Summit on Psychology and Integrated Health Care during his presidency. Anton assured CONA that there will be a track on older adults at the summit. CONA also detailed some of the reimbursement constraints psychologists who practice with older adults face with executive director for professional practice, Katherine Nordal, PhD, and Randy Phelps, PhD, senior advisor, Office of Healthcare Financing in the Center for Psychology and Health. In addition, CONA chair Jennifer Moye, PhD, has planned and will chair a preconvention conference, Building on Sharon Brehm’s Integrated Care Vision: Training Conference on Integrated Care in Aging and Primary Care. At this invitation only event, participants will share and compare recently developed competencies in geropsychology and primary care and develop shared training plans. The conference received a small grant from the APA Board of Educational Affairs Award in Support of Conferences on Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training (the annual deadline for these awards is Sept. 1, 2014 if readers are interested). CONA also provides input and ensures psychology’s perspective is considered in policies and efforts external to APA. For example, this month CONA provided comments that were included in APA’s formal response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s Draft Research Plan on Primary Care Screening for Depression in Adults. If you are interested in learning more about CONA’s efforts since its inception, a summary (PDF, 215KB) through 2013 is available.