APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

The fifth annual APA LIWP focused on the leadership training needs of 51 mid-career women psychologists

Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (credit: Ms. Kari Hill) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (credit: Ms. Kari Hill) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (credit: Ms. Kari Hill)

The APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) is designed to prepare, support and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life, with its prime objective to provide leadership training opportunities to mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability.

The 5th annual APA LIWP convened on July 30, with an evening introductory reception and continued in earnest on July 31 through Aug. 1, 2012, at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Year Five APA LIWP focused on the leadership training needs of 51 mid-career women psychologists who are APA members in good standing, at least 10 years post-PhD, PsyD or EdD; and hold the rank of Associate Professor or above in academic and academic medical settings or work full time in clinical or consulting settings. The Women's Program Office (WPO) was especially pleased that Dr. Antonette Zeiss, chief consultant for mental health at the Central Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed this year’s APA LIWP on Aug. 1, 2012 (To see a list of the 51 participants and to learn more about the APA LIWP Executive and Clinical and Consulting Planning Committees, please visit the LIWP webpage.)

The Year Five APA LIWP consists of interactive modules on leadership models, career goal-setting and planning, negotiation skills, mentoring networks and work-life integration. Webinars, during which noted psychologists present on issues regarding leadership scholarship and research, education and development, will follow the summer program. The Year Five APA LIWP also includes an in-person follow-up meeting scheduled for March 2013 where class members revisit their leadership goals and participate in an intense financial and budgetary management seminar.