APA February 2012 Council of Representatives meeting highlights

Psychology education and the dissemination of the discipline’s scholarship were at the forefront of many actions taken by the APA Council of Representatives at its February meeting.

Concerning education in psychology, the Council adopted two new guidelines and approved funding to update a third. The approved guidelines include a taxonomy for education and training in professional psychology and a framework for the preparation of teachers of high school psychology. The approved funding will support a meeting of a Board of Educational Affairs task force charged with revising the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major in Psychology.

The Council also devoted a half-day of its two-and-a-half day meeting to a “mega issues” discussion as part of APA’s Good Governance Project (GGP). The GGP recently concluded an assessment of the APA governance system and brought forward recommendations for areas of change to more fully align the system with the needs of a 21st century organization. The data indicated that the Council wanted to discuss strategic issues that have significant impact on the discipline. Toward that end, the Council was provided with a succinct background document for its discussion of how technology will impact psychology and APA over the next decade. The discussion centered on ideas such as using social media in public education training psychology faculty in new technologies, delivering research findings through technology, and understanding the role new technologies in data-sharing and the creation of psychology apps.

In other action, the Council:

  • Approved funding for the continuing work on the APA/Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)/APA Insurance Trust Task Force for the Development of Telepsychology Guidelines. 

  • Adopted a revised Committee on Animal Research and Ethics Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Animals in Research

  • Rejected a proposal to eliminate the dues discount for APA members who are also members of the Canadian Psychological Association. 

  • Approved a proposal to eliminate the practice of invoicing APA members for unpaid back-year dues. 

  • Approved two journals – a Div. 54 journal: Practices and Services Delivery in Pediatric Psychology, and an American Psychological Association of Graduate Students journal: Translational Issues in Psychological Science

  • Approved a proposal to include an APA teacher affiliate member on the Board of Educational Affairs. This proposal requires a change in the APA bylaws; it will therefore be put before a vote of the full membership this fall. 

  • Received the report of the 2011 Presidential Task Force on Immigration. 

  •  Received the report of the 2011 Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Discrimination. 

  • Approved the 2012 APA budget of $105.2 million in revenues and $104.9 in expenses.