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  • April 25, 2018 11:17 AM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    Task Force Charge:

    The task force shall be charged to outline a plan by which APA could pursue development of anaccreditation system for master’s programs in health service areas (clinical, counseling, school)of psychology. Specifically, the charge of the task force would include:

    • Developing a statement that broadly delineates the scope of accreditation for training atthe master’s level as contrasted with the current scope at the doctoral level

    • Prioritizing possible pathways for APA to establish accreditation of master’s programs inpsychology. For example, what are the advantages and disadvantages of creating an entirely new accreditation system vs. expanding the scope of APA’s current accrediting body. Included would be a review of how the accreditation body would (or would not) overlap with existing accreditation systems for individuals trained at the master’s level inhealth service areas of psychology.

    • Identifying the necessary expertise to comprise the accreditation decision making body.

      Once the task force membership is approved, work is planned to begin immediately, in anticipation of a progress report due to the APA Council of Representatives in August 2018. The task force will conduct its initial work via conference call (at minimum monthly), and electronic mail. A face to face meeting of the task force may be scheduled to occur at APA headquarters in Washington DC in 2018. Task force member expenses related to this meeting will be covered by the APA.


      APA has discussed the role of master’s training in psychology through numerous initiativesdating as far back as 70 years with no consensus. However, in August 2017 the APA Council of Representative voted that:

      “Current issues and developments have risen to the level that APA should consider options related to master’s level training and/or practice and that staff and governance should identify and explore options for APA to consider.”

      In March 2018, the Council was provided this information and voted to approve pursuingaccreditation of master’s level programs in areas where APA already accredits (clinical,counseling, school). Council directed staff and governance, in particular the Board of Educational Affairs, to take steps to develop an accreditation system.

      Proposed membership:

      BEA will appoint 8 members (including a Chair), to the Task Force from those that apply. The task force shall represent individuals with the following areas of expertise:

    • Graduate education, at the master’s and/or doctoral level, in clinical, counseling, or schoolpsychology

    • Accreditation of doctoral programs in health service psychology

    • Accreditation of master’s programs in clinical or counseling psychology

    • Approval of master’s programs in school psychology

    • Leadership role(s) specific to the professional practice of psychology

    • Academic leadership (department chair or higher) associated with a department, college, or

      school offering master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology

    • Current student in a doctoral program that obtained a terminal master’s degree in psychology

      prior to admission into a doctoral program

    • Department of Veteran’s Affairs experience in training and employment of individuals with

      psychology degrees

      Individuals with multiple areas of experience and expertise will receive precedence and are strongly encouraged to apply.

      Those interested in serving on the task force should submit:

    • A CV or resume documenting experience and knowledge related to the charge of this task force

    • A one-page (maximum) letter specifically articulating how qualifications relate to the areas of expertise outlined above and any aspects of diversity that you represent and choose to make known.

    • Matrix for the BEA Task Force to Develop a Blueprint for APA Accreditation of Master’sPrograms in Health Service Psychology (email admin@depsych.org for the Matrix Template)

      Questions and nomination materials should be sent by May 11, 2018 to:

      Jacqueline Tyson
      Associate Executive Director, Administration and Governance Education Directorate
      American Psychological Association
      750 First Street, NE
      Washington DC 20002-4242

  • April 25, 2018 10:33 AM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON — Fourteen leaders reflecting a range of perspectives across the discipline of psychology – including clinicians, scientists, educators, advocates, and researchers – have been appointed to a new workgroup to provide input into the design and implementation of a governance structure to expand the American Psychological Association’s advocacy efforts. This new model involves integrating APA’s 501(c)6 and 501(c)3 advocacy work.

    “I am so pleased with the rich diversity of experience and expertise showcased in thispresidential workgroup,” said APA President Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel in announcing thepanel. “This workgroup is part of an overarching effort to move APA forward and identify how to build the Association’s capacity and structure to be nimble and effective.”

    The workgroup is co-chaired by APA Past-President Antonio E. Puente, PhD and APA Recording Secretary Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP. The charge to the workgroup from the APA Council of Representatives and President is to develop a plan for implementation of the joint 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 membership agreement for approval at Council’s August 2018 meeting. The workgroupwill consider integration of priorities across both organizations, use of the existing APA governance structure to achieve the integration of priorities, and provide a recommendation for the percentage of 2019 dues to be allocated between the 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 organizations, as well as the process for determining future dues allocations. Council will be asked at the August 2018 meeting to vote on amendments to the APAPO Bylaws and APA Association Rules necessary for implementation.

    Council directed Dr. Daniel to form the workgroup. Members were chosen by Dr. Daniel and conveyed to APA’s Board of Directors.

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    SHARON L. BERRY, PhD, ABPP, is the chair of APA’s Board of Educational Affairs and a fellow of Divisions 12, 38, 53, and 54. She is currently Director of Training and Associate Clinical Director at Children’sMinnesota, in Minneapolis.

    LINDSEY BUCKMAN, PsyD, is the chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, the president of Division 31, and a member of Divisions 29, 35, 42, 44, and 47. She is a psychologist in independent practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and a faculty associate at Arizona State University in counseling psychology.

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    JEAN A. CARTER, PhD, is the APA and APAPO Treasurer and a member of the APA and APAPO Board of Directors, a member of the APA Council of Representatives, representing the Board of Directors, and a fellow of Divisions 17, 29, 42, and 44. She has served as President of three APA Divisions, on the APA Council of Representatives, representing Division 42 and Division 29, as Chair of the Committee for Division/APA Relations and as co-chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. She is a partner at the Washington Psychological Center and maintains a psychotherapy practice in Washington, DC.

    JUNE W.J. CHING, PhD, ABPP, is a member of the APA Council of Representatives, representing Hawaii,a member of APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, a fellow of Divisions 31, 42, and 46, and a member of Divisions 29, 35, and 45. She is a former member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and the Board of Professional Affairs. She is a seniorpsychological consultant for the Children’s Justice Center, a psychological consultant for the Kids FirstProgram in Family Court First Circuit, and a psychologist in independent practice in Honolulu. Ching is also a Clinical Affiliate at University of Hawaii Clinical Studies Department of Psychology.

    AMBER HEWITT, PhD, early career psychologist, is the chair of the APA Membership Board and a member of Divisions 17, 37, and 51. She is currently a Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Nemours Childrens Health System in the Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy.

    DIVYA JAIN, M.Sc., is a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, acting as Regional Advocacy Coordinator in APAGS-ACT, and is a member of Divisions 20 and 40. She is a PsyD candidate in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois and an advanced practicum therapy extern at Hines VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois. She will begin an internship at the St. Louis VA Hospital in July 2018.

    JENNIFER JUTTE, MPH, PhD, is a member of Division 22 and the Division 22 Liaison to the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP). In addition to her private practice, she remains affiliated with the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology, as the representative on the Internship Didactics Committee and teaching didactics for the internship program.

    DEIRDRE J. KNAPP, PhD, is a member of the Policy and Planning Board, and a fellow of Divisions 14 and 19. She has served on the APA Council of Representatives, representing Division 14. She is vice presidentand director of HumRRO’s Assessment and Evaluation in Education & the Workplace Division.

    MARY ANN MCCABE, PhD, ABPP is a member of the APA Council of Representatives representing Division 37, a member of the Board of Educational Affairs, chair of the APA Interdivisional Task Force on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a fellow of Divisions 37, 53, and 54, and a member of Division 42. She is a former chair of the Board of Professional Affairs and former chair of the Committee on Professional Practice and Standards. She is Affiliate Faculty in applied developmental psychology at George Mason University, associate clinical professor of pediatrics at George Washington UniversitySchool of Medicine, and adjunct faculty in psychology at the Children’s National Medical Center. She isin independent clinical practice in Falls Church, VA.

    SHAVONNE J. MOORE, PhD, is a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, and a member of Divisions 17, 35, 45, and 56. She is the Director of Clinical Training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C., and a Curriculum Development Specialist for the Trauma Center of the Justice Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

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    NORA S. NEWCOMBE, PhD, is a fellow of Divisions 1, 3, 7, and 35. She is a former member and chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs. She is a Laura H. Carnell Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University.

    J. BRUCE OVERMIER, PhD, is a member of the APA Council of Representatives, representing Division 3, a member of the Policy and Planning Board, and a fellow of Divisions 1, 3, 6, 25, and 52. He is a former member of the APA Board of Directors, the Board of Scientific Affairs, and the APA Council of Representatives, representing Division 6. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota and Graduate Faculties of Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Psychoeuroimmunology and Interdisciplinary Education Science Program. Overmier is past president of the International Union of Psychological Science, and member of the Executive Board of International Council of Science (Paris).

    THOMAS PLANTE, PhD, ABPP, is a member of the APA Council of Representatives, representing Division 36, a member-at-large on the Council Leadership Team, and a fellow of Divisions 12, 36, 38, 46, and 47. He is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, as well as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California.

    DINELIA ROSA, PhD, is a member of the Board of Professional Affairs and a member of Divisions 31 and 42. She is director of the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, New York.

  • April 19, 2018 12:49 PM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    Progress Notes Podcast

    Progress Notes is a podcast produced by the APA Practice Organization with practicing psychologists in mind. Episodes cover a range of topics that affect practitioners, including the financial and legal aspects of running a business. Listeners will also hear expert analysis on developments in health care policy along with stories that highlight the work of fellow psychologists.

    SPTA’s are welcome to link to the podcast webpage from their SPTA websites, tweet, post links to episodes on SPTA listservs and include in SPTA newsletters. We welcome story ideas. Two podcast logos are attached if you’d like to post one of them to your website and include a hyperlink to the podcast. Here is the webpage, http://www.apapracticecentral.org/business/podcasts/index.aspx.

    Good Practice Magazine

    This magazine is for practicing psychologists, offers practical and timely information to help psychologists understand and cultivate marketplace opportunities, manage and grow their practices, and confront professional challenges. Good Practice magazine is a benefit exclusively for members of the APA Practice Organization and is published three times per year and mailed to Practice Organization members.

    I’d like to provide several past issues to SPTAs to share with your members via email or posting to your SPTA listservs.

    Electronic copies of the following issues can be issued upon request.  Email admin@depsych.org.  

    • Fall 2016 – The Money Issue - examines the topic of money and its relevance to professional practice. Looks at the current landscape of the health care delivery system and the various factors influencing reimbursement and payment for psychological and behavioral health services. Interviews with psychologists who have expanded their incomes through niche practices and those who prefer the financial stability of being an employee and receiving a steady paycheck. We explore psychologists’ perspective on money and how they view themselves professionally. 
    • Winter 2017 In this issue, Good Practice writers break down the details of MACRA and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and what psychologists need to know about reimbursement for services under this new payment program. We look at a new opportunity to help train psychologists to work within integrated health care systems through a $2-million grant from the CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). APA and Practice Organization President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, answers members’ questions on reimbursement codes. We also highlight a psychologist who makes a living exclusively as a Medicare provider and feature advice from practitioners on how to work in the Medicare system.

  • April 19, 2018 12:09 PM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    All - The American Psychological Association Children, Youth and Families Office will be hosting a 2-part webinar series at 12PM ET April 20th and April 27th on Minority Children’s Mental Health.

    Goals of this series are to: 
    (a) increase practitioners’ awareness of mental health disparities in children and youth, 
    (b) expand knowledge of the environmental factors contributing to children and youth mental health and service utilization, and 
    (c) build practitioners' competence and confidence in their ability to treat, ameliorate, and prevent negative mental health outcomes in children and youth.

    Please visit https://bit.ly/2pVu4AL to register for the first session andhttps://bit.ly/2uGx20z to register for the second session. CE will be offered and free for the first 100 participants of each session.

    For more information about this topic please visit http://www.apa.org/pi/families/

  • April 19, 2018 12:06 PM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    April 10, 2018


    I am awarding presidential citations as a part of my APA Citizen Psychologist™ Initiative throughout 2018 to exemplary APA members who serve as leaders in their various communities and contribute to improving the lives of all through public service, volunteerism, board membership and other strategic roles.


    I have decided to award citations to APA members across all membership categories, including associates and affiliates who are involved in citizen psychology activities. Information about this program, and the definition of Citizen Psychologist, is updated at www.apa.org/citizen.  All nominees for citations must have sustained activities in improving their communities; bring psychological science or expertise to these activities beyond their day-to-day work; and at least one of their community roles must be as a leader, demonstrating exceptionalism in said leadership role. 


    Nominees must be APA members. Most awardees will hold a doctorate in psychology or a related field and be a full member, fellow, or lifetime status member. Nominations from individual who exemplify citizen psychology work are also now also being accepted from APA associate members, international affiliates, graduate student affiliates, undergraduate student affiliates, high school student affiliates, community college teacher affiliates, high school teacher affiliates, and other lifetime status members.

    Self-nominations and nominations from individuals and groups are welcome. These must be received by July 1, but the sooner the better. Learn more at www.apa.org/citizen.  


    Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP

    2018 APA President

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