DPA - Delaware Psychological Association

DPA Committee Descriptions

The Ethics Committee's function is primarily one of consultation and education. The Committee can serve to provide advice and opinion to psychologists and the public regarding professional ethics and appropriate conduct of psychologists. It can also assist psychologically impaired psychologists or any other psychologists seeking treatment by consulting with them about their psychological needs and by directing them to appropriate resources.

The Ethics Committee does not review cases of breach of ethics or unprofessional conduct brought to its attention. The Committee directs complaints it receives to the Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists and supports the Board's function in processing complaints. Upon notification of the Board's sanctioning a Member or Affiliate, the Ethics Committee has the option of sanctioning a Member or of discontinuing his or her membership. A member may be censured, suspended, or expelled from the Association for cause by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Executive Council. Should a member be suspended, he or she may reapply to the organization upon recommendation of the Executive Council.

The Committee on Federal Advocacy is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with each member of Congress from the State of Delaware, ensuring that DPA's Federal Advocacy Coordinator is identified as an essential key contact in Delaware on mental health issues before the Congress.  Under the leadership of the Federal Advocacy Coordinator, the committee shall monitor federal issues and legislation impacting mental health and the profession of psychology through its ongoing relationship with the APA Practice Organization.  The Committee shall advise the Association's Executive Council and membership on all critical federal legislative issues, work with the Association Executive Director to communicate APAPO action alerts and coordinate grassroots response to these calls for actions.  As necessary, the Committee shall organize an effective grassroots network of psychologists within the State of Delaware.   Advocacy activity may take the form of letters or calls to Congress, meetings with Members of Congress, attendance at town hall meetings, op-eds, or letters-to-the-editor.

The State Advocacy Committee shall keep the Executive Council and Association members advised of state-level legislation and insurance issues impacted mental health and the profession of psychology.  As necessary, it shall establish and maintain relationships with state legislators, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and major medical insurance providers within the state.  The Committee shall work at advancing the recognition of, and acceptance of qualified psychologists as independent providers of health services within the state.  The Committee may, as necessary and with the approval of the Executive Council, employ the services of a state lobbyist to assist with supporting or drafting appropriate state legislation, secure legislative sponsors, and organize any grassroots activity among the psychologists of the state in support of key legislation.

The Membership Committee shall be responsible for developing the growth of membership in the Association.  It shall examine the credentials submitted to support an application for membership in the association and make recommendations to the Executive Council.

The Continuing Education Committee shall plan and make arrangements for the programs serving the continuing educational needs of the Association members.  It shall further insure the continued APA accreditation to enable the Association to provide APA-approved continuing education credits to its members and other program participants. 

The Practice Committee shall educate psychologists regarding practice issues within multiple settings and advocate for psychologists' ability to practice fully within the scope of their licenses, including rural and underserved population issues.

The Finance Committee shall be responsible for developing and recommending annual budgets and membership dues for the Association, preparing monthly and quarterly financial forecasts and reports, developing programs for non-dues related revenue, recommending how to invest surplus funds, and dealing with other financial matters. The Treasurer of the Association and up to three additional members appointed by the Executive Council shall constitute this committee.  The Executive Director and any financial consultant serving as an ex-officio member of the Executive Council shall also serve as non-voting members of the committee.

The Public Education Committee, chaired by the Public Education Coordinator (PEC), is responsible for carrying out the mission of the APA Practice Directorate, to inform opinion leaders and the public about the unique nature of psychology and its value, to the state of Delaware.  In this position, the PEC receives information from APA and distributes the information to members of the Public Education Committee who provide public education around the state. 

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