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SIOP State Affairs Committee

 
 
Co-Chairs:
Greg Gormanous, Ph.D.
M. Peter Scontrino, Ph.D.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                            March 9, 2010
 
 
Committee Report
 
Goal One. Reconstitute the committee membership with at least three new members.
This goal has been accomplished.
 
Goal Two. Continue to review and update website information, including links to state and provincial boards.
This is an ongoing goal. The most current links to State and Provincial Boards are available at ASPPB.net. 
 
Goal Three: Provide referrals and information to members/student affiliates seeking licensure.
We respond to about four inquiries per month. Recently we have communicated with Ph.D. students at both Capella and University of Phoenix asking if their programs qualified for licensure.   
 
Goal Four: Continue to scan the environment in relation to license requirements and issues.
Each committee member does this for their assigned states and provinces.
A seemingly growing issue is APA’s Model Licensing Act. Another issue has to do with whether online doctoral programs meet the one year residency requirement for a license.
 
Goal Five: Continue to collect sunset information on licensing laws for all state and provinces.
We do this on an annual basis, usually in the fall and winter. However, sunset does not seem to be as big an issue as it was in the 1990’s.
 
Goal Six: Communicate state developments and licensure issues to members.
Blanton, Gormanous, and Scontrino wrote an article which was published in TIP in January 2010.
 
Goal Seven: Participate in Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards annual meeting to continue to keep them aware of the needs of I-O psychologists.
Gormanous made a presentation at ASPPB’s Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in October. Scontrino and Gormanous both plan to attend ASPPB’s Mid-Year Meeting in Seattle in April. The idea of an item writing workshop for generating I-O items for the psychology licensing exam involving more I-O people was mentioned in Idaho. SIOP members were systematically surveyed during the recently concluded Practice Analysis for the licensing exam.  
 
Goal Eight: Establish a liaison with the graduate student organization to make licensing information readily available to graduate students
We have not worked on this goal to date.
 
Goal Nine:  Distribute brochure on licensing written by Judy Blanton
We have revised the brochure and have submitted it to TIP for publication. SAC needs to explore the best avenue(s) for dissemination.
 
Other: The issue of online doctoral degrees is related to a couple of goals above. SAC may consider drafting a carefully worded Q & A with respect to contacting boards directly about the licensure eligibility of graduates who obtained online degrees. These kinds of questions are likely to increase with the apparent increase of online doctorate programs.
 
Observation: Much progress has been made within the last 3 years with respect to ASPPB and other regulatory entities in recognizing that I-O is an important and essential component of professional psychology. When informed about the issues, many licensing boards try to meet the legitimate needs of I-O applicants. Ironically, while some in the I-O leadership see this as a positive, some others may see it as a negative.
 
Peter Scontrino
Greg Gormanous