2005-2006 State Affairs Committee Goals
Submitted by: Dennis J. Johnson, Chair
Date: April 24, 2006
1. Reconstitute the committee membership as needed.
The committee has been formed and consists of the following individuals.
Arnold, David W.
Blanton, Judith S.
Fischer, Donald L.
Hartke, Darrell D.
Hennen, Martha E.
Lindner, Steven J.
Lynch, Angela M
McCulloch, Malcolm C.
Nagy, Mark S.
Powell, Jevon K.
Ross, Shirley M.
Schneider, Kimberly T.
Scontrino, M. Peter
Waln, Ronald F.
Werner, Blakely J.
Weston, David J.
2. Continue to review and update website information, including links to state and provincial boards.
Committee members have been assigned from two to three state or provincial boards to review and update website information; including links to state and provincial boards. Several committee members have not returned the necessary information to date following repeated requests. I will complete this information by August 31.
3. Provide referrals and information to members/student affiliates seeking licensure.
Each committee member has been asked to identify all Industrial/Organizational Psychology programs in their assigned states and or provincial boards and to introduce themselves to the Chairs of these programs. They are to inform the chair that they are SIOPs contact for their state/province regarding licensure. Committee members were also to identify and contact student representatives to do the same. Not all committee members have followed through on this request. I will develop a list of I-O Psychology programs in the various states and providences and send the chairs an email to provide them a SIOP contact. This task will be completed by August 31.
4. Continue to scan the environment in relation to license requirements and issues.
Judith Blanton and myself have been working with APA and ASPPB to develop an Inter-State/Provincial Registration Program. This program would allow an I-O Psychologist to consult in a state that they are not licensed in for a period of 90 to 120 days per year provided they meet certain criteria. The goal is to provide a means whereby consulting psychologists can legally identify themselves as an I-O Psychologists with in the participating states. Currently an I-O Psychologist has to be licensed in each state they practice in or to submit to a lengthy process to obtain a grace period to practice in a different state. This is not feasible for licensed I-O consulting psychologist whos clients may take them across state lines in a moments notice. Currently this program is under review within ASPPB.
A proposal in California had been identified by Judith Blanton that could impact licensure of I-O Psychologists. The governor is attempting to combine a number of boards in the belief that this would save the state money. The proposal is to lump all licensed psychologists into under a general Health and Safety Board. We believe this will make it more difficult for I-O Psychologist to become licensed since little distinction will be made between clinical/counseling and other branches of psychology. Judith Blanton drafted a letter, reviewed by me, and sent to Leaetta Hough for review and editing. President Hough sent the letter on to the California licensing board requesting changes in the proposal. The area of mobility and licensing continues to be an area of concern for licensed I-O psychologists.
The APA is forming a Task Force to Revise the Model Act for State Licensure to represent consulting and/or I-O psychologists. Although I was nominated I have not heard as of yet if I have been selected to serve on the committee. I believe Vicki Vandaveer may also be included as a nominee for the Task Force. Whether it is Vicki, myself, or someone else we need to have a representative from SIOP on this committee. I recommend the SIOP Board to pursue this Task Force position to make sure someone is present representing SIOP.
5. Continue to collect sunset information on licensing laws for all state and provinces.
See Goal 2 above.
6. Communicate state developments and licensure issues to members.
See Goal 2 above. In addition, I will be participating in a panel discussion during SIOP entitled, Credentialing and Licensing Issues in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
7. Participate in Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards annual meeting to continue to keep them aware of the needs of I-O psychologists.
Although I was unable to attend the ASPPB meeting in October, Judith Blanton attended the ASPP meeting in April. Judith Blanton will brief me during the SIOP Convention on the various issues brought up during this meeting.
8. Establish a liaison with the graduate student organization to make licensing information readily available to graduate students
Each committee member has been asked to identify all Industrial/Organizational Psychology programs in their assigned states and or provincial boards and to introduce themselves to the Chairs of these programs. They are to inform the chair that they are that they are SIOPs contact for their state/province regarding licensure. Committee members were also to identify and contact student representatives to do the same.
Although a worthy goal, the committee will not accomplish this task within this year. Given the available resources and goals that are more important to the committee, I am removing this goal from our overall plan.
Problems or Action Items
1. Creating value in licensing Currently there is little incentive to become licensed in most states. Many states sets up barriers to become a licensed I-O Psychologists by requiring graduation from an APA accredited program and internships that are not available to I-O Psychologists. Since no I-O Psychology programs are accredited by APA are members are unable to become licensed. Unless the Board takes a strong stand for licensing and add value to being licensed this issue will continue to allow others with little education and training to invade our members field of practice and marginalize this subspecialty of psychology.
2. Points for Consideration:
a. Promote graduation from an accredited University and a SIOP recognized I-O Psychology. The program
b. Promote a 1-2 year period whereby the licensing candidate has to work either in an organization or consulting group performing recognized I-O Psychology activities.
3. Provide or work with lobbyist in the states and providences to write or change the laws that are more reasonable to I-O Psychologists.
4. Developing credentialing training programs in I-O areas offered by SIOP. These would be best in practice programs and continuous education in nature.