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Report From the APA Council of Representatives, February 2012 Meeting

Debra A. Major
Old Dominion University

The next American Psychological Association Council of Representatives meeting will be held August 2012 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the APA Convention. During the convention, Debra Major and John Scott will host a session on the ways in which SIOP and APA work together, especially for those who would like to become more involved in either or both organizations.

In February 2012, SIOP representatives Debra Major, David Peterson, Paul Thayer, and John Scott attended the winter APA Council meeting in Washington, D.C. The Council devoted over a half-day of its 2½ 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 designed to more fully align the system with what is needed for a 21st century organization. The data indicated that Council members wanted to be engaged in discussing strategic issues that have significant impact on the discipline. Toward that end, Council was provided with a background document for its discussion of how technology will impact psychology and APA over the next decade.  The discussion centered on such ideas as using social media in public education, how to train psychology faculty in new technologies, delivering research findings through technology, the role of new technologies in data sharing, and the creation of psychology apps. More information regarding the GGP and the technology background materials can be found at http://www.apa.org/about/governance/good-governance/index.aspx.

APA president Suzanne Bennett Johnson updated the Council on her three presidential initiatives, which focus on the nation’s obesity crisis, how to attract more early career psychologists to APA, and interdisciplinary practice and science. For more information about these presidential initiatives, including a link to Johnson’s Presidential Report to Council, go to http://www.apa.org/about/governance/president/index.aspx.

Concerning education in psychology, the Council adopted two new guidelines: a taxonomy for education and training in professional psychology (http://www.apa.org/ed/graduate/specialize/crsppp.aspx) and a framework for the preparation of high school psychology teachers (http://www.apa.org/ ed/precollege/topss/index.aspx). Council also approved funding to support a meeting of a Board of Educational Affairs task force charged with revising the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major in Psychology.

Additionally, the Council:

  • 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.
  • Received the reports of the 2011 Presidential Task Force on Immigration and 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. APA publications and databases generate $80 million in revenue annually.