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Expanding our Scope — Reactions to the 2018 Practice Leadership Conference (PLC)

Sean Woodland, Ph.D.
Sean Woodland, Ph.D.

This March I was a first-time attendee at the Practice Leadership Conference (PLC). It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with other psychologists interested in advancing the practice of psychology.  The PLC is full of forward-thinkers who have an eye toward advocacy, with an aim to equip all psychologists with the tools and the courage to advocate for themselves and the profession at large.

As a psychologist employed in a primary care setting, I naturally gravitated toward the talks and workshops related to the practice of health psychology. With that said, I also went in with my group and systems hat on, and believe that the following summary is relevant to all members of our division.

Advancing Practice Together 

The theme of this year’s PLC was “Advancing Practice Together.” This has been a major focus of Dr. Arthur Evans since he became the CEO of APA, urging us as members to think more broadly about our value as psychologists, and to continually assert this value as the practice landscape continues to evolve in turn.  In an introductory workshop Dr. Evans stated that we can no longer define ourselves as only psychotherapists if we desire to advance the discipline.  Rather, we must clearly define the unique contributions that practicing psychologists make to healthcare, and to focus on the skills we can bring to many different settings.

Dr. Evans listed three areas unique to psychologists which we can better leverage: 1) training as scientist practitioners, 2) conceptualizations of problems, and 3) the ability to develop expertise in a wide range of specialty areas.  Dr. Evans contends that making these areas more visible to other professionals in the settings in which we now and will yet work will prepare us to adapt well to current and future healthcare trends. Psychologists in the future will find themselves increasingly accountable for the results produced by interventions, and will be called upon in innovative ways to serve the private and public sector alike. Will we be ready to step in?

Improving the Leadership Group 

Another theme that permeated the Practice Leadership Conference, as the name suggests, was leadership, be it in our practice settings, our state associations or divisions, and in our communities.  The mood of the conference was one toward psychologists taking the lead in forsaking isolationism in these settings, broadening and deepening collaboration with a range of organizations and professionals outside the discipline.  For example, APA currently has worked with the American Diabetes Association to create a clinician education program with the effort of training psychologists to help diabetes in behavior change.  It was noted that the rate of depression in individuals with diabetes is twice that of the normal population.

The PLC also encouraged better leadership of our various boards.  One speaker, Eloiza Altoro, spoke extensively on this topic.  Ms. Altoro is an organizational consultant with a clinical psychology background.  She emphasized that high-functioning boards find the “sweet spot” where personal purpose, organizational purpose, and role purpose converge.  Successful boards are team-oriented and transparent, and are as flexible as they are formal.  On the other hand, relationships in boards (and of course, groups!) break down when there is a lack of trust, misinformation, and lack of strategic direction.  Another symptom of poorly-functioning boards is constant turnover.

The attendees at PLC were also encouraged to become leaders in their communities.  This was communicated most clearly by Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel, new president of APA.  A main pillar of her presidential term is the “citizen psychologist” initiative, which aims to encourage psychologists to be more active in community settings, and to recognize psychologists who are already highly involved at home.  She publicly recognized two such psychologists during a town hall meeting, and reports excitement to honor more.

Advocacy and Activism 

The final theme at the PLC was advocacy.  This was culminated the final day of the conference with visits to Capitol Hill.  Tagging along with the delegation from my home state of California, I had the opportunity to go to the offices of three different California representatives to advocate for causes important to the practice of psychology. This included asking for co-sponsorship of the Medicare Mental Health Access Act, advocating for maintenance and expansion of Medicaid, and advocating for understanding of gun violence as a multifaceted phenomenon.

While it was indeed exciting to participate in his political process, perhaps the most moving piece of advocacy came during the above-mentioned town hall meeting.  The first speakers to get up were the delegates from APAGS, APA’s graduate student group.  They called for greater diversity and inclusion, and were quite courageous in communicating the ways in which they felt that they had been marginalized throughout the proceedings.

In Closing

As leaders in group psychology and group psychotherapy, I believe it is incumbent upon the division to continue to have a voice and a presence at this conference.  Perhaps it could take the form of leading an intergroup dialogue, or a workshop to help psychologists gain a better understanding of group leadership.  Or, in the spirit of advocacy, having a voice to communicate to leaders in the field the importance of understanding the complexities of group treatment in an ever-changing healthcare system. Furthermore, advocating for furthering research in group psychology and group psychotherapy also has a place at the proceedings, as there’s a definite focus on enhancing the productivity, collaboration, and overall success of the professional groups in which we regularly are found.  In short, the PLC needs experts in group!  And notwithstanding this need for more group expertise, the PLC is also a great conference for anyone generally interested in leadership, advocacy, or in advancing the practice of psychology.

For questions or more information on the PLC, please contact Sean Woodland, PhD at seanc.woodland@gmail.com.

 

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Report from the winter meeting of the APA Council of Representatives

Sally Barlow, Ph.D.
Sally Barlow, Ph.D.

The winter meeting was held in Washington DC from March 9-10 covering many topics including:

  • Council approved a joint 501(c) 3/501(c) 6 organization membership agreement, a move that will increase APA’s capacity to advocate for a full range of issues. At membership renewal time this year, all APA members will become part of both a c3 and a c6 organization.
  • Council voted to amend minutes of its February 24-25, 2017 meeting— “Council voted to adopt as APA policy the APA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults and approved March 2022 as the expiration date for these guidelines. Council also requested that a Professional Practice Guidelines [that addresses other issues, including those relevant to psychological practice with individuals] related to issues important to treatment of individuals who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder be developed [in an expeditious fashion] as expeditiously as possible.”
  • Council approved pursuing accreditation of master’s level programs in health service psychology in areas where APA already accredits. This will be a multi-year project that will require council approval for a plan of implementation. Much debate preceded this vote. Two take-aways are 1) the exact title has yet to be decided, and 2) there should be standards for the scope of practice of master’s level practitioners.
  • Council vote to receive a comprehensive report from the Council Diversity Workgroup. This will include recommendations for more inclusion of diversity at all levels of process and procedure. This workgroup is led by Clinton Anderson and his team in Public Interest and will take the next 6 months to develop a workable framework.
  • Council adopted the Clinical Guideline for Multicomponent Behavioral Treatment of Obesity and Overweight Children and Adolescents: Current State of the Evidence and Research Needs as policy of the association. This was preceded by very emotional debate about the painful aspects of being labelled “obese” while still focusing on the positive aspects of better treatment for this global phenomenon.
  • Council adopted as APA policy a resolution on Pregnant and Postpartum Adolescent Girls and Women with Substance Related Disorders. In part, this policy affirms that substance-related disorders manifest as behavioral and biomedical health problems, and recommends providing rehabilitative services rather than criminalizing pregnant women and girls’ substance use by prioritizing substance treatment.
  • Council received as information an update on the new business in progress item, “Archiving the 2015 Resolution on Violent Video Games Due to Inconsistent Evidence-Based on Effects (NBI 35A/Aug 2017).
  • Council received three ethics updates as information. An update on the Board of Directors’ consideration of recommendations stemming from the Report to APA Commission on Ethics Processes; an update on a new selection of the new Ethics Code Taskforce; and an update on a new business item, “Resolution to Amend Council’s 2009, 2013, and 2015 Resolutions to Clarify that Psychologists May Provide Treatment to Detainees or Military Personnel in National Security Settings”.
  • Council decided to rescind the 1991 Resolution on the use of anatomically detailed dolls for forensic evaluations, urging those who conduct such evaluations to be competent in their use, provide more research about the variety of such dolls available for purchase, and bring the standard of assessment into a more uniform practice.
  • Council agreed to adopt as APA policy the Guidelines on Core Learning Goals for Master’s Degree Graduates in Psychology and approved March 2028 as the expiration date for these guidelines.
  • Council met in Executive Session to discuss ongoing litigation. Our very competent attorney, Deanne Ottaviano reminded us that we cannot discuss (or report on) anything regarding this litigation. I can report on the Amicus Curiae briefs, which include the recent cake decision as well as 4 others.  If you want details (lots of legal language I am not competent enough to represent here) contact me at shb@byu.edu.

 

For those interested in the full minutes check out this link: http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/minutes-spring-2018.pdf

Thank you for allowing me to represent our Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy.  Sally Barlow

 

 

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Treasurer’s Report

Amy Nitza, PhD
Amy Nitza, Ph.D., Treasurer

Our Division ended 2017 in a solid financial position.  Our 2017 year-end numbers are below, with 2016 year-end numbers included for comparison. Our primary source of revenue continues to be the journal, which performed well, although royalties were slightly lower than in 2016.  Membership dues were down significantly. However, our overall expenses were lower than anticipated, and we ended 2017 with a positive net income.

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Division Performance Report 16-17
2017 2016
Income
   Membership Dues 2242 3621
   Contributions 0 500
   Interest/Dividends 13 35
   Misc. (CE at conv) 0 0
   Royalties 42422 43408
Total Income 44677 47564
Expenses
   Midwinter Meeting 10552.31 10711
   Newsletter 2300 2299
   Awards and Grants 9865.83 4600
   Convention 2720.39 6477
   Committees 584.91 945
   Liasions/External Committees 2747.87 7758
   Social Media 2000 2000
   Marketing 105 150
   APA Administrative Services 2850 2975
   Miscellaneous 30.81 0
Total Expenses 33757.12 37915
Net Income/(Loss) 10919.88 9649
Assets
Cash Balance 65501 52812
Investments/Other Assets 43963 43722
Net Assets 109464 96534

Looking forward, our budget for 2018 as approved by the board at the midwinter meeting in early February is below.  We continue to invest in our membership through the provision of numerous student and professional awards, and through division events and opportunities to connect at the APA Convention.  We also continue to invest in advocacy through sending representatives and liaisons to select APA committees and external groups as well.

2018 BUDGET

2018 Budget Proposed  
 SUMMARY  2018 Budget
 Total income  $102,030
 Total expenses $52,200
 Income less expenses: $49,830
 INCOME DETAILS  2018 Budget
Journal Royalties $41,000
Dues $2,500
Interest $30
Contributions $500
CEU Royalties $-
Carry Forward from 2017 $58,000
Income: $102,030
EXPENSE DETAILS  2018 Budget
100 Midwinter Meeting $12,000
200 Newsletter
  Editor Stipend $2,000
  Publishing $300
300 Awards & Grants
  Moreland Dissertation $1,000
  Student Posters $600
  Student Diversity Posters $600
  Group Psychologist of Year $1,000
  Professional Achievement in Diversity $1,000
  Student Diversity Award $500
  Practice Award $1,000
 Teaching Award $1,000
  Student Travel Awards $4,000
  Research Grant(s) $4,000
400 Convention
  Suite and Executive Meeting $3,000
  Social $2,500
  Promotional $1,000
  Student Conference Coordinator $2,000
  Recording Fellows Talks $2,000
500 Committees
  ECP $150
  Membership $750
 Student Committee $300
 Other Committees $1,500
600 Liasions/External Committees
  COS Dues  $550
  COS Attendance $900
  CAPP/FAC Attendance  $800
Other Liasions  $2,000
700 Social Media
  Consultant  $2,000
  Hootsuite  $-
  Other Social Media  $-
800 Marketing  $700
900 APA Administrative Services  $3,000
1000 Miscellaneous  $50
Expenses:  $52,200

 

If you have any questions about this report or our Division finances, feel free to contact me at any time.

 

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Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

Sean Woodland, Ph.D.
Sean Woodland, Ph.D.

CAPP Liaison Report

Notes from the open session of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)

Sean Woodland, PhD

I am excited in 2018 to begin my role as Division 49’s CAPP liaison, as well as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator (FAC).  My first formal duty under this role was to attend the open session of the CAPP Meeting on February 2-3.  Below are some highlights from this meeting.

Day 1 Highlights

Friday morning started off strong with an address from Arthur Evans, PhD, CEO of APA.  His objective was to communicate his strategy for “modernizing” APA, along with some specific changes that will be coming soon.  Dr. Evans’ strategy is heavily influences by the idea of “transformational change”; that is, change that will better equip APA for the future landscape of the profession in ways that we’ve never seen before.  Included is a new membership model in which members will automatically gain access to both APA and its non-profit arm.  A moratorium will be placed on member dues for first three years after implementation.  This new model is designed to increase capacity for advocacy for both science and practice.

The afternoon also had a flavor of advocacy and change, including discussions on the upcoming Practice Leadership Conference (PLC), and an update on government relations.  The PLC will take place March 10-13, 2018.  The theme this year is “Advancing Practice Together.”  Invited to the PLC each year are state association leadership and designees, as well as division designees.  I will be attending PLC this year and will provide a full report for the next newsletter.

Friday’s government relations discussion focused on the efforts that the Political Action Committee (PAC) has been making to further the purposes of psychologists.  In the last year the PAC has been focused on lobbying for many causes, most notably preserving the Affordable Care Act.  PAC spending in 2017 was equally divided between political parties.

Day 2 Highlights

Saturday morning included a lively discussion on “the Master’s Issue.”  For decades graduates of psychology Master’s degrees have been left with an unsure path moving forward for practicing independently.  The urgency on this issue has been accelerated because CACREP (the accrediting body for Master’s counseling and specialty programs) has begun to systematically bar psychology Master’s graduates from taking licensing exams.  The CAPP views maintaining the status quo on the Master’s Issue no longer an option, and would like to pursue action soon.  The key issues include titles, scope of practice, supervised vs. independent practice, and accreditation.

The remainder of Day 2 was highlighted by technology advances and changes in psychology.  These include HipaaSmart and PsyPact; HipaaSmart is a new “one-stop shop” for education/information on

privacy, security, and breach notification.  PsyPact is the name for policy being put forth across states that will allow for temporary telehealth services from one state to the next.  There was also discussion of the EPPP2, which will include an additional examination germane to the independent practice of psychology.  Passage of the original EPPP (general knowledge of psychology) will be a prerequisite for taking the second part, but it is planned that students will be able to take the first half earlier than is currently specified.  These changes are planned to take effect in January 2020.

There was much more discussed during the two-day open session that could not be included in this summary.  Those interested in learning more may email Sean Woodland, PhD at seanc.woodland@gmail.com.

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Group Specialty

Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA

Dear Division 49 Members,

We are actively working towards getting “Group” recognized as a specialty by the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Psychology (CRSPPP). The more or us to register positive comments about this application, the more likely it will be accepted. This would be an important recognition of group work and would have important implications for education, training, recognition and funding. Please take a few moments to register your comments at the link provided below.

Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP)

The APA’s CRSPPP is accepting comments for specialty and proficiency petitions via the Education Directorate’s Public Comment website (http://apaoutside.apa.org/EducCSS/public/). Closing deadline for comments is 5:00PM EST, 6th March 2018. Please contact Dr. Antoinette Minniti (aminniti@apa.org) if you have any questions.

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Liaison Report from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

Liaison Report from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)

I attended a two-day CAPP board meeting in mid-October as a liaison from our Society. The CAPP board members and fellow liaisons are a group of talented individuals who are invested in coming together as a group to advance the needs of practicing psychologists. A limited summary of the topics, actions, and updates is provided below.

There are several products due to be released next year by the APAPO (the practice organization that advocates and provides for the needs of practicing psychologists). The first is a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). This registry has expanded the previous registry option (the APAPO PQRSPRO) available to psychologists who bill for Medicare. There are numerous benefits to an APA/APAPO‐sponsored clinical data registry: (a) APAPO can provide a real‐world view of clinical practice, patient outcomes, safety, and clinical, comparative, and cost‐effectiveness, and that can serve a number of evidence development and decision making purposes; (b) we can define, develop, and/or select the measures that are of the most interest and importance to psychology and to mental health more broadly– as opposed to letting some other health care entity do so for us; (c) we can collect actionable information that can be used to modify behaviors, processes, or systems of care; and (d) we can meet other psychologist data needs, such as licensure/CE requirements, credentialing or board certification requirements, and quality‐based, differential, and reimbursement payment programs (pay‐for‐performance). The second product to be released is the fully updated HIPAA product. The product will give members a simplified and combined compliance resource for the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (including updating state law and preemption analysis for 51 jurisdictions). They expect this product to be given a “soft launch” at the upcoming Practice Leadership Conference in March, with a full release by the summer.

A current product that is available to APAPO members is a Guide to Innovative Practice Models available on the APAPO website at: http://www.apapracticecentral.org/business/innovation/index.aspx. This toolkit provides information and resources for psychologists about emerging trends, challenges and opportunities related to alternative practice models.

The Legal and Regulatory Affairs (LRA) office of the APAPO gave an update on topics related to parity and insurance that they have been pursuing. This includes: (a) taking a lead role in an effort by stakeholders on all sides to develop a parity accreditation system; (b) working with outside counsel and NYSPA on a parity-based class action lawsuit targeting reimbursement discrimination against psychologists and their patients; (c) collaborating with Government Relations to respond to rate cuts by two MCOs brought in to manage TRICARE; and (d) continued collaboration with state associations (GA, FL, PA, KS and MN) on 90837 and reimbursement cut issues.

The LRA and the APA Education Directorate recently celebrated a large success by overcoming a major regulatory barrier and can now move forward on a pilot project to use supervised psychology trainees to bring integrated behavioral health services to underserved Medicaid populations in Washington, DC.  The pilot project will place trainees in primary care physician (PCP) offices; help build a pipeline of highly-qualified psychologists to fill the extraordinary need for these services; and develop a model for replication in other states. The pilot program will involve supervised trainees, both interns and post-docs, providing behavioral health services in three primary care clinics in underserved areas of DC. Their services will be reimbursed by Medicaid through ACDC, a big win for the sustainability of such an integrated care program.

There are a range of other topics covered at the meeting, including a policy on integrated care, master’s level training, Government Relations updates, Clinical Practice Guidelines on PTSD, a policy on Behavior Analysts, updates on APAPO membership and finances, and comments from the current APA CEO and APA President-elect. For more detailed analysis of the meeting, please contact me directly at Leann@LeannDiederich.com.

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Council of Representatives

Sally Barlow, Ph.D.
Sally Barlow, Ph.D.

The Council of Representatives met during the August 2017 APA Annual meeting in Washington DC for two days, considering a number of items. Key among them were reports from the Civility and Diversity work groups (clearly lots of overlap here) regarding useful ways to advance the causes of civility (in person and on the list serve) and expand diversity beyond just “talking about it”—thus reflecting our mission to respect the rights and dignity of all persons.  In particular, the Civility work group put forward a plan to encourage dealing with civility issues with 5 steps: 1) peer to peer internal [“ouch-oops” feedback–suggesting that a person who appears insensitive may not have realized it. The person who was offended needs to say “ouch” and the person who offended needs to say “oops”], 2) mentor assisted informal, 3) formal complaint, 4) mentor committee elevation and Council of Representatives (CoR) initiated community protection.  The report is lengthy and very thoughtful. If you would like a copy let me know. We will debate implementation of this during the mid-winter meeting in March 2018. The appointment of a Civility Ambassador will be made to oversee this process in order to promote respect and inclusion, utilize the findings of the survey conducted regarding these issues, and develop ways to provide corrective feedback.

The Diversity Work Group put forward suggestions for 2018 council diversity training, encouraged APA leaders to model inclusion by tracking informal as well as formal norms.  Some of the feedback from the diversity survey sent to CoR members last year included such feedback as “enforce term limits—too many council members remain on council by circling through a number of positions and divisions, often remaining dominant, even rude.” Members also recounted “fears of being dismissed, publicly criticized, seen as biased” as deterrents to speaking up against the majority while in meetings. The diversity report is also a very thoughtful document listing short term urgent/longer term urgent/short term import/longer term import, encouraging more data gathering, as well as specific training. Again, I would be happy to share this with you.

Progress with the Good Governance Project continues as the Council Leadership Team (CLT) attempts to make more nimble the daunting bureaucracy of APA.

Several items will be held over until Mid-winter meeting as the August agenda was jam-packed as manifested by the 678 page agenda book (which I would be happy to share with you if you pay for the shipping postage of such a heavy document!)

Council met in Executive Session to further discuss law suit issues, which I am constrained from sharing with you.

Of interest council members were forwarded information on the Press Releases from Kim Mills—media coordinator–during APA that reached a total of 56 million people on topics ranging from mindfulness to helping athletes succeed.

During the mid-winter meeting in March 2018 we will be debating the masters level license issue. This is a complicated issue with an upside and a downside. I would welcome your feedback about what you think about granting masters level psychologists licenses.

Also, just received word of an interesting conference coming up in April in DC.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you on the Council of representatives. Sally H. Barlow, Division 49, Group psychology and group psychotherapy.

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Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Specialty Council

Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA

Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Specialty Council

Group Specialty Council President

    The major task for the Group Specialty Council for 2017 began in April with the receipt of the letter from CRSPPP requesting that we supply more information for the petition to include postdoctoral training and, achievement of the specialty at post-licensure.  The Council was also asked by CoA to develop a set of competencies for postdoctoral residency programs reviewed for accreditation.

    A model postdoctoral program was developed under the leadership of Sally Barlow in 2003 but that model was based on what was in effect at that time on the doctoral level for group competencies and experiences.  Doctoral programs had scant training in group psychology and group psychotherapy which was the impetus for the Society trying to gain CRSPPP approval for a specialty.  It was felt that the 2017 version call for significant changes for a model program that would incorporate the proposed doctoral and internship specialty work as having been achieved  and that  the postdoctoral residency would build on the doctoral level work.   

Some of the major changes were to consider the doctoral/internship as the entry level and to describe the training for the postdoctoral at the advanced level.  CoA had requested competencies for the specialty so that site visitors and accreditation reviewers would be able to judge if the postdoctoral program was consistent with established competencies.  

A workgroup composed of Noelle LeForge, Josh Gross and Nina Brown was formed and developed the competencies for postdoctoral and post-licensure programs for the group specialty.  Some examples of major competencies and tasks to be included in postdoctoral programs include the following: that the resident would have an opportunity to lead two different types of groups, to act as a leader not just as a co-leader, their work would be more narrowly focused on specific populations and conditions, there would be broader applications of techniques and procedures such as group process commentary, and residents would gain a more extensive understanding of cultural and diversity characteristics and how they affect the group.  A full list of nine post-doctoral program competencies were created, reviewed by Specialty Council members and by CoS, revised in line with suggested changes, and submitted to CoA.  The competencies were incorporated into the creation of the Education and Training Guidelines for Postdoctoral programs.  In addition, the workgroup developed the process for achieving the group specialty at the post-licensure level that is consistent with ABGP guidelines and standards.

The revisions for the petition are underway with the intent that the resubmission of the petition be no later than mid-December.  Prior to that time, the revisions will be sent to the members of The Society for their review and comment.

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Group Specialty Council

The petition to have Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy recognized as a specialty was submitted in December 2016, and the public comment period ended on March 10, 2017.  There were more than 140 comments submitted and all were positive.  While the majority of the comments were from individuals, several were from other groups such as the AGPA Science to Service Task Force, the American Board of Group Psychology, The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, the International Board for the Certification of Group Psychotherapists, AGPA, APA Division 49, APA Committee on Aging, APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, the Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society, and Samaritan Health & Living Center.  We extend our thanks to all the individuals and groups that provided comments as this shows the level of interest the petition holds. CRSPPP will hold its meeting on        , and their response is expected 30 days after the meeting.  Members of The Society and Council will be notified immediately after the decision is communicated to us.

The Council was contacted by CoS in response to a request from CoA to develop specialty competencies for residents in post-doctoral psychology programs.  There are 16 areas where 2 – 3 advanced competencies are needed.  The Council is in the process of developing competencies and welcomes any ideas to facilitate that process.  Following are the 16 competency domains based upon ABPP competencies and inclusive of APA- CoA competencies:

Integration of science and practice ( note: an APA-CoA required competency)

    1. Ethical and Legal Standards/Policy
    2. Individual and Cultural Diversity
    3. Professionalism (professional values attitudes and behavior)
    4. Reflective practice/self-assessment, self-care
    5. Scientific knowledge and methods
    6. Interdisciplinary Systems
    7. Relationships
    8. Evidence-based Practice
    9. Assessment
    10. Intervention
    11. Consultation
    12. Research/Evaluation
    13. Supervision
    14. Teaching
    15. Management/ Administration
    16. Advocacy

The competency domains Integration of Science and Practice, Ethical and Legal Standards, and Individual and Cultural Diversity are required for all postdoctoral residencies regardless of specialty.

Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

 

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Finance Report

Amy Nitza, PhD
Amy Nitza, Ph.D.

2016 End of the Year Financials 

Dr. Nitza reviewed end of year financials; The division spent significantly less than we thought we would spend in 2016 and had more income than we thought we would. Part of the reason that we had extra money was that we did not spend some of the money we said we would spend (we didn’t give money for several awards). Dr. Parks pointed out that we are a profitable division because of the journal (even though membership is low).

Dr. Nitza noted we have an investment account with about $47,000 in it as a safety net. It earns $5 a quarter. There might be better ways that money could be handled. Dr. Ribeiro asked if there is a problem with not spending the money we budgeted for last year. Dr. Nitza said no, we do not have to zero out. Dr. Dennis Kivlighan said there are three things that need to be discussed together: the structure of the Board, the budget, awards. One of the reasons that the money didn’t get spent was that there was no one responsible. One of the reasons for the new board structure was so that there would be certain people who would “own” certain aspects of what we do, like the awards.