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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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From Your Editors at The Group Psychologist

The past several months witnessed a range of natural disasters, from hurricanes, to earthquakes, to the recent wildfires. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by these events. These disasters are traumatic for those living both near and those connected to the communities who might be living far away. They have a number of long-term consequences on a given community. Yet after each disaster, stories start emerging of neighbors, small groups, and emergency personnel who offer tireless services and come together in service to others. As a famous quote from Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers) highlighted, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.”. When we wear our group hats, we notice that he stated the plural, helpers, not the singular, helper. Helpers are often able to do their best work because of their working in a group. Imagine what one lone firefighter is able to do, yet when they are working as a team, the complementarity and synergy from roles and responsibilities allows a much greater response.

We hope this issue of The Group Psychologist lets you see how many of our authors wear their “group hats”. This issue provides a range of thought provoking topics, from reflecting on the dynamics present in an NFL team (sneak preview: “a nice demonstration of why group managers need to balance interpersonal relations with task focus”), to pointing out how group research techniques have caught up to what group practitioners have been seeing (sneak preview: taking into account the impact of the group on the individual), and encouraging Society members to participate in our new Mentoring Program (for questions, contact the mentorship director, Rosamond Smith rosamondjanesmith@gmail.com).

We especially want to highlight this last program, the new Mentoring program developed by the Student Committee. The responsibilities for a mentor are as follows:

  • Provide your mentee an email address or phone number where you can be contacted to answer questions related to professional development (e.g., coursework, future employment, practicum, training experiences, etc.), as needed.
  • Be accessible to have a face-to- face meeting (e.g., lunch, dinner, coffee) with the mentee one to two times per year, such as at APA or convention and/or be available to meet through another means, such as by phone, email or Skype.
  • Assist mentee in networking and meeting with other professionals and/or students in Div. 49 or APA at large. This networking could occur at the Div. 49 social and/or other events.
  • Commit to a one-year mentorship relationship.
  • Refrain from entering into a supervisory relationship with your mentee.
  • Respond to mentee challenges and follow grievance procedures, as appropriate.
  • Maintain Division 49-member status.

We hope you’ll consider becoming a mentee to one of our fabulous students! The application form is here: http://www.apadivisions.org/division-49/membership/mentor-program.aspx.

Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P., Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D., Associate Editor

 

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The role of language, particularly how we use language to teach children about emotions, was recently featured in the New York Times Family section (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/well/family/talking-to-boys-the-way-we-talk-to-girls.html?smid=fb-nytimes). This struck a chord with me when thinking about several adult male clients (ranging from 20s to 50s) that I see for individual therapy, both who I am preparing for going into an interpersonal process group. These clients struggle to express their emotions. We’ve explored what norms and expectations were set by their parents regarding feelings and what’s “appropriate”. Now, as adults, they struggle tremendously with vulnerability; intellectually they know it’s a path towards connection, yet emotionally the fear and aversion to it is immense. Becoming a member of a psychotherapy group is one way I’m hoping they can have new experiences of what it’s like to witness and share their own vulnerabilities. We know group therapy is a way to have corrective emotional experiences, and what are more powerful corrective experiences than those dealing with emotional vulnerability?

Integrating interpersonal process techniques creates a powerful and effective group process enabling participants to address problematic situations with support of group members. Students and clinical populations respond well to the combination and find them helpful in becoming aware of their habitual dysfunctional thought patterns and belief systems that play an important role in mood regulation.  As group members recognize the usefulness of interpersonal process techniques, intimacy and spontaneity tend to increase, creating and supporting a safe space for sharing.

As Brené Brown said, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” So, as we move into the summer months, we challenge you to explore your own darkness. Who can you confide in? What story can you share that hasn’t seen the light of day recently? Who supports you in your path towards opening up to more belonging and joy? Finding friends who can listen empathetically, respond with their own vulnerability, and hold space for emotions that we might have once been taught are “bad”, are precious. Do those friends know what role they play in your life?

I know several of those friends have come from my membership in Division 49. And as we look forward to gathering again at the APA Annual Convention, I’m going to be sure to tell them how important they are to me. We hope you’ll be able to join us in Washington DC in August. Throughout this newsletter you’ll find updates about what to expect and how to best participate.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Editor

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From Your Editors at The Group Psychologist

In this issue of The Group Psychologist you’ll find authors speaking to the powerful roles that groups can have in our lives. While at the recent American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting, I (Leann) experienced this in many ways. However, one depiction of the power groups have, that caught me off-guard, was while watching the musical Cats. Arguably, one of the most emotional plot lines in the show is that of Grizabella, the old “glamor cat” who is an outcast from the Jellicle tribe of cats. Her anguish at not be accepted, the impact of being shunned, and the loneliness she feels is palpable.  One of the most magical, and at times haunting, songs comes from her singing Memory. Without providing too much of a spoiler, it’s a moving moment in the musical when she is accepted back into the tribe. There is a dark side to groups, their ability to shun, to cut-off, and to wound individuals. Yet, Cats, provides a beautiful visual reminder of the healing power of groups: through acceptance, welcoming, and re-incorporation into something bigger than one’s self.

We encourage you, dear reader, to send us your reactions to the articles in this issue. Better yet, post about them on Facebook! Start out by checking out our President-elect’s recent experiences wondering what attending the Division 49 Mid-Winter Board meeting will be like. Our current President, Dr. Craig Parks, while reflecting on the current state of political discourse takes on the question, “How important is it for opposing groups to be calm and friendly while discussing their differences?”

In a different sort of response to the current political state, in his Group Psychotherapy Column, Dr. Tevya Zukor, points out, “We have the training and experience to understand the dynamics of scapegoating, oppression, and irrational fear-based behavior. Not only do we understand how these processes emerge, but we have thousands of years of combined experience helping people navigate through the worst times of their lives and being there as they to emerge from the darkness that once overwhelmed them.”

Finally, we encourage you to check out the range of awards described in the Diversity Column. These include cash awards of $500 and $1000 for members (or those whose membership is pending) of Division 49. These awards are to “recognize excellence in group psychology practice, research, service, and/or advocacy with a focus on promoting understanding and respect for diversity.” It’s not too early to start thinking about the APA annual convention. The Diversity Committee is hoping to use the Suite to foster dialogue among Division members about diversity in group psychology and group psychotherapy in an informal setting. Please email Dr. Joe Miles (joemiles@utk.edu) if you have ideas or requests about what could be offered.

Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P. C.G.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 Webinar Series

Dear Colleagues,

Division 49 is pleased to announce our 2017 Webinar Series, featuring authors from our special issue of Group Dynamics (September, 2016) focusing on Statistical Methods in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. These webinars are free and open to the public. Click here to view the flyer!

Do you ever wonder how groups are different or distinguished from a collection of individuals? Are you curious how you would analyze this statistically? Our first speaker in this Statistical Methods Webinar Series is Dr. Joseph Bonito, from the University of Arizona. He will help us understand one way to address this problem through his presentation, “Estimation and Application of the Latent Group Model”. You can read his article on this topic here, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/gdn0000044. (Access to the journal article is free with membership in Division 49.)

Join us on Friday, February 24th at 12:00-1:00 PM (Eastern) for this free webinar. If you can’t attend, but would like a recorded version of the talk emailed to you, please register and it will be sent after the presentation. See the attached flyer for a more detailed description of his talk.

To register for the webinar, please go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8582575940289184257

Be sure to save the date for the next two webinars in this series, March 24th at Noon (Eastern) and April 28th at 8 am(Eastern).

Please contact us at div49group@gmail.com with any questions.

Kind regards,

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
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Liaison Report CAPP

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

I attended a two day CAPP board meeting in early September 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. The focus of the board, and by extension, the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) can be seen by examining the “four Ps”: payment, prestige, practice protection, and products.  Highlights from the September meeting, as organized by these four areas, can be found below:

Payment:

  • APAPO has been working to help develop a new CPT code which would provide better reimbursement for psychologists who use certain testing practices and assessments.
  • APAPO is going to start working on developing a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) which will help psychologists control their own outcome measurements (to aid in reporting relevant outcomes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). This QCDR would be a system that psychologists could use for the upcoming requirement of Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which will replace PQRS (as it expires on December 31st). I hope as they move forward with selecting outcome measures, that group based outcomes will be represented.
  • Legal and Regulatory Affairs (LRA) staff reported success in their fight with the New York Attorney General’s office regarding Cigna’s exclusion of neuropsychological assessment for all psychiatric disorders and autism spectrum disorders.
  • LRA is also continuing their work on advocating for intern reimbursement under Medicaid and report continued progress in several states.

Prestige:

  • The Government Relations staff of APAPO continues to advocate for psychologists inclusion in the Medicare “physician” definition (H.R. 4277/S. 2597).
  • CAPP formed a workgroup to discuss and determine if there are aspects or implications of the APA resolution on psychologists in integrated care settings. This workgroup would also focus on what CPT codes might be appropriate for telehealth within integrated care. This also ties into payment concerns for psychologists engaged in these activities.

Practice Protection:

  • Recently LRA also provided input to the Texas State Board regarding the Serafine decision by the 5th Circuit US Court of Appeals decision invalidating parts of the licensing law.
  • APAPO and LRA consistently tackle issues relating to mental health parity. They recently met with Federal Parity Enforcement officials to review key issues and concerns. They are actively involved in cases regarding parity issues with several insurance companies, including Regence BCBS and Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.

Products:

  • As was described above, a product in development is the QCDR. However, another product that was strongly supported at the CAPP meeting was for APAPO to update the HIPAA product. This is especially salient in light of upcoming Phase 3 HIPAA audits from HHS.

I am honored to represent Division 49 as a liaison to the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. Due to budget constraints, CAPP will only meet once in person next year, currently scheduled for October 2017. However, if there are significant updates that are provided to liaisons via electronic meetings, those will be included in future issues of TGP.

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Autumn is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter beckons around the corner. For some, this might mean the relief that rain brings to the parched earth. For others, it means frost on the leaves, brilliant colors on the hillsides, and crisp night air. Whatever it brings for you, we hope that you take a few moments to contemplate the changes that this season brings for you.

This issue of TGP brings some change as well. It’s with a heavy heart as we reflect on Dr. Robert Gleave’s column. He is stepping down from the role of President-elect due to his health concerns. Robert, we value all that you have done for the group psychotherapy field, we admire your quiet strength and depth of spirit, and we appreciate the perspective you articulated in your column, “My predominant feeling is a willingness to learn these next lessons and a sense of peace.” May you continue to find that peace.

Another change to this issue of TGP is the introduction to a new column, Notes from the North. We’ll be featuring a “pen-pal” like relationship with CGPA: Group Therapy, Group Training, Group Facilitation. If you have questions for our Canadian colleagues, please send them our way!  As a child, I (Leann) had a pen-pal from Iowa. I still remember her specific handwriting, and the way she would dot her “i’s” with small hearts. Ah, life before digital emoji’s! There was always a joy in getting a letter from her in the mail, and then pondering what I was going to write back. Perhaps in 20 years we’ll look back with nostalgia at this first Notes from the North column…and marvel at the relationships it has fostered between Division 49 members and our colleagues up north!

This issue also highlights several award winners that were honored at the recent APA Convention in Denver. Dr. Norsworthy was given the Diversity Award and Dr. Maartijn van der Kamp was recognized with the Richard Moreland Dissertation of the Year Award. We encourage you to read about these two individuals in their respective columns. We also wanted to highlight the second Group Psychotherapy Column by Dr. Tevya Zukor. He tackles an especially important topic, how group members need to remember the value of civility and kindness with each other, even when they see actions that might not match their personal values.

And finally, we’ll close with encouraging you to check out Dr. Craig Parks’ President’s Column. He provides an analysis of several movies with group dynamics or group psychotherapy content…and encourages the reader to check out psychmovies.com, as a repository for movies that incorporate psychological content. I, for one, have already checked out the list and am adding a few of the movies to my Netflix queue. The next rainy and windy afternoon, that might be just what the doctor ordered!

Happy Autumn!

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Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
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Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
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Summary of CAPP Board Meeting

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

Summary of CAPP Board Meeting

April 29-May 1, 2016

These are a selected compilation of meeting notes, as they might be relevant to the Division 49 Board of Directors and Members. For full details of the meeting, please request them from Dr. Leann Diederich.

Legal Risk Management (presentation by APA Office of General Counsel Ann Springer, JD)

CAPP members were briefed on the fiduciary duty that Board members have. This includes duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of confidentiality. If you represent multiple groups, you have a duty to clarify which group you are speaking on behalf of. For instance, a conflict may exist when a Board member has professional business or a volunteer interest that could predispose the member one way or another regarding an issue. A conflict of interest should be disclosed to the Board and the appropriate steps can be taken (e.g., recusal or abstention on voting). Conflicts of interest are to be expected when professionals are involved and carry multiple roles and aren’t inherently negative or something to be ashamed of.

Updates on Government Relations and Legal and Regulatory Initiatives

Government Relations: CAPP members were briefed by Government Relations staff on legislative efforts that followed the 2016 State Leadership Conference, including the following: (1) the Medicare Mental Health Access Act to include psychologists in the Medicare physician definition (H.R. 4277/S. 2597), and (2) legislation to reform federal mental health funding, specifically the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) and the Mental Health Reform Act (S. 1945). In addition, a new government relations initiative that engages psychology students in advocacy was outlined by staff: the TEAM Project.

Legal and Regulatory: Legal and Regulatory affairs are working on the following: collaborative Summits with state psychological associations to educate members on alternative practice models; advocacy approaches to insurance and parity; and advocacy in coordination with the education directorate to expand opportunities and reimbursement in Medicaid systems for psychologists, including managed Medicaid. One specific example that was highlighted was the fight to get a higher reimbursement rate for the CPT code 90837 (as in Washington state it was being paid at the same level as 90834, despite being a longer therapy session). If you know of instances where there is little to no difference in the rates being paid for these two codes, please contact Legal and Regulatory Affairs.

Committee on Divisions:

Beginning in 2016, CAPP combined its various committees that oversee outreach to the various APA Divisions into one committee, entitled the CAPP Committee on Divisions, which will now oversee and make recommendations related to outreach to the Divisions. Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Chair of the CAPP Committee on Divisions provided an update on the discussions to-date of the Committee, including discussions defining the mission of the Committee, and initiatives that are focused on developing and creating alliances with specific Divisions and creating value-added products for divisions that will encourage membership in APAPO. Also, discussed was the possibility of surveying current members of APAPO in regards to their Division memberships and roles within the Divisions.

Updates on Initiatives Impacting Practitioners:

Council of Specialties Summit: CAPP members received a report on the upcoming Specialties Summit that will focus on the continuum from generalist to specialty training and practice, in addition to, issues related to licensure, scope of practice, competencies, specialty practice and the impact of healthcare reform on practice patterns.

APA Work Group on Test User Qualifications:

Dr. Toni Zeiss, BPA Chair, provided an update on recent discussions, held during the APA Consolidated Meetings in March 2016, by the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) and the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA), related to the possible formation of a Joint Working Group on Recommended Competencies for Users of Psychological Tests. Dr. Derek Phillips, from the CAPP Assessment Workgroup will be the CAPP liaison to this group.

Psychologists and Scope of Practice:

During recent CAPP meetings, CAPP has discussed several initiatives related to developing strategies to address developments by new/or other professions advocating for inclusion of language in state legislation, in addition to, recent initiatives that included the development of a focus group of psychologists in managed care, and the development of a collaborative strategy with SPTAs to encourage psychologists involvement in medical staffs. The April-May CAPP meeting provided CAPP members an opportunity to discuss the development of a new computer based examination that will be complementary to the existing knowledge-based Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The new exam, the EPPP Step 2, which was approved in January 2016 by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) will assess the skills necessary for entry-level licensure. It is anticipated that the exam will begin to be used in 2019.

Update on the Board of Director’s Initiative on the Master’s Degree:

In 2015, the APA/APAPO Board of Directors formed a workgroup related to addressing issues and areas of interest that have arisen in the past related to the Master’s Degree. CAPP has a liaison to this workgroup. Discussions during the CAPP meetings in the past have focused on the need to articulate the value-added aspect of doctoral level training and the need to protect the use of the title of psychologist for those trained at the doctoral level. At the present time, priority issues related to the Independent Report have taken the Board’s time and updates will be provided at future meetings.

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It’s summer time! For many professionals at a university or college setting, that means more time out of the classroom, laboratory, committee meetings, counseling center, grant writing and so-forth. How are you going to spend that time? What new activities are you going to undertake? If you don’t have a shift in your work schedule, how can you take advantage of longer daylight hours (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere)?

For me (Leann), one of my goals this summer was to try something new and (hopefully) fulfilling. While my first idea (sponsoring a local student in training a wild mustang to enter into a regional competition) didn’t materialize due to a number of complicating factors, I decided to try something artistic. I contacted a local artist and scheduled a one-on-one workshop in nuno felting. The process involves working wool fibers into fabric, in my case, a silk scarf. I rarely consider myself artistic, but I do love color! And working with soft and whimsical fibers for a day was a special treat. It became a grounding experience where I was immersed in the moment, choosing how to lay the wool fiber, what shape I wanted to create, and let me tap into a creative side I rarely get to experience in such a tangible way. Being able to approach the project, which presented a number of brand new experiences, was also a treat. How often do we let ourselves do something new, something we aren’t experienced at, and still find it rewarding? Being a beginner is humbling and a great time to practice some self-compassion. While my finished scarf isn’t the beautiful masterpiece I might have hoped for, it’s still beautiful. And it’s symbolic, both of the Southern California kelp forests that were my inspiration for it, but also of the possibilities that new experiences can hold. As I start my next project, a nuno felted scarf done without the mentorship of my new teacher, I’m excited to see what I’ll learn.

In this issue of The Group Psychologist you’ll read about what inspires some of our leaders. In the President’s column by Dr. Craig Parks, you can learn of his goal of creating an annual meeting where leaders in the field of group psychology can come together with professionals in industry and government organizations. We are looking forward to learning more about how this could become a real meeting! And in the column by Dr. Robert Gleave (our President-elect) you can read how his dedication to service has influenced and enriched him over the years.

As you pursue the articles in this issue, if you find one you like, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Letitia, and Leann at ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu, as can Letters to the Editor.

PS. If you have children and are looking for some new ideas to do with them this summer, check out: https://www.care.com/a/101-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-summer-1305030150

Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.

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

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Letitia Travaglini, MA
Letitia Travaglini, MA
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As I was driving through a nearby town recently, I saw a billboard that caught my eye. It featured three pairs of muddy boots, with the quote “You’ll need these, it’s election time”. While it made me chuckle (with an accompanying grimace for the truth it reflected in this season’s election), it also made me curious. Is “mudslinging” a more recent occurrence in our electoral history?

When I consulted our modern encyclopedia (Wikipedia, of course!) I found the following definition of mudslinging, “trying to win an advantage by referring to negative aspects of an opponent rather than emphasizing one’s own positive attributes or preferred policies” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_campaigning). Colloquially known as “mudslinging”, an early example of negative campaigning comes from the presidential election of 1828. In the race between Andrew Jackson and the incumbent President John Adams, numerous negative campaigning tactics were used, including attacking Jackson’s marriage and his propensity for dueling! Contrary to my idealistic perspective of our history, apparently mudslinging has a long legacy in our elections.

Fortunately, we are part of an organization whose candidates don’t need to resort to negative campaigning. As you’ll read in this issue, it’s election time for the Society, as we are looking for a President-elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, Student Representative, and Council Representative. Each nominee for these positions has prepared a brief candidate statement so you can learn a bit more about who they are. We urge you to become an educated voter by investigating the candidates, and if you have questions, please reach out to them to get more details about their visions for participating in the leadership for our Society.

Also in this issue, you can learn more about Scholarships for students to attend the Annual Convention in Denver, CO, E-mail application materials to rosamondjanesmith@gmail.com and a Virtual Learning Hour hosted by the Early Career Psychologist Task Force on Women in Leadership. Please RSVP for access to div49group@gmail.com.

If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Letitia, and Leann at ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu, as can Letters to the Editor.

Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.

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

Associate Editor

Letitia Travaglini, MA
Letitia Travaglini, MA