Committee Reports

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

Committee Reports

Committe for the Advancement of Professional Practice

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

Liaison Report from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy sent a liaison (Dr. Leann Diederich) to the recent CAPP board meeting in Washington, DC, in early October. Below is a summary of highlights that might be relevant to Society members, followed by a formal meeting summary submitted by CAPP from the October 2015 meeting (available as a PDF).

  • Legal and Regulatory Affairs (LRA): LRA had several updates, including sharing about the success of the Multi-State Summit on Delineating Alternative Practice, Legal and Financial Models for Integration that took place in New York City in May (a streaming of the event is available for purchase at: They had a think-tank prior to the summit and are going to investigate two key topics from it: Multi-State Management Services Organization (MSO) and Multi-State Group Purchasing Organizations. Given the success of this summit, they have several summits planned for 2016, including May 20, 2016 in DC and June 24th in Chicago. They also discussed the work of a fellow, Caroline Bergner, JD, and her work on Medicaid reimbursement of interns (e.g., H&B codes allows interns to get training in integrated care) and how focusing on an opportunity for doing this in independent practice may increase supervision opportunities for interns.
  • Internal Governance: A number of the topics at the recent meeting involved APAPO and CAPP internal governance concerns, such as budgets, strategic plans, and membership. Given the ramifications of the Independent Review and subsequent impact on membership across APA and APAPO, discussions were had as to how the organization can move forward with an openness to ownership and a focus on transparency.
  • Psychologist Involvement in Medical Staffs: Currently, only 37 states allow psychologists to serve as hospital medical staff. CMS revised their requirements in 2012 to encourage hospitals to be “inclusive” of psychologists when making medical staff appointments, which was supported by the APAPO, however, most psychologists are unaware of the need to pursue this avenue. If you are working in a hospital setting, please consider the resources that APAPO can offer you if you are advocating for psychologists to be considered for these types of appointments.

For more details on these, please review the official CAPP Meeting Highlights.