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