Committee Reports

APA program chair report: 'Tis the season for 'whews!' and 'thanks'

Tentative division programming for the APA Convention lists 18 events.

By Ann Landes
Preparation for the 2013 APA Convention has been one exciting adventure. The “season,” as I have come to affectionately call it, began with notification from APA of a much earlier deadline for submissions. This of course translated into a much earlier date for Program Chairs to complete the programming. (Check—Got it.) Oh, and a new wrinkle: Each Division received a cut in programming hours. (OK, I like challenges ...) What I was not prepared for was the following:

1: due date for submissions pushed back one week.
2: due date for Program Chairs, not pushed back one week.
3: more than 2 ´ the number of submissions    ³ not enough reviewers. (Is it hot in here?)
4: contacting Div. 19 membership for more reviewers.
5: receiving supportive emails from 25 volunteers. (Oh, I just love Division 19 members!)
6: receiving submissions forwarded from the Presidential Theme, after I completed my programming. (*censored*)
7: contacting Div. 19 membership for more reviewers.
8: receiving supportive e-mails from so many volunteers. (Div. 19 members, I salute you!)
9: programming database under construction, two days prior to the programming deadline. ( Insert me into the baby’s role. )
10: condensed and modified dates and times for programming, in order to provide attendees time to "play." (Interesting concept)

Many whews later we have our stellar programming, which is summarized at the end of this article. I have to admit that although the logistical issues detailed above were daunting at best, the only dreaded portion of my duties was narrowing the programming. It came down to this: We simply had scores of brilliant submissions but fewer slots. I worked diligently to combine several programs into symposiums and papers into posters as a way to accept as many as possible. In the end, though, hard decisions about cuts were made. It ... was ... tough!

Being program chair is definitely about persistence, flexibility, and creativity—all of which I am familiar. Most importantly to me, however, is the greater sense of "WE" that I am gaining from my time with Div. 19. Every time I have had a need, you all have been there. With each new idea I have proposed—you have sent heartfelt endorsement. My questions and suggestions have been answered and often progressed to even greater ideas for our programming and services at the convention. A powerful community of intelligent, caring individuals—making a difference through service, teaching, research, advocacy, mentoring—that’s Div. 19. I am honored to be a part of this great organization, and I want to thank you (yes, again) for making it such a rewarding experience.

I do encourage anyone interested in helping with reviewing and program planning to contact me. Fresh and krispy ideas for convention are especially sought after: programming themes, social hour, hospitality suite, networking, and so forth. Please contact me.

WARNING: The following schedule is subject to change. The dates and times are tentative; APA will have the final say in convention scheduling. Proceed with planning of your trip with due diligence. See you in Hawai'i!

Div. 19—2013 APA 2013 Convention Schedule of Events

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (preconvention)
8 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

Virtual Reality and Biofeedback to Improve Behavioral health Clinical REsearch Protocols; M. Stetz et a. (3 credits)

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Novel Psychotherapeutic Approaches for Treatment of Military-Related Psychological Trauma
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Veterans’ Use of Mental Health Care: Mechanisms of and Barriers to Utilization
11 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Addressing Clinical and Policy Issues Related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Service
 Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
8 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Executive Committee (EXCOM) Meeting for Div. 19
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Poster Session I
11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Poster Session II
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013
8 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Deployment Stress and Military Families’ Health: A Focus on Health-Risk Behaviors and Physiology
9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Cognitive and Motivational Measures for Predicting Soldier Performance
1 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Supporting Our Military Families and Children: Psychology’s Role During Reintegration
2 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Business meeting for Div. 19
3 p.m.-3:50 p.m. Presidential Address for Div. 19
4 p.m.-5:50 p.m. Social Hour for Div. 19
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
8 a.m.-8:50 a.m. Differences in Self-Learning Strategies During Career Progression Among Army Noncommissioned Officers
10 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Apps, Telehealth, Virtual Reality: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Service Women/Men and Veterans
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. The Status of Behavioral Health Among Active Duty Personnel and the Expanding Network of Supports That Serve Them
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Fighting Stigma on the Front Lines: Development of a Group-Based Intervention for Enlisted Leadership to Increase Treatment Seeking for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Among Soldiers
11 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Improving Community-Based Service Systems Structures to Reintegrate Returning Wounded Warriors