Div. 31 Is Thriving
So much is happening within the division. We have had unprecedented success with our membership drive and recently received notification that approximately 75 percent of those members who were offered free memberships in 2012 have continued their membership in the division. I believe that this is because of the wonderful advocacy and programs that the division offers.
Since the division retreat in February, the Student and Diversity Task Forces have met. The Student Task Force proposed that the board include a voting student member. Because of the work of our student leaders, we have many more student members than in the past. The Division Bylaws Task Force will be meeting soon to add this into our bylaws. In addition, the Diversity Task Force has posted (as of this writing) three entries to their blog and have more in the can.
Andy Benjamin, PhD, JD, along with Jeffrey Younggren, PhD, and Div. 42 have completed and posted all the state-specific psychological electronic health records for all 50 states to APA Communities. These are available to all APA members and can be accessed with the following instructions:
- To log in to APA Communities, please use your MyAPA username and password.
- On the APA Communities main landing page, under the “My Neighborhood” menu, click on “Groups.” That will enable you to see all the groups to which you belong and/or the groups that you may be eligible to join. All the Div. 31 Ethics Resources groups are open to all APA Communities users.
- Under the “Groups” menu, click on the group name of the group you would like to access. If you are not already a member of a group, you will land on a page with a “Join this group” button (see following page).
- To join a group, click “Join this group.”
In addition, the division co-sponsored a workshop with the Practice Organization at the State Leadership Conference on Integrated Care in Hospitals and Health Systems. The speakers were terrific, and the program continues to fulfill one of the division’s goals to get the word out about health care reform.
One of the major missions for the division is to advocate for psychologists around the country in SPTAs. A recent development has been a movement in states to restrict how psychologists are trained to work in diverse backgrounds. Div. 31’s secretary has been a member of the Board of Educational Affairs' virtual working group on restrictions affecting diversity training in graduate education and will be attending the Educational Leadership Conference to continue working on this issue.
Lastly, Div. 31 was involved in choosing the Heiser Award Recipients for 2013. We had three separate groups from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Iowa with a total of 20 recipients. The 2013 Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy recognizes individuals who have made a concerted effort to protect and further the practice of psychology in their respective SPTAs. The awards were presented at the APA Convention in Honolulu by APA President, Don Bersoff, PhD, JD.
Contact the President
4130 La Jolla Village Dr., Ste. 301
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: (858) 453-1800
Fax: (858) 452-3992