Feature Article

President's column: Thirty-seven ideas for engaging with Div. 37

Consider the myriad of ways to get involved with Div. 37.

By Sharon G. Portwood, JD, PhD

During my service as president, I have continued to be impressed by our division members. Our membership is truly a dynamic and concerned group of professionals who are doing amazing work to enhance the lives of children, youth and families. During this, our 37th year, I hope that all of you will find ways to become involved — or even more involved — with the division so we can work together to do even bigger and better things.

In that spirit, here are 37 ideas for how to engage with the division:

  • Check the division's website regularly for current activities and opportunities.
  • Participate in activities associated with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) forum, Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Health, of which Div. 37 is a sponsor. (Contact: Mary Ann McCabe, president-elect).
  • Become involved in Divs. 37, 53 and 54's interdivisional project to study and to develop a report focused on innovative strategies to inform the redesign of mental health care for youth (Contact: Sharon Portwood, president).
  • Join the Section on Child Maltreatment (Contact: Jennifer Kaminski, section president).
  • Read the division's new publication, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice .
  • Submit an idea for an issue of Advances (Contact: Barbara Fiese, editor).
  • Connect yourself or your students to the division's Student Committee (Contact: Linda McWhorter, graduate student representative).
  • Be on the lookout for and “like” the upcoming student Facebook page (Contact: Linda McWhorter, graduate student representative).
  • Submit your dissertation or encourage your students to submit their dissertations for consideration for the division's 2015 Student Dissertation Award (Contact: John Lochman, past president).
  • Serve as a mentor to a student member (Contact: Linda McWhorter, graduate student representative).
  • Serve on the division's Early Career Psychologist Committee (Contact: Paula Fite, member-at-large for ECPs).
  • Update the division on advocacy issues in your state (Contact: Lew Lipsitt, member-at-large: advocacy coordinator).
  • Contact the division about federal policy issues of particular interest to you (Contact: Lew Lipsitt, member-at-large: advocacy coordinator).
  • Contact the division about your interest in advocacy training (Contact: Lew Lipsitt, member-at-large: advocacy coordinator).
  • Serve on the division's Advocacy Committee (Contact: Lew Lipsitt, member-at-large: advocacy coordinator).
  • Serve as a division liaison to one of our partner sections or organizations (Contact: Anita Thomas, member-at-large: task force coordinator & diversity issues).
  • Let the division know about other organizations in which you are involved that should be added as partner organizations (Contact: Anita Thomas, member-at-large: task force coordinator & diversity issues).
  • Let the division know about your interest in serving on any APA committees (e.g., the Committee for Children, Youth, and Families; Contact: Sharon Portwood, president).
  • Let the division know about your interest in activities designed to engage minority psychologists (Contact: Anita Thomas, member-at-large: task force coordinator & diversity issues).
  • Let the division know about current issues of particular interest to you that might be appropriate for a division task force (Contact: Sharon Portwood, president).
  • Nominate yourself or a colleague for a section office (Contact: John Lochman, past president).
  • Let the division know about your interest in serving in an appointed position (e.g., membership chair, program chair, fellowship chair, graduate student representative, undergraduate student representative; Contact: Mary Ann McCabe, president-elect).
  • Submit your application to become a fellow of Div. 37 (Contact: Bette Bottoms, fellowship chair).
  • Nominate one of your colleagues for the division's Early Career Award (Contact: John Lochman, past president).
  • Nominate one of your colleagues for the Nicholas Hobbs Award or the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Child Advocacy (Contact: John Lochman, past president).
  • Write a piece for The Advocate , our division newsletter (Contact: Julie Cohen, editor).
  • Submit your recent book for possible review/inclusion in The Advocate (Contact Julie Cohen, editor).
  • Serve on The Advocate 's editorial staff (Contact: Julie Cohen, editor).
  • Share the latest issue of The Advocate with a colleague and encourage him or her to join the division.
  • Let the division know about your ideas for reaching out to underserved groups or individuals who could benefit from involvement (Contact: Amy Shadoin, membership chair).
  • Begin thinking now about submitting your current research for presentation at the 2015 Annual APA Convention as part of the Div. 37 program.
  • Submit a workshop of interest to division members for CE credit at the 2015 Annual APA Convention.
  • Attend the 2014 Annual APA Convention in Washington, D.C.
  • Check this issue of The Advocate , along with the division's website, for special programs of interest to division members at the upcoming Annual APA Convention.
  • Attend the division's business meeting and awards presentation at the Annual APA Convention.
  • Attend the division's 37th birthday party at the Annual APA Convention.
  • Bring a friend.