Div. 18 is entirely volunteer-driven. If you are interested in becoming part of the division leadership team, we offer participation in advocacy, governance/policy activities of the division, continuing education, convention program, membership, newsletter, section affairs and student affairs.
Members of Div. 18 help train more than half the clinical and counseling psychologists in the nation by providing the internship sites and administering the internship programs. Its members develop and implement mental health treatment programs for millions of people in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as community support systems. Through the work of its members Div. 18 has the potential to directly or indirectly touch the lives of most people living in the United States.
The Division of Psychologists in Public Service (Div. 18) was established in 1946 as a founding division of APA. It was created in response to the needs of the public in such areas as psychological practice, research, training, program development and outcome evaluation. Among its goals, Div. 18 works to protect and advance the profession, foster ethical practice, advocate for persons with mental illness and promote quality care.
Public service psychologists are practitioners, researchers, university professors, legislators, program developers, clinical coordinators, managers, administrators and more. Their clients include consumers of mental health services, managers, administrators, policy makers, elected officials and the public. They work in a variety of settings, including state hospitals, community mental health systems, VA medical centers, criminal justice systems, police and public safety settings, state legislatures and in academic institutions. In general, the services they provide are as varied as the persons they serve and the places they work.
The division board includes the president, past president, president-elect, secretary-treasurer, members-at-large, representatives to the APA Council, student representative, newsletter editor, membership chair and six section chairs. To be a member of the Board of Directors, one must also be a member of APA. The one exception is the student representative. The Board of Directors meets twice a year, and the sections typically meet annually at the APA Annual Convention.
The student applicant fee is $25. The non-student applicant fee is $49.