State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs
2022 President’s Message
We can’t enter this new year with its renewed concerns over COVID-19 and the Omicron variant without some frustration and worries over the impact on our patients, clients, and colleagues, not to mention on us and our families. The role of global mental health and behavioral factors during this time bring out the importance of psychological science and interventions as our public service. I want to publicly thank all of you who have worked so hard over these past years and ask you to please reach out to me if there are ways in which Div. 31 can help you continue your good work. I am delighted to begin my year as president of this great division. Throughout my professional life, SPTAs have been a constant in my work, in my awareness and in my approach to psychology.
Stands Against Racism and Discrimination and Commitments to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Div. 31 has created a statement against racism and discrimination. Various SPTAs have also published how they are thinking, feeling, and doing in their stands against racism and discrimination, and how they support listening to their members. Along with their stands, many SPTAs have provided resources that are founded upon empirical support.
State Toolkit for Integrated Care
This toolkit serves as a resource to members seeking to develop integrated care practices in their state. It is a compilation of the best materials created by states.
Outstanding Advocacy Leaders
Monica Kurylo, PhD, a member of Divs. 31 and 38, recently was appointed to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. She has excelled throughout her career. This interview highlights her career as well as changes in health care as she sees it. She offers guidance to students and early career psychologists about how to move into leadership positions.
Benefits of Div. 31 Membership
Membership in Div. 31 has many benefits and include working with SPTAs to advance the profession and to promote the highest standards of ethics, accesssing the division’s email list which allows you to network with members and discuss issues of concern to students, and obtaining mentorship and opportunities for entry into APA governance.
View highlights of the divisional programming at this year's APA 2021 virtual conference in the Div. 31 APA 2021 convention program (PDF, 260KB).
- Video: Terry Koller, PhD, IPA’s legislative liaison, past executive director and past president, deftly summarizes the need for RxP legislation and the benefits of supporting prescription privileges for specially trained psychologists in Illinois. He does so in this concise and informative video from the IPA.
- Video: Donald McAleer, PsyD, demonstrates how to lobby legislators.
- Karen Postal, PhD, demonstrates how to lobby.
- Advocacy materials
Electronic Health Record Templates
State-specific EHR templates comply with the laws of each jurisdiction.