Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D.,ABPP
Elizabeth Klonoff, Ph.D.,ABPP
Society for Health Psychology, Division 38 Representatives to APA Council
The following is a list of the many activities addressed by the APA Council at its February 2017 meeting. Space does not allow detailed description of each item but each can be reviewed by copying the item and searching for it on the APA website. We are happy to respond to your questions about these items and any upcoming APA business. You are all invited to watch the proceedings of APA Council at this summer’s convention. Council meets from 9am to 5pm on August 2nd and 9am to noon on August 4th in Liberty Salons of the Marriott Marquis. We will be happy to talk with you then as well.
Amendments to APA Bylaws
Council voted to approve forwarding to the Membership amendments to Article V of the Bylaws which update descriptions of the Board of Directors leadership roles and responsibilities to comply with current IRS requirements. A ballot was sent to the Membership for a vote on May 1, 2017. This ballot was sent in May (instead of November) in order to meet IRS timelines for clarifying APA’s compliance with tax requirements.
Council also voted to approve forwarding to the Membership amendments to Article V, Section 7 of the Bylaws which will ensure one seat on the Council of Representatives for each Division and State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association. The ballot will be sent to the Membership for a vote on November 1, 2017. If approved by the Membership, it will apply to the Apportionment Ballot for the 2019 legislative year.
Action Taken in Response to the Independent Review Report (Hoffman Report)
Council voted to receive the Report of the Work Group on Task Force Selection and requested that ad hoc groups be appointed using a selection process that considers multiple criteria, including diversity (broadly defined) and skills or competencies relevant to the ad hoc group’s mission.
Council voted to receive the Report of the Civility Principles Work Group and approved the following recommendations of the Work Group: 1) online culture/civility checks be used after each Council meeting, 2) clear civility guidelines and expectations be added to the orientation of new Council members, and 3) Council receive regular reminders for civility expectations (including for listservs). Council also requested that the Civility Principles Work Group develop an implementation plan for the above recommendations and bring the plan back to Council at its August 2017 meeting.
Council voted to adopt as APA policy a set of Conflict of Interest Principles that will apply to any person serving on an APA task force, work group, board, committee, the Board of Directors and Council of Representatives.
Additional Action Taken by Council:
Council voted to extend for a period of three years the delegation of authority to the Board of Directors for the following areas:
a. Financial and budget matters, with the exception of (1) any single, unbudgeted item that exceeds $3 million or (2) sale of Association real estate,
b. Hiring, evaluation and support of the CEO,
c. Assuring alignment of the APA budget with the APA Strategic Plan, and
d. Internally focused policy development. Resolution on the Use of Multiple Indicators for Admission to Graduate Programs in Psychology, Resolution on Human Trafficking in the United States, Especially of Women and Girls, and Resolution on Promoting Global Perspectives in U.S. Psychology.
Council adopted the following guidelines as APA policy:
Resolution on the Use of Multiple Indicators for Admission to Graduate Programs in Psychology, Resolution on Human Trafficking in the United States, Especially of Women and Girls, and Resolution on Promoting Global Perspectives in U.S. Psychology.
Council adopted the following resolutions as APA policy:
(a) Professional Practice Guidelines for Occupationally–Mandated Psychological Evaluations and Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Council also requested that Professional Practice Guidelines related to issues important to the treatment of PTSD be prepared as soon as possible.)
Council voted to adopt the following statement regarding applied behavior analysis as APA policy:
The principles of applied behavior analysis (also known as behavior modification and learning theory), developed and researched by psychology and competently applied in the treatment of various disorders based on that research, is clearly within the scope of the discipline of psychology and is an integral part of the discipline of psychology. Across the United States, applied behavior analysis is taught as a core skill in applied and health psychology programs as part of psychology degree programs and in other training programs outside of psychology. As such, the American Psychological Association (APA) affirms that the practice and supervision of applied behavior analysis are well-grounded in psychological science and evidence-based practice. APA also affirms that applied behavior analysis represents the applied form of behavior analysis which is included in the definition of the “Practice of Psychology” section of the APA Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists. Therefore, APA asserts that the practice and supervision of applied behavior analysis is appropriately established within the scope of the discipline of psychology.