News from APA

Dear SfHP members,

The APA Council of Representatives met during the APA Convention on Wednesday, August 8, and Friday, August 10, 2018.  This column provides an informational update on several actions taken by the Council.

  • Approved the Report and Recommendations from the Presidential Work Group on Expanded APA Advocacy Model
    • This action means a combined 501(c)(3) [not-for-profit public good] and 501(c)(6) [professional issues/guild} has been created entitled APA Services Inc.  The purpose of this organization is to provide robust advocacy and increased resources for advocacy initiatives for science, education, public interest, practice and applied psychology.  All psychologists who join APA will be members of a combined c3/c6 organization allowing membership dues to be allocated to both entities for advocacy initiatives. The change to the combined c3/c6 will allow more dollars to be spent on lobbying. There will also be a new approach to development and delivery of professional member benefits. Other details:
      • A unified Finance Committee and a single Board of Directors will serve both c3 and c6 entities.
      • An Advocacy Director will be appointed and an Advocacy Coordinating Committee of no less than 12 members will be appointed.
      • More information at
  • Defeated a Resolution to Amend Councils 2009, 2013, and 2015 Resolutions that the Address the Roles of Psychologists in National Security Settings
    • By a vote of 105-57 with 11 abstentions, Council opted to retain the existing policy that restricts the role of military psychologists in detention sites that are in violation of the U.S. Constitution or international law.
      • The resolution was aimed at allowing military psychologists to provide needed health care to detainees without any restrictions as to the setting in which services are provided. This resolution would have made the role of psychologists consistent with the role of psychiatrists and other military health providers who may treat detainees at any site, including the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
      • Those who opposed the measure indicated that they feared it would open the door to military psychologists becoming involved in detainee interrogations and risk compromising the human rights of detainees.
  • Approved as APA policy the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures (5th ed.) and approved August 2028 as the expiration date for the document.
  • Approved as APA policy the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men and approved August 2028 as the expiration date for the Guidelines.
  • Defeated a resolution to Remove Public Posting of the Hoffman report from the APA website until the current litigation is completed and inaccuracies in the report are corrected.. However a substitute resolution was approved which will provide a time line of actions taken by APA regarding the independent investigation/Hoffman report and a link to the Hoffman report.
  • Approved the formation of a task force, appointed by BAPPI and BSA, to conduct a comprehensive, up-to-date systematic review of violent video game literature and to recommend whether the 2015 Resolution on Violent Video Games should be amended.
  • Approved the formation of a Task Force on Differences of Sex Development (DSD) to:
    • Review extant research psychological literature and APA policies in this area, including that of identifying gaps in knowledge, ongoing controversies, and ethical issues for psychologists.
    • Develop recommendations for education, training, practice, and further research into these topics.
    • Propose how APA can best meet the needs of psychologists and students who identify as those with DSD.
  • Approved Resolution that encourages the use of the “Patient” (rather than “client”)in American Psychological Association Policies, Rules, and Public Relations Activities when referring to the Health-Related and Scientific Activities of Health Service Psychologists and Scientists in Heath Care Services and Settings.
  • Council discussed APA’s ongoing diversity and inclusion plan that include the hiring of a Chief Diversity Officer for APA.
  • Council discussed the ongoing work on formulating a new APA Strategic Plan to be completed by February 2019—all members are encouraged to participate in the planning process when offered a chance to be interviewed or complete surveys about APA’s future.

Ronald H. Rozensky, PhD, ABPP
Richard J Seime, PhD, ABPP
SfHP Representatives to APA Council of Representatives