News from APA

The APA Council of Representative (CoR) met from February 14 through February 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Our division, Division 38 – the Society for Health Psychology – had three voting representatives on the CoR thanks to the Society’s members choosing to allocate more of the ten votes to our division representation: a stronger voice for Health Psychology!

The Council passed the new APA Strategic Plan (https://www.apa.org/about/apa/strategic-plan) designed to provide a guide for APA in its efforts toward maximizing the impact that our Association can have on complex issues facing the future of psychology and society in general.

The policies passed by CoR at this meeting will be listed in detail in the Council Policy Manual found at https://www.apa.org/about/policy?tab=1 .

Council passed several major policies:

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Depression across Three Age Cohorts;

A Resolution on Physical Discipline of Children by Parents;

A Resolution on Child and Adolescent Mental Health;

A Resolution on Campus Sexual Assault;

A Resolution in Support of Universal Design and Accessibility in Education, Training, and Practice;

A Revision to the APA Model Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority and Related APA Policies; and

Amendments to APA Policies on Respecialization.

Council also received the Report of the BEA Task Force to Develop a Blueprint for APA Accreditation of Masters Programs in Health Service Psychology.

Council approved the proposal for a new APA journal, Technology, Mind, and Behavior and approved and change to APA Rule 100-1.4 designed to facilitate APA’s divisions’ ability to endorse policies from other organizations with proper review.

Council members also participated in a presentation and lengthy discussion of “interpretive power” (the ability to understand individuals’ experiences and behaviors in relationship to their cultural contexts) and how the understanding and application of that concept can help both the Council and psychology be sensitive to creating cultural change.

Your Council representatives are available to discuss the recent issues reviewed, and passed, by Council and any other issues you believe should be addressed by APA governance.

Thank you,

Ronald H Rozensky, PhD, ABPP
Rick Seime, PhD. ABPP
Susan McDaniel, PhD, ABPP

Division 38 – Society for Health Psychology
APA Council Representatives