ACCTA Annual Report 2009-2010
October 2-6, 2010
1. AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION
San Diego, California
August 11-15, 2010
Submitted by: Kathlyn C. Dailey, Ph.D., ACCTA President,
and Maureen A. Lafferty, Ed.D., ACCTA President-Elect
Division 17/Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) Board Meeting - 8/11/2010
Dr. John Westefeld, SCP President, opened the meeting with a welcome to all in
attendance and introductions of the Executive Board, Section and Committee Chairs,
Liaisons and other guests. Dr. Janet Helms, Past President, introduced the newly elected
SCP Officers (Dr. Barry Chung, President-elect; Dr. Toti Perez, VP for Communications;
Dr. Cindy Juntunen, VP for Education and Training; Dr. Michael Mobley, Treasurer; and
Dr. Helen Neville, re-elected as APA Council Representative). The new Student
Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS) host institution is the University of Albany and its Co-
chairs are Christopher Connacher and Melanie Lantz. Dr. Tania Israel will be sworn in as
SCP President at the end of the SCP Business Meeting (8/15). Dr. Julia Phillips, current
ACCTA member, is completing her 3-year term serving on the Presidential Cabinet as
the VP for Communications.
There were many topics and points of business covered in this meeting so I will briefly
summarize the information that may be of most interest to ACCTA members.
A major focus of the SCP over the past year has been an examination of the current
bylaws. Work has begun on proposed revisions and the Executive Board hopes to
complete these and bring them to membership for a vote within a year. Other foci
included strategic planning for SCP; taking a position regarding APA’s decision not
to break its contract with the Manchester Hyatt; expanding the roles/duties of the SCP
association management team; and continued collaboration with CCPTP regarding
the CACREP issue.
The National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) has traditionally been
held west of the Mississippi River in order not to compete with other multicultural
conferences held in the east. This has affected the location of the NMCS and
potentially limited attendance by those on the east coast. As one of the host divisions
of the NMCS, Division 17/SCP passed a resolution that it will take into account a
range of issues when selecting future conference locations (e.g., finances, access to
attendees from various geographic regions, weather, etc.) and will not limit
consideration of any particular location. The Legacy Fund that was created at the
2009 NMCS to raise money to support the conference is not large enough to replace
funding traditionally provided by the four host divisions. The 2011 NMCS will be
held in Seattle, WA on January 27th and 28th, with the SCP Mid-winter Board
Meeting following the conference.
Dr. Westefeld focused his presidential project this year on suicide prevention. The
project consisted of four components: posting suicide prevention materials on the
SCP website, training psychologists in suicide prevention at this year’s convention,
community outreach related to suicide prevention, and presentation of two symposia
on suicide prevention at the convention.
Dr. Israel, incoming SCP President, will focus her presidential initiatives on exploring
privilege. She would like to start an ongoing conversation about privilege that can
take place outside of APA, as well as during the convention. There will be related
programming at both the 2011 NMCS and the 2011 APA Convention. Another
project of her presidency will be the development of a new SCP Handbook to replace
the 2004 edition.
SCP representatives to the APA Council of Representatives are currently limited to
two 3-year terms. However, APA Bylaws state that a council member can serve “no
more than two consecutive terms,” thus allowing for further service after being off
Council for a term. A discussion was held about whether to amend the SCP Bylaws to
be consistent with APA regarding term limits and whether to codify having one
council representative be a person of color, one be an early career professional, etc.
Dr. Louise Douce spoke against putting specifics in the bylaws and instead
recommended educating the Elections Committee to see what spots need to be filled
at each election to ensure diverse representation. A point that came up during this
conversation is that much of what has been done by SCP in the past has been based
on oral tradition, and little has been written down. Work on the revised bylaws and a
new handbook should help make explicit some of the decisions that have been made
by the SCP Board over the years.
The SCP has endorsed two APA presidential candidates over the past two years, Drs.
Carol Goodheart and Melba Vasquez, both of whom have been elected. Division 17 is
now perceived as a powerful force in APA and candidates believe that the SCP Board
can serve as a strong lobbyist for them, thus increasing the number of candidates
seeking endorsement from the Board. This sparked a discussion that brought up the
following issues: 1) to what degree does the Executive Board want to be involved in
influencing SCP members to vote a certain way; 2) at what point in the
nomination/election process does SCP endorse a candidate; 3) how will it be decided
who will be endorsed; and 4) who will receive financial support. It is a double-edged
sword to be influential enough to have endorsement sought from SCP, as it means
that SCP will have to turn some people down. There is a possibility that there could
be varied tiers of support for candidates. It was recommended that an endorsement
committee be created to consider these issues.
APA President-elect, Dr. Vasquez, stopped by the meeting to talk briefly about some
of her presidential initiatives. She is convening task forces on immigration, reducing
discrimination and racism, and reducing educational disparities. The 2011 APA
Convention will recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with programming on the
impact and treatment of trauma, and terrorism. Other issues which Dr. Vasquez will
be addressing during her tenure include an update on the psychology of men and
psychology of women, the update of the ICD, psychological health and wellbeing,
internship issues, poverty, telehealth, and the development of telepsychology
guidelines (she recommends partnering with ASPPB on such a project).
The SCP Board had a lengthy discussion about the accreditation of master’s level
programs in counseling. Master’s programs that train mental health counselors
frequently obtain CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Educational Programs) accreditation. Many CACREP programs hire counseling
psychologists as faculty and are housed in departments along with doctoral
counseling psychology programs, frequently funding the more expensive, but limited
enrollment, doctoral programs. CACREP has decreed that after 2012 there can be no
new faculty hired who have not gone through CACREP training programs. This
essentially cuts off academic career opportunities for many counseling psychologists.
CACREP is also lobbying licensing boards to push for CACREP training as a
requirement for master’s level licensure. In 2008, SCP and CCPTP formed a joint
task group to look at the master’s issue. One of the group’s tasks involved looking
into various options for alternative accreditation for master’s level counseling
programs. At this time they have an oral agreement with the Master’s in Psychology
Accreditation Council (MPAC) to add accreditation for master’s counseling
programs. Once there is a formal written agreement, the plan is to disseminate
information about this alternative accreditation to academic programs and to approach
state counselor licensing boards to accept it for licensure. NJ is the only state that
requires candidates for counselor licensure to come from CACREP accredited
programs (as of 10/5/12), and it is being used as a template/test case by CACREP to
move for such restrictions in other states. There are currently 8 non-CACREP-
accredited master’s programs in counseling in NJ and they have hired an attorney and
lobbyist to try to reinstate licensure law language that allows for “CACREP
accreditation or equivalent.” Because APA does not provide accreditation at the
master’s level, and endorses the doctorate as the entry level for the practice of
psychology, the SCP/CCPTP task group has been disbanded. Further work in this
area will be undertaken by CCPTP. For more information about the
CACREP/master’s training issue, please see notes from the Education and Training
Stakeholders’ meeting below.
It was suggested that SCP should promote itself through social networking sites in
order to attract early career professionals. The board will try to put together some
guidelines on utilizing social media prior to its adoption as a promotional tool.
The SCP community engagement project this year included providing training on
vicarious trauma to local providers and collecting donations for military family
services in San Diego.
Report from the SCP representatives to the APA Council: The Council reaffirmed its
support for marriage equality and agreed to continue diversity training (of all kinds)
in conjunction with its meetings. APA is doing well financially with only a slight loss
of $118,000 this year; it is expected this will be balanced by February. Work is being
done on the ICD-11 with APA’s long-term goal being to bypass the DSM and move
to the ICD. This is seen as a move away from theoretical driven diagnoses to health
symptom driven diagnoses. The APA Council has decided to change one of its
meetings held during the convention from Sunday to Friday to reduce costs for
council members who might otherwise choose to leave after Saturday programming.
An APA Convention task force has been convened to work on optimizing the
convention experience for attendees. Convention programming is division driven
(each division is given a particular number of programming hours), yet most
members of APA are not members of any division. The task force will explore
alternatives to this programming format, as well as consider the following:
o Ideas to lower the number of programs having fewer than 25 attendees
o Ways to promote poster sessions
o Enhancing cross-cutting, cohesive programming
o Ways to allow late breaking topics to be included in the convention
o Reducing competing programs on the same topic
o Trying to make the convention more user friendly
The Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS) plan to focus on mentorship, social justice
and diversity during the coming year. SAS is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a
cupcake social during the convention.
SCP has a very healthy budget due to a high level of income from The Counseling
Two new SCP Interest Groups were approved – Faculty in 4-year Colleges, and Rural
Practice and Scholarship.
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
Membership Meeting - 8/12/10
Dr. Sharon Barry, current Chair of APPIC, convened the membership meeting and
introduced members of the APPIC board including ACCCTA members Dr. Karen Taylor
and Dr. Arnie Abels. She also acknowledged the tremendous contribution of Dr. Greg
Keilin as Match Coordinator, of Dr. Karen Lese-Fowler as APPIC Directory Editor and
of Dr. Emil Rodolfa as founding editor of TEPP, the Training and Education in
Professional Psychology journal. Dr. Marla Eby reported that APPIC is in very sound
shape financially, partly due to the success of TEPP as well as other APPIC activities
including the membership conference, the recent Joint Conference, and the roll out of the
Dr. Karen Taylor’s significant contribution as the “AAPI Queen” this past year was
applauded and it was announced that Dr. Jason Williams is the new point person on the
APPIC board for the AAPI On-line. Jason noted that a number of enhancements to the
AAPI On-line will be posted in the next few weeks. He gave a preview of several of these
enhancements. In terms of the Selection Portal, he shared that it will now be possible for
Internship Training Directors to create custom pdfs, that data downloads of applicant
information will now include the DCT information, and that file reviewers’ names will be
added automatically from last year’s list. The Local Search variable will be improved and
reviewers will be able to add “tags” for each applicant. Reviewers will also be able to
save comments for each applicant.
The DCT Portal and Applicant Portal will also be improved. DCTs will be able to track
where their applicants are applying. Applicants will be able to add additional assessments
to the AAPI and will be able to customize their CVs. Applicants will also get e-mails
indicating that their application has been received.
Dr. Marla Eby reported that she led the APPIC Committee that reviewed “Post-Match”
options for applicants, programs and sites and proposed the Phase II Match Process. Dr.
Greg Keilin also worked closely with committee members and constituencies, including
Directors of Clinical Training, Internship Training Directors and, most significantly,
students to assess needs and concerns and to bring this issue to a formal vote. Dr. Eby
communicated APPIC’s awareness that the creation of a Phase II Match does not “solve”
the Match imbalance but that it is hoped that it will assist in creating the reality and the
perception of a more fair process. She characterized this decision as “the difficult but
right thing to do”. More details will be forthcoming about the Phase II Match, which will
give applicants and internship sites an additional two weeks and four days to review
applications, interview applicants and submit a second rank list to fill any unfilled
positions in Phase I of the Match.
It was announced that due to the proximity of the 2010 Joint Conference, the next APPIC
Membership Conference will be scheduled for 2012 with the location to be announced.
Dr. Arnie Abels will be organizing this conference.
Dr. Emil Rodolfa spoke about the success of TEPP, which will be celebrating its 5th
anniversary next year. TEPP has received 455 submissions to date and has a 67%
rejection rate. There are plans to continue to grow the journal and Dr. Rodolfa is open to
Dr. Jeff Baker and Dr. Rick Seime spoke as representatives of CoA. They updated the
attendees on the recently revised Implementing Regulations related to post-doctoral
training, the need to inform applicants of student outcomes on the program web site,
guidelines related to the use of distance learning and telesupervision, and the need to
clarify didactic content in training curriculum. This information will be posted on the
CoA web site later in August.
Dr. Gene D’Angelo then announced the recipients of several awards:
APPIC Excellence in Training Award: Dr. Martha Webb, Berea Children’s Home and
APPIC Excellence in Diversity Training Award: Dr. Cathy Mavrolas, University of
Chicago/Pritzker Medical School
APPIC Student Research Award: Dr. Sandra Sanger, Educational Psychology, University
of Minnesota – Twin Cities
The meeting closed with recognition of the outstanding contributions of outgoing Board
Members Dr. Karen Taylor and Dr. Steve McCutcheon. A tribute to Connie Hercey,
Executive Director of APPIC for 21 years, was also presented.
SCP Education & Training Stakeholders Meeting - 8/12/10
Dr. Barry Chung, SCP VP of Education and Training, and Dr. Cindy Juntunen, Past-
Chair of CCPTP, convened this group to continue the discussion regarding master’s level
training and related CACREP issues. SCP is no longer part of this discussion and has no
official role, so persons attending this meeting did so as “concerned citizens.” CCPTP is
taking over the task group, which will be headed by CCPTP Chair, Dr. Mike Scheel. The
CACREP rule that no CACREP accredited program can hire faculty from non-CACREP
training programs after 2012 (those already teaching will be grandfathered in) is a major
issue in professional counseling. The oral commitment from MPAC to begin accrediting
master’s counseling programs includes a change in their name to the Master’s in
Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). There will be separate
boards to accredit psychology and counseling programs. The task group felt that aligning
with an existing accrediting body that was already pursuing recognition from the
Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) would produce quicker results
than attempting to create another accrediting body.
Accreditation of counseling master’s programs through MPCAC will be outcome based
rather than input oriented (e.g., programs will be meeting the education and training goals
they set for themselves rather than simply following a curriculum specified by the
accrediting body). Some of the accreditation standards being considered include training
in multiculturalism and social justice, and an empirical basis for treatments in which
students are being trained. Proposed standards for the accreditation of master’s programs
in counseling will be disseminated for comment.
There is apparently some dissatisfaction with CACREP within ACA and among some
CACREP accredited programs, and it was proposed that there be a fast track for
CACREP accredited programs to obtain MPCAC accreditation as long as they meet the
standards. The task group plans to send representatives to meetings of the Association of
State Counseling Boards to advocate for the inclusion of accreditation by MPCAC as a
viable alternative to CACREP accreditation. APA has traditionally neglected master’s
level training in psychology, yet there are 22,000 master’s degrees in psychology
awarded each year. BEA has now passed a resolution to allow for the discussion of
master’s level training within APA (as a sequence of training issue but not as an
accreditation issue). It was agreed that there needs to be attention paid to master’s level
training via a slow track through APA, as well as a fast track through CCPTP and
Counseling Psychology Specialty Council/Synarchy Meeting - 8/12/10
This Council “defines and defends” Counseling Psychology and is made up of
representatives from the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP)/APA Division 17,
ACCTA, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
(AUCCCD), American College Personnel Association (ACPA)/Commission on
Counseling and Psychological Services (CCAPS), American Academy of Counseling
Psychology (related to the American Board of Counseling Psychology, a section of the
American Board of Professional Psychology ABPP), Council of Counseling Psychology
Training Programs (CCPTP), Division 16/Counseling Psychology of the International
Association of Applied Psychology, SAS, and the American College Health Association
(ACHA). The Counseling Psychology Specialty Council is represented on the Council of
Specialties (CoS) by Dr. Jaquie Resnick. Of 13 specialties in psychology, only
counseling, clinical and school psychology are specialties at the doctoral level, all others
are postdoctoral specialties.
Drs. Tania Israel and Barry Chung updated the participants about the SCP Board Meeting
(see minutes above for further information about that meeting) and gave an update on
CACREP issues (information included above in the reports from the SCP Board and
Education and Training Stakeholders’ meetings). As was true last year, there was a lot of
discussion about counseling psychologists becoming board certified. The American
Board of Counseling Psychology has streamlined the application process, has introduced
a senior application for those who have been practicing for a number of years, has gone
to a half day exam, and includes supervision, teaching, administration, career counseling
and psychotherapy as areas one can choose from for the exam. It was noted that in order
for ABPP examiners to travel to a conference to conduct examinations, only 3 people
have to be examined. A number of CCPTP members went through the examination
process at their 2010 conference and they may schedule another examination at their
2011 conference. I was told that the American Board of Counseling Psychology has
ACCTA “on its radar” and would like to provide examinations at one of our future
conferences. Eight psychologists have attained ABPP status in counseling psychology
Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) - 8/13/10
The incoming Chair is Dr. Margo Jackson; Dr. Angela Ferguson will continue as the
liaison to ACCTA. The CCPTP 2011 Mid-winter Conference will be held February
10th -13th at the Tamaya Hyatt Resort outside of Albuquerque, NM; the theme has not
yet been chosen.
A major portion of the CCPTP Business Meeting focused on CACREP and related
master’s training issues (please see earlier notes from the SCP Board and Education
and Training Stakeholders’ meetings for more specific details about these concerns).
CCPTP has created an Advocacy Task Force to educate state licensing boards about
alternative accreditation for counseling and counseling psychology master’s
programs. Alternative accreditation through MPAC (which will become MPCAC)
will focus on inclusiveness and flexibility, and will allow for shared faculty across
programs within the same department. Accreditation procedures will be straight
forward and consumer friendly. This accreditation will include the values of social
justice, empirically based treatments and cultural competencies. Groups representing
rehabilitation counselors and school counselors have expressed an interest in aligning
Drs. Nancy Elman, Rod Goodyear and Susan Zlotlow presented information from the
Commission on Accreditation (CoA):
o Site visitors are now required to use specific templates for their site visit
reports (these templates can be found on the Office of Program
Consultation and Accreditation [OPCA] website).
o Doctoral programs have to provide evidence of the quality of the
internships their students complete. Only internships accredited by APA or
CPA will be considered to provide quality assurance without further
assessment. When students attend non-accredited internships (including
APPIC internships), their academic programs must provide sufficient
information about the internships to allow CoA to evaluate their quality.
o Course descriptions for online courses must indicate that the course will
be presented online and describe the equipment needed to participate in
o Distance education – Doctoral programs that are “substantially” online
programs will not be accredited by CoA.
o Telesupervision will be allowed with certain restrictions – a) one must
already have a relationship with the supervisor prior to engaging in
telesupervision; b) where a supervisee is in the sequence of training will
be considered (telesupervision can’t be used with newly practicing
students); and c) only a certain proportion of one’s supervision can be
delivered through telesupervision.
o All Implementing Regulations can be found on the OPCA website.
ASPPB wants students/interns to be aware of their credentials bank; the cost is only
$25 per year and allows for licensure mobility across many states. Additionally, you
may want to inform your interns that there are EPPP practice tests consisting of actual
questions that are no longer active, but not yet out of date, on the ASPPB website for
a nominal fee.
Upcoming issues of TCP include an article titled “Where did psychotherapy go in our
counseling journal?”, an integrated edition on self-determination theory, and a
challenge to the way counseling psychology is taught, among other topics. You can
sign up for e-alerts, the Table of Contents, etc. at TCP.sagepub.com
Dr. Thomas Skovholt received the Award for Lifetime Contribution to Education and
Training in Counseling Psychology.
Education Advocacy Breakfast Meeting - 8/14/10
Dr. Cynthia Belar from the Education Directorate welcomed attendees and introduced Dr.
Pat DeLeon who introduced the speaker for the breakfast, Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.,
the Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA
is the government agency charged to serve the health needs of vulnerable and
underserved populations. Dr. Wakefield communicated that it is essential to her vision
that mental and behavioral health needs are integrated into primary care settings. She
reported that HRSA works to support curriculum development as well as resources for
scholarships and loans, including student loan repayment, to help incentivize clinicians to
work in underserved areas. There are currently 400 positions for clinical psychologists in
community health centers funded by HRSA and more are needed. Dr. Wakefield noted
that there has been a 60 % increase in funding for workforce programs such as the
Graduate Psychology Education (GPR) program under the new administration. She also
reported increased efforts through the Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act to meet increased health care demands as a result of health care
reform. Finally, she communicated that the public health agenda in HRSA includes
funding for prevention and healthier living.
SCP Practice Stakeholders Meeting - 8/14/10
Dr. Ron Palomares from the APA Practice Directorate updated the group on the
Directorate’s interest in following the ways in which health care reform will impact the
practice of psychology. He outlined four major trends or emphases: 1) increased
integration of health care; 2) an emphasis on the patient rather than the disease; 3)
payment for results rather than services; and 4) reduction of costs through the use of
electronic records and other means. A major thrust of health care reform is to build upon
home and community services, including an increase in preventative care. Mental health
parity has been rolled into the reform.
Some of the concerns of participants in this meeting included: a) decreasing
reimbursement rates from private insurance; b) social justice issues related to
psychologists going to private pay because insurance doesn’t pay enough; c) some private
insurance companies wanting to utilize only psychologists with Psy.D.s [only persons in
MD were aware of this]; d) the need to infuse “aging” throughout the curriculum given
the increase in life expectancy; e) the lack of training in the business of practice in
doctoral programs; f) the internship imbalance; and g) the need for greater loan
forgiveness opportunities for psychologists.
The Higher Education Mental Health Association (HEMHA), an organization of
organizations involved in college mental health, was described and discussed. Their
purpose is to take on common issues and speak with one voice for more impact. Their
meetings rotate with the meetings of their various member organizations; they will be
meeting at ACPA in March. There are currently a variety of groups/businesses trying to
make money off threat assessments on college campuses. HEMHA is trying to help
university administrators learn from their colleagues rather than pay for such expertise
from outside companies. They are working on bringing together experts to create
guidelines for developing a threat assessment team on campus; this will not be a “how to”
document for team development, but rather a “what to consider” document.
SCP Section on College and University Counseling Centers (SCUCC) Program,
Roundtable, and Business Meeting - 8/14/10
This year SCUCC sponsored a CE program titled “The Turn It Around Workshop: A
psycho-educational intervention for mandated students”. This workshop was created
at Arizona State University (ASU) as a resource for students involved in the
university’s judicial system; it also provides income for the counseling center.
The roundtable and business meeting included discussion about strategic planning for
the Section, officer reports, brainstorming ways to start bringing revenue into
counseling centers, discussion of where a case manager/referral specialist should be
located on campus and what duties should be associated with the role, and the
presentation of awards.
Awards were presented to: Dr. Louise Douce for Outstanding Contribution to
Counseling Center Work; ACCTA member Dr. Natasha Maynard-Pemba as the
Outstanding Early Career Psychologist; and Rebecca Blood as the Outstanding
Dr. Aaron Krasnow of ASU is the incoming Chair of SCUCC.
The Counseling Center Section is trying to build its membership and would like for
counseling center staff members to know about their low $10 dues. You don’t have to
belong to APA to belong to the Society of Counseling Psychology; dues for non-APA
members are $70 per year. The Section is checking to see if one has to be a member
of SCP in order to be a member of SCUCC.
SCP Presidential Address and Business Meeting - 8/14/10
Dr. John Westefeld, SCP President, gave a heartwarming and entertaining presidential
address entitled “A Tale of Two Gavels.” He shared some funny moments from his year
as the SCP hospitality suite host, talked about his work in the area of suicide prevention,
and encouraged psychologists to balance their professional and personal lives.
Following his address, Dr. Westefeld ran the SCP Business Meeting. The content of the
meeting reflected the issues and reports described above in the section of this report
summarizing the SCP Board Meeting. Additionally:
SCP Awards were given.
Section award winners, new Fellows, Elder Award recipients, and committee/task
force members were recognized.
Tributes to Lisa Hoshmand and Kathy Zamostny, who passed away this year, were
The TCP Award this year went to the July 2009 issue that focused on the Counseling
Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity, which was a
collaborative effort among CCPTP, ACCTA (Drs. Arnie Abels and Barry Schreier),
and SCP. ACCTA members, Drs. Joyce Illfelder-Kaye, Karen Lese-Fowler and
Kevin Bursley, contributed to articles in this issue and shared in the award.
Dr. Westefeld inducted Dr. Israel into the position of SCP President and she briefly
described her presidential initiatives related to exploring privilege.
ACCTA members presented a number of programs, posters and workshops at the
convention this year. It was great to see other ACCTA folks throughout the
conference and to get together for a drink, conversation and laughter after the SCP
Social on Thursday, 8/12.
The Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies, which grew out of work
started in ACCTA, was published in July and was highlighted by Wiley at their
exhibit booth during the convention. Current and former ACCTA members who
contributed to the volume include
Drs. Arnie Abels, Sarah Armstrong, Cyndy Boyd, Julie Corkery, Jenny Cornish,
Claytie Davis III, Jeana Dressel, Shelly Kerr, Kim Lassiter, Barbara Palombi, Delida
Sanchez, Julie Savage, Barry Schreier, Rosemary Simmons, Hal Stevens and Mark
Stevens. Drs. Jenny Cornish, Barry Schreier and Emil Rodolfa served as editors, and
have donated all royalties from the sale of the Handbook to ACCTA to support
training in multiculturally competent practices.
2. AMERICAN COLLEGE PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION (ACPA)
Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCAPS)
Submitted by: Dr. Jodi Caldwell
March 19 – March 24, 2010, Boston, MA
CCAPS Mission Statement
The mission of the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services Association
is to provide a professional home for counseling professionals and graduate students who
are employed or interested in counseling and psychological services in higher educational
settings. The goals of CCAPS are to:
o Promote the aims and values of human development in community colleges,
colleges, and universities.
o Provide a forum and place for the exchange of ideas, innovations, research, and
o Increase the representative voice of those traditionally underserved and ignored in
o Encourage interaction, support, and networking among all student affairs
professionals. (Source: CCAPS website http://www.myacpa.org/comm/ccaps)
Commission membership is free and open to any professional or graduate student who is
interested in the services provided by college and university psychological service
Liaisons and Invited Guests
o American College Counseling Association (ACCA) Association of University and
College Counseling Center Directors
o American College Health Association (ACHA)
o Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services
o Center for College Student Mental Health, Higher Education Mental Health
o NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
o Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
Business Meeting Summary
Approximately 30 members were in attendance at the business meeting which was held
on Sunday, March 29th. Dr. Chanda Corbett, CCAPS current chair opened with greetings,
introductions remarks and announcements. Committee reports presented by committee
chairs or their representatives were followed by reports from liaisons of various
professional organizations. I was given an opportunity to address the audience with
highlights of ACCTA’s activities and initiatives over the course of the year. I made
particular reference to the match imbalance and ACCTA’s desire and mission to help in
the development of new training programs in counseling center settings.
Following is a brief outline of the issues addressed during the business meeting that may
be of interest to ACCTA.
o Increasing membership in CCAPS was one of the major issues presented by the
Membership Committee Chair, Melissa Bartsch. Suggestions on ways to
increase membership were addressed, which included reaching out to psychology
o Certificates of Appreciation were presented to members of the Directorate who
were ending their term.
o Jonathan Kandell announced that the ACPA program “Innovations” which has
been in existence since 1964 and created by the late Dr. Tom Magoon of the
University of Maryland, continues under the direction of Vivian Boyd and
Jonathan Kandell as a joint program with CCAPS.
o Eleven members were nominated for positions to the Directorate.
o Conference 2010, Boston – Call for programs for the ACPA Convention will be
announced in the summer of 2009. Members are encouraged to submit program
o Dr. Susan Komives, President of The Council for the Advancement of Standards
in Higher Education (CAS) solicited the involvement of CCAPS members in the
development and review of existing standards. Counseling standards are under
currently under review and the review and revision of career standards will take
place in the fall. Standards are revised every 10 years. She encouraged anyone
who was interest to contact her. The CAS website is
o ACPA’s Professional Development Commission is a newly developed
commission responsible for creating professional development opportunities for
the organization. The goal is to engage each commission in developing
professional development opportunities independently, instead of relying solely
on ACPA. The use of technology and the development of online continuing
education programs, such as webinars, were mentioned.
o I attended the CCAPS social which was held in the atrium at the Hampton Inn. In
a relaxed and informal setting, there were approximately 40 people in attendance,
where there were refreshments, wings, snacks and crudités.
o The CCAPS 2009 Award Recipients were announced:
*Early Career Achievement Award: Jocelyn Buhain
*Mid Career Achievement Award: Sue Stock
*Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award: Steve Brown
*Joan Dallum Research Award: Seda Sumer, Adaptation of
International Students in the U.S.
*Thomas Magoon Excellence in Counseling Award: San Jose State
University’s Mental Health Ambassadors Program
3. ASSOCIATION FOR THE COORDINATION OF COUNSELING CENTER
CLINICAL SERVICES (ACCCCS)
Submitted by: A. Glade Ellingson, Ph.D.
May 12-15, 2010 at Snowbird Resort, Utah
Description and Mission
ACCCCS is an organization which was founded in 1996 and is composed of clinical
services coordinators and clinical services directors at college and university
counseling centers. The organization currently has 111 dues-paying members from
across the United States, as well as from Canada and the United Kingdom. Over 60
individuals attended the conference. The mission of the organization includes
enhancing the provision and management of clinical service coordination at
counseling centers, providing support for coordinators of counseling center clinical
services, and promoting collaboration and cooperation with other counseling center
personnel, administrators, and organizations in the provision of clinical services.
A number of themes emerged across three days of conference presentations. These
themes included campus violence, crisis management, service delivery systems, and
data/records management. The Keynote Address was presented by Dr. Jonathan
Perry: “Campus Violence and the Role of the Campus Chief Mental Health Officer.”
A presentation was made by Dr. Ben Locke, Dr. David Rardin, and Dr. Elizabeth
Cracco titled: “Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health Update and
Roundtable: Data Standardization in College Mental Health. Other presentations
included sessions on rape education and prevention, group psychotherapy programs,
managing psychiatric hospitalizations, crisis management and triage systems, suicide
prevention, records management, and defining “direct service.” The conference
concluded with a 3 hour workshop by Dr. Ted Packard and Dr. Glade Ellingson titled:
“Got Ethics? A Practical Guide to Ethical Decision-making.”
The ACCCCS Business Meeting was called to order by Dr. David Rardin, President.
He extended appreciation to the Steering Committee and gave certificates of
appreciation to out-going Executive Committee Members. He also expressed
gratitude to the Conference Co-hosts. Dr. Rardin announced that Dr. Cindy Cook
was now transitioning from President-Elect to President. Dr. Cook thanked Dr.
Rardin for his service as President; he will now serve as Past President for the coming
Other Business Meeting Highlights:
Dr. Josette Cline (Elections) reported that election results had been tabulated.
She announced that Dr. Greg Reising will be President-Elect and Dr. Carol
O’Saben will be the new Membership Chair. She also introduced two new
Executive Committee Members, Dr. Laura Jesmer and Dr. Rita Klein.
Dr. Marla Craig (Treasurer) reported that ACCCCS appears to be financially
healthy, with revenue of the past year exceeding expenses. She said that the
organization implemented an electronic conference payment system for the
first time this year, and this was applauded by the membership for its
convenience. It appears that the current Snowbird conference will come in
well under budget, which news was also well received.
Dr. Greg Reising (By-laws Manager) reported on a proposed by-laws change.
If passed via an electronic vote of the membership, this change will clarify and
stipulate new procedures for replacing Executive Committee Members who are
removed from service for any reason. The proposal will be posted on the
ACCCCS website for review prior to voting.
Dr. Jerry Shih (2011 Conference Host) reported on plans for next year’s
conference in Minneapolis. There was an extended discussion about the
timing of the conference, with most members in attendance preferring to push
next year’s conference one week later in May. There was also discussion
about the preferred days of the week, with most preferring a Tuesday-to-Friday
format over the current Wednesday-to-Saturday format. A call went out for
volunteers to host the 2012 conference, with Dr. Maureen Windle offering to
co-host in Chapel Hill, NC.
Business Meeting Liaison Reports:
Dr. Bruce Meyer (AUCCCD Liaison) thanked clinical directors for their vital
work in their respective counseling centers. He reported on developments
from recent directors’ conferences, including AUCCCD’s concern about
campus violence and safety. He cited AUCCCD statements in recent years
about parental notification with a student’s consent, and acts of hate on
campus. He also discussed his organization’s endorsement last fall of a
statement opposing firearms on campus.
Dr. Glade Ellingson (ACCTA Liaison) discussed the importance of the
relationship between clinical directors and training directors, and accordingly
between ACCCCS and ACCTA. I reviewed themes from our 2009
Conference in Austin and briefly described the Diversity Mentorship
Scholarship Program. I discussed APPIC’s implementation of the AAPI
Online this past year and the role that ACCTA members played in this project.
I reported that CCTC, in conjunction with ACCTA and other training
organizations, has developed the online Psychology Internship Development
Toolkit in an effort to promote internship development and ease the match
imbalance. Finally, I forwarded to Dr. Cindy Cook a written ACCTA
Informational Report provided by Dr. Kathlyn Dailey.
Dr. Cindy Cook (acting as IACS Liaison) encouraged ACCCCS members
whose agencies are not IACS members to consider joining the organization
and to seek IACS accreditation. As the ACPA Liaison, Dr. Cook reported on
recent discussions between ACPA and NASPA of a possible merger; she noted
that while ACPA has a Commission for Counseling and Psychological
Services (CCAPS), NASPA has no comparable structure. Dr. Cook noted she
currently has little involvement with ACPA and does not know if the
organization’s liaison relationship with ACCCCS will continue.
The ACCCCS Conference was well attended and focused on themes central to counseling
center clinical service coordinators including campus violence, crisis management,
service delivery systems, and data/records management. The organization appears to be
functioning effectively and addressing its stated mission. Appreciation was expressed for
the relationships between ACCCCS and its affiliate organizations, including ACCTA.
4. ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING CLINICS
Submitted by: Maureen Lafferty, Ph.D., ACCTA President-Elect
ADPTC Mid-Year Meeting Liaison Report
February 10-13, 2010
The 2010 Annual Meeting of The Association for Directors of Psychology Training
Clinics (ADPTC) was held at the Walt Disney Resort Hilton in Orlando, FL from
February 10 – 13. The Meeting was held in conjunction with the Joint Conference of
Training Councils in Psychology sponsored by the APA Council of Training Councils
(CCTC). ADPTC hosted a full-day day of programming and organization business
before the Joint Conference as well as a half-day of programming at the end of the
Conference. Approximately 40 members attended the meeting with several members
unable to attend due to the impact of inclement weather on travel. Scheduled
programming was changed to accommodate the absence of some key presenters.
ADPTC is comprised of approximately 150 members and 20 associate members.
Members provide practicum training experiences in departmental clinics in counseling,
clinical and school psychology doctoral programs. These clinics are typically university-
based facilities that provide mental health services to the community, although some
counseling centers who provide practicum training for departments are associate
members. Educational programs presented at the 2010 ADPTC meeting included a
review of the results of a national survey of academic training directors on the topic of
practicum training and two panel presentations on training for treatment of special
populations, i.e. patients with HIV, combat veterans, transgender clients, and refugees.
Innovative programs with a social justice component were featured. Break-out sessions
related to electronic medical records and conducting research in clinics were also offered.
The ADPTC Business Meeting was opened by Dr. Erica Wise, immediate Past President.
Two Friend of ADPTC awards were presented; the first to Dr. Cathi Grus of the APA
Education Directorate for her invaluable assistance to the organization. Incoming
President Dr. Eric Sauer then presented a Friend of APTC award posthumously to former
CUDCUP liaison Dr. Frank Collins of the University of North Texas, who died
unexpectedly in December 2009. This award was accepted by his wife and colleague, Dr.
Jennifer Callahan. It was noted that Dr. Collins was the first person to receive an award
with the new name of the organization, APTC, as he was a strong proponent of this name
change. Dr. Karen Saules was honored with the Jean Spruill Achievement Award for her
involvement in the organization and her contributions to training. Dr. Erica Wise was
recognized for her work as President of ADPTC and was serenaded in song by Drs. Bob
Heffer and Bill Rae, both of Texas A&M.
The meeting also included reports from Dr. Cathi Grus of the APA Education Directorate
and Dr. Arnie Abels representing APPIC, as well as ACCTA, and reports from the chairs
of ADPTC committees.
The biggest news for ADPTC is that they will be changing their name in March
2010. Their new name will be the Association of Practicum Training Clinics
(APTC), pronounced “ap’ tic”.
APTC is discussing whether to change organization policies to allow counseling
centers who serve as the primary training clinic for counseling psychology
programs to be full members.
APTC appears to have some similarities to ACCTA as the membership discussed
experiencing “tensions” related to growing larger while wanting to maintain its
strong emphasis on connection.
The membership was applauded for having the greatest representation of any
training council in the Joint Conference program. The important contribution of
the group to professional psychology training was noted, especially related to the
intersection of science and practice.
The next APTC Annual Meeting will take place in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area in
5. CCTC JOINT CONFERENCE OF TRAINING COUNCILS IN
ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOLOGY POSTDOCTORAL AND INTERNSHIP
Submitted by: Dr. Kathlyn Dailey, ACCTA President
Walt Disney World Hilton – Orlando, Florida
February 10-13, 2010
The Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) organized the 2010 Joint
Conference of Training Councils in Psychology, a conference that was jointly sponsored
and attended by the following training councils:
Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA)
Association of Directors of Psychology Training Clinics (ADPTC)
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)
Consortium of Combined-Integrated (C-I) Doctoral Programs in Psychology (CCIDPIP)
Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP)
Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP)
Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP)
Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP)
National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
Veterans Affairs Psychology Training Council (VAPTC)
The conference schedule included time for joint programming for all training councils, as
well as time for individual training organizations to meet and attend their own unique
programming. The purpose of the conference was to allow professionals involved in
education and training in all areas of professional psychology to interact with colleagues
across various levels of training (doctoral, internship and postdoctoral). There were also
opportunities for participants to attend self-study and site visitor training provided by the
Commission on Accreditation (CoA) and to complete select ABPP oral exams. The last
joint conference occurred 10 years ago and included only four training councils.
The conference theme, Assuring Competence in the Next Generation of Psychologists,
was reflected in programming across the various organizations. The Keynote Address,
Health Care Reform, Chronic Disease and the Emerging Role for Psychologists, was
given by Dr. David Shern, President and CEO of Mental Health America (formerly the
National Mental Health Association). He asserted the need for integrated health care
systems to adequately address the physical/mental health needs of Americans and
encouraged psychologists to help insurance companies understand the benefits of
integrating mental health and addiction services with medical care. Also included in the
joint program were plenary sessions on Foundational Competencies and Leadership.
There was a wide array of breakout sessions offered, with something of interest for
everyone (e.g., ethics, licensure, accreditation, competencies, technology, rural practice,
diversity, advocacy, integration of science and practice, AAPI, service delivery models,
lifelong learning, competency-based assessment, supervision, research, publishing, etc.).
Preparations for the joint conference began in 2007 and Dr. Lynda Birckhead Hurley
served as ACCTA’s original representative on the conference planning committee,
participating on the External Funding and Publicity Subcommittee. Dr. Terri Rhodes
became ACCTA’s representative to the planning committee last spring, and was
responsible for writing a BEA grant on behalf of CCTC that provided a significant
amount of funding for the joint conference. Additionally, she worked with the hotel to
manage the contract that ACCTA had for hotel rooms and food and beverage service.
Various ACCTA members gathered for lunch on the first day of the conference and 17
ACCTA members were able to attend a lovely, leisurely dinner hosted by ACCTA at the
hotel restaurant on the second day of the conference. Through the generous contributions
of individual ACCTA members, I was able to attend an advocacy dinner honoring
Congressman David Obey, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. This dinner
allowed participants to speak with the Congressman about the need for federal funding
for psychology education and training.
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
A majority of ACCTA members are also members of APPIC. Therefore, we arranged for
ACCTA members to attend APPIC programming rather than schedule our own programs.
APPIC graciously acknowledged attendees who were ACCTA members on their
nametags, and included ACCTA on signage at meals. The APPIC programming consisted
primarily of concurrent sessions, with one general informational session presented by the
APPIC Board, and a poster session. I was able to attend several interesting sessions on
supervision competence and issues in supervision, sessions on problematic interns and
interns with competence problems, and a session that allowed for review and feedback
regarding the AAPI Online. As is typical with APPIC conferences, the information was
timely and valuable (PowerPoint slides will be posted on the APPIC website). Various
pieces of information gathered during the APPIC portion of the joint conference are listed
A number of ACCTA members are highly involved in APPIC: Dr. Arnie Abels,
APPIC Board Member, served as the Conference Program Chair and coordinates the
APPIC Mentoring Program; Dr. Karen Taylor, APPIC Board Member and AAPI
Queen, continues to refine the online version of the AAPI; Dr. Greg Keilin continues
to share his time and energy in coordinating the Match; and Dr. Karen Lese-Fowler is
Chair of the Directory Committee. Dr. Taylor will be exiting the Board in August at
the end of her second term; Dr. Abels will be concluding his first term and has been
nominated for a second term.
Dr. Joyce Illfelder-Kaye is the new CoA Associate Chair for Program Review. Two
accreditation Implementing Regulations are currently out for public review and
comment (Distance and Electronically Mediated Education in Doctoral Programs and
APPIC is working on a system that will enable members to make online dues
Match data obtained thus far from the 2010 Match indicates that 3892 applicants
submitted 57,636 applications. The average number of applications submitted per
student in 2010 was 14.8; the average number of applications in 2009 was 14.7. There
has not been a significant increase in numbers of applications submitted, as some had
feared with the AAPI Online. APPIC was very open to feedback about the online
process. Suggestions from participants included adding additional search options, the
ability to attach other documents to an application (e.g., email and notes), the ability
to cap the number of applications, and the ability to establish deadline times and time
zones for sites.
APPIC is hoping to institute a two-stage Match next year. Rather than using the
Clearinghouse to find internships/interns for unmatched students/sites, there will be a
“second Match”. As currently conceived, students and sites that don’t match in the
initial process will automatically be re-enrolled and the AAPI Online will be
reactivated. There will be a relatively brief timeline for contact and interviews,
leading up to a second ranking deadline and Match. The National Matching Service
(NMS) will try to provide a fairly quick turnaround for Match results (@1 week), so
there will be no multiple rank lists or detailed checks of rank lists and results as in the
initial Match. It is anticipated that all empty slots will be filled and that a listserv,
rather than the Clearinghouse, will be maintained for those not matched. APPIC will
seek feedback from its members before finalizing this plan. APPIC has already
requested a conversation with ACCTA regarding the implications that such a plan
would have for the ACCTA Clearinghouse.
The Psychology Internship Development Toolkit, created by a CCTC workgroup
(including Drs. Sharon Berry-APPIC and Kathlyn Dailey-ACCTA), was launched
during the Joint Conference. This toolkit was one of the initiatives recommended at
the 2008 Match Imbalance Meeting. An upcoming article in Training and Education
in Professional Psychology (TEPP) will outline the initiatives currently taking place
to address the match imbalance.
The next APPIC membership meeting will be held in 2012; the site has not yet been
Once again, APPIC provided a valuable opportunity to learn from experts in internship
training, communicate with colleagues from different types of settings, and brainstorm
solutions to some of our shared concerns.
6. ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE COUNSELING CENTER
Submitted by Dr. Terri Rhodes
60th Annual Conference, Asheville, NC
Celebrating the Beauty of Change
October 24-28, 2010
The Association of College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) was established in
1950 by a group of Midwestern college and university counseling directors. Dr. Ralph
Birdie, director of the Student Counseling Bureau at the University of Minnesota, Twin
Cities hosted the first conference on the UM campus. During the 1950’s annual meetings
were held and included a small number of major mid-western universities, including the
University of Illinois, Michigan State, The Ohio State University, State University of
Iowa, University of Missouri, and the University of Minnesota. During the early years,
the organization was comprised mainly of mid-western institutions but later evolved in a
national organization of directors.
AUCCCD has 758 members. (Source: Conference Program).
The mission of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
(AUCCCD) is to assist college/university directors in providing effective leadership and
management of their centers, in accord with the professional principles and standards of
Psychology, Counseling, and Higher Education. AUCCCD promotes the awareness of
college student mental health through research, education, and training provided to
members, professional organizations, and the public with special attention to issues of
diversity and multiculturalism.
The theme of the AUCCCD conference was “Celebrating the Beauty of Change”. The
conference theme referred to both the “gorgeous leaves of autumn in the North Carolina
Mountains and to the changes facilitated in our institutions, our clients, ourselves, and the
world around us.” There were two keynote sessions during the conference, 1) Dr. Rosie
Bingham provided the keynote address titled “Leading college and university counseling
centers during challenging times: A Vice President’s perspective”, and 2) Dr. Mark
Kingwell provided the other keynote address titled “Born leader or empty suite of
clothes: What makes a leader?” Both of these addresses were compelling and focused
on leadership roles for counseling centers on campus and for counseling center directors
AUCCCD BOARD MEMBERS:
Dr. Gregory Eells, President (Cornell University); Dr. Charles Davishofer, Treasurer, Ex-
Officio, (Colorado State University); Dr. Yolanda Bogan, Secretary, Ex-Officio ( Florida
A&M University); Dr. Denise Hayes, President Elect, (Depauw University); Dr. Sandy
Colbs, (Illinois State University); Dr. Dan Jones (Appalachian State University); Dr.
Martha Dennis Christiansen (Arizona State University – Tempe); Dr. Linda Locher
(Bucknell University); Dr. Bruce Meyer (SUNY Oswego); Dr. Pamela Duncan
(Manhattanville College); Dr. Victor Barr (University of Tennessee –Knoxville); Dr.
Sharon Mitchell, (University of Buffalo).
1. Diversity Leadership Scholars
Three diversity leadership scholars are selected each year: Dr. Tow Yee Yau,
Cornell University; Dr. Lynelle Ragland, College of William and Mary; and Dr.
Angela Lee, North Carolina Central University presented a program titled
“Setting the tone: leadership strategies for multiculturalism in counseling
2. Pre Conference Programs
The conference includes one day of pre conference programs that are half a day in
length and focused on the following topics: ADHD assessment, building a
successful group therapy program, new director issues, risk assessment
procedures, IACS field visitor training, depression issues on college campuses.
The “Elements of Excellence” program’s mission is to provide AUCCCD
membership with programs, discussion sessions, and presentation on building
leadership and management and skills for counseling center directors. The
committee sponsors a number of programs throughout the conference and
included such topics as new director issues, mental health issues of international
students, managing during economic crisis, ethical practice in cyberspace,
multicultural organizational development, and navigating the multiple roles of
university counseling center directors.
3. Conference programs:
There were several conference programs addressing a wide range of issues that
impact counseling centers. I found both of the keynote addresses to be
informative and stimulating as triggers for thinking about our roles as university
counseling center professionals. In addition to programs focused on leadership
and campus roles, a sampling of other topics included: consultation issues,
strength based approaches, accreditation issues, ethical decision making,
interactive theater and social justice, treating bipolar students, multicultural issues
in treatment of suicide prevention, and compassion fatigue and burnout. There
were also a number of discussions and networking opportunities based on interest,
role, and level of director.
I presented the ACCTA liaison report during the liaison program and appreciated
all of the friendly faces in the audience including many of our past training
director members. The AUCCCD folks were welcoming, helpful, and very
supportive of ACCTA and of me individually and even expressed concern that we
work with their organization to find needed funding to continue sending a liaison
to their conference.
4. Future Conferences
AUCCCD conference 2010 will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Downtown
Marriott Waterfront, on Oct 16-20. The 2011 conference will be held in
Scottsdale Arizona, Oct 15-19, 2011.
7. The BOARD OF EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS (BEA)
Submitted by: Dr. Kathlyn Dailey, ACCTA President
APA Consolidated Meetings, March 19-21, 2010
The APA Consolidated Meetings began with a plenary address by Dr. Carol Goodheart,
President of APA, followed by a report on the status of APA by Dr. Norman Anderson,
CEO of APA, and a diversity training session. Dr. Goodheart outlined the recent
activities of APA including: a) moving the Council of Representatives Meeting out of the
Manchester Hyatt during the APA Convention in San Diego due to the support of
Proposition 8 by the owner; b) passing the Model Licensing Act; c) resolving language
discrepancies so that Ethical Standards 1.02 and 1.03 cannot be used to justify, or as a
defense for, violating basic human rights; and d) decreasing dues for members of a
number of other organizations, including state psychological associations and the four
diversity psychological associations. The 2010 APA Convention is designed to be family
friendly and will include a Kid’s Camp; Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will speak
about her longtime interest in mental health issues. Dr. Anderson outlined the budget cuts
made by APA in response to the economic downturn last year. Those cuts and the income
from sales of the latest edition of the APA Publication Manual have put APA’s finances
in much better condition and the 2010 Fall Consolidated Meetings have been reinstated.
The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) is concerned with all levels of education and
training in psychology (K-12 through continuing education after licensure) and has an
integrative mission within APA and the profession. Much of the BEA meetings were
taken up by discussion of proposed documents, requests for comment on the initiatives of
other groups, secondary and undergraduate education, etc. I am including below that
information (not already included in the liaison report from CCTC) that I believe will be
of importance or interest to ACCTA members:
APA has recently re-launched their website; it is now more easily searchable and
The Adjunct Faculty Resource Guide (2009) for undergraduate teaching of
psychology has been published.
The electronic version of the 2010 Graduate Study in Psychology includes a new
search function that can be used to compare graduate programs.
Initial recognition of group therapy and personality assessment as specialties is
being sought through CRSPPP.
APA/CoA’s recognition as an accreditor by the Department of Education is up for
renewal and they will be site visited in April.
APA has 780 approved CE sponsors (including ACCTA). BEA has created The
Clinician’s Corner for online distribution of CE programs; the CE Classroom,
which will be an interactive program, will be launched soon.
The Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program received final appropriations
of $3 million for FY2010 and a new competition for GPE grants was announced
last week. For the first time ever, the GPE Program was specifically included in
the President’s Budget (FY2010). The Education Government Relations Office
(GRO) is continuing efforts to gain increased funding for GPE, requesting $7
million for FY2011.
Due to GRO efforts, the Senate HELP Committee Health Care Reform (HCR) bill
includes provisions for a) a separate authorization of appropriations (up to $10
million) for psychology doctoral, internship and postdoctoral programs; b)
eligibility and funding for psychologists in the National Health Service Corps
(NHSC) Scholarship Program; c) eligibility for a loan repayment program that
includes child and adolescent mental and behavioral health; d) expanded
eligibility for federal geriatric education and training programs; and e) integrated
care that includes mental and behavioral health professionals. The House
TriCommittee HCR Bill includes a provision that establishes an interdisciplinary
training program for psychology and other mental and behavioral health
professionals. Of the $60 million authorized under this legislation, 15% would be
set aside for psychology training (the only “set-aside” in the provision).
The Education GRO is requesting that psychologists contact their Representatives
and Senators to ask for co-sponsorship of the Mental Health on Campus
Improvement Act. This would be an important part of the SAMHSA
reauthorization because it would allow grants to be used for direct services (not
currently allowed under the Campus Suicide Prevention program). The GRO is
partnering with the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance in working to get
this act passed. There is ongoing recruitment for Federal Education Advocacy
Campus and Training Site Representatives (CTR) – please considering
volunteering if there is no CTR on your campus.
The new HRSA administrator, Mary Wakefield, RN, Ph.D. will speak at the
Education Advocacy Breakfast at the APA Convention.
The topic for next year’s Education Leadership Conference (ELC) is lifelong
learning. Participants will explore topics such as how to prepare students to
become lifelong learners, what programs already exist/what people are already
doing in this area, and how technology can be used for this purpose and what it
can contribute. It was suggested that the levels of competencies in the
benchmarks document be extended to include lifelong learning. The 2010 ELC is
scheduled for September 11-13, 2010 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington,
Each APA Board/Committee was asked to submit four priority strategic plan
initiatives to APA. The BEA strategic plan priorities to be submitted are: 1)
Evolve and expand the Public Education Campaign to include education, science,
and public interest; 2) Examine a wider range of models and mechanisms for
resources to support advocacy for psychology science and education; 3) Adopt
effective implementation strategies for infusing the scientific approach and
cultural competence in education and training at all levels; and 4) Convene a
multi stakeholder initiative, informed by an up-to-date workforce analysis, to
address significant problems and concerns regarding quality and preparation of
students and interns in professional psychology education and training, and to
propose solutions (this initiative language was added after CCTC proposed the
national education and training conference to BEA).
CCTC and its constituent organizations were commended by BEA for the
collaborative success of the 2010 Joint Conference.
Internship Match/National Conference on Education and Training – The
discussion of the Match imbalance quickly turned to a discussion about holding a
national conference on Education and Training, which had been mentioned the
previous day. BEA agreed that psychologists need to clarify whether we are
really preparing our students for the future. We need to talk as a group about
what is best for our profession and how to best prepare our psychology
workforce. CCTC requested support from BEA in the areas of scholarly
preparation, financing, and delegate selection. The intention is to come out of the
meeting with a blueprint/scaffolding for training the next generation of
psychologists. Dr. Cynthia Belar, Executive Director of the Education
Directorate, suggested that there be a specific focus for the meeting so CCTC
doesn’t try to do too much and thus dilute possible outcomes. BEA believes that
it is critical to address both the quality and preparation of psychologists, as well
as to address the economic factors that affect the ability to fund internships.
APAGS wants to be involved in the conference at all levels. Since CCTC will be
surveying its constituent groups, BEA proposed to also survey its members and
other important APA groups (including the Council of Graduate Departments of
Psychology - COGDOP) to get input on conference content and training needs
for the future. BEA proposed a planning group to work on the scope, structure
and expected outcomes of the working conference and the motion passed
In August 2009, BEA formed a working group that was charged with defining the
issues for master’s degree education in the full continuum of education and
training in psychology. The working group chair, Dr. Louise Douce, reported the
findings of the group. APA has a history of ignoring master’s level training
because of its assertion that the doctorate is the entry level for psychologists. In
order to be a robust science and profession, psychology must have master’s level
training. Last year psychology departments conferred @ 21,000 master’s
degrees. APA has curriculum guidelines for high school, community college,
undergraduate and doctoral psychology education, but not for master’s level
education. If psychology is to have international connections we need to be able
to talk about master’s education around the world (frequently the level of
education required of psychologists in other countries). The working group
continues to struggle with descriptors and titles (possible licensure type titles,
training program titles, etc.). As long as the title “psychologist” is saved for the
doctoral level, then titles with “psychology” or “psychological” could be
considered. Next steps in looking at this issue include a summit or task force, but
BEA needs to include other areas of APA. It was agreed that a national education
and training conference should also include the master’s issue. After discussion,
BEA passed a draft operating policy statement to go out to other parts of APA for
comment. “The American Psychological Association recognizes the master’s
degree in psychology as academic certification of graduate education in the
scientific foundations of psychology, including its methods of research and
application, in preparation for: a) advanced graduate education for the doctoral
degree in psychology; b) graduate or professional education in fields other than
psychology; or c) employment in teaching, research, or human services positions
for which such education is appropriate. The first part of the statement is not
controversial, but (c) will be controversial. The working group believes it is
important to start developing curriculum guidelines and standardization of
training for master’s programs.
Final report on the 2009 Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology
Practice – APA Past President, Dr. James Bray, wants BEA to consider what the
implications of the report are for education and training at the doctoral and
postdoctoral levels. He believes it is important to focus on training psychologists
for integrated health care as current training for clinical and counseling
psychology students is not really preparing them to work in health care settings.
Dr. Bray encouraged BEA to consider the need to prepare psychologists for
where and how they will practice, including creating opportunities for licensed
psychologists to retool to work in these settings. It was suggested that one of the
skill sets students should get in training is in integrated health care; starting a
practicum in a student health center on a university campus might be a readily
available resource. A small BEA workgroup was proposed to figure out next
steps for BEA to act on the final report recommendations.
Review of the Revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological
Testing – these standards were initially adopted in the 1950’s and have been
revised over the years. This publication is shared with two other associations so it
takes a long time to get approved. The revised Standards are currently out to the
various boards and committees for comment. A website, www.teststandards.org,
was developed to facilitate the collection of comments. The website is still
functional and currently serves as the general information site for all activities
related to the Standards revision.
President-Elect, Dr. Melba Vasquez summarized her presidential initiatives for
BEA. Her primary initiative will focus on reducing bias, prejudice and
discrimination against marginalized persons; she would like to have some
products such as content for high school and college texts. She would also like to
identify what psychology has to say about educational disparities (an increasing
gap among Latinos and Native Americans has been identified and this concerns
her). Dr. Vasquez hopes to get a policy on psychotherapy effectiveness through
Council (she has been working on a draft policy with Drs. Linda Campbell and
Nadine Kaslow). She would also like to see guidelines for telepractice, telehealth
and telepsychology developed and approved by Council, but acknowledges this
will probably take 3 years. Additionally, she would like for work to be done on a
psychological perspective on immigration issues as she believes this population is
very misunderstood. Dr. Vasquez also conveyed possible ideas for the 2011 APA
Convention to be held in Washington, D.C.: a) recognize the 10th anniversary of
9/11 and share what we have learned about trauma interventions at a catastrophic
level; 2) include some training on the use of the ICD; and 3) include
programming updates on the psychology of men and masculinity, the psychology
of women, social construction of gender, interpersonal violence, behavioral
indicators of health (e.g., the role of exercise in health and mental health – she
would love to get Michelle Obama to speak at the conference). Dr. Vasquez also
indicated that she would be interested in doing whatever she could about the
Match imbalance from her role as president and acknowledged that we will need
The APA Fall Consolidated Meetings (including BEA) will be held October 22-
8. COUNCIL OF CHAIRS OF TRAINING COUNCILS (CCTC)
Submitted by: Dr. Kathlyn Dailey, ACCTA President
Report from the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC)
March 18, 2010
The mission of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) is to provide a forum
for communication among the doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral training associations
in psychology. The CCTC meetings, typically held twice a year in conjunction with the
APA Consolidated Meetings, provide an opportunity for members to debate and discuss
issues of common interest to our councils and organizations. Additionally, CCTC
develops recommendations, encourages feedback on these recommendations and
provides comments to key organizations and groups throughout the national education
and training community. There are no bylaws or other guidelines governing CCTC, and it
is a voluntary organization (e.g., it doesn’t impose policies on its members). Discussion
and working committees typically revolve around themes that are relevant to a majority
of the members; CCTC allows training councils to speak with a “common voice”, while
respecting differences. Most decisions are made by consensus, rather than by vote.
Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA); Association of
Psychology Training Clinics (APTC – formerly ADPTC); Association of Psychologists
in Academic Health Centers (APAHC); Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical
Neuropsychology (APPCN); Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship
Centers (APPIC); Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP);
Consortium of Combined-Integrated (C-I) Doctoral Programs in Psychology (CCIDPIP);
Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP); Council of
Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP); Council of Directors of School
Psychology Programs (CDSPP); Council of Professional Geropsychology Training
Programs (CoPGTP); Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP);
National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP);
Department of Veterans Affairs Psychology Training Council (VAPTC)
Liaisons and Observers:
APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA); APA Board of Professional Affairs (BPA);
APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA); APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA), APA
Graduate Students (APAGS); Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
(ASPPB); The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (NR)
The meeting began with a brief welcome, introductions and an overview of the meeting
agenda by the current Chair, Cindy Juntunen (CCPTP). Brief updates from members and
liaisons followed and I have summarized what I believe to be the main points of interest
CoPGTP – this geropsychology council is new to CCTC, having been voted in as a
member at the October meeting. They include graduate, internship, postdoctoral and
post-licensure training programs and support a competency based model for working
with the aging population.
APAGS has approximately 52,000 graduate student members and is one of the largest
constituency groups of APA. They recently formed a Science Committee to address
the needs of those graduate students with an identified focus on science.
ASPPB is invested in the competency movement and predicts a number of changes in
the future regarding quality assurance and licensure. One possibility is that the EPPP
won’t be the end point, but will come earlier in the training sequence; psychologists
would then go through a series of competency exams for licensure and renewal of
licensure (similar to renewal of board certification in medicine). Various jurisdictions
are currently dealing with distance education in terms of determining what is allowed
for licensure. Other issues are telepractice and telesupervision across states. The
majority of states are still in favor of requiring a postdoctoral year of supervised
experience for licensure, but there is some division regarding how the postdoctoral
training experience should be regulated. ASPPB is in the process of revising its model
licensing act as an alternative to APA’s Model Act. The Handbook of Licensure and
Certification Requirements (which provides a short synopsis of major aspects of the
licensing requirements in each state and province) has been updated and expanded
and can be found on their website.
The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (NR) continues to
expand its ability to expedite licensure mobility with 47 U.S. and Canadian licensing
boards approving, or in the process of implementing regulations to approve, NR
credentialing. They have awarded credentialing scholarships to over 400 doctoral
students/trainees and early career professionals; ACCTA members might want to
encourage their interns to seek these scholarships. The NR has a designation process
for programs that are not yet accredited that “designates’ the curriculum of a program
as essentially meeting education requirements for licensure. They have just approved
program designation for their first foreign based graduate program. ACCTA member
George Hurley has completed his term as President/Chair of the National Register.
The VAPTC is currently working on developing training modules for evidence based
psychotherapies so that all trainees at VAs will get the same didactic training. The
VA is also currently taking a leadership role in implementing a Uniform Notification
Day (UND) for postdoctoral fellowships and residencies. Approximately 100
programs participated in the UND on February 25th. VA internships (90) currently
provide training to 459 interns; there is funding available for 25 new VA training
positions for FY2011.
NCSPP is currently focusing on developing shared training definitions among its
members, and helping programs and agencies to develop internships. Their Executive
Committee is discussing the topic of internship match rates and doctoral program
CCPTP is looking at alternative ways to accredit master’s counseling and psychology
programs in an attempt to head off state licensing boards for professional counselors
from mandating CACREP accreditation for master’s level licensure. This requirement
poses a threat to counseling psychology programs that currently train master’s level
counselors because CACREP accreditation requires that faculty be from CACREP
programs (Counselor Educators rather than Counseling Psychologists).
The CoA currently has several proposals out for public comment. There are two of
great importance for education and training – distance education and telesupervision
– that need to be commented upon. Due to ASPPB examining some of these issues at
its upcoming meeting, the deadline for comment has been extended to June 15th.
Accredited doctoral programs are required to make public specific information about
education and training outcomes. This required information must be titled “Student
Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data” and may be located no farther than “one
click away” from the doctoral program home page. There will be no stand-alone
Accreditation Assembly this year due to the opportunity to interact with various
constituents at the CCTC Joint Conference. Rather than holding stand-alone
assemblies in 2011 and 2012, representatives from CoA will attend meetings of the
different training councils to provide training and gather feedback.
CUDCP is interested in improving the ability of undergraduates to be competent
consumers of the data about academic programs available to them as they consider
applying to graduate school. They have developed a one page summary for
undergraduates that explains how to understand data for doctoral programs regarding
their APPIC Match rates and EPPP pass scores. CUDCP continues to work on the
development of a list of recommended student competencies/accomplishments
needed to apply for internship and to examine the portions of training for which
APA/CPA accreditation should be required vs. optional. CUDCP has recommended
that the CoA require a minimum 50% placement rate in APPIC, APA or CPA
accredited internship sites among a program’s graduates across a 3 year period in
order to maintain accreditation.
APPCN had its largest postdoctoral match ever this year with 125 applicants and 89
positions. The problem of preemptive offers from non-match programs continues and
has the potential to undermine the match. ABPP certification in neuropsychology
requires a postdoctoral residency that offers two years of training. There is a
mismatch between accreditation and licensure, which are general, and specialization
such as clinical health psychology and neuropsychology.
APPIC was pleased with the launch of the AAPI Online this fall and received positive
feedback as well as some constrictive ideas for improvement. The match imbalance
remained the same this year, with 23% (846) of applicants not matching to an
internship. There was no significant difference in the mean number of applications
submitted by applicants this year as compared to last year. APPIC is proposing a two
phase match process for 2011; I sent this proposal to the ACCTA listserv and
encourage members to send feedback to me to be compiled and forwarded to APPIC.
APPIC is currently working to update and improve the APPIC Directory with
enhanced search capabilities and expanded fields. They also anticipate a major
renovation of their website during the next few months. A mechanism for online dues
payments was launched earlier this month. The next APPIC Membership Conference
is scheduled for 2012 (location still to be determined).
ADPTC changed its name from the Association of Directors of Psychology Training
Clinics to the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC). They have been
conducting surveys of practicum practices in accredited professional psychology
doctoral programs (psychology training clinics) and external practicum training sites
(completed this month). They are beginning to look at how to treat nontraditional
populations in training clinics.
Update on the APA Model Licensure Act
The latest iteration of the Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists was approved
by the APA Council of Representatives in February, 2010. The Model Act requires that
applicants for licensure be graduates of doctoral programs accredited by APA/CPA; there
is a grace period for programs to seek accreditation during which their graduates may sit
for licensure (if the programs meet certain requirements). The Model Act states that
applicants for licensure to practice in the health services domain must complete an APA
or CPA accredited (or equivalent) internship – they do not define “equivalent”, leaving
that up to state licensing boards. The prior version of the Model Act included an
exemption for the use of the term “school psychologist” by all persons credentialed by a
state agency regulating practice in public schools. This version acknowledges the
authority of state agencies to credential individuals to provide school psychological
services and for those individuals to use whatever title is conferred. However, the title
must include the word “school” and is to be used only while engaged in employment
within school settings.
2010 Joint Training Council Conference
This joint conference provided a way for the various training councils in professional
psychology to come together to share common interests and goals. The conference was
deemed to have been a success with only one letter received that was critical of the topics
presented. It was noted that the development of the program had been a collaborative
effort with three calls for input on the content of the program. There were 625 registrants
and all councils were able to meet their hotel occupancy requirements. The sponsorship
subcommittee was able to raise $34,600 to help support the conference, so it is unlikely
that councils will have to pay the third payment under the Memorandum of
Understanding among councils. The conference planning chairs are creating a document
that will be helpful to the next group to plan this conference. There was a discussion
about how to make this a more natural process every specific number of years. A
conference evaluation will be sent out soon to attendees and the APA Monitor will
publish an article about the 2010 Conference. Many thanks to Terri Rhodes who
represented ACCTA on the Conference Planning Committee and who write a highly
successful BEA grant to help fund the overall conference.
National Education and Training Conference
For the past several years there has been talk of convening a conference or meeting on the
sequence of education and training in psychology. There exist many definitions regarding
training in psychology, but few standards. A meeting or conference would examine issues
of interest and concern across the various levels of education and training in professional
psychology and would address core issues in psychology. It was suggested that the
conference look at issues such as: a) What is the “value added” of doctoral training? b)
What are the emerging areas of practice and what will students be doing in 20 years (e.g.,
how are we preparing our students for the future)? c) What are the needs of clients and
society (including a global perspective)? d) In what ways should one be involved in
education and training, from matriculation in graduate school to the end of one’s
professional career? e) How should current issues such as distance education,
telesupervision, and practicum training to be used for licensure be addressed? It was
proposed that a policy development meeting be convened, the outcome of which would
be a policy statement or guidelines on the future of doctoral education and training in
professional psychology (e.g., making decisions about what people need when they’re
being educated and trained in professional psychology). This will have implications for
policy statements of APA as well as the licensing jurisdictions. The following working
proposal was adopted:
All CCTC members will poll their constituency groups to find out what the issues are
for their members. There is a small CCTC working group that will put together a
survey to be used by all councils to gather information. It is anticipated that it will be
launched by mid-April. BEA will be approached for input.
The data from the survey will be discussed at CCTC in October, 2010 to set priorities
for the meeting.
Councils will take content back to their membership for input and will select
delegates to attend the meeting (a total of 30-45 delegates depending on the number
of domains to be addressed).
Draft documents for each area will be prepared by the end of 2011 and will be shared
with the delegates.
Approximately 6 months later the delegates will meet to prepare policy to go out to
councils and others for comment. There will be an opportunity built into the meeting
for delegates to consult with their councils on the policy development. This meeting
should occur in 2012.
Psychology Internship Development Toolkit
The Toolkit was successfully launched at the 2010 Joint Council Conference in Orlando
and was well received by those who participated in its demonstration. It is housed on the
CCTC website and there is a link to it on the ACCTA homepage; all councils have been
encouraged to include a link to it on their websites. Letters about the Toolkit will be sent
to sites/agencies that might be potential internship sites (e.g., community health centers
and community college counseling centers). There will be a standing committee to update
the Toolkit and it will be placed on each future CCTC meeting agenda.
A workgroup was formed to explore ways to look at/communicate competencies for
intern applicants (e.g., how to focus on competencies rather than hours on the AAPI).
CCTC would like to find a way for Education to get a seat on the Practice, Science
and Public Interest Boards.
Dr. Belar encouraged CCTC (and its constituent groups) to begin using the term
“doctoral internship”, rather than “predoctoral internship”, to more clearly identify at
what stage in training our internships exist. She acknowledges that the language used
in many APA documents is “predoctoral internship”.
CCTC considered a letter written by an academic department that was not notified of
an intern having problems until the intern was put on probation and dismissed a
month later. The academic program received information about the probation from
the student rather than the internship and they were informed of the dismissal after the
fact. CCTC discussed the “joint custody” arrangement of academic programs and
internships and it was suggested that councils encourage their members to re-read the
CCTC Communication Guidelines which can be found on the CCTC website at
The next CCTC meeting will occur on October 21, 2010 in conjunction with the Fall
APA Consolidated Meetings.
After the CCTC meeting was adjourned, Nina Levitt and Sheila Forsyth from the
Education Advocacy Trust spoke about advocacy efforts. They are highly encouraged
by the interest in the GPE shown by the House and Senate. The dinner for
Congressman Obey at the 2010 Joint Conference was considered to be very
successful. There is a big push to get more Campus Training Representatives and I
will be sending out an informational email about this soon.
The meeting was followed by a reception for CCTC members hosted by the National
9. COUNCIL OF COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAMS
Submitted by: Dr. Salina Renninger, ACCTA Treasurer
February 11 & February 13, 2010
The CCPTP met during the Joint Councils Conference that spanned the dates of February
10-14, 2010. CCPTP hosted CEU programming for its members on February 11 and
participated in joint programming on February 12 and the morning of February 13. They
held their business meeting the afternoon of February 13, 2010.
The major focus of their CEU programming was the implementation of using
competency benchmarks to guide academic programs and the measurement of such
competencies. Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D. spoke about how to use the Objective Structured
Clinical Examination (OSCE) to measure student competencies. Sally Stabb, Ph.D.
shared extensively about how her academic program has implemented the benchmarking
guidelines and the measurement of student’s development over time in the program as it
relates to the named competencies. Mike Scheel, Ph.D. and Mary Heppner, Ph.D.
presented on their use of portfolios in measuring student development of competencies.
Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. presented on ASPPB proposed practicum guidelines. Dr. Rodolfa’s
presentation was a follow up to discussions at last year’s conference and how concerns
and recommendations expressed by CCPTP had been considered and addressed by
ASPPB. Finally, Linda Forrest, Ph.D. and Nancy Elman, Ph.D. continued their
presentation from the previous year on having difficult conversation with students. This
presentation was particularly interesting in that several role plays of difficult
conversations were done in front of the audience and audience members could volunteer
to participate if the role play was struggling. It was an impressive show of hands on
learning. Finally, break-out sessions focused on master’s training issues and balancing
science and practice in training.
The business meeting consisted of roll call, reports from officers and committee chairs,
recognitions, discussion of agenda items, reports from liaison groups, and discussion of
some issues of concern to CCPTP. Major issues discussed included MA-training
concerns and practicum issues as related to licensure. In regards to the MA-training
issue, it was acknowledged that new CACREP standards will effect programs but that
CCPTP has written a draft and made proposals that will allow them to train MA students
who seek licensure at the MA-level. They will continue to work to develop attitudes of
inclusiveness in MA-level training. In Mike Scheel’s words “The ship has sailed with
CACREP at the helm, and we’ll need to outfit a new ship and steer it ourselves.” CCPTP
has formed a working group to send a message related to practicum training guidelines.
They are not sure yet what their message will be, but they expressed the idea they need to
address this. This is in response to the model licensing laws proposed by APA and
ASPBB both of which have restrictions on the credentialing necessary for practicum
supervisors. Additionally, there was recognition of Cindy Juntunen, Ph.D. for her work
on behalf of CCPTP and CCTC. There was brief discussion of next year’s conference
which will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort
from February 9-February 13, 2011. Finally, CCPTP discussed CUDCP’s proposed
resolution regarding match rates for APA-accredited doctoral programs. This proposal is
meant to strengthen IR D4-7. Opinions regarding the proposal were shared by many and
CCPTP leadership agreed to take this under advisement and continuing discussing
whether CCPTP would support the resolution.
As liaison I described our organization and reported on ACCTA’s continued national
involvement and appreciation of our liaison relationships, our focus on internship
supply/demand issues and willingness to mentor developing programs, our clearinghouse
for students seeking college/university placement, and our involvement in the creation of
the Psychology Internship Development Toolkit. Other liaisons that presented included
Carrie Geibel and Teresa Magelky for the Student Affiliate of 17 (SAS), Nancy Elman,
Ph.D. for the Commission on Accreditation (COA), Cathi Grus, Ph.D. for American
Psychological Association (APA) Education Directorate, Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. for the
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), Karen Taylor, Ph.D.
for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), Cindy
Juntunen, Ph.D. for the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC), Barry Chung,
Ph.D. for Division 17 of the APA, and Mike Scheel gave a brief report on behalf of Jeff
Boulard, Ph.D. from ABPP.
10. EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (ELC) AMERICAN
Submitted by: Dr. Maureen Lafferty, ACCTA President-Elect
Psychology and Lifelong Learning
Washington, D.C., Sept. 11 – 14, 2010
The theme of this year’s ELC was the role of lifelong learning in psychology, including
the scientific foundations of lifelong learning, technology that promotes lifelong learning,
training students to be lifelong learners, and motivating psychologists at all stages in their
career development to become self-motivated lifelong learners.
A series of speakers addressed the above areas, followed by discussion groups which
were charged with exploring issues in more depth and bringing them back to the
conference during a plenary session. Numerous salient points were discussed, including:
1. Research informs us that most people, including psychologists, are not good at
self-assessment and self-regulated learning. However, the more important issue
may be “What do we do when we discover an area of professional weakness or
2. Most lifelong learning opportunities for psychology continuing education use
didactic methods which are found to be extremely ineffective. CE programs need
to focus on teaching rather than presenting and truly assist psychologists in
3. We need to consider outcome assessment of CE programs. Currently, satisfaction
surveys are the primary evaluation method used. We have no means of
determining if participants have learned anything through their CE or were able to
apply that knowledge to their work setting. This would be a significant
paradigm shift in psychology.
4. Alternative models for CE exist. In Ontario psychologists develop two-year
learning plans that can include reading journals, supervising, giving presentations
and engaging in peer consultation in addition to attending formal trainings.
Psychologists need to focus our own skills and expertise in training for
competence on our own development! And beyond competence we need to train
for capability, the extent to which individuals can adapt to change, generate new
knowledge, and continue to improve their performance.
5. Technology can be a tremendous asset in engaging learners in creative, active
ways. Early career psychologists and graduate students can teach more
experienced professionals new and innovative ways to be part of this
“participatory culture” through accessing/using blogs, wiki, social networking,
social bookmarking, etc.
The ELC hosted an Awards Luncheon where Distinguished Service Awards for
Education Advocacy were given to Dr. Cindy Juntunen from the University of North
Dakota and Dr. Philinda Hutchings from Argosy University/Phoenix. ELC
participants were also trained in education advocacy and visited Capitol Hill to meet
with their Senators and Representatives and advocate for funding for the Graduate
Education Program (GPE). Specifically, participants requested support for the House
level of $7 million for the GPE program for FY 2011. The GPE supports
interdisciplinary training of graduate students in psychology who provide mental
health services to underserved populations, with special emphasis this year on
services for veterans and their families and the unemployed.
11. NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS OF
PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (NCSPP)
Submitted by: Dr. Julie Corkery, ACCTA Secretary
February 10-11, 2010
Description and Mission
Founded in 1976, NCSPP is an organization composed of delegates from programs
and schools of professional psychology. NCSPP’s goal is to advance the
development of the highest quality of graduate training in professional psychology.
The theme of the NCSPP Conference was “Training for Integrated Health Care
(IHC).” It was held in conjunction with the Joint Conference of Training Councils in
Psychology, which was held on the two following days, February 12th and 13th. The
NCSPP Conference included three plenary sessions that addressed IHC. Dr.
Christine Runyan presented “The What and Why of Integrated Health Care.” Drs.
Gilbert Newman and Stephanie Wood presented “Learning from Doctoral Programs
with Integrated Health Care Training,” and Dr. James Bray presented “Advocacy for
Integrated Health Care.” Break-out sessions addressed competencies required for
IHC roles, current funding, and advocacy for increased funding for IHC clinical
services and research.
The NCSPP Business Meeting was called to order by Dr. Clark Campbell, President.
He extended appreciation for the Executive Committee members and Conference
Business Meeting Highlights
Dr. Campbell announced that several NCSPP members had worked to complete the
on-line Psychology Internship Toolkit, which was developed by members of NCSPP,
ACCTA and other Council of Chairs of Training Council (CCTC) organizations. It
was designed to be used by agencies and academic programs that wish to develop an
internship program. This initiative was a recommendation from the 2008 Match
Imbalance Meeting. The Toolkit contains useful information on the rationale for
developing an internship, various types/structures of internships, funding sources,
administrative issues, legal issues, quality assurance, ways to respond to problems
within a program and FAQs.
Dr. Torrey Wilson, NCSPP’s Racial/ Ethnic Diversity Committee Chair/ Board
Member announced that his committee has been considering ways to further social
justice. He announced that he is working to establish a service project to occur in
conjunction with the next conference to be held from January 18-23, 2011 in San
Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Wilson also announced that NCSPP members had developed a
Diversity Blueprint that will be launched in the near future.
Dr. Tim Moragne, NCSPP’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Committee Chair / Board
Member, announced that his committee had proposed a Bylaws Change to add
“Transgender” to its name; there was widespread support for the proposal, which was
to be voted upon electronically by the membership. Dr. Moragne also announced that
the GLB Committee has developed a guide to assist faculty with the integration of
GLBT issues into training curricula.
NCSPP’s Clinical Training Committee expressed concern about the lack of
standardized ways to count practicum hours across different credentialing bodies.
The Clinical Training Committee asked the NCSPP Executive Committee to invite
leaders from the Commission on Accreditation (CoA), Association of State and
Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), and NCSPP to develop common language
and definitions to describe and count practicum hours. The Executive Committee
plans to invite the other organizations to work together to address the concerns.
The Clinical Training Committee also asked that NCSPP write a letter to support the
California Internship Council (CAPIC’s) efforts to be recognized more fully by the
CoA. CAPIC is planning to request that the CoA include their member internships
when doctoral programs record how many of their students get placed in either
APPIC member or accredited internships. CAPIC members made the case that their
internships, although not necessarily funded, are well-structured and that they serve
intern and client populations well. NCSPP members voted to support the Executive
Committee’s drafting letters in support of the CAPIC internship programs.
Liaison Report from ACCTA
In my verbal liaison report at the NCSPP Business Meeting, I emphasized two items.
First, ACCTA shares in the excitement about the completion of the Psychology
Internship Development Toolkit; ACCTA President Dr. Kathlyn Dailey enjoyed
collaborating with NCSPP members in developing the toolkit. Second, I spoke about
ACCTA’s Clearinghouse for intern candidates and ACCTA member internship
programs not able to secure positions through the APPIC Match, and I provided brief
information about how the ACCTA Clearinghouse works. I also provided a more
extensive written report for the NCSPP members.