plan goes live
At its meeting during APA’s Annual Convention, the Council
of Representatives approved funds for APA’s top priorities,
including an analysis of psychology’s workforce and an
expansion of the association’s public education campaign.
BY RHEA K. FARBERMAN • Monitor executive editor
At its August meeting during APA’s 2011 Annual Convention, the Council of Representatives set in motion the implementation of APA’s new strategic
plan by funding seven initiatives. In addition, the council
approved plans to streamline programming during the annual
meeting and ensure that APA reports and policy statements are
grounded in the best available science.
The strategic initiatives plan sets aside $2.1 million for 2012
to fund seven initiatives designed to support and advance APA’s
three strategic goals: maximizing organizational effectiveness,
expanding psychology’s role in advancing health, and increasing
the recognition of psychology as a science.
The seven initiatives are:
• Improve APA business models, member communications
and the convention to increase member engagement.
• Analyze the psychology workforce to meet national needs.
• Continue to develop and promulgate treatment guidelines
to promote the translation of psychological science into health
• Continue to expand the APA public education campaign to
include the entire discipline of psychology.
• Expand opportunities for graduate education and
continued professional development for psychologists and
psychology students in order to advance the discipline’s
participation in interdisciplinary health delivery and
• Increase support for research, training, public education
and interventions that address and reduce health disparities
among underserved populations.
• Forge alliances with health-care organizations to increase
the number of psychologists working in integrated health-care
Each of the strategic plan initiatives is designed to be
multiyear projects. Their progress will be evaluated and further
funding provided on a year-by-year basis.
In other action that is expected to have a long-term impact
on the public’s understanding of psychology, the council
adopted a process to ensure the “scientific merit” of all APA
motions, resolutions and reports and approved new national
standards for the teaching of high school psychology. The
new National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
replace the previous standards produced in 2005. The 2011
standards include seven learning domains: scientific inquiry,
biopsychology, development and learning, sociocultural
context, cognition, individual variations and applications of
psychological science. In addition, the number of standards
areas within the document was increased from 15 to 20 and
student performance indicators are no longer included in the
curricula standards. Newly developed student performance
indicators will be provided online to allow for a continually
evolving assessment resource. The national standards and the
performance indicators are available and the revision will be