to help society
Preventing violence and psychology’s role in health were among
the key items discussed by APA’s Council of Representatives.
BY RHEA K. FARBERMAN • Monitor Executive Editor
Two issues were front and center at the February meeting of APA’s Council of Representatives: exploring ways that psychology can help prevent such tragedies as the
Newtown, Conn., elementary school shootings and promoting
psychologists’ central role in health with the creation of APA’s
Center for Psychology and Health.
phase of the internship stimulus program APA funded last year
to help programs working toward APA accreditation. During
the first phase of the program, 82 applicants sought funding and
$593,000 was distributed to 32 programs. The program’s goal is
to increase the number of accredited internships and support the
overall quality of graduate training. Belar also briefed the council
on new accreditation status categories designed for internship
and postdoctoral programs in the accreditation process:
“eligibility status” and “accredited on contingency.”
In a separate presentation, Steven D. Hollon, PhD, who
chairs APA’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Advisory Steering
Committee, reviewed the association’s new process for
creating such guidelines. The process is based on three pillars:
transparency, empirical evidence, and multidisciplinary and
balanced panels writing recommendations. The steering
committee will oversee the guidelines creation process.
Expert panels do the actual crafting of guidelines and have
been appointed in the areas of depression, obesity and post-
traumatic stress disorder.
In her role as the executive director of the APA Practice
Organization, Katherine Nordal, PhD, reported on APAPO’s
myriad activities to support the viability of professional practice
and the public’s access to high quality psychological services.
As a 501(c) 6 organization, APAPO has as its primary mission
to serve the interests and needs of practicing psychologists
and can participate in activities that APA cannot as a 501(c) 3
organization. These efforts include improving insurance and
managed-care company practices and reimbursement policies,
unrestricted lobbying on behalf of its members, and working
with political action committees to facilitate political giving.