efficiently; focusing council’s time on policy issues; dividing
business oversight responsibilities between APA’s Council of
Representatives and Board of Directors; and reconfiguring the
composition of APA’s board.
I want to again congratulate and thank the council and
everyone who worked on the GGP project. The decisions made
in August were truly historic and will help move the association
Why are these considered critical changes?
Kaslow: These changes represent the first comprehensive
updating of APA governance since it was formed in 1945. They
will allow us to shed a governing model that was created when
business was conducted by mail and a council meeting every six
months was sufficient to manage the association’s affairs. The
new governance model will be better suited to the 21st century
because it will be responsive to members and the marketplace.
Why are the changes important to members?
Bersoff: The new governance structure will make APA an even
more effective organization; that’s the primary benefit for
members. When the new structure is fully in place, APA will be
able to respond more quickly to changes in the marketplace or the
policy arena. For example, when an issue is identified as emerging
and important to psychology, the membership could be polled
for input and council time could be scheduled for an in-depth
discussion at its next meeting or even between meetings.
In short, the new structure will allow the council to focus
more energy and resources on strategic issues that matter
most to members and to the discipline. It will also create new
opportunities for member engagement and member voice in
APA embraces a new
APA’s president and president-
elect discuss what the changes to
APA’s governance structure will
mean for members.
BY RHEA K. FARBERMAN
At its August meeting, APA’s Council of Representatives considered seven proposals to change APA’s governance structure and adopted six of them (see October
Monitor). These changes were formulated and recommended by
the Good Governance Project (GGP), an outgrowth of the APA
Strategic Plan, which is focused on increasing organizational
effectiveness. The changes are designed to create a more open
and more nimble APA governance system.
The Monitor spoke with 2013 President Donald N. Bersoff,
PhD, JD, and President-elect Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, about what
the changes will mean for members and the association’s future.
What changes did the council adopt?
Bersoff: The six changes are focused on using technology to
increase opportunities for member engagement and voice;
providing leadership training for people interested in serving in
governance; triaging of issues confronting psychology so we can
identify them early and feed them into the governance process