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You can be involved with WSPA and APA  in a number of positions. View their full descriptions below

 

Federal Advocacy Coordinator
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Current Federal Advocacy Coordinator: Samantha Slaughter, PsyD

  • Respond to requests for grassroots action in a timely fashion
  • Provide feedback on your grassroots efforts to the regional field consultant and/or the Government Relations team, also in a timely fashion
  • Maintain a grassroots network of psychologists in each Congressional district
  • Identify at least one KEY CONTACT for each Member of your state’s Congressional delegation
  • Create a contingency plan with your state association should the occasion arise that you are unavailable to take time-sensitive action
  • Update psychologists in your state on the status of current legislative initiatives (e.g., write a column for your state association newsletter, send issue updates to volunteers via email, report at board meetings and at state association conventions
  • Attend the APA Practice Organization State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC each March and lead the state or territory delegation in planning and executing Hill visits during the Congressional lobby day at the end of the conference
  • Recruit psychologists to join the APAPO Political Action Committee
  • Educate volunteers on the value of political giving and the importance of political action to the legislative agenda
  • Recognize legislators from your state who support APA sponsored legislation (honor with award, article/picture in state association newsletter, etc.)
  • Honor grassroots volunteers from your state who show initiative and leadership in federal advocacy
  • Ensure transition of materials and knowledge to new Federal Advocacy Coordinator upon retirement from the position.
Public Education Campaign Coordinator
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Current Public Education Campaign Coordinator: Nancy Goldov, PsyD

A Public Education Campaign (PEC) Coordinator, appointed by his or her state, provincial or territorial psychological association (SPTA), serves as the SPTA public education “captain” as well as the PEC liaison between APA and the SPTA. Although each coordinator tailors the campaign to meet local needs, the coordinator often is called upon to:

  • speak to the media about the PEC
  • speak at state association meetings, community workshops or seminars
  • hold or help coordinate community outreach activities such as a psychology booth at a local health fair
  • serve as a mentor to APA members seeking guidance about how to use PEC materials
  • track the use of campaign materials in that state, province or territory
  • attend the APA State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., for leadership and public education advocacy training
  • promote the PEC within the state, province or territory.
Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) Network
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Current Rep for (CWP) Network: Samantha Slaughter, PsyD

 Responsibilities of Network Members:

  • Initiate issues and share information with CWP, especially on the listserv provided by APA, and at the annual Network meeting
  • Respond to inquiries (for example, requests for nominations, questions about relevant local/division activities) from CWP as requested
  • Contact president of division/state/regional association annually to determine continued service as Network representative or appointment of another representative.
  • Inform APA’s Women’s Program Office of continued service or appointment of new representative and Attend Network meeting at APA Annual Convention (or send a representative). Network Members are encouraged to attend meetings of the Committee on Women in Psychology at the APA Consolidated Committee Meetings, at their own expense.
  • Respond to requests to call or write legislators related to policy issues

Responsibilities of CWP vis-à-vis the Network:

  • Coordinate APA’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for women psychologists as practitioners, educators, and scientists
  • Keep the Network appraised of CWP activities by sending minutes or meeting summaries to each Network member following CWP meetings, current issues, and decisions
  • Actively solicit Network input on issues related to women in APA
  • Provide consultation and/or input on division/association initiatives on behalf of women, or that promote feminist scholarship and practice
  • Provide information and opportunities for Network members to become more active in APA governance.

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