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APAGS at the 2011 APA State Leadership Conference

From March 12 through March 15, 18 members of the APAGS Committee and the APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team joined numerous state psychological associations at the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Organization's State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Attendees discussed the future of psychological practice, participated in leadership training, and advocated for professional psychology on Capitol Hill. Below are highlights from the conference.

​​The Future of Psychological Practice

In her opening keynote address, Dr. Katherine Nordal (Executive Director for professional practice at APA) emphasized the need for psychology to focus on accountability, evidence based treatment, and primary health care. She described how patient outcome data will become critical to demonstrating the efficacy of psychotherapy treatments.

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Ask Congress to Strengthen the Graduate Psychology Education Program

The Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program is the country’s only federal program dedicated solely to the education and training of psychologists. Established in 2002 and supported through the Department of Health and Human Services, GPE provides grants to accredited psychology doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral training programs. These programs train graduate students and early career psychologists to provide mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations including older adults, children, the chronically ill, victims of abuse and trauma, veterans, and underserved rural and urban communities.

Right now, the Senate has approved $3 million in appropriations for GPE while the House is planning to approve $7 million. We need you to contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support the House level $7 million funding when this goes into conference committee.

With $7 million, GPE will expand to provide additional services to three specific underserved populations – veterans (and their families), the unemployed, and older adults. Each of these populations is struggling with PTSD, depression, and an alarming epidemic of suicidality. These mental illnesses are serious, but treatable. Psychologists can make a difference here. We are the only health-care professionals uniquely trained to assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent mental illness. Supporting GPE will not only save lives, but it will save money. For a modest amount of funding, Congress will support the education of psychologists and will provide healthcare services for those who have nowhere else to go.

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