2015 November-December Announcements

Posted on behalf of Division 17 President, Dr. Jim Lichtenberg

Presidential Announcement December 2015
Division 17 would like to wish everyone a very happy and joyous Holiday Season!

Division 17 Announces Appointment of Inaugural VP of International Affairs
In October of 2015, Dr. Ayşe Çiftçi was officially appointed as the Division’s first Vice President of International Affairs.  Dr. Çiftçi’s appointment will run through August 2017.

This is a NEW VP position–approved by the SCP membership through a vote for a bylaw change last August during our SCP business meeting during the APA convention.
We are delighted to have Dr. Çiftçi join the Executive Board in this capacity and delighted to have her leadership for the inauguration of this new position within SCP.  She will join the Executive Board at its midyear meeting in Savannah, GA this January.

An official Press Release announcing this appointment follows the end of this announcement.

SCP 2016 Leadership Academy Participants Announced

The SCP 2016 Leadership Academy Class has been selected!  The Leadership Academy Faculty received an overwhelming number of applications from both ECPs and Students.  We are proud to announce that this year’s Leadership Academy cohort includes:

Early Career Professionals

Mark Barajas, Ph.D., Post doc, University of California, Berkeley

Collette Chapman-Hilliard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island

Evelyn A. Hunter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Presbyterian College

Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Practice, Teachers College

Weiyang Xie, Ph.D., Staff Clinician, University of Notre Dame



Colton Brown, M.S., Second year student, Oklahoma State University

Mun Yuk Chin, Second year student, U of Wisconsin

Elizabeth Louis, M.A., Second year student, University of Georgia

Tangela Roberts, M.S., Third year student, University of Mass, Boston

Emily Unzueta, M.A., Third year student, University of California, Santa Barbara


2015 SCP elections – Nominations needed

It is time to begin the process of electing new officers and you are invited to nominate members or yourself for available offices of our division.  The open positions for this year are President-Elect, Vice President for Communications, Vice President for Education and Training, Treasurer, and Council Representative. Please provide your nominations and recommendations to the Elections Committee Chair:  Michael Mobley, SCP Past President, mmbobley@div17.org


Division 17 Gets Technical – First Online Webinar a HUGE Success

Our first online webinar was held on Monday, November 16, 2015.  This webinar, “Internship process: Learning beyond the basics,” provided a great opportunity for graduate students to APA2014_129obtain vital information for the post-application internship processes, such as interviewing, initial decisions/ranking, transitioning into the intern role, post-doc and faculty applications, and unique concerns for Counseling Psychology students.   A special thank you goes to all those that registered and participated (over 70 students) as well as our wonderful leaders who donated their time to be a part of this historic moment for Division 17: Dr. Marie Miville, Dr. Mary Ann Covey, Dr. Michael Martin, Dr. Eve Adams and Dr. Chris Shelton.

If you missed the opportunity to attend the webinar and would like to view it for yourself, please click on one of the two links below:

Audio Only

Audio and Video


2016 Great Lakes Conference

The 2016 Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference will be hosted by Indiana University Bloomington on April 8 and 9, 2016

29th Annual Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference

Using Our Voice: Our Profession as a Platform for Change

April 8th and 9th, 2016

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana Memorial Union

900 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405


If you have any questions, please contact the committee co-chairs, Dr. Y. Joel Wong (joelwong[at]indiana[dot]edu) or Lei Wang (lw55[at]indiana[dot]edu).


Official Announcement of Dr. Ayşe Çiftçi



NORTH PALM BEACH, FL. – December 9, 2015 – The Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), Division 17 of the American Psychological Association is proud to announce the official appointment of Dr. Ayşe Çiftçi as the Society’s first Vice President of International Affairs effective October 2015 through August 2017.

Ayşe Çiftçi is an Associate Professor and the Training Director of Counseling Psychology program at Purdue University.  Her research program is on multicultural psychology with a focus on international issues.  She is a member of Divisions 17, 35, 45 and 52 and an APA Fellow in Divisions 17 and 52 (International Psychology).  In 2014, she was named Purdue University Faculty Scholar in recognition of her scholarly accomplishments and received a Presidential Citation from President Nadine Kaslow for her work on international psychology and ECP issues.  Dr. Çiftçi has been involved in Division 17 in a number of different roles: as inaugural editor of Newsletter: International Section of Counseling Psychology (ISOC); International Section Membership Co-Chair; Co-Coordinator 2012 Great Lakes Conference at Purdue University; and Co-Chair of International Committee for the 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference in Atlanta.  She also served as Secretary within Division 52 (International Psychology) for three years.  Dr. Çiftçi also had significant roles in APA governance including Member of APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists; Chair of the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists; and member of APA Implementation Work Group in 2013-2014.  Dr. Çiftçi served on President Kaslow’s education and training initiative, Opening Doors Summit: Facilitating Transitions from Doctoral Education to First Job.  Currently, she is the President-Elect for Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP).

The Vice President of International Affairs was voted on and approved as the newest position to the Executive Board during the 2015 SCP Annual Executive Board Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The Vice President of International Affairs was created to provide general aspirations related to international perspectives and importance to the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP).

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ayşe Çiftçi as our first Vice President of International Affairs in the Division’s history!  We are glad to have you!


Michael Mobley

Past-President, Division 17

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