2016 November Announcements

Greetings SCP Colleagues,

 Here are the November Announcements:

 DEADLINE TOMORROW! 2016-2017 Society of Counseling Psychology Awards

The 2016-2017 Call for Awards Nominations has been issued.  This year’s award co-chair is Dr. Paul Perrin, pperrin@vcu.edu. Please nominate yourself or a deserving colleague. More information can be found at https://www.div17.org/about-scp/awards/scp-awards/. Please note the following deadlines:

Professional Awards Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016 (TOMORROW)

Student Awards Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017

  National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS)


Please join your SCP Executive Board and many other SCP colleagues at the 2017 National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS), January 4 – 6, Portland, OR. Register before December 2 to Receive the Early Registration Fee Rate and Conference Hotel Room Rate!


Register, by going to: http://multiculturalsummit.wixsite.com/nmcs-2017/registration

Reserve your hotel room at the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel by going to:


The schedule at a glance can be found by going to:


For more information about the NMCS, go to http://www.multiculturalsummit.org.

APA Election Results

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, has been elected 2018 president of the American Psychological Association. She will serve as APA’s president-elect in 2017.

“I am honored to have been elected to lead psychology’s pre-eminent professional association,” Daniel said. “One of my key priorities will be to involve psychologists in formulating public policy at the local and national levels.”

Daniel is also director of training in psychology in the department of psychiatry and associate director, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Training Program, Division of Adolescent Medicine, at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Learn more, by going to: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2016/11/jessica-daniel.aspx

 2017 SCP Elections – Seeking Nominations!

It is time to begin the process of electing new officers and you are invited to nominate SCP members including yourself for available offices of Society.  This year’s open positions are President-Elect, Secretary, Vice President for Diversity and Public Interest, Vice President for International Affairs, and Council Representative.  Please provide your nominations and recommendations to the Elections Committee Chair:  Jim Lichtenberg, SCP Past President, jlicht@div17.org.

2017 APA Convention – Call for Division Proposals

The 2017 APA Convention Call for Division Proposals deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2016.

The 2017 APA Convention will be held in Washington, DC, (August 3

August 6, Thursday through Sunday).  The Call for Proposals is available in the September 2016 issue of the APA Monitor and on the APA website, http://www.apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx. Please note that there are two different submission deadlines: Collaborative Programming proposals, which were due Friday, October 14, 2016, and Division proposals, which are due Thursday, December 1, 2016.  Proposals must be submitted electronically via the APA website. PLEASE NOTE THAT PROGRAM SUBMISSION DEADLINES ARE NO LONGER MIDNIGHT AND ARE NOW AT 5:00 PM, EST.

SCP 2017 Theme: President Martin Heesacker’s program theme for Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) is “Draw the Circle Bigger,” which focuses on bringing in new people to SCP, creating a seat on the Executive Board for Early Career Professionals, and executing practical solutions to the challenges facing our master’s colleagues and students. We invite symposia (50 minutes), roundtables, and posters that focus on this theme and presidential initiatives within the context of developmental, multicultural, and positive psychology or strengths-based perspectives. See https://www.div17.org for more information on the mission, goals, and approaches of Counseling Psychology.

Remaining 2017 APA Annual Convention Submission Deadlines

  • CE Workshop Proposals: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
  • Division Proposals: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
  • Film Festival: Friday, Dec. 22, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
  • Associated Psychological Organization Requests: Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

More information about convention related deadlines and programming can be found at http://www.apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx

Board Certification

There has never been a better time for you to seek board certification in Counseling Psychology than right now! Doing so will help the public, will help you professionally, and will help Counseling Psychology. So please consider this opportunity very carefully. The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) has recently taken action to WAIVE the board certification application fee ($125) for individuals who are training directors at APA accredited doctoral programs, internship programs, and postdoc programs. And if you are member of the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP; Div17 of the APA) and seeking board certification in Counseling Psychology (regardless of whether you are a training director), SCP and the American Academy of Counseling Psychology (AACoP) have joined together to reimburse ABPP applicants for the application fee and work sample review fee (a total of $375) once the person has been approved to take the board certification examination.

These two programs have been implemented to encourage program training directors and current SCP members to begin the personally and professionally rewarding process of becoming board certified in counseling psychology.  The programs are also aimed at strengthening the specialty of counseling psychology by increasing the number of board certified psychologists in our specialty.

To answer questions about the waived application fee, you can go to this link (and look under “Info for Educators and Trainers”): http://www.abpp.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3793. For information on reimbursement of application fees and practice sample review fees once you have be approved to take the board certification examination, please contact Jim Lichtenberg (jlicht@div17.org ) or Mary O’Leary Wiley ( wiley510@gmail.com). For information on specialty specific board certification in Counseling Psychology, please go to http://www.abpp.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3364

 APA and APF Awards

Applications for major APA and APF awards are due December 1st. Brief details on award criteria and requirements are also listed. Division 17 members have had great success at receiving these awards when nominated in the past.

Consider nominating individuals or emailing me with suggestions for the following awards. Division 17 has a committee of individuals who can assist with the nomination process.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica, L Martin, PhD, Chair, Division 17 APA and Other Organization Awards Committee

Deadline Date: December 1, 2016

Name of Award: Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology

Type of Award: American Psychological Foundation

Website: http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/gold-medal.aspx

 Criteria/Notes: These awards recognize a psychologist, aged 65 or older and residing in North America, with a distinguished career and enduring contribution in one of the following areas:

Ø  Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing psychological science.

Ø  Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the application of psychology through methods, research, and/or application of psychological techniques to important practical problems.

Ø  Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement by a Psychologist in the Public Interest recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to the application of psychology in the public interest.

Ø  Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the professional practice of psychology through a demonstrable effect on patterns of service delivery in the profession.

The recipient receives a mounted gold medal and an all-expense paid trip to the APA annual convention where the award is presented.

Applications must include the following materials: nomination statement outlining the nominee’s record of contributions, current vitae, letters of recommendation from professionals and colleagues. See the website for further details and past recipients.

 Deadline Date: December 1, 2016

Name of Award: Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award

Type of Award: American Psychological Foundation

Website: http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/brewer.aspx


This award recognizes a psychologist with significant career contributions and a record of being an exceptional teacher of psychology. The award is in the amount of $2,000, plus an all-expense paid trip to the APA annual convention where the award is presented.

Applications must include the following materials: nomination statement describing nominee’s commitment to teaching, nominee’s current CV, and up to 10 letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, and former students.

 We welcome your feedback on SCP priorities and activities. I encourage you to reach out to me or any other member of the SCP Executive Board to share your thoughts, perspectives, and concerns. Contact information for Executive Board members can be found at www.div17.org/.



Martin Heesacker, Ph.D.

President, Society of Counseling Psychology (Div17, APA)



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