2016 October Announcements

Greetings SCP Colleagues!


Here are the October Announcements:


Please Register NOW! The 2017 National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS), January 4 – 6, Portland, Registration for is now open!


For more information and to register, go to http://www.multiculturalsummit.org. Featured are the four founders of NMCS who will be delivering Thursday morning’s keynote addresses: Rosie Phillips Bingham, Ph.D., Lisa Porché-Burke, Ph.D., Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., and Melba J. T. Vasquez, Ph.D.



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 President-Elect Election


APA members nominated five candidates to appear on the president-elect ballot. The ballot will close Oct. 31, 2016.


Members who have an email address on file with APA will be sent the ballot by email. Those members who do not have an email address will be sent a paper ballot and will have the option to vote online or by mail.


SCP’s Executive Board voted to endorse the following candidates without ranking them:


Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D.

Rodney Lowman, Ph.D.

You can read more about this, including the candidate statements, and login to vote online, by going to:





You can contact Garnett Coad, APA Elections Officer, at gcoad@apa.org for help with getting access to your ballot or voting, if you need assistance.  A reminder that APA uses a rank ordered voting system. You can rank order all five (or any smaller subset, including just one) of the candidates on the APA presidential ballot.



2017 SCP Elections – Seeking Nominations!


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, 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 theAPA 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 LONGERMIDNIGHT 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 focusing on widening the circle of participation opportunities within 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. Seehttps://www.div17.org for more information on the mission, goals, and approaches of Counseling Psychology.


Here is a summary of all 2017 APA Annual Convention submission deadlines:


Submission Deadlines

Collaborative Programs: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 5 p.m. ET.–PAST

CE Workshop Proposals: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, 5 p.m. ET.

Division Proposals: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 5 p.m. ET.

Film Festival: Friday, Dec. 22, 2016, 5 p.m. ET.

Associated Psychological Organization Requests: Monday, Jan. 23,



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



2016-2017 Society of Counseling Psychology Awards


The 2016-2017 Call for 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 athttps://www.div17.org/about-scp/awards/scp-awards/. Please note the following deadlines:


Professional Awards Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016

Student Awards Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017


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/.






marty-heesackerMartin Heesacker, Ph.D.

President, Society of Counseling Psychology (Div17, APA)


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