2016 September Announcements

Greetings SCP Colleagues!

There is a tremendous amount of activity this month, along with associated deadlines, so please take the time to review the following:

SCP Statement on the Black Lives Matter Movement

On September 12, the SCP Statement on the Black Lives Matter Movement was announced to reaffirm the commitment of ourselves and our organization to actions that demonstrate our social justice values: scholarship, clinical practice, education and training, self-reflection, activism, and advocacy to end racism and other forms of oppression. To read the full statement, which includes resources, strategies, and suggested areas of research and personal work, go to https://www.div17.org/scp-connect/scp-news/division-17-statement-black-lives-matter-movement/

APA President-Elect Election

APA members nominated five candidates to appear on the president-elect ballot. The final ballot will be sent to members on Sept. 15, and 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:


 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 Collaborative Programming

It’s already time to start preparing for the 2017 APA Convention in Washington, DC, August 3 – 6!

Although the deadline for general convention proposals won’t be due until December 1, COLLABORATIVE proposals are due by 5:00 pm, EST, Friday, October 14.

The intent of collaborative programming is to foster cross-divisional collaboration. Submitters will need to identify a minimum of two divisions that are relevant to the proposal content (and that would review the proposal). For more information on the proposal submission process, go to the Call for Convention Proposals website at http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdf

Because the collaborative program hours are reserved by APA for cross-divisional collaborative efforts and do not belong to individual division, these constitute an excellent additional opportunity for Counseling Psychologists to present!

If you would like to put together a collaborative proposal, please let us know your idea and we’ll try to help.  Contact SCP’s Program Chair for the 2017 convention, Mary Ann Covey (mcovey@div17.org) and SCP President Marty Heesacker (heesack@ufl.edu) with your collaborative program idea.

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 are due Friday, October 14, 2016 and Division proposals are due Thursday, December 1, 2016.  All proposals for both types of submissions 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” – focusing on widening the circle of participation opportunities within SCP, creating a seat on the Executive Board for Early Career Professionals, and 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.

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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, 2017

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

Call for Reviewers: The Program Committee is actively recruiting reviewers who are professionals in various academic and practice roles across diverse workplace settings as well as advanced doctoral students in SCP. Please contact the 2017 Program Chair, Dr. Mary Ann Covey, mcovey@div17.org, if you would like to serve on the Program Committee.


Please join me in congratulating counseling psychology student, Kirby Huminuik, who is in the process of completing her dissertation research at UBC, for being selected to serve on the new APA Task Force on Human Rights!

Registration for the 2017 National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS), January 4 – 6, Portland, 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.

Fellows Application

 The Fellows Nominations deadline was September 23, 2016, but for those already nominated, completed applications are due October 21, 2016. Direct any questions about applications to Fellows Chair Dr. Ruperto (Toti) Perez,ruperto.perez@vpss.gatech.edu. More information is available on the SCP website at https://www.div17.org/about-scp/fellowship/

The APA Fellows application website is now active at http://www.apa.org/membership/fellows/index.aspx.  The webpage has helpful information for endorsers on writing and submitting letters.

2016-2017 Society of Counseling Psychology Awards

The 2016-2017 Call for Nominations will be issued shortly.  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

Student Awards Submission Deadline: February 15

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



marty-heesackerMartin Heesacker, Ph.D.

President, Society of Counseling Psychology (Div17, APA)


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