Presidential Announcements- August 2018

August Announcements

Dear SCP Member and Affiliates Colleagues,

I am honored to serve as your 2018-2019 President and look forward to working with you in the coming year.  I will work diligently to earn the faith you have placed in me, and I sincerely hope you will come and join me in what is shaping up to be an extraordinarily busy year of progress, collegiality, and fun!

What follows is a list of SCP announcements and news items that may interest you:

SCP APA Presidential Candidate Endorsements

As you know, Division 17/SCP has endorsed 3 of the 5 candidates running for President of APA. In order of ranking they are: Sandy Shullman, Jean Lau Chin, Armand Cerbone. The statements each submitted can be found here:

The Board unanimously approved Sandy Shullman as our 1st choice candidate. As a recipient of the Leona Tyler Award, our highest and most prestigious award, Sandy exemplifies the best in counseling psychology.  She stands out among the candidates for her long-standing, exemplary service to SCP, as well as her leadership vision and expertise that make her the right person at this critical time in APA. For information and or opportunities to support Sandy, please visit her website

On behalf of the SCP Executive Board, I encourage you to explore and gather information about the candidates for APA President and find out why Sandy Shullman was so clearly our first choice. Most importantly, I urge you to please vote in the upcoming election! Your vote matters! E-mail ballots will arrive on September 15.

Fellows Nomination – September 21 Deadline

The Fellows nomination deadline is September 21, 2018 and completed applications are due October 19, 2018. You can nominate yourself or someone else by emailing the person’s name, email address, and curriculum vita to Fellows Chair Donna Schultheiss, Self-nominations are encouraged. More information is available on the SCP website at:

The APA Fellows application website is now active at  The webpage has all the information you need to apply for fellow status as well as helpful information for endorsers on writing and submitting letters.

2019 APA Annual Convention Call for Collaborative Program Proposals – October 12, Deadline

The deadline for collaborative programming proposals is October 12, 2018.  Collaborative programming has been a new initiative by APA the past few years to encourage collaboration among divisions. 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, please refer to the APA 2019 Convention website. The Division 17 theme for this year’s conference is “Community, Courage, Change.”

If you would like to develop a collaborative proposal or have any questions, please let us know. Contact SCP’s Program Co-Chairs for the 2019 convention, Patrick Grzanka ( and Joe Miles ( and/or SCP President Ruth Fassinger (

Please note that this deadline is separate from the deadline for division programming of December 3, 2018. The 2019 APA Annual Convention Call for Proposals is scheduled to open in early September. Patrick Grzanka and Joe Miles, 2019 Program Co-Chairs, will provide more information on this as it becomes available from APA.

Society of Counseling Psychology AwardsNovember 15, Deadline

The 2018-2019 Society of Counseling Psychology Awards call for nominations will be issued shortly and the deadline is Friday, November 16, 2018.  This year’s award co-chairs are Chris Liang ( and Sherry Rostosky ( Please nominate yourself or a deserving colleague.

TCP and SCP, A Message from Bryan Kim, Incoming Editor of TCP

Dear SCP colleagues:

I’m writing to encourage you to submit your scholarly work to The Counseling Psychologist. As you know, TCP is the scholarly voice of our Society of Counseling Psychology, but many of you may not know that TCP also plays a vital role in the financial health of our SCP. The financial statement that was distributed at the SCP business meeting at APA showed that TCP’s revenue in 2017, at nearly $300,000, made up 75% of the SCP’s overall revenue in 2017.

To read the complete message from incoming TCP Editor Bryan Kim, go to:

Opportunities to Get Involved!

If you are interested in serving on an SCP committee, please contact SCP President Elect Anneliese Singh at There are a variety of committees upon which appointments will be made. For more information on SCP committees, go to:

 Presidential Theme, Initiatives, and Special Task Groups

The “Presidential” Theme this year actually is a division-generated theme, as it has evolved from the most comprehensive, deliberate, and inclusive strategic planning process that SCP has ever engaged in – a theme that forms the bedrock for all of the excellent futuristic thinking, visioning, and goal-setting that is occurring right now in SCP! The theme is COMMUNITY, COURAGE, CHANGE.

COMMUNITY is what we create with and for one another, and it is reflected in the inclusion, engagement, and communication of our members, in the ways in which we integrate our myriad professional roles and identities, and in the leadership our members provide both within counseling psychology and in psychology and society more broadly. It is through strong community that we find COURAGE, individually and collectively, to advocate for and make CHANGE. Courage can be found in every professional role we take on in our work as counseling psychologists, from holding a hand and bearing therapeutic witness to suffering, to scientific daring that challenges the knowers and the known, to education that builds capacity for solving problems we can’t even yet anticipate, to advocacy that actively disrupts deeply-rooted systems of privilege and oppression. Change is what happens when we harness our courage in community to work toward a healthier, more equitable, more just world — the overarching goal of counseling psychology.

As we move toward articulating an historically-grounded but future-savvy strategic plan that will provide a clear, accessible, and accountable blueprint for division activities going forward, there are a number of intermediate steps that can be taken. I will be focusing much of my presidential year (and beyond) on trying to strengthen the division through initiatives on member support, leadership, ethics, and international concerns, all aimed at developing an effective approach to enacting social justice in counseling psychology.

More specifically, I will be forming 4 Special Task Groups (STGs) to work on producing models/structures/processes/viable directions in the following areas:

  • Providing “Integrated Stealth Care” for Counseling Psychologists

This STG will focus on how SCP can provide support for division leaders and members experiencing challenges in their professional roles inside or outside of counseling psychology, especially concerning (but not limited to) their advocacy for multiculturally sensitive, socially just policies and practices.

  • Articulating an Ethics of Advocacy and Social Justice in Counseling Psychology

This STG will focus on articulating an ethics of social justice for our field, particularly in areas where advocacy or social justice goals conflict with other counseling psychology values or practices (e.g., when policy/advocacy goals are not supported by available science, when developmental approaches to education and training conflict with competency in serving marginalized populations, when social justice stances taken by some counseling psychologists bring potential harm to other counseling psychologists, and when an approach to intervention is embraced by U.S.-oriented counseling psychologists that may recapitulate fear and oppression in home cultures of their international colleagues). Particular attention will be given to articulating an ethics of socially-just science

  • Fostering Intentional Leadership by Counseling Psychologists

This STG will focus on describing, developing, and supporting conscious, ethical, socially just leadership by counseling psychologists, including issues of climate, processes, structures, practices, identity, and politics of using oneself as an instrument of change.

  • Linking Counseling Psychology to Global Justice

This STG will focus on how counseling psychology as a field might more effectively view and act concerning global issues of human rights and justice. Particular attention will be given to articulating and responding effectively to international perspectives on U.S.-based social justice aims and activities.

I welcome your feedback on these and all 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 at

Here’s to a peaceful, productive, successful, and fun year ahead!




Ruth E. Fassinger, Ph.D.,

President, Society of Counseling Psychology (Div17, APA)


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