SCP Listservs


This page describes all LISTSERVs associated with the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association.

The Division has a general LISTSERV (Div17Discuss), an announcement-only LISTSERV (Div17Announce ), and other LISTSERVs used by various SCP sections, special interest groups (SIGs), and special task groups (STGs).

The general membership LISTSERV(Div17Discuss) is used to facilitate timely dissemination of information to its membership, such as job postings, other position opportunities, and research projects. The announcement-only LISTSERV, on the other hand, is used to facilitate timely dissemination of information from the SCP President to SCP members and primarily consists of monthly updates.  Other LISTSERVs are used at the discretion of the group sponsoring the LISTSERV to advance the mission and purpose of the group.

All LISTSERVs are hosted by the American Psychological Association and administered by SCP's Interim Listserv Coordinator Cherese Waight (cwaight2(at) All subscription processes are being managed by the administrator.

Who can subscribe to the LISTSERVs?

Subscriptions are restricted to Division 17 members and Student Affiliates. Visit APA membership or Division 17 membership for information on how to become a member. Subscription to section, SIG, and STG LISTSERVs also requires membership in that group.

How do I subscribe to the LISTSERVs?

To subscribe to the Discuss, Announce, or the Student Affiliates of Division 17 LISTSERVs, send an email to Cherese Waight (cwaight2(at) other section, SIG, or STG LISTSERVs, please contact the communications officer of that group to request addition or see if your group has a listserv.

How do I post to a LISTSERV?

Please review detailed policies and procedures about general postings and postings of research requests.

If you already are a member of a LISTSERV to which you want to send information, all you need to do is address your e-mail to that LISTSERV address.

Alternatively, if you wish only to request posting of information on the group’s LISTSERV, you can e-mail the contact person and request permission to distribute your information. Once permission is granted, the contact person will post your information.

Are LISTSERV messages archived?

To review the archives of posted messages, navigate to the following page (requires you to register for an APA LISTSERV password):

Any questions about SCP LISTSERVs should be sent to Cherese Waight (cwaight2(at)

List of D17 LISTSERVs:

SCP Digital Community Policy


Consistent with our mission, SCP seeks to cultivate a professional home for all counseling psychology professionals, recognizing that our community comprises students, trainees, and professionals across the career lifespan. SCP Listservs, social media, electronic communications, and other digital interactions (hereinafter collectively referred to as our digital community) represent an extension of our SCP home and community and therefore should reflect our espoused values including empowerment, liberation, advocacy, social justice, and critical self-reflection. The SCP Communications & Technology Board (C&T Board) is committed to facilitating a digital community where we can collaborate with colleagues, share information, consult with peers, ask questions, network, promote social justice, and support each other and our profession with care, compassion and respect. In line with the APA code of ethics, we strive to collaboratively facilitate a digital community that reflects an ethos grounded in beneficence, non-maleficence, fidelity, responsibility, integrity, justice, and respect for people’s dignity. 

The C&T Board is mindful that SCP's members are extremely diverse in terms of international origin, ethnicity, race, ability status, etc. We acknowledge that communication is traversed by cultural norms, and as such, we remind ourselves to assume best intentions and to remain humble about the cultural nuances involved in cross-cultural and transnational communications.

There are times when certain actions, behaviors, interactions, or messages in the digital community might cause unintentional harm or otherwise infringe upon the rights, reputation, or respect of others. These behaviors might include, but are not limited to, harassment, statements or comments rooted in prejudice and discrimination, disrespectful language, microaggressions, promotion of false information, use of digital community for commercial purposes, and dishonesty. We encourage a good faith effort to correct errors and missteps through dialogue and ask that individuals accept appropriate responsibility for their behavior. When instances cannot be corrected and/or represent an ongoing pattern of harm to members of our digital community, the C&T Board will be called to take appropriate actions. These corrective steps will foreground a love ethic. Corrective steps can include actions such as, but not limited to, multiple written warnings, moderation of postings, and potential removal from digital community platforms.

Our intent here is to ensure that our digital community, and by extension our SCP home, strives for the betterment of all members and continually provides exemplary support for members from groups that have been historically marginalized.

General Rules and Regulations

  1. Do not use the forum for illegal  purposes, including  but not limited to defamation, violation of intellectual property laws, violation of antitrust or unfair competition laws or violation of criminal laws.

  1. Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other forum members, network services, or network equipment. This includes distribution of  unsolicited advertisement or chain  letters, propagation of computer worms and viruses, and use of the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the Forum.

  1. Do not use  the Forum  for commercial purposes. "Commercial" as used for  purposes of evaluating listserv messages  means communications whose primary purpose  is to advance the business or financial interests of any person or entity, or otherwise to promote a financial transaction for  the  benefit of  the  author  directly or indirectly. Examples of prohibited communications include advertisements for products or services, notices regarding rental of office space, or direct solicitations of listserv members to purchase products or services. Examples of messages that may be of financial benefit to listserv members but are not prohibited because they do not inure to the financial benefit of  the author  include news  of job  listings or  position openings,  or discussion of professionally-related  products or  services  where  the listserv  member conveying  the information  is  not in  the business  of selling  the  products or services. Announcements  that provide  useful professional information to List members but my also have some incidental commercial benefit to  the sender (e.g. an  author who  is a listmember merely advising  the List of publication of a professional book) typically would not be “commercial” for purposes of this restriction.

  1. Do not use this forum for any communication that could be construed in any way as support for or opposition to any candidate for a federal, state or local public office. The Federal law providing for the American Psychological Association's tax exempt status absolutely forbids the use of APA resources or facilities, including this forum, in any way that would even appear to support or oppose such a political candidate.

  2. APA  does not endorse or forward requests for research participation to any APA listserv. Divisions may choose to post requests for research participants to their listservs. If you need more information about a Division listserv, it is recommended that you contact the listserv administrator of that  Division. Please note the following statements regarding the limits of division and all other listservs as sources for research participants and samples.

  1. APA  disclaimer  regarding  limits  of  division  listservs  as  research samples:  Listservs (Division  and other  APA discussion  lists) make  no claim to  be exhaustive collections  of members who  may fit into  one or more  specific  category  (e.g., clinical  psychologists,  practitioners, educators, and so on).  In fact some 45% of APA members  do NOT belong to any  one Division.  By  using  a Division  as  the  "universe" for  one's respondents,  researchers  are  excluding  a  large  number  of  eligible participants and hence may be introducing bias into their research.

    Many members  belong to more  than one Division,  and if the  research is being sent to more than one  Division, the researcher faces the challenge of defining  response rate  given duplication  and of  removing duplicate records.

    APA members  and others who are  not APA members belong  to Divisions and topical listservs for a number of  reasons, some of these may not reflect the fact  that the member  works in the area  covered by the  Division or list in  any more than a  tangential sense - raising  questions about the suitability of the sample to the research.

  1. Listserv subscriptions are restricted to Division 17 Members and Student Affiliates. Subscription to Section, Special Interest Group, and Special Task Group also requires membership in that group.

Members of governance Listservs (e.g., Treasurers Listserv) are approved for addition by the VP for Communications based on conversation with the Division Presidential Trio and consultation of the SCP Executive Board.

Members of other Listservs are approved for addition by the Communications Officer (or otherwise designated Listserv coordinator) who makes the recommendation to add an individual based on whether the person is on the group’s current membership roster.  Limiting subscribers to group members means the dialogue is among fellow professionals and the chance of unwanted spams is reduced.

Occasionally, a person with special skills or expertise who is not a group member may be invited or allowed to subscribe. The local Listserv Coordinator makes such decisions.

  1. Annually, the Coordinator of SCP Listservs will prompt individual Listserv coordinators with a subscription list for their Listserv so that they may recommend deletion of persons who are no longer members (or in the case of governance Listservs, additions of appropriate persons).

  1. Blind subscriptions are not allowed; all Listserv subscribers must be identified by first and last name (not just by e-mail address).

  1. New subscribers to Listservs will receive a standard set of welcome and procedural statements that will be developed by the Coordinator of SCP Listservs and will include APA Listserv policies, how to post to the Listserv, how to unsubscribe from the Listserv, Listserv courtesy reminders, and a copy of the Division’s policy regarding Listserv research (see below).

  1. Archives on each Listserv must be available to all subscribers. The use of archives provides a history of the issues discussed on the Listserv that may enrich future dialogues on the same or similar issues.

  1. The default procedure to institute a new Listserv is that a request is made to APA Division Services and they set up the structure.  New Listservs may be opened once a Section or SIG has been recognized by the Executive Board. Once that approval is obtained, the person instituting the Listserv can contact the current Listserv coordinator to complete the necessary documentation and request the new Listserv.

  1. Each Listserv must have a designated SCP owner (i.e., Listserv Coordinator) who is part of the group represented by the Listserv.  This Coordinator manages the Listserv and is the point of contact for and transmitter of requests for subscription and for unsubscription. Local Listserv Coordinators also ensure that SCP Listserv policies and procedures are followed by their subscribers.

  1. A LISTSERV may be decommissioned by obtaining the Executive Board’s approval and contacting the APA Division Services Office.

  1. Division policy regarding the use of any SCP LISTSERVs to distribute surveys and research opportunities is that such requests should be handled by LISTSERV managers (or the person designated to do so by the owner(s) of the LISTSERV) in a cautious manner with sensitivity to both ethical and pragmatic matters.  For a research request to be granted, at minimum, the requestor should provide the following for evaluation by the LISTSERV manager (or the designated research request manager):  a description of the research, its methods and its purpose, and a URL or approval file number as proof of local IRB approval of the research.  It is suggested that only research that is deemed relevant to LISTSERV members be approved.  It is also suggested that research that is web-based and needs only a link to a web address is preferable to research with attachments or embedded questions; the latter options may contribute to LISTSERV clutter due to respondents hitting the “reply” button.  Finally, LISTSERV managers (or the designated research request manager) should monitor the flow of requests forwarded to LISTSERV members and be sensitive to the demands made on members’ time and mailboxes.

  1. As of March 10, 2015, Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), has revised its policy for utilizing the Division listservs to recruit research participants.  Dissemination of research requests is reserved for research by members of SCP and Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS).  Research by students under the supervision of SCP members is eligible for dissemination on the SCP listserv as well.  Due to potential conflict of interest, SCP student affiliate research requests shall not be disseminated to the SAS listserv; rather, SCP student affiliates are encouraged to use other SCP listservs not maintained by students. Similar to other researcher requests, students are asked to send their request to the current SCP listserv coordinator for review and consultation about appropriate listserv outlets based on their topic area. 

Typically, only research deemed relevant to the majority of our members, or to the field or values of counseling psychology will be approved.

If you have received approval to submit a research request to the listserv prior to March 10, 2015, the approval remains valid for that particular research project.  Information about how to join the division can be found here:  If you have any questions, please feel free to email the current Listserv Coordinator (Mark Taracuk).

Please adhere to the following procedure if you choose to utilize a SCP listserv to recruit participants for your research project:

  1. Research requests should be submitted to the current Listserv Coordinator ([email protected]) for review and dissemination to the listserv to ensure compliance with these policies.

  2. Include key information about the project in your email to the listserv, including expectations of participants and a detailed description of what participation entails, an accurate reflection of the amount of time expected of participants, the voluntary nature of participation, and the ability for participants to terminate participation at any point during their involvement.

  3. Include relevant IRB information, specifically the university IRB that approved the research, the protocol number of the research project, and the contact information of the investigators so potential participants have the opportunity to ask questions.

If approved, the posting may normally only be made twice with the initial request and one follow-up to the members. The follow-up posting must be sent after at least 3 weeks have passed since the initial posting. Exceptions to some of the above requirements for postings seeking research participants may be considered and made on a case-by-case basis.

We know that many researchers use APA division listservs to collect data for their research, so we want to maintain this recruitment avenue as an option. To do so, we ask everyone’s cooperation with these policies. If you have any questions or would like to discuss these policies further, please feel free to email the current Listserv Coordinator ([email protected]).

  1. Individuals may request that an employment posting be sent out to a SCP listserv. All job postings must be reviewed by the Listserv Coordinator prior to posting. These job postings include but are not limited to faculty positions, psychologist positions, and post-doctoral fellowships. Job postings must have the contact information for the point person regarding the position as well as include a detailed description of job responsibilities. After the initial job posting has been sent out, the requestor may ask that it be sent out to the listserv one additional time. Requestors should wait approximately 3 to 4 weeks before requesting their listserv posting be sent out again.

  1. SCP listservs may be utilized to announce conferences and continuing education opportunities. Conferences and continuing education opportunities should be relevant to a majority of SCP members and/or the values, mission, and objectives of counseling psychology. Announcements of conferences and CEs that are commercial in nature or deemed to be intended for financial gain are not allow.

Policies Related to Campaigning

  1. Commensurate with the policies of the American Psychological Association, Division 17 prohibits the use of any Division electronic or digital resource for campaigning, lobbying, or politicking for any APA, Division-wide, Section, or Special Interest Group office or position. This includes but is not limited to any social media platforms and listservs associated with any aspect of Division 17.

  1. The use of any Division 17 listserv, social media platform, or other electronic or digital resource to disseminate candidate profiles, candidate statements, and election information for any Division-wide office or position is reserved solely for the Division Presidential Trio (i.e. SCP past-president, current SCP president, and SCP president-elect). The Division Presidential Trio may utilize a representative under their direction to post or share information; these representatives include but are not limited to such individuals as the VP of Communications, Social Media Coordinator, etc.

  1. The use of any electronic or digital resource associated with a specific Section or Special Interest Group to disseminate candidate profiles, candidate statements, and election information for an office or position within that specific Section or SIG is allowed by the Section/SIG chair and/or Section/SIG past-chair. This includes such resources as a Section listserv or SIG social media platform. Section/SIG chair and/or Section/SIG past-chair may utilize a representative under their direction to post or share information; these representatives include but are not limited to such individuals as Social Media Coordinator, etc.

  1. The use of any Division 17 listserv, social media, or other electronic or digital resource to endorse or highlight a candidate for APA office whose values, platform, goals, and/or objectives are commensurate with those of Division 17 is reserved solely for the current division president. The Division president may utilize a representative under their direction to post or share information; these representatives include but are not limited to such individuals as the VP of Communications, Social Media Coordinator, etc.

  1. Individuals are expressly forbidden from gathering, collecting and/or mining contact information of Division members from electronic resources including listservs and social media for the purposes of campaigning.

  1. Violations of these procedures might result in the removal of any individual from any listserv, social media platform, or other Division electronic or digital resource. Additional and/or more severe consequences are determined by the Division Presidential Trio and/or Division Executive Board members if warranted.

  1. Any issue, area, concern, or problem not expressly covered by these policies will fall to review by the Division Presidential Trio and VP of Communications.