Latest SAPA News SAPA Election Announcement: It is that time of year again. We are seeking candidates to run for SAPA Board Positions that will be starting in January. We will have a lot of positions opening up and really count on the SAPA membership to fill these positions. The board is an extension of the membership and the best way to ensure that everyone is represented is to participate in some way. We like to get some new board members every term to ensure that different perspectives, ideas, and needs are best incorporated into the board decisions and activities.
Everyone is welcome to run for a position. No special skills or experience required. · Early career? No problem. We welcome your unique views and needs on the board. · New to Tucson? We have the most welcoming group of psychologists around. Joining the board (or a committee) is a great way to meet other psychologists here. · Seasoned SAPA member who may have served before? We value your experience, insight, and historical knowledge of the organization. · Not sure if you have the time? Some positions do require more time than others. Please talk with current board members in positions you are considering for an estimate of time spent in that role.
It may seem at times that the same board members simply rotate through to different positions, however, this sometimes happens when we do not have enough other SAPA members interested in joining. If you are even remotely considering running for one of these positions, please reach out to me and I can answer any questions have or connect you with someone who has the information you need. Information about the open positions is provided below.
Sincerely, -Patti Patricia Beldotti, PsyD (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Chair of SAPA Nominating Committee for 2019 Elections
The following positions will be up for election: *President-Elect *Secretary *Membership Committee Chair *CE Committee Co-Chairs (2 positions will be up for election) Members-at-Large (MAL) (2 positions will be up for election) SAPA in the Community (SITC) Committee Chair Academic Liaison Psychology and Law Committee Chair Professional Outreach Committee Chair Diversity and Social Interests Committee Chair
Positions marked with an * are crucial to the organization and cannot be left vacant. More information about each position is provided below. Positions will start 1/1/19. Most positions run for 2-years unless otherwise noted. Board members are expected to participate in monthly board meetings held approximately 7-8 times per year. Meetings are currently held the 2nd Tuesday morning of the month, however the incoming board can discuss different options for the meeting schedule.
*President-Elect(3-year term: 1st year as Pres-Elect; 2nd year as President; 3rd year as Past-Pres) The overall purpose of the President-Elect position is to prepare the person to serve as President in the 2nd year of this term. The President-Elect fulfills all the duties of the President in the event of the President’s absence, illness, disability, or resignation; conducts a review of the financial records of the Association during the first sixty (60) days following the assumption of office; and undertake any duties assigned by the President.
This person transitions into the role of President for the 2nd year of this term. The President is responsible for overseeing activities of the organization and ensuring that the organizational mission is supported in a manner that meets the needs of the membership. The President will hold board meetings on a regular basis and ensure that all SAPA activities conducted are done so in an ethical, professional, and fiscally-responsible manner.
*Secretary The Secretary shall be responsible for recording the minutes of all business meetings and Executive Committee meetings of the Association.
*Membership Committee Chair This person chairs the Membership Committee. The main responsibilities are to assure information regarding members is updated each term, follow-up on questions and concerns, address concerns regarding late renewals, and planning and organizing activities and strategies to attract new members. Most of the processes are automated.
*Program (CE) Committee Co-Chairs(2 open positions) *There will be 1 Co-Chair position that runs for 1 year open, and 1 Co-Chair position for 2 years open The Program (CE) Committee is a Standing Committee with a very active committee. The Co-Chairs will work together to coordinate the activities of the CE Committee. Please note: It is up to the CE Committee to decide how many CE events they want to hold per year and what type of events these will be. There is no mandated number of CE events that are required. The Administrative Assistant is available to help with CE tasks as needed and appropriate.
The responsibilities of the CE Committee are as follows: · Plan professional continuing education programs, including contacting and making arrangements with speakers and venues, publicizing these events (typically through SAPA Digest, email & website), and coordinating other activities necessary. · Ensure that the Association’s continuing education (CE) events conform to the standards necessary to award CE credit (i.e., APA). · Ensure that attendance records for events are maintained. · Advise and coordinate with other Committees organizing events and wanting to offer CE credit for participation in those events. · Ensure that SAPA remains in good standing as an APA-approved sponsor of continuing professional education and that all required renewal paperwork is completed as needed. · Coordinate with the SAPA Admin Assistant as needed for task completion or assistance at events.
Members-at-Large (MAL) (There will be 2 positions up for election this term) MAL's shall represent the interests of the membership and serve on special assignments as needs and opportunities arise, including but not limited to serving in standing and ad hoc committees.
SAPA in The Community (SITC) Committee Chair This committee has been extremely active over the past term. The overall aim of the committee is to bring the field of psychology into the community through educational and public outreach activities. The committee plans and coordinates activities that provide psychological outreach, education, and support to the overall Tucson community, and cultivates relationships with community organizations that share similar goals. If interested in this position, please communicate with current members of the committee about events that are already in the planning stages for 2019. The Academic Liaison The Academic Liaison facilitates communication and cooperation between psychology students and psychologists working primarily in academic settings, and those elsewhere in the community. Specific duties include attending Board meetings, organizing the Student and Intern Reception every November, and organizing the Back to School CE event every other Spring.
Psychology and Law Committee Chair This committee has been recently reactivated under the leadership of a chair appointed in 2018. This committee broadly addresses areas of interest to the forensic psychology community. Specific goals and activities are based on the interests of the committee chair and members.
Professional Outreach Committee Chair This specific focus of this committee depends on the interests and goals of the committee chair and members. Its original purpose was to bring together various different professionals whose work intersected with psychologists’ work, building referral networks, interdisciplinary understanding and possibilities for collaboration. It also has been used to provide opportunities for psychologists both in early career and other life stages to meet in person and discuss various issues of interest.
Diversity and Social Issues Committee Chair This committee has not been active for several years. If anyone is interested in restarting this committee, they will have the chance to attract committee members and determine the direction of the committee for this term. Anything related to cultural/religious/demographic diversity and other social issues which have important psychological geneses or implications can fall under the Committee’s purview, and a significant factor in its membership has been a sense of safety and openness in discussing issues which are often painful and even embarrassing to confront.
Some of the events that have been held in the past by this committee included: · On Being Jewish in a Christian Dominated Society: The Meaning and Importance of the Jewish High Holidays. · Culturally Competent Therapeutic Services for the Muslim Individual · Curious About Cannabis? Let’s Be Candid, which addressed issues around the medical marijuana debate and how its legalization is affecting clinical practice. · Other topics which have been considered for a future event are guns and gun ownership, and the increase of polarization in our society.