Well, in just a few days I’ll be heading to the APA Convention in Orlando.
The directors of the seven largest associations will meet starting Sunday afternoon (July 29th) and all day Monday (July 30th). We will be comparing notes on health care reform, membership programs, CE, the use of technology, PACs and foundations. We will also discuss leadership development, something very important to all of us in the association management profession.
Almost 40 of the state psychological association directors will arrive on Monday evening. The Council of Executives of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (CESPPA) meets on Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1. These are long days, starting at 9 a.m. and going to 5 p.m. I mean they really work us hard to be sure that the time we spend at the Convention is worthwhile. I have always found it very valuable. We combine conducting CESPPA Business with professional development and information exchange (stealing good ideas from each other).
Our Business Meeting will include:
• Officer election results
• An update from the Practice Organization State Advocacy Office
• A report from our representative to the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)
• A Division 31 report
• An update on Applied Behavior Analysis
Professional development topics include:
• Health Care Reform
• Virtual Staff Arrangements
• Social Media
• Leadership Development
• Succession Planning
• CE Marketing
• Strategic Planning
• Non-dues income
We will also get an update on the APA Good Governance Project. We’ve met with them several times to give our input and it will be interesting to hear where things stand.
I have identified about 30 OPA members who will be in Orlando. We’ve compiled a summary schedule for the Convention that includes topics of possible interest to OPA members and programs in which an OPA member is involved. If you have attended APA Conventions you know how difficult it is to work through the huge schedule (there is now an app for that). I will focus my time on Thursday through Sunday on:
• Division 31
• Public Policy discussions
• Cyber bullying
• Ethics programs
• Advocacy tools
• Programs relating to early career psychologists
Some OPA members will gather for dinner on Thursday evening (Dutch treat). I am glad that several students will be able to join us.
We will also be meeting with APA staff on insurance issues and internship concerns.
I always come back from these conventions completely exhausted. I also come back with new ideas and an appreciation for our leadership, our staff and the quality of service we provide to our members.