March 4-7, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

About PLC

The Practice Leadership Conference (PLC), previously called the State Leadership Conference, convened in 2017 with the theme "Practice, Politics and Policy."

PLC has always been focused on equipping practicing psychologists to be effective advocates for their profession and for their patients. That focus felt especially urgent this year, as we ushered in a new political era and braced for rapid transformations in healthcare. At this crucial moment, practicing psychologists must be vigilant, organized and proactive to ensure policy outcomes that benefit psychologists, psychology, and the public as a whole. PLC was as committed to this as ever in 2017.

But we also know that state and federal legislatures aren't the only important political realms for practicing psychologists. In fact, your career is also dependent on the deftness with which you navigate the politics of institutions and other organizations. Many of the sessions in 2017 focused on training attendees to be politically savvy and effective in a variety of practice settings.

Conference Programming

Welcoming Reception

PLC 2017 will begin with a reception on Saturday evening. Katherine Nordal, PhD, the executive director for professional practice and the APA Practice Organization, will welcome you with brief remarks and acknowledgements. You will also enjoy entertainment by The Capital Hearings, an acclaimed Washington-area a cappella ensemble.


In 2017, PLC will feature workshops on topics such as policy advocacy strategies; association management; navigating institutional politics; the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines; engaging ECPs in your association; the expanding roles for psychologists in healthcare, and more. You will also have the opportunity to participate in discussion groups on a variety of relevant issues.

Our featured presentation is "Ask the Attorneys: Town Hall Meeting with Legal and Regulatory Affairs," in which our legal and regulatory affairs staff will address a number of frequently asked practice-related questions. Topics may include HIPAA privacy and security, telehealth, reimbursement, subpoenas and depositions, and more. Don't miss it.

Opportunities for Networking and Conversation

Formal and informal networking opportunities are scheduled throughout the conference, giving you ample time to connect with your colleagues and strengthen your networks.

Additionally, we're pleased to feature a plenary session with 2017 APA President Antonio Puente, PhD, and the interim CEO of APA, Cynthia D. Belar, PhD. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A with Puente and Belar during this session.

PLC Banquet

The PLC banquet will be held on the evening of Monday, March 6. At the banquet, we will present the Practice Organization's Outstanding Leadership Award to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., in recognition of his efforts on behalf of psychology. The banquet is a great motivator for the congressional visits on the following day.

Visits to Capitol Hill

Visits to our congressional representatives on Tuesday, March 7, are an annual culmination of PLC programming. The time on the Hill is a vivid reminder that we must take active leadership roles in the advocacy efforts that will protect and strengthen the profession of psychology.

On Sunday afternoon, we will hold mandatory Hill Issue Briefing sessions to prepare participants for the Tuesday advocacy work. In addition to the issue briefings, participants will attend role plays, group planning meetings and a last minute Q&A session Monday evening before heading to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. The Practice Organization's Government Relations office will also host a "Capitol Hill 101" issue briefing on Monday afternoon for first-time PLC and Hill visit participants.


The 2017 Practice Leadership Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel. Invitations were sent out via email Jan. 5, 2017.

Conference Preliminary Program

Download the detailed 2017 PLC program (PDF, 668KB). A copy of the final program also will be distributed at conference check-in on Saturday, March, 4, 2017.

As you will see from the preliminary program, PLC is designed around a variety of program formats – large and small group sessions, workshops and networking sessions – to maximize the practical information you will take back home. For this reason, each delegation is encouraged to send one representative to each of the concurrent sessions wherever possible so that your group can pool and share all of the information afterward.

Continuing Education Credits at PLC

The APA Continuing Education Office awards the continuing education credits for approved workshops at PLC and mails out certificates within four weeks of the conference. The APA CE office requires a processing fee of $35. This fee will cover all CE credits you wish to obtain at PLC 2017.

PLC CE Fee Payment

PLC continuing education payment must be paid online in order to confirm and complete registration. The APA Continuing Education Office establishes the fee structure for all CE offerings. The PLC 2017 fee has increased to $35. Payments for CE were accepted online at the time of conference registration. Payments on site can be submitted online or by telephone. Please see the CE table in the Independence Foyer for information on how to submit payment during the conference.  

CE Procedures During PLC


It is our pleasure to welcome The Trust as returning 2017 APA | APAPO Practice Leadership Conference Continuing Education Technology Sponsor. Our CE credit recordation process is now fully automated through Conference Tracker© by Engineerica. All attendees will receive a conference name badge with a unique QR code.  In order to obtain CE credit for a CE-approved session the attendee must successfully complete the following:

  • Scan-in with the APA staff representative(s) at door of the meeting room at the beginning of the session.
  • Remain in the session the required time of attendance for a session, as established by the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). 
  • Scan-out with the APA staff representative(s) at the door before exiting the session meeting room. 

Session evaluations will be emailed to attendees at the close of each session.

PLC CE Certificates


New this year: The APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) will be on site Monday, March 6, 2017, 2–5:30 p.m. in the Grand Hyatt Independence Foyer to reconcile the Conference Tracker CE logs for individual attendees, and to distribute continuing education credit certificates. Attendees are encouraged to visit the CE certificate distribution desk during the hours available to expedite your CE credit experience.

Transportation and Visitor Information

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC, 20001

The PLC room block closed on Feb. 15, 2017. It is possible that rooms are still available, but the rate may be higher than the contracted room block rate. If you did not reserve your room by Feb. 15 and your hotel costs are covered by APA or APAPO, you will be responsible for any charges above $275/night. To make or cancel a reservation, please contact the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel at +1 (202) 582-1234.

Local Transportation

It is very easy to get around Washington, D.C., using public transportation. Use the links below for information on how to access the conference hotel from your arrival point.

Washington Metro: Washington's subway system, the Metro, connects to the Grand Hyatt Washington via an indoor passageway from the Metro Center Station. The conference hotel is easily accessible by Metro from Reagan National Airport and Union Station.

Local transportation to and from area arrival points:

Local Dining

Practice Leadership Conference Capitol Hill Visits

One of the most important aspects of the Practice Leadership Conference is the opportunity to meet with your members of Congress and lobby on behalf of your patients, practices and profession. Hill visits are organized on the last day of the conference. Throughout the conference you will learn about APAPO's federal advocacy agenda and will be taught effective techniques that can be applied to advocacy efforts designed to improve the health care system.

Please note: All PLC attendees are expected to participate in the Hill visits unless otherwise excused.

Government Relations Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal

Staff will hold preparation briefings so that you can get a sense of what your visit will be like and what is expected of you. These briefings will also help you to understand the issues for which you will be advocating.

  • Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal
    2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday,
    March 5
    Please check the program for details about where you should go. All participants making Hill visits are required to attend an issue briefing.
  • Capitol Hill 101 — Government Relations Issue Briefing and Hill Visits Review
    1-2 p.m., Monday, March 6

    This session will provide attendees with information on how to participate in Hill visits, what to expect in Hill meetings and how best to navigate intricate aspects of Capitol Hill. PLC attendees who are participating in Hill visits for the first time should attend this briefing.
  • Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal, PEC Coordinators
    2-4 p.m., Monday, March 6

    There will be a separate issue briefing session for PEC coordinators who have been authorized by their SPTA to attend the Hill visits.
  • Optional Q&A Follow-up to Hill Issue Briefing
    5-5:30 p.m., Monday, March 6

    This session is a final opportunity for participants to ask any additional questions about federal legislation or advocacy strategies before visiting their members of Congress. All attendees are invited to attend this optional Q&A to ask any remaining questions about the Hill Day.

Briefing Materials for Hill Visits

Hill Day, Tuesday, March 7

After breakfast, buses will leave the Grand Hyatt Washington to transport participants to Capitol Hill.

From 2:30-3:30 p.m. there will be a debriefing session at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation followed by transportation to Reagan National Airport. Please include this debriefing in your travel arrangements. Refreshments will be served. Those leaving from Dulles or BWI Airport will need to arrange their own airport transportation.

APA Practice Division representatives, APAGS representatives and board or committee members should coordinate congressional visits with their SPTA.

Scheduling Hill Visits

Appointments for Capitol Hill visits are to be set up by SPTA executive directors. Instructions have been sent via email to executive directors only. Please contact Government Relations at (800) 374-2723 ext. 5889 or email Bryant Robinson, interim director of field and state operations.


You will have many opportunities during PLC to ask questions about message, strategy and your particular members of Congress. As always, we encourage you to consult with your state's federal advocacy coordinator, who is the leader in planning your Hill meetings. He or she will have information on the psychology issue "profiles" and a biography of each of your state's members of Congress.

All who are going on Hill visits must attend our issue briefing and advocacy training session on Sunday, March 5, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.. Continuing education credit is available. Additional Q&A time is offered on Monday, March 6, from 5-5:30 p.m.

Government Relations at 2017 Practice Leadership Conference

We look forward to working together with you at PLC to advance psychology's federal agenda. Please feel free to call the Government Relations Office team at any time. We can be reached by by email or at (202) 336-5889.

Committee of State Leaders

Committee of State Leaders: What is It and How Do I Become a Member?

Involvement in the Committee of State Leaders (CSL) is a wonderful way to become involved in APA governance. CSL was established to provide APA Practice with feedback about State, Provincial and Territorial Association (SPTA) concerns and needs, to respond to special projects, to provide advisory input to the State Leadership Conference planners and to assist SPTA leaders to become more involved in APA governance. The CSL is funded by APA Practice and is comprised of members who are selected by Practice Leadership Conference participants in accordance with existing procedures.

CSL is composed of four subcommittees:

  • Advocacy Mentoring: Organizes programs and projects to encourage mentoring of SPTA leaders for state level advocacy.
  • Diversity: Recommends to CAPP the group of diversity delegates to be funded to attend PLC and organizes programming to encourage ethnic diversity in SPTA leadership; also, plans the orientation program for diversity delegates on Saturday morning before the official start of PLC. 
  • Awards: Selects the annual State Leadership Award recipient.
  • Orientation Committee: Plans the orientation programs for the SPTA presidents-elect and early career psychologists, which take place on Saturday morning before the official start of PLC.

CSL is composed of 18 members:

  • Chair.

  • Chair-elect (Selected by the members of CLS).

  • Past chair.

  • Four at-large members (Elected at State Leaders’ Town Hall and CSL Elections Meeting).

  • Two federal advocacy coordinators (FACs) (Elected at State Leaders’ Town Hall and CSL Elections Meeting).

  • One diversity liaison.

  • One early career psychologist representative.

  • One APAGS representative.

  • One provincial psychological association representative.

  • One director of professional affairs representative.

  • One Div. 31 representative.

  • One CAPP liaison.

  • Two CESPPA representatives.

  • One Board of Professional Affairs liaison.

At-large members and FACs are elected at the State Leaders' Town Hall and CSL Elections Meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017.

The representatives from CESPPA, APAGS, the Canadian provinces, directors of professional affairs and Div. 31, are appointed by their respective groups. All members volunteer to serve on the Committee of State Leaders and make themselves available for committee business during the course of the year.

Responsibilities of CSL Members

CSL members must be available for committee business during the course of the year including:

  • Several day and evening conference calls.
  • Attend two meetings (one at PLC and one at APA convention).
  • Prepare assigned full committee and subcommittee tasks and carry out agreed upon delegated activities.


  • For member-at-large positions — two vacant positions — presidents, presidents-elect and immediate past presidents from the SPTAs can be nominated by any PLC participant. 

  • For federal advocacy coordinators (FAC) — one vacant position — only FACs from the SPTAs or Practice Divisions can nominate and only FACs from SPTAs or Practice Divisions may be nominated.  

  • The Committee of State Leaders strongly encourages self-nominations and nominations of leaders who can contribute ethnic diversity perspectives and/or gender balance to the committee.

Please Note: All nominees for these positions must be present at the state leader's town hall and CSL elections meeting and will be invited to make a one- or two-minute statement in support of their candidacy.

Who Can Vote at the State Leaders' Town Hall and CSL Elections Meeting?

Each SPTA is permitted one vote for each open position on the Committee of State Leaders. Only SPTA presidents or presidents-elect who are present at the town hall meeting may cast one vote for each at-large position. Only federal advocacy coordinators may cast one vote for the federal advocacy coordinator position. 

Absolutely no exceptions or proxies will be permitted. 

Deadline for Nominations

All nominations for the Committee of State Leaders must be submitted in advance or turned in at the PLC information desk by Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. No nominations will be taken from the floor.

Nomination Form for the Committee of State Leaders (PDF, 122KB)
Practice Leadership Conference Tips from the Committee of State Leaders
  • You will receive the final PLC program when you check in to the conference at the registration desk which will open at 3 p.m. on the first day of the conference, Saturday, March 4. You can read the preliminary program (PDF, 668KB) now. Please note: In an effort to provide more resources online, there will be no conference bags provided at PLC at the time of registration. You may consider bringing along your own item to carry your PLC program and other relevant handouts during the conference
  • Since it is impossible to attend every workshop yourself, sit down with your SPTA delegation and decide who will attend what. If you are with a very small group, decide what information is critical to your SPTA and prioritize that way.
  • For the Hill visits — staff will hold preparation briefings so that you can get a sense of what your visit will be like and what is expected of you. These briefings will also help you to understand the issues for which you will be advocating. Check with your executive director to confirm you are included in the Hill visits. Schedules for the visits should be submitted to the Hill Appointment Scheduling Portal, with questions sent to Bryant Robinson.
  • If you did not indicate any special dietary needs when you registered for the conference, please contact Susie Lazaroff by Monday, Feb. 27, so that she can inform the hotel.
  • Weather in March in Washington, D.C., is unpredictable. The weather could be surprisingly warm, but it could also be snowing, raining or very cold. Make sure to bring an umbrella and raincoat in case it is cold and rainy on the day of the Hill visits when you will be doing a lot of walking outside (and bring comfortable shoes for that day). We also recommend checking the weather conditions before you pack.

APA Practice staff is available throughout the conference. They will be wearing white "staff" ribbons. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Felicia Smith, PhD, chair, Committee of State Leaders, Dan Abrahamson, PhD, associate executive director, State Advocacy or Susie Lazaroff, director, State Advocacy.

2017 PLC Powerpoint Presentations



  • Government Relations Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Demonstration: Central/Southeastern States (PDF, 2.3MB)
    Brad Steinbrecher, JD
    David Hill, PhD
  • Psychology PAC: Political Action for Psychology
    Jen Johnson
  • Paying for Psychology’s Changing Roles in Healthcare (PDF, 628KB)
    Kevin Ryan, JD
  • Government Relations Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Demonstration: Eastern States
    Laurel Stine, JD
    Nanci Klein, PhD
  • Winning Friends and Influencing Policy: Strategies for Political Advocacy
    Lindsey Buckman, PsyD


  • EPPP Step 2: How Did We Get Here and What Is It? (PDF, 5.3MB)
    Alex M. Siegel, JD, PhD
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration
    Chris M. Crowe, PhD
  • Show Me the Money! Financial Considerations in Innovative Practice Models (PDF, 915KB)
    Connie Galietti, JD
    Kevin Ryan, Esq.
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines in Action (1)
    Diana Prescott
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines in Action (2) (PDF, 600KB)
    Raquel Halfond, PhD
    Chris M. Crowe, PhD
    Jared L. Skillings, PhD, ABPP
    Diana L. Prescott, PhD
  • MACRA: Revolutionizing Medicare Payments for Clinicians
    Diane M. Pedulla, JD
  • Government Relations Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal: Public Education Coordinators
    Braid Steinbrecher, JD
    David Hill, PhD
  • Capitol Hill 101 – Government Relations Issue Briefing and Hill Visits Review (PDF, 752KB)
    Laurel Stine, JD
    Scott Barstow, JD
Important PLC Documents
Photos from the 2017 Conference

See the sights from all four days of the 2017 Practice Leadership Conference, held in Washington, D.C., March 4-7, 2017, via the PLC flickr feed.

Future Conference Dates

PLC is held every year in Washington, D.C.  Future conferences include:

  • Saturday, March 10-Tuesday, March 13, 2018 




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