2016 Invitation

“Expanding the Practice Spectrum”


Conference begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 
Conference ends at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.

Welcome — we hope you have a positive experience registering for SLC and making your hotel and travel arrangements online. Please be sure to click all of the invitation's links for full information. Review all information carefully, as SLC attendees are required to adhere to specific deadlines and reimbursement requirements. If you have any difficulties or questions please contact the State Advocacy Office at (202) 336-5864. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in February.

All SLC attendees are expected to participate in the Hill visits unless otherwise excused. Hill visits will take place Tuesday, March 1, from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Register for SLC 2016

Introduction from APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD

The 2016 conference theme, Expanding the Practice Spectrum, will focus on the skills and advocacy needed to support the entire range of traditional and alternative practice models. Whether working in a traditional private practice, under a management services organization, or as part of an integrated hospital-based system, psychologists will continue to evolve their practices to meet technological, economic, legal and regulatory challenges.

The impetus for this year’s SLC theme grew out of the Multistate Summit on Delineating Alternative Practice, Legal and Financial Models for Integration sponsored by the APA Practice Organization and several state psychological associations in 2015. This groundbreaking program focused on a number of elements to an integrated practice including:

  • Basic first steps in integration.
  • New practice models that promote integration.
  • The importance of traditional mental health and neuropsychological services in integrated systems.
  • Collaborating with insurers to advance integration.
  • Working in integrated hospital settings.
  • Improving communication & collaboration between psychology and medicine.

The summit was designed to help interested psychologists learn the nuts and bolts of getting involved in, working with and developing systems that promote integrated mental and physical health services delivery. The full-day event featured expert panels that included psychologists, neuropsychologists, physicians, risk managers, lawyers and insurers. It was such a success that there have been requests to replicate it in other parts of the country. Already for 2016 multistate summits are scheduled for Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Yet this is far from a cookie cutter operation as each region of the country has unique factors that shape and define the delivery of health care services. Different insurers, health care systems and economic conditions as well as geographic and other cultural factors have to be considered when constructing a psychology practice.

Despite regional differences there is a need for a shared language for traditional and emerging models of practice. What better venue than State Leadership Conference for getting all of our leaders on the same page when it comes to the future of psychology practice. Through exposure to many of the elements and concepts from the summit we hope that state, provincial and territorial psychological association attendees will be challenged to initiate or participate in a multi-state summit. 

The psychology practice spectrum is broad and diverse, and not all psychologists will expand into integrated care contexts. From traditional private practice to a broad range of institutional and organizational settings, psychologists have unlimited possibilities for practice. Each of these contexts presents unique opportunities and challenges brought about by policy, technology and clinical innovation. The summits provide indispensable information about relevant practice parameters for everyone from the most innovative among us, to the most traditional private practitioners.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has opened the door to a range of alternative practice models. Accountable care organizations, health homes, and an array of integrated care practice models are rapidly evolving and offering new and refined opportunities for psychologists. Even without the ACA the health care marketplace has been undergoing rapid change for the past three decades. This shows no sign of abating. Our advocacy efforts at SLC have targeted the more egregious of these changes. It would be a fool’s errand, however, to believe that even the best funded (which we are not) advocacy initiatives could stave off all of these changes. As such we must continue to prepare our members to be at the forefront of new and emerging models of practice.

Every year at SLC, psychology’s leaders come together in Washington, D.C., for four days of advocacy and leadership training which lay the foundation for our Practice Organization’s biggest legislative advocacy successes. Last year at SLC we explored the practice innovations that are challenging psychologists to embrace clinical, technological and regulatory developments that cannot be ignored. This year we will work to apply those innovations to alternative practice models that will carry the practice of psychology forward in these rapidly changing times. 

It is critical that we continue to define psychology’s place both within and outside of the evolving health care system. As a society most of our major human support systems from health care to education to human services and criminal justice are beleaguered and under tremendous financial pressure. Psychology holds the promise of improved individual and societal functioning, but this requires effective delivery systems for psychological services. 

Our staff and governance members stand ready to work with you to address the challenges and seize the opportunities for the professional practice of psychology. I hope you are able to attend the 2016 SLC. It will inspire and energize you, preparing you to lead your colleagues and the public in communicating the value and importance of what we do.

I look forward to seeing you here in our nation’s capital in February.


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Katherine C. Nordal, PhD
Executive Director for Professional Practice

Preconference Sessions

Some groups of invited attendees have meetings prior to the start of the conference. If you serve in one of the roles listed below, please make arrangements so you can attend.

CESPPA Executive Committee Meeting 

  • Friday, Feb. 26  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    More information will be sent under separate cover.

Directors of Professional Affairs Meeting (CLOSED)

  • Friday, Feb. 26 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    This meeting is for DPAs who are paid staff of state, provincial or territorial associations. More information will be sent under separate cover. 
     

APA Graduate Students (APAGS) Meeting

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 — 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     

Presidents-elect Orientation

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 — 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    This orientation program is intended to provide an overview of the State Leadership Conference. The session contains information on how to make the most of your time during the conference. The program will be conducted by members of the Committee of State Leaders (CSL); the Council of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations (CESPPA); Division of State, Provincial and Territorial Affairs (APA Div. 31); and APA staff.

    Please note: There will be an informal dinner for all presidents-elect on Friday, Feb. 26. Please make travel plans accordingly. Dinner costs are not covered by SLC. More detailed information will be sent via separate email to presidents-elect. For more information, please contact Kathleen Ashton, PhD, chair of the Orientations Subcommittee, Committee of State Leaders.

Diversity Delegate Orientation

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 — 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    This orientation is being offered as part of the Diversity Initiative of the Committee of State Leaders. The first two hours of the orientation will coincide with the Presidents-elect Orientation, during which information about SLC will be presented.

    Please note: There will be an informal dinner for all diversity delegates on Friday, Feb. 26. Please make travel plans accordingly. More detailed information will be sent to diversity delegates via separate email. Dinner costs are not covered by SLC. For more information, please contact diversity liaison Jessica Floyd, PsyD.

Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Orientation

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 — 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    As part of an ongoing effort to recognize ECPs who are active in their state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) and to raise the visibility and importance of ECPs within both SPTAs and APA, the State Leadership Conference is funding the participation of 10 ECP delegates at SLC. The first two hours of the orientation will coincide with the Presidents-elect Orientation during which information about SLC will be presented.

    Please note: There will be an informal dinner for all ECPs on Friday, Feb. 26. Please make travel plans accordingly. Dinner costs are not covered by SLC. More detailed information will be sent via separate email to ECPs. For more information, please contact Le Ondra Clark Harvey, ECP representative to the Committee of State Leaders.

Board of Directors/Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) Briefing

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 — 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SLC Program
The final, detailed SLC program will be distributed at conference check-in on Feb. 27. Below is a general outline of the conference.

SLC 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.

As always, SLC will be a busy time, so if you would like time to sightsee, we recommend coming in early or staying on in Washington after the conference concludes. Please feel free to contact Dan Abrahamson or Susan Lazaroff at (800) 374-2723 or (202) 336-5864 with any questions.

Saturday, Feb. 27

  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Orientation programs for SPTA Presidents-Elect, Early Career Psychologists and Diversity Delegates
  • 9:45 a.m.
    Registration begins
  • 1-3:30 p.m.
    Opening session
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Networking groups
  • 4:45-6:15 p.m.
    Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA) Ceremony
  • 6:15-7:30 p.m.
    PHWA Reception

Highlights

  • Opening Session
    The opening session will set the stage for the entire conference. Please make travel arrangements that will enable you to be here for the start of this kickoff session.
  • Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA) Ceremony
    This annual event is always educational, inspirational and entertaining. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP) is a public education initiative designed to engage the employer community, raise public awareness about the value psychology brings to the workplace and promote programs and policies that enhance employee well-being and organizational performance. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards highlights one of the many areas in which the power of advocacy stems from psychology’s involvement in larger systems that are integral to the lives of most people. The ceremony is followed by a reception to which all SLC attendees are invited.

Sunday, Feb. 28

  • 7-8:45 a.m.
    Continental breakfast provided
  • 8-8:50 a.m.
    Briefings with the executive director for professional practice
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Business meeting for Public Education Campaign coordinators
  • 9-10:30 a.m.
    Plenary session
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Workshops
  • 12:30-2 p.m.
    Luncheon and awards program
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    Issue briefing for congressional visits
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    Provincial advocacy and provincial psychological association meetings
  • 4:45-6 p.m.
    Featured presentation and concurrent topical discussion groups
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
    APAPO PAC reception

Highlights

  • Briefings with the executive director for professional practice
    During the conference, Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, will be meeting with the presidents and presidents-elect of the SPTAs and with the Division presidents for a briefing and information exchange on relevant practice, state and professional issues. Participants are requested to attend the meeting for which they are scheduled. (SLC Program to be posted online in February.) Space limitations preclude additional attendees.
  • APAPO PAC Reception
    The annual cocktail reception honors an influential member of the U.S. Congress. Your attendance provides you and the profession an opportunity to demonstrate support for a truly outstanding advocate for psychology. The honoree, who will be announced in the SLC program online in February, will speak about psychology’s legislative agenda.
    Plan dinner reservations for no earlier than 8 p.m. on Sunday evening so you will be able to meet and hear from our honoree.

Monday, Feb. 29

  • 7-8:45 a.m.
    Continental breakfast provided
  • 8-8:50 a.m.
    Briefings with the executive director for professional practice (see above)
  • 9-10:30 a.m.
    Plenary session
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Workshops
  • 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Lunch on your own
  • 1:30-2 p.m.
    Presidents-elect wrap-up
  • 2-4 p.m.
    State Leaders’ Town Hall & CSL Elections
  • 2-4 p.m.
    CESPPA business meeting
  • 2-4 p.m.
    Issue briefing for Public Education Campaign coordinators staying for Hill visits.
  • Diversity Delegate wrap-up
    4-5 p.m.
  • Early Career Psychologist Delegate wrap-up
    4-5 p.m. 
  • Plenary session with APA president and CEO.
    5-5:30 p.m. 
  • Follow-up to Hill issue briefing.
    6-7 p.m. 
  • Network with fellow SPTA leaders.
    7-10 p.m. 
  • SLC banquet

Highlights

  • State Leaders’ Town Hall & CSL Elections
    The State Leaders’ Town Hall & CSL Elections is another important opportunity for State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs) to have a voice in APA and the APA Practice Organization. New members of the Committee of State Leaders (CSL) will be elected at this time. Attendees also will have the opportunity to raise issues or questions which will be discussed during the meeting. It is essential that all SPTAs send representatives to this meeting so that all issues can be heard. Information regarding the CSL election will be posted online in mid-February and will be included in the packet distributed at the conference.
  • SLC Reception and Banquet
    Monday night’s banquet, a favorite of many SLC veterans, offers a motivational send-off to your congressional visits on Tuesday. Please do not make other dinner arrangements.
    Please note: SLC attendees are welcome to bring guests to the banquet on Monday, March 1, at a cost of $100 per guest. If you plan to bring a guest, please notify Susie Lazaroff by February 22 at (800) 374-2723 or via email.

Tuesday, March 1

  • 7-9 a.m.
    Breakfast provided
  • 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Hill visits
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Hill visits debriefing

Your visits to Congress on Tuesday will be a fitting conclusion to our four-day-long focus on expanding the practice spectrum for psychologists in the new era of health care reform. This annual culmination of SLC programming and networking is a vivid reminder that we must take active leadership roles in the advocacy efforts that will protect and strengthen psychology’s reach.

See next section on Capitol Hill Visits for more information.

Capitol Hill Visits

One of the most important aspects of the State Leadership Conference is the opportunity to meet with your members of Congress and lobby on behalf of your profession. Hill visits take place 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 SLC attendees are expected to participate in the Hill visits unless otherwise excused. Hill visits will take place Tuesday, March 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Government Relations Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal

Issue briefings for congressional member visits will take place on Sunday during the conference. Important information about the issues will be posted online in February, so please check back.

All participants making Hill visits are required to attend an issue briefing. There will be a separate issue briefing session for PECs who have been authorized by their SPTA to participate in the Hill visits.

Please note:

  • A debriefing session will take place on Capitol Hill from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. Please include this debriefing in your travel arrangements. Refreshments will be served. Buses leave the debriefing at 3:40 p.m. for Reagan National Airport only. Those leaving from Dulles or BWI Airport will need to arrange their own transportation.
  • Appointments for Capitol Hill visits are to be set up by SPTA executive directors. Instructions will be sent via email to executive directors only. Please contact Government Relations at 800-374-2723 ext. 5889 or email Director of Congressional Affairs Chad Appel for assistance.

APA Practice Division representatives and APAGS representatives should coordinate congressional visits with their SPTA.

Registration

Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

To register online:

  • Register for State Leadership Conference online.
    Your login ID and password can be found in the initial email sent Dec. 18, 2015, by the State Advocacy Office.
  • On the main screen, log in by using the unique login ID and password provided in the initial SLC registration email sent on Dec. 18, 2015, by the State Advocacy Office.

Or fax the registration form (PDF, 141KB) to Shannon Wood in the Practice Directorate at (202) 336-5797; or mail to Shannon Wood, State Advocacy Office, American Psychological Association, Practice Directorate, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Questions? Contact the State Advocacy office at (202) 336-5864 or by email.

Remember to let your SPTA executive director know you will be attending SLC.

Reimbursement Policies

Please note: Not all invited positions receive funding from APA or the APA Practice Organization. A limited number of positions may be funded by your SPTA. Please see the reimbursement chart (PDF, 232KB) to determine if your position receives funding. We are unable to offer funding for some categories of invited participants. Invitations are extended to certain unfunded positions in recognition of the important roles these positions play in SPTAs. These invitations give SPTAs the option of including unfunded attendees in their delegations.

Expense reports are due by May 31, 2016. This is a firm deadline and we will not be able to honor reimbursement requests received after this date. 

General Reimbursement Policies

These reimbursement policies reflect reimbursement provided by APA and the APA Practice Organization only. Any questions regarding reimbursement from your SPTA or APAGS should be directed to your executive director or to the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Office at (202) 336-6093.

  • No substitutions are permitted for any reimbursed positions.

  • Due to IRS regulations, reimbursement will be provided only if original receipts are submitted for all air and hotel expenses. No photocopies will be accepted. Reimbursement requests must be submitted on an APA or APAPO expense report, which will be provided at SLC.

  • Non-function meals are not reimbursed.

  • Ground transportation is not reimbursed.

  • Luggage fees are not reimbursed.

Hotel Reservations and Reimbursement

Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Attendees are responsible for any additional costs due to late hotel registration. You are advised to reserve a room as soon as possible, even if uncertain about attending — the reservation can always be cancelled. (See below for cancellation instructions.*)

Hotel registration closes on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. If a hotel reservation is not made by this date and there are no rooms available at the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel, you will be responsible for finding your own hotel room in the downtown D.C. area.

To Make Your Hotel Reservation

Make a Grand Hyatt Washington hotel reservation online.

Or call (888) 421-1442 or (202) 582-1234. To receive a room at the group rate of $299/night, be sure to inform the hotel that you are booking a room for the “APA State Leadership Conference.”

* To cancel a hotel reservation, please contact the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel at (888) 421-1442. You must cancel your hotel room before 72 hours of the date of arrival to avoid being responsible for cancellation charges.

Please note: Regardless of funding, the hotel will ask you for your credit card to make the reservation. The card will not be charged unless you incur incidental charges such as room service, in-room movies, fitness room, etc.

All hotel-related questions should be directed to the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel at (888) 421-1442.

Online reservations

Hotel Reimbursement

Please check your hotel reimbursement status on the reimbursement chart (PDF, 232KB) to determine eligibility for funding.

The following people should be on the hotel master list and do not have to submit hotel receipts for reimbursement by APA after the conference:

  • American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) delegates selected by APAGS Office.
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors.
  • Board of Professional Affairs members.
  • Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) members.
  • Committee of State Leaders (CSL) members.
  • SPTA directors of professional affairs (paid or partial FTE --- preapproved by the State Advocacy Office).
  • APA fully funded diversity delegates.
  • APA-funded early career psychologists.
  • SPTA executive directors (permanent, not interim, executive directors only).
  • Division federal advocacy coordinators.
  • State federal advocacy coordinators.
  • Public education campaign (PEC) coordinators. 

    Please note changes for 2016: Division federal advocacy coordinators (FACs), division presidents and FACs from the U.S. Territorities, including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, will no longer be funded for hotel and travel.

Hotel room charges (not including incidentals) for master list attendees will be covered by APA at the standard single room rate upon checkout. Reimbursement for upgraded rooms will be made at the single room rate only and can be obtained upon submission of an expense report. All upgraded rooms will be removed from the master list. Also, all individuals who book extra hotel nights not required to participate in SLC will be removed from the master list and will have to submit for reimbursement.

Standard coverage is for three hotel nights.  Only those attendees whose preconference schedule or transportation needs require four nights will be approved for an additional hotel night.  In rare cases, people who must travel to the West Coast may be approved for a fifth night. 

These groups may come in on Thursday night before SLC: 

  • CESPPA Executive Committee members.
  • Directors of Professional Affairs. 

Anyone who believes they need to come in Thursday night must get authorization from the State Advocacy Office.

Only those people for whom participation in the Hill visits would make it impossible for them to get home by midnight local time may stay in the hotel on Tuesday night.

Despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee that the hotel will bill everyone on the master list. If you are eligible for reimbursement and the hotel bills you directly, please keep your receipt and submit an expense report for reimbursement after the conference.

If it becomes necessary to make a reservation at a hotel other than the Grand Hyatt, reimbursement will be covered up to $299/night. Attendees who miss the hotel registration deadline will be responsible for locating their own accommodations in the event that the hotel is sold out. To cancel reservations, please call the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel at (888) 421-1442. You must cancel your hotel room before 72 hours of the date of arrival to avoid being responsible for cancellation charges.

Reimbursement Chart (PDF, 232KB)

Travel Reservations & Reimbursement
Please note: The APA Travel Office will be closed from Dec. 23, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016, for the holidays.

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. The deadline to make travel reservations is Jan. 20, 2016. If you do not make your travel reservations by this date, we reserve the right to require you to pay for your travel and submit for any eligible reimbursement. APA and APA Practice Organization will pay or reimburse Advanced Purchase Economy airfare or train tickets only. Ground transportation, including transportation to and from National, Dulles and BWI airports, and baggage fees, is not reimbursable. In addition, any fees incurred for changing flights will not be covered.

To Make Your Travel Reservations

To Book Your Flight:

Please note: If you are able to arrive on Saturday and depart on Tuesday APA will only reimburse for three hotel nights. Only those attendees whose schedule and travel logistics absolutely require the need to arrive prior to Saturday or leave on Wednesday will be covered for additional hotel nights. (Please see above.)

There are four ways that travel arrangements can be booked through the APA Travel Office:

  • Email
  • APA Travel Office (APA members only.)
  • APA Travel Office online form
  • Phone (202-336-6161)

When making travel reservations, be certain of your SLC schedule requirements. For the best choice of flights and times, book your reservations early.

All questions related to travel should be directed to the Travel Office at (202) 336-6161.

To Make Your Train Reservation:

Those traveling by train will be reimbursed for round-trip coach fare not to exceed the advance purchase economy airfare rate for the same itinerary. To make a train reservation, please call AMTRAK at (800) USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or go online to Amtrak

If You Are Driving to SLC:

Those traveling by car will be reimbursed $0.575 per mile plus parking, the total of which cannot exceed the advance purchase economy airfare rate. Please attach a MapQuest or Google maps route when submitting your reimbursement form.

Travel Reimbursement

The following categories of participants are asked to please make their travel arrangements through the APA Travel Office. Travel for the following groups booked through the APA Travel Office will be charged directly to the appropriate APA account. If you are an SLC attendee in one of these categories, your name will be given to the APA Travel Office in advance and you do not need to submit an expense report for reimbursement.

  • American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) delegates selected by APAGS Office.
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors.
  • Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) members. 
  • Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) members.
  • Committee of State Leaders (CSL) members.
  • SPTA directors of professional affairs (paid or partial FTE -- preapproved by the State Advocacy Office).
  • APA fully funded diversity delegates.
  • APA partially funded diversity delegates (not to exceed $800).
  • APA-funded early career psychologists.
  • SPTA executive directors (permanent, not interim, executive directors only).
  • State federal advocacy coordinators.
  • Public Education Campaign (PEC) coordinators

    Please note changes for 2016: Division federal advocacy coordinators (FACs), division presidents and FACs from the U.S. Territories, including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, will no longer be funded for hotel and travel.

SLC invitees who choose to work with an outside travel agency or make their own travel reservations will be reimbursed for actual costs not to exceed the advance purchase economy airfare rate, as determined by the APA travel office.

SLC invitees who are not reimbursed for travel may book through the APA Travel Office with a personal credit card.

Information for Specific Groups

SPTA Presidents and Presidents-elect Reimbursement

Presidents and presidents-elect should submit an expense report to APA in order to receive 50 percent airfare reimbursement for actual costs, not to exceed the advance purchase economy airfare rate.

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Reimbursement

Only APAGS committee representatives and APAGS advocacy coordinators selected by the APAGS central office will be funded by APA. SPTAs may cover expenses for their own APAGS representative to attend SLC; these individuals will be included in all APAGS activities.

Individuals invited by the APAGS office to attend SLC will receive full funding for hotel costs and advance purchase economy airfare rate.

All questions from APAGS delegates regarding reimbursement for non-function meals and ground transportation should be referred to the APAGS office by contacting Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD.

Diversity Delegates Reimbursement

APA fully funded diversity delegates will be reimbursed for air or train travel and hotel room expenses. Please note that ground transportation, baggage costs and incidental hotel expenses are not reimbursed. The names of the fully funded diversity delegates will be on the hotel master list as well as forwarded to the APA Travel Office. Fully funded diversity delegates who make travel reservations through the APA Travel Office and are staying at the Grand Hyatt Washington do not need to submit an expense report. All others should submit an APA expense report for reimbursement (PDF, 232KB).

Partially funded diversity delegates’ travel and hotel expenses are covered up to $800. To avoid out-of-pocket expenses, delegates should book travel arrangements directly through the APA Travel Office if your airfare is less than $800. After the conference, submit an APA expense report with an original hotel receipt for the balance of the $800. For questions about the reimbursement policy for APA-funded diversity delegates, please contact Susie Lazaroff.

Public Education Campaign (PEC) Coordinator Reimbursement

If you are a PEC and have questions after reading the following information, please contact Luana Bossolo.

The Public Education Campaign (PEC) Coordinator Business Meeting is held in conjunction with the State Leadership Conference. This meeting is designed to permit PEC representatives to take part in the opening day program of the State Leadership Conference on Saturday afternoon in advance of business meetings on Sunday. PECs are funded for two nights in the hotel and for 100 percent of the advance purchase economy airfare rate.

Members of the PEC network are approved to attend the congressional lobbying visits on the final day of SLC provided three conditions are met:

  1. Approval of SPTA and coordination with the federal advocacy coordinator and/or executive director.
  2. Attendance at a full Hill Briefing session offered by Government Relations staff on Monday, Feb. 29, from 2-4 p.m.
  3. Self or SPTA funding for additional cost of hotel nights associated with staying for the Hill visits.
CE Credits at State Leadership Conference

The APA Continuing Education Office awards the continuing education credits for approved workshops at SLC and mails out certificates within four weeks of the conference. The APA CE office requires a processing fee of $20. This fee will cover all CE credits you wish to obtain at SLC 2016. Please note: The fee structure for Continuing Education at SLC will change in 2017.

New for SLC 2016: 

Electronic Continuing Education Technology

slc-trust-sponsor It is our pleasure to announce our SLC Legacy Sponsor,The Trust, is the 2016 APA | APAPO State Leadership Conference Continuing Education Technology Sponsor. With their sponsorship support, recordation of continuing education credits for attendees will transfer from pen and paper format to an electronic scanning technology. Therefore, during SLC 2016, attendees obtaining CE credit will scan their name badge upon arrival and departure to each CE session they attend. If an attendee meets the required time of attendance for a session as established by the APA Office on Continuing Education, the attendee will receive the CE program evaluation, formally in paper form, as an email and link to an electronic evaluation for every session attended. The attendee must complete the web based evaluation form in order to be considered for CE credit.

The SLC 2conference-tracker016 CE technology is provided by Conference Tracker© by Engineerica.

SLC CE Fee Payment - submit online now!

We've upgraded the payment procedures for SLC Continuing Education credit fee to online and will no longer process credit card payments on site during the conference. If you wish to obtain CE credit during the 2016 State Leadership Conference, please follow this link to register for CE and submit payment online.

The deadline to register for CE and SLC and submit payment online is Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

Instructions for obtaining CE will be provided to you on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in your SLC packet, which you will receive at the conference registration desk.


SLC Sponsorship

The SLC sponsorship program is a way to connect APA state, provincial and territorial affiliate leaders to enterprises and vendors that have expertise with products and services relevant to psychologist leaders and the practitioners they represent. Each year we open sponsorship opportunities to support various aspects of the conference, such as: conference wireless Internet; branded coffee breaks or receptions; and continuing education technology.

slc-trust-sponsor We are pleased to announce The Trust as the 2016 APA | APAPO State Leadership Conference Continuing Education Technology Sponsor. The Trust is the sole authorized and preferred provider of insurance products for APA members. Programs include Professional Liability, Student Liability, Researcher and Academician Liability, Income Protection (Disability), Group Term Life, Auto & Home, Long Term Care, Business Office, and Retirement Plan Services.

We also recognize The Trust as our enduring SLC Legacy Sponsor. In the 33-year history of the State Leadership Conference, our event has had the pleasure of partnering with The Trust. Historically, The Trust has sustained SLC's legacy of advocacy and leadership through in-kind support by providing the SLC registration bags, as well as monetary support through partial funding of past SLC receptions. In 2014 and 2015, The Trust expanded its support and became a sponsor of conference wireless Internet access. This year The Trust is supporting the transition from paper continuing education recording to scan technology -- a significant innovation to the operations of the conference. Given the notable contributions throughout the existence of the State Leadership Conference, we recognize The Trust as the official SLC Legacy Sponsor. To learn more about The Trust and its services, visit the website and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

asppb-small We are pleased to announce the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), whose membership is comprised of psychology regulatory boards throughout the United States and Canada, as the 2016 APA | APAPO State Leadership Conference Gold Sponsor for conference wireless Internet. Since its establishment in 1961, ASPPB has actively promoted consistency across jurisdictions in licensure regulation and has played a significant role in reducing licensure barriers within the profession of psychology. ASPPB created and maintains the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and also offers several mobility programs designed to assist psychologists throughout the progression of their careers as they apply for licensure or move to another location. To further its mission of reducing licensure barriers, ASPPB has created the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which is a compact between states regulating the interjurisdictional practice of telepsychology and temporary in-person face-to-face practice. PSYPACT is a cooperative agreement enacted into law by participating states and becomes operational when seven states enact it. To learn more about ASPPB services and programs, visit the ASPPB and PSYPACT websites, email us or call us at (678) 216-1175. You can also connect with ASPPB on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Daily wireless Internet passwords can be found in the inside front cover of the print SLC program.