State Leadership Conference 2015 Overview

Opening Session

We are pleased to welcome Jason Hwang, MD as our opening session keynote speaker. Hwang is a co-author of "The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care." He argues that health care reform starts with changing its longstanding business model, an antiquated one-size-fits-all delivery system that struggles to do everything for everyone. For true health care reform, Hwang says, we need to deploy distinct business models that focus on various aspects of care. Under a “solution-shop” model, care is organized around intuitive diagnostic activities and complex, multidisciplinary cases . Hwang will join APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, whose welcoming address will provide a current look at the state of psychology practice and how APA Practice is advocating on behalf of the professional practice community and those who need access to psychological services.

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program 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 highlight 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. This year marks the launch of APA’s new Organizational Excellence Award. This recognition, given to a single company each year, is designed to highlight the effective application of psychology in the workplace – whether addressing mental health, applying good behavioral science to safety practices, using learning theory to strengthen training efforts, or a host of other ways that psychology can promote well-being and performance. The keynote address at the 10th annual awards will be delivered by Betsy Myers, a leadership expert, founding director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University and former executive director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. Myers will discuss the changing nature of leadership and the characteristics that enable individuals to motivate, inspire and influence individuals and groups. Master of ceremonies David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence, assures a program that is as entertaining as it is educational. The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception for attendees and award winners.

Conference Programming

As usual SLC will include numerous workshops and discussion groups on a broad range of topics including innovations in integrated care, issues pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid, reimbursement and CPT codes, insurance advocacy, colleague assistance and much more.

In this year’s SLC featured presentation three pioneering psychologists will present new practice and business models designed to let them compete and deliver services on a large scale. They will also discuss collaboration with insurers to foster integration; opportunities for small practitioners to join a large delivery system; and lessons learned in launching these innovative models. The presentation will close with the latest antitrust guidance on how a collaboration of independent practices can integrate care and jointly negotiate.

Focus on the Political Landscape

The Sunday morning plenary session will feature Ann Compton, former White House correspondent for ABC News, who will talk about the current political landscape and its implications for advocacy and policymaking. On Sunday evening, the APA Practice Organization’s political action committee (APAPO-PAC) will hold a reception and black-tie fundraising dinner for a member of Congress.

Association Management

Strong advocacy requires strong associations. Each year at SLC the Council of Executives of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (CESPPA) works with APAPO to bring cutting-edge programming on association management issues to SPTA leadership. This year the CESPPA plenary session will feature Andy Goodman, director of the Goodman Center, a communications consulting firm founded in 1998 to help good causes persuade, present, propose and recruit more effectively. Goodman will be the keynote speaker at the CESPPA plenary session. In his presentation, “Change the Story, Change the World,” Goodman will explain why storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess, and he will offer specific ways you can use stories to advance your work. This plenary session is tailored to help SPTA leaders shape information about their state, provincial and territorial associations to potential new members; be more effective in delivering advocacy messages to legislators and policy makers; and use storytelling skills when communicating psychological information to the public. CESPPA is sponsoring this plenary in coordination with APA Practice’s Public Relations Office. CESPPA will also sponsor two workshop sessions.

Dialogue Opportunities

The plenary session with the APA president and CEO is a must-attend session. This hour gives participants access to critical information about the direction of the field, and also provides an opportunity to raise questions with two national leaders. The Sunday and Monday morning briefings with Katherine C. Nordal, PhD provide SPTA presidents and presidents-elect dedicated time to interact with the APA/APAPO executive director for APA Practice. Formal and informal networking opportunities are also scheduled throughout the conference.

SLC Banquet

The SLC banquet will be held Monday, March 16, and we will again present the APAPO Outstanding Leadership Award at the banquet. This year’s honoree is U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in recognition of her support for psychologists. The banquet will help motivate attendees for a successful day of congressional visits on Tuesday.

Visits to Capitol Hill

Visits to Congress on Tuesday are the annual culmination of SLC programming and your trip to Washington, D.C. 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. The mandatory Hill issue briefing sessions on Sunday afternoon will prepare participants for this exciting experience. 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 on Tuesday morning. This year, the APAPO Government Relations office will also be providing a Capitol Hill 101 issue briefing for first-time SLC and Hill visit participants.  

We have designed SLC 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, we encourage each delegation to send one representative to each of the concurrent sessions wherever possible, so that information can be pooled and shared afterward. 

As always, the SLC schedule is packed with important activities and events so if you would like time to sightsee, we recommend coming in early or remaining in Washington, D.C. 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.