APA 2014 presidential candidates answer questions about practice

By APA Presidential Candidates

July 30, 2012—The five candidates for 2014 president of the American Psychological Association answered these two questions on issues pertaining to professional practice:

  1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing professional practice in the next three to five years, and how would you address them? 

  2. How will you support the development of non-dues revenue for the APA Practice Organization (APAPO)?

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Sheldon M. Cohen
Sheldon M. Cohen, PhD


1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing professional practice in the next three to five years, and how would you address them?

It seems to me that present and near future professional practitioners will need to be: (1) highly aware of proximal and distal changing contextual conditions/circumstances. The impact of widespread or limited global events on the U.S. economy; the rise of the price of a gallon of gas to $10 could have a profound impact on clients and practitioners; the emergence of a large population of post war trauma disorders requiring immediate therapeutic intervention; economic depression – clients losing jobs, homes – and the evolution of tele-technology offer practitioners new challenges and opportunities, etc.; and (2) Practitioners will also need to be multi-modal a la Dr. Arnold Lazarus and beyond; Being flexible in perspective, use of technique, professional selfhood, etc.; and (3) Be open to becoming a professional combination, e.g., you are a psychologist who is also a physician or a lawyer or a religious minister or a TV news analyst or a legislator or a financial adviser etc.

2. How will you support the development of non-dues revenue for the APAPO?

Fellow APA members who have been following my hundreds of posts on Facebook know that I've been advocating for a review of all APA Executive positions.

I believe a fair review will lead to reduction of executive salaries and consolidation of executive positions. One example: When the current yearly salaries of the APA's CEO and APA's Director of Communication are reduced to the current yearly salaries of the President and V.P. of the USA, the APA Organization will save $317 thousand dollars a year. Once ''the APA'' stops fleecing APA membership dues and dues invested in real estate etc., there will be millions of dollars left for truly benefiting APA members of APAPO. APAPO will no longer need non-dues revenue.

Paul L. Craig
Todd Finnerty
Douglas C. Haldeman
Nadine J. Kaslow