Douglas E. Haldeman, PhD

What is it about you that would make practitioners want to vote for you?

Practitioners will be well-served by giving me their number one vote because I am one of them, I understand and prioritize their issues, and I have a clear vision for advancing practice during my Presidency. I’ve been in full-time independent practice for nearly thirty years, and I have lived and worked through the changes and challenges practice has faced. Through the variety of ways in which I have supported professional practice - developing practice guidelines, writing and lecturing on a wide range of practice issues, and serving as an ethics consultant – I’ve had long experience inside and outside the consultation office. As a Trustee of the APA Insurance Trust, I have supported the development of the finest insurance program in the world for psychologists. Most of all, I have been in the trenches for almost all of my professional life, taking seriously the mission to bring psychology to my patients, my community, my profession and my society.

I have seen independent practice develop from a fee-for-service based enterprise through the advent of managed care and now the dawn of the era of integrative health care. My vision supports the leadership role of psychology in the evolution of practice as an integrative model becomes reality. At the same time, I recognize that different generational cohorts of practitioners face different issues. For example, I support maintaining the more traditional ways of practice known to many mid-career and senior practitioners. Addressing the concerns of early career practitioners is among my top priorities as President.

The APAPO is the advocacy arm for professional practice. What will you do to insure its success?

I will work to foster a strong APAPO because I understand the crucial importance of advocacy for our profession. Working with my state psychological association (Washington) has included years of advocacy for legal and regulatory issues of benefit to practitioners. As a former member of the APAPO Board of Directors and a current Trustee of the Association for the Advancement for Psychology, I have decades of advocacy experience. My commitment to practice issues has spanned advocacy efforts both locally and nationally, policy development, and advocating for any number of initiatives aimed at helping all kinds of practitioners do their work more efficiently, protect their incomes from the incursion of managed care, and thrive in changing times.

Practice is important to psychology because it brings our science to the people through clinical work, consulting, advocacy and other activities. Practitioners need to thrive in order to continue these benefits to our culture and society. This means that our federal advocacy and support of SPTAs’ local advocacy efforts need to be strengthened if psychology is to be part of the future of health care in our society. Legal and regulatory changes regarding Medicare and private insurance programs are already developing, and for psychology to assume a leadership role in health care, we must be included in these efforts. This means psychology is included in the definition of “physician”, psychologists are involved in all state initiatives regulating Medicare and influencing health care reform, and advancing prescriptive privileges. 

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