James H. Bray, PhD
What is it about you that would make practitioners want to vote for you?
I am running for APA President to continue to get things done for YOU and our profession. In 2009 we began some very important work with the Future of Psychology Practice (FPP) Initiative that needs to be continued and expanded. I have the knowledge, experience and established working relationships with governance, APA staff and Members of Congress to get things done.
Unlike other candidates, there will be no learning curve for me. I know how to be President and can focus efforts on getting more things accomplished for YOU and our profession. My track record is clear and compelling—just take a look at the 2009 APA Annual Report.
The FPP Task Force and Summit recommended a strong focus on the economic viability of psychologists to protect the current generation of private practitioners and psychotherapy practice, while continuing to transition to new models of healthcare and practice. This includes:
Advocating with government entities and insurers for appropriate reimbursement for services and competitive salaries that are comparable to other doctoral level providers;
Changing Medicare rules to include psychologists in the physician definition, as are all other doctoral level health care providers;
Developing practice models and funding for psychologists in integrated health care systems, community health systems and school based clinics, and
Branding our profession so that the public recognizes our unique skills and contributions.
We cannot accomplish this without a strong practice organization—we must develop a new model to fund the APA Practice Organization. Visit the BrayforAPAPresident webpage.
The APAPO is the advocacy arm for professional practice. What will you do to insure its success?
We need to re-organize the APA and APAPO to ensure that we have a strong Practice Organization that advocates effectively for practitioners. The current organizational structure of charging practitioners extra dues is not viable for the long-term success or sufficient to provide the necessary advocacy services and support for our member’s needs.
As the 2009 APA President, we began a process to make substantial changes in the structure of the APA and APAPO—as President I will ensure that these changes are made. See my column, Psychology, politics, APA and you.
Further, we need to significantly enhance our political giving to have more access and influence with our Members of Congress. We need to expand and increase our current political action committee organization and create a more effective grassroots political network. Advocacy is one of my strengths. I will spend a significant amount of time educating members and enrolling them in our advocacy efforts. As the 2009 President, I attended most of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice meetings to ensure that practitioner’s concerns and needs were understood and brought to the APA Board of Directors for action. If re-elected, I will continue these efforts and spend more of my time lobbying with the Congress to get things done for you and our profession.
Engage, get involved, this is your APA. Visit the BrayforAPAPresident webpage for more information.