Expanding the Practice Spectrum
Video is available online of the welcoming address and opening session programming from the 33rd annual State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27-March 1, 2016. The theme of the conference was "Expanding the Practice Spectrum."
APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, presented the welcoming address on the range of traditional and alternative practice models in which psychologists participate. Arthur C. Evans, PhD, commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services in Philadelphia, spoke about opportunities created by Medicaid expansion. Nancy Ruddy, PhD, vice president for patient engagement at McCann Health in New Jersey spoke about how individual psychologists can work with medical practices in their community. Geoffrey Kanter, PhD, CEO of Comprehensive MedPsychSystems in Florida, spoke about a new management services model for psychologists.
Sponsored by the American Psychological Association and the APA Practice Organization, the State Leadership Conference brings together more than 400 leaders from state, provincial and territorial psychology associations to network and advocate on behalf of psychology.
A Thank You to Our Sponsors
The annual State Leadership Conference would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. This year, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) was the SLC 2016 Gold Sponsor for Conference Wireless Internet. Their sponsorship included a coffee break where attendees were able to connect with ASPPB staff about their new initiative, the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact. The sponsored conference WiFi was well received. “It helped me stay in touch with my central office,” said one attendee. “Many thanks to ASPPB.”
Moreover, the 2016 State Leadership Conference was able to make significant changes to conference operations thanks to sponsorship from The Trust. Recognized as the SLC Legacy Sponsor for their 30 years of support, The Trust also became the SLC 2016 Continuing Education Technology Sponsor, allowing the conference to transition from pen and paper Continuing Education procedures to a QR code scanning technology via Conference Tracker © by Engineerica. “Easy, quick…loved it!” and “This was a wonderful addition,” were among the many positive responses to the large technological advancement made possible by The Trust.
APA Practice also partnered with the APA Office of Organizational Excellence to introduce free morning fitness classes to SLC attendees. The beta test of the fitness classes received very positive feedback, and expansion of this offering will be considered for future conferences.