From the Field

Call for nominations for treatment guidelines steering committee

May 1 is the deadline to submit nominations for the six-member Advisory Steering Committee that will oversee APA’s process to develop clinical treatment guidelines

By Governance Operations Staff

April 28, 2010 — The American Psychological Association (APA) has initiated a process for the development of evidence-based clinical treatment guidelines for psychologists. This is the first time that APA has sought to develop recommendations for treatments of particular disorders and conditions.

As an initial step in the development of treatment guidelines, a six-member advisory steering committee is being formed that will include experts in such areas as clinical research, comparative effectiveness research, and services research. The Advisory Steering Committee will oversee APA’s process to develop clinical treatment guidelines.

The call for nominations (including self-nominations) is available online.

This effort builds on previous APA policy statements on evidence-based practice and the evaluation of treatment guidelines that are developed by other organizations. APA has also previously developed practice guidelines, which are distinct from treatment guidelines in that they address the conduct of clinical practice with particular populations or in particular settings but are not condition- or treatment-specific.

The process for guidelines development will be overseen by the APA Board of Directors, Board of Professional Affairs, Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, and Board of Scientific Affairs, and will be managed by staff in both the Practice Directorate and Science Directorate.  
Questions about APA's development of treatment guidelines can be directed to the Clinical Treatment Guidelines Project Team c/o Mary G. Hardiman or Sheila Kerr.