Psychology leaders gather for 28th State Leadership Conference

Nearly 500 psychology leaders participated in workshops, symposiums and networking opportunities before meeting with their members of Congress

By Communications Staff

March 17, 2011—Every March, professional psychology’s leaders — present and future — meet in Washington, D.C., for State Leadership Conference (SLC), four days of education and networking that have laid the foundations for APA Practice Organization’s (APAPO) biggest legislative advocacy successes.

This year, nearly 500 psychology leaders from across the United States and its territories, as well as Canada, participated in educational events and networking opportunities at the 28th annual SLC held March 12-15.

Following briefings by government relations staff for APAPO, attendees headed to Capitol Hill, with the conference culminating in more than 300 meetings of SLC participants with their members of Congress and staff.

SLC attendees took three key advocacy messages to the Hill:

For additional information about this year’s SLC, see “Building a Leadership Culture,” the column by APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD in this month’s Monitor on Psychology.

As the issues addressed at SLC are important to practitioners, we broadcast the opening session live on the Internet for the first time so those at home could watch remotely. This included the keynote addresses by Dr. Nordal and David Satcher, MD, PhD, former Surgeon General of the United States, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Director, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities; and the sixth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards.

For those who missed the live broadcast, recordings will be available at Practice Central. Watch future issues of PracticeUpdate for additional coverage of the 28th SLC.