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Committees of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association
PPA has many vibrant committees carrying out the tactical work of the association! Our committee structure aligns with the PPA Board of Directors structure. Each interest board listed below has a number of committees working to support its efforts.
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Publications Committee: This committee shall have the responsibility to oversee and direct the publication of the Pennsylvania Psychologist on a quarterly schedule. A primary purpose of this official bulletin of the association is to keep the membership informed about actions of the governance and current public policy issues for psychology. The Pennsylvania Psychologist shall provide a forum for the membership, commentary by leaders, and substantive professional reports as well as other content of interest in the profession.
The chairperson of the ommittee, who shall be the editor of the Pennsylvania Psychologist, shall keep abreast of the association's goals and actions. The Publications Committee shall be composed of a chairperson and at least two additional members who shall serve as editorial consultants. The committee, in consultation with the Communications Board chairperson and the executive director, shall be responsible for decisions regarding the content of the Pennsylvania Psychologist and formulation of procedures for its operations.
Electronic Media Coordination Committee: The EMCC shall promote, coordinate, and oversee the utilization of electronic media within PPA, including the website and listserv. It shall be the duty of the committee to determine and enforce policies and regulations for the smooth and effective functioning of the listserv, to review its functioning, and to make recommendations for its improvement.
Awards Committee: It shall be the duty of this committee to give appropriate honor with due ceremony to those individuals both inside and outside the association for significant contributions related to the interests of psychology and the aims of the association. This committee shall, when appropriate, propose to the Board of Directors for its approval the names of prospective recipients of the following awards to be made at the Annual Convention: (1) Award for Distinguished Service to be given to a member of the association for outstanding service to the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and/or psychology; (2) Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science and/or Profession of Psychology to be given to a Pennsylvania psychologist for outstanding scientific and/or professional achievement in areas of expertise related to psychology, including teaching, research, clinical work, and publications; and (3) Public Service Award to be given to any member of the Pennsylvania community who has made a significant contribution to the public welfare consistent with the aims of the association.
The committee shall coordinate the awards ceremony at the Annual Convention, and the Awards chairperson shall conduct that ceremony. All awards presented in the name of the association or any of its subgroups shall be coordinated by this committee.
Budget and Finance Committee: It shall be the responsibility of this committee to oversee the preparation and submission for approval by the Board of Directors, a budget for the fiscal year at the first meeting of the incoming president’s administration. This committee shall also review the financial condition of the Association and make recommendations for enhancing its financial stability. There shall be up to seven members, including the president-elect, treasurer, current president, and up to four individuals to be selected by the president-elect. In those years in which there is a treasurer-elect, that person shall become a member of this committee following the election.
Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee: The purpose of this committee is to review current legislation that may affect the purposes of the association. It shall evaluate and prioritize proposed legislation and make recommendations to the board. The committee shall also develop liaisons with state agencies relating to health, education, and welfare that are of interest to the association. The committee shall be representative of the various psychological constituencies within the association.
Membership Committee: In addition to the duties specified in the bylaws, this committee shall have the responsibility to oversee the recruitment and retention of association members, including overseeing the updating of materials for use in membership recruitment and retention, and to develop and evaluate programs designed to promote these objectives.
Nominations and Elections Committee: This committee shall oversee and carry out the nominations and elections procedures for elected positions of the Association. The chair of the committee shall be the immediate past president of the Association. There shall be four other members of the committee, one selected by the president, one by the president-elect, one by the chair, and one by the Board of School Psychology. No member of the committee shall be a nominee for any office under consideration by this committee.
Child & Family Forensics Committee: The purpose of this committee is to develop working relationships with psychologists engaged in child custody determinations and develop programs to educate attorneys and judges on the services available from psychologists in connection with child custody issues. This may include evaluation and advising on parent relocations, proposed school changes, parenting capacity evaluations for agencies and the court, court ordered evaluations of children who have entered the legal system, among other activities.
Ethics Committee: The committee shall provide information to the membership and to the public about the formal ethical principles and the evolving standards of practice of psychologists. Such information shall be distributed regularly and proactively as well as in response to inquiries. The committee shall clarify apparent departures from ethical conduct and shall undertake an educative resolution with the individual parties. In instances where an educative approach has not resolved a breach of ethical principles, the committee shall recommend enforcement or discipline to the Board of Directors in accordance with the Ethics Committee rules and procedures.
Forensic and Criminal Justice Committee: This committee shall assist PPA members providing forensic and/or correctional services and to assist PPA in influencing public policy concerning forensic or correctional services in a manner consistent with PPA policies.
Gero-psychology Committee: This committee shall help psychologists meet the needs of the geriatric population, including by (1) evaluating the quality and quantity of training opportunities in gero-psychology in Pennsylvania doctoral programs, (2) disseminating the results of the evaluation to the PPA membership, and (3) organizing or facilitating gero-psychology training opportunities for psychologists and trainees.
Insurance Committee: The purpose of this committee is to advise the membership on all federal and state third party reimbursement issues affecting the delivery of psychological services. The committee shall monitor and evaluate developments in the formulation of federal and state laws and regulations pertinent to the reimbursement for psychological services in public and private settings. Its members shall be regionally distributed throughout the state.
Integrated Care Committee: The purpose of the Integrated Care Committee is to educate members on how to work in integrated health care systems, such as medical homes or accountable care organizations. Committee activities could include the development of articles in the Pennsylvania Psychologist, workshops for PPA members, or the development or identification of resources on the PPA website that would help psychologists to: understand the unique demands of working collaboratively in primary care or specialized medical care centers; communicate their unique skills to medical providers; to identify or develop measures of outcome effectiveness; and otherwise contribute in integrated settings.
Colleague Assistance Committee: This Committee shall promote and conduct activities aimed at optimizing the personal and professional functioning of psychologists and students of psychology in Pennsylvania. The committee’s scope includes the continuum from optimal to impaired professional functioning.
Early Career Psychologist Committee: This committee shall assist other committees to embrace and implement recommendations pertaining to ECPs. The initial focus of the committee work will be on the development of a mentoring program, an internship/post-doctoral consortium, a means for electronic networking, and a support program to assist ECPs through internship, post-doctoral supervision, and licensure.
The committee shall be chaired by an ECP and may have a more seasoned mentor as vice chair. Membership on the committee shall include as much as possible at least one ECP from each specialty Board; a representative from the PPAGS Board; and seasoned PPA members with an interest in ECP issues.
Leadership and Professional Development Committee: A smaller group of volunteer members would work closely with staff to review all programs and educational events sponsored (or co-sponsored) by PPA. This committee will have quarterly phone calls to discuss response to programs and new ideas. The committee members will also be expected to respond to emails in a timely fashion as need requires. This committee would be chaired by someone other than the Board Chair. Members in this committee are expected to attend two of the four conference calls per year, and to have some involvement in continuing education or professional development activities, either through their practice or institution, or by giving workshops through PPA. Participation on this committee is at the discretion of the committee chair.
Proposal Selection Committee: The purpose of this committee is to select proposals for presentation at PPA’s Spring and Fall Conferences and the Annual Convention. This committee will meet (via conference call) three times a year to select these workshops. This would also include workshops for any other PPA events as needed. The Board Chair shall serve as the committee chair. Members of this committee should attend at least one of the three conference calls per year and should review proposals for selection for at least two events per year (but not have to attend the calls. These selections can be sent via email to the Professional Development Specialist).
Interpersonal Violence Committee: This committee’s purpose is to address multiple areas of interpersonal violence, including the lasting impact of these experiences on the attainment of developmental stages, positive interpersonal relationships, and healthy coping skills. Areas that will be addressed include child abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, school violence including bullying, workplace violence, elder abuse, and abuse of the disabled and sexual abuse across the lifespan. This committee will disseminate information and develop concrete tools that address and remedy the issue of interpersonal violence.
Committee on Multiculturalism: This Committee shall provide information to the membership related to issues arising from the multicultural evolution of society and the profession. The committee shall develop plans to help the association stay informed and be responsive to the ongoing challenges presented by cultural diversification and shall monitor, provide support for, and coordinate the association’s activities in this regard.
Public Education Committee: This committee's purpose is to promote psychology's usefulness and full potential as an independent profession and science serving the public. It should bring to the public's attention the effectiveness of psychological services in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and behavioral disorders. It shall be responsible for development of pertinent media materials, public service announcements, presentations for lay people, and other related public information activities. In addition, the Public Education Committee may have an E-Newsletter subcommittee, the purpose of which is to publish the association’s quarterly electronic newsletter for the public. The Public Education Committee shall also lead efforts in Pennsylvania in support of APA's Public Education Campaign.
School Psychology Communications Committee: This committee shall educate PPA membership about professional issues and best practice standards through contributions to the School Psychology section of the Pennsylvania Psychologist. In addition, this committee shall promote learning experiences and workshops for PPA members and the public. It may develop special publications on issues of school psychology intended for use within and outside the Association. The committee also reviews the PPA website, makes recommendations to members, as well as to the Electronic Media Coordination Committee, on the school psychology content, and provides copy as needed.
Outreach and Liaison Committee: This committee is dedicated to building and maintaining organizational strength through collaboration and interfacing with allied organizations, such as APA, NASP, ASPP, and PaTTAN, and with universities, state legislators, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It also seeks to mentor aspiring and early career school psychologists, represent special subgroups in school psychology, such as private practice school psychologists, and foster multicultural diversity within the membership. The committee seeks to enhance the quality of programs to children, families, and educators concerning the nature of and availability of school psychological services. The committee shall assist the Membership Committee in identifying target populations for membership, such as graduate students and practicing school psychologists. The committee shall recommend nominations for the School Psychology Board Award for Distinguished Contributions to School Psychology.
Public Policy Committee: This committee shall promote and advance psychology in Pennsylvania. It shall review legislation, regulations, and other governmental policies affecting education and the practice of child, adolescent, and school psychology, and shall make recommendations to the Board of Directors for advocacy. The committee also shall educate our members with respect to public policy through continuing education credits, the Pennsylvania Psychologist, and online communication tools, regarding legislation, regulations, and government policies. The committee also prepares position statements on school psychology issues.