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PsycAdvocates work to safeguard key programs During APA’s convention, a force of psychologists went to Capitol Hill to advocate for two psychology workforce programs. B Y BE N JAMIN VO NACHEN AND CHRI STOPHER MUNSEY ow more than ever, as a cash-strapped Congress confronts tough budget choices, two key psychologytraining programs are at risk. That’s why it’s critical for psychologists and their supporters to champion their cause on Capitol Hill, said Nina Levitt, EdD, the associate executive director of APA’s Education Government Relations Office. Levitt made her remarks before a crowd of nearly 100 APA members and other colleagues participating in the 2011 PsycAdvocate Day, held Aug. 4 in conjunction with APA’s 2011 Annual Convention. Levitt’s speech rallied the participants as they departed from the Grand Hyatt to Capitol Hill for face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for continued funding of the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program and the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), two key psychology workforce development programs that APA has long supported. APA’s Education and Public Interest Government Relations 72 N Offices, in conjunction with the association’s Continuing Education Programs Office, spearheaded the event. In a morning session APA staff gave a multimedia presentation explaining the federal legislative and budgetary processes and the importance of the MFP and GPE programs, which provide critical opportunities for psychology trainees to serve underserved populations. APA also briefed the participants on the most effective advocacy techniques and conducted interactive role-playing exercises to prepare participants for their Capitol Hill visits. “The APA convention in Washington, D.C., offered an ideal venue for the association to train our members in the basics of policy and prepare them to advocate for two key programs making positive contributions to the field of psychology and the larger society,” said Diane Elmore, PhD, associate executive director of the Public Interest Government Relations Office “Simply put, we need APA members and the larger mental health community to make the case to their own members MONITOR ON PSYCHOLOGY • OCTOBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - October 2011

Monitor on Psychology - October 2011
President’s Column
Subtle and stunning slights
From the CEO
Live science on the showroom floor
Zimbardo re-examines his landmark study
Ready, set, mentor
Attention students and ECPs: Self-care is an ‘ethical imperative’
Suicide risk is high among war veterans in college, study finds
Psychotherapy is effective and here’s why
From toilet to tap: getting people to drink recycled water
What’s ahead for psychology practice?
A push for more accountability is changing the accreditation process
Peer, parental support prove key to fighting childhood obesity
Popular media’s message to girls
Bullying may contribute to lower test scores
A consequence of cuckoldry: More (and better) sex?
Manatees’ exquisite sense of touch may lead them into dangerous waters
Building a better tomato
How will China’s only children care for their aging parents?
‘Spice’ and ‘K2’: New drugs of abuse now on the market
Many suspects don’t understand their right to remain silent
In Brief
Boosting minority achievement
Where’s the progress?
And social justice for all
Helping new Americans find their way
Segregation’s ongoing legacy
A new way to combat prejudice
Retraining the biased brain
Suppressing the ‘white bears’
How to eat better — mindlessly
Protect your aging brain
Must babies always breed marital discontent?
Outing addiction
Flourish 2051
The danger of stimulants
Keys to making integrated care work
Is technology ruining our kids?
Facebook: Friend or foe?
The promise of Web 3.0
NIMH invests in IT enhanced interventions
Science Directions
Science Directions
PsycAdvocates work to safeguard key programs
The psychology of spending cuts
APA’s strategic plan goes live
Visionary leaders
Vote on bylaws amendments

Monitor on Psychology - October 2011