Monitor on Psychology - October 2011 - (Page 92)

Vote on bylaws amendments Next month, APA members will be asked to vote on changes to the association’s bylaws that would alter guidelines for dues exemption. A PA’s Council of Representatives has proposed amendments to the association’s bylaws that members will vote on this fall. The council also voted to send an explanatory statement and pro/con statements with the proposed amendments. APA will send the ballot to the membership with the apportionment ballot on Nov. 1. Below are the proposed bylaws amendments preceded by the explanatory statement; bracketed text is to be deleted and underlined text is to be added. If approved, the bylaw changes, effective with the 2013 dues cycle, would: • Eliminate the dues step-down process. • Remove the criteria for eligibility for dues exemption from the bylaws, thereby giving the council the authority to approve the criteria for eligibility. • Add a minimal administrative fee ($25 for 2013) for those dues-exempt members who opt not to pay the publications fee (for continued receipt of the Monitor and American Psychologist). (The administrative fee would not be applied retroactively, i.e. members who have already achieved life status membership will not be subject to the administrative fee.) The Council of Representatives voted (135 in favor/5 against/4 abstentions) to approve amendments to the Association Rules that would change the criteria for eligibility for becoming dues exempt to 69 years of age and 29 years of membership. If the bylaw changes are approved by the membership, the rule changes would become effective with the 2013 dues cycle. Currently members who are turning 65 years of age during the dues year and have at least 25 years of APA membership are eligible to enter a five year (Year 5 – 0 dues) life status dues ramp-down schedule. If approved, beginning in 2013, members would become life status members at 69 years of age and 29 years of membership and the step down process will be eliminated. Both the age and years of membership requirements must be attained to be eligible for the life status membership category. Those members who have begun the dues step down process by 2012 would continue to remain in the process before becoming dues exempt in 2016. CHANGES TO LIFE STATUS/DUES EXEMPT CATEGORY ARTICLE XIX: DUES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 6. [Any Fellow, Member, or Associate member who has reached the age of sixty-five and has been a member of the Association for at least twenty-five years shall become eligible for a dues exemption reduction process, culminating in dues exemption.] There shall be a dues exempt category for those Fellows, Member and Associate members who reach eligibility requirements as set by Council. Such members shall retain all rights and privileges of membership in the Association except the privilege of receiving those publications of the Association ordinarily provided to its members as a membership benefit. In order to permit the receipt of such publications, however, an option to pay a reasonable subscription price/servicing fee for them shall be made available to dues-exempt members. (For purposes of this Subsection, membership in the American Association of Applied Psychology prior to its amalgamation with the American Psychological Association shall be counted.) Those dues exempt members opting not to pay the subscription price/servicing will be charged a minimal administrative fee as set by Council. n 92 OCTOBER 2011 • MONITOR ON PSYCHOLOGY

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