Council Of Representatives: February 22–24, 2008

Approved Minutes

A.(1) Council voted to approve the minutes of its August 16 & 19, 2007, meeting.

II. ELECTIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES

A.(2) Council voted to postpone Council New Business Item #33C, "APA Dues Credit for Members Who Are State Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Members" to its August 2008 meeting.

B.(3) Council voted to approve the withdrawal of Council New Business Item #25G, "Encourage Membership Through Convention."

C.(37) Council received an update on the business pending item "Enhancing Member Dues Revenue."

III. ETHICS

A.(3A) Council voted to rescind the following paragraph of the "Resolution on the Reaffirmation of the American Psychological Association Position Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and Its Application to Individuals Defined in the United States Code as Enemy Combatants" previously passed at its August 2007 meeting:

BE IT RESOLVED that this unequivocal condemnation includes all techniques defined as torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under the 2006 Resolution Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and the Geneva Convention. This unequivocal condemnation includes, but is by no means limited to, an absolute prohibition for psychologists against direct or indirect participation in interrogations or in any other detainee-related operations in mock executions, water-boarding or any other form of simulated drowning or suffocation, sexual humiliation, rape, cultural or religious humiliation, exploitation of phobias or psychopathology, induced hypothermia, the use of psychotropic drugs or mind-altering substances used for the purpose of eliciting information; as well as the following used for the purposes of eliciting information in an interrogation process: hooding, forced nakedness, stress positions, the use of dogs to threaten or intimidate, physical isolation, sensory deprivation and over-stimulation and/or sleep deprivation used in a manner that represents significant pain or suffering or in a manner that a reasonable person would judge to cause lasting harm; or the threatened use of any of the above techniques to the individual or to members of the individual's family;

Council voted to replace the rescinded paragraph with the following paragraph:

BE IT RESOLVED that this unequivocal condemnation includes all techniques considered torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Geneva Conventions; the Principles of Medical Ethics Relevant to the Role of Health Personnel, Particularly Physicians, in the Protection of Prisoners and Detainees against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners: or the World Medical Association Declaration of Tokyo. An absolute prohibition against the following techniques therefore arises from, is understood in the context of, and is interpreted according to these texts: mock executions; water-boarding or any other form of simulated drowning or suffocation; sexual humiliation; rape; cultural or religious humiliation; exploitation of fears, phobias or psychopathology; induced hypothermia; the use of psychotropic drugs or mind-altering substances; hooding; forced nakedness; stress positions; the use of dogs to threaten or intimidate; physical assault including slapping or shaking; exposure to extreme heat or cold; threats of harm or death; isolation; sensory deprivation and over-stimulation; sleep deprivation; or the threatened use of any of the above techniques to an individual or to members of an individual's family. Psychologists are absolutely prohibited from knowingly planning, designing, participating in or assisting in the use of all condemned techniques at any time and may not enlist others to employ these techniques in order to circumvent this resolution's prohibition;

B.(44) Council received as information an interim report regarding follow-up by the APA Ethics Committee to Council's 2007 resolution "Reaffirmation of the American Psychological Association Position Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and Its Application to Individuals Defined in the United States Code as 'Enemy Combatants.'"

IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A.(4) Council voted to adopt as APA policy the Blueprint for Change: Achieving Integrated Health Care for an Aging Population.

B.(5) Council voted to approve the following motion regarding breakout groups at Council meetings:

That breakout groups be scheduled at the February meetings of Council at least every three years for the purpose of providing an ongoing mechanism for Council to analyze and discuss critical issues of interest to the organization. Scheduling and selection of topics of the breakout sessions will be determined by the President with input from the Board of Directors, the Committee on Structure and Function of Council and the Council of Representatives.

C.(6) Council voted to approve the following motion:

Council requests that staff notify the mover(s) of a motion(s) at least 30 days in advance of a Council meeting at which such motion(s) will be considered and that the mover or designated representative be offered the opportunity to provide additional comments in writing or to speak to the motion on the Council floor.

D.(7) Council requested that the following 11th priority be added to the list of APA priorities to be addressed when proposing resolutions:

Promote and support the advancement of psychology as a scientific disciple.

E.(8) Council voted to approve and forward to the membership for a vote the following amendment to the APA Bylaws (bracketed material to be deleted):

ARTICLE VII: Board of Directors

1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, the President-Elect, the Past-President, the Recording Secretary, the Treasurer, the Chief Staff Officer (without vote), the APAGS Representative to the Council of Representatives [(without vote)], and six others elected by a preferential ballot by those Members and from those Members holding seats on Council during the year immediately preceding the election. Directors not serving ex officio shall serve for staggered terms of three years. All members of the Board of Directors shall serve until their successors are elected and qualify.

Council voted not to send pro/con statements with the Bylaw amendment ballot.

F.(9) Council voted to rescind its action of August 1988 establishing the "separate liability account set up for the student association" and, effective with the 2008 Final Budget, authorize the establishment of an APAGS program within the APA operating budget. The funding of the program will be considered within the priorities of the Association with the full recognition of the important role that graduate students play in the future membership growth of the organization.

G.(10) Council voted to allocate $8,900 from its 2008 discretionary fund for one meeting in 2008 of the APA Presidential Task Force on the Psychological Needs of US Military Service Members and Their Families.

V. DIVISIONS AND STATE AND PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL ASSOCIATIONS

A.(11) Council voted to reject the motion requesting that Council approve the establishment of the Division for Qualitative Inquiry as a candidate division.

B.(12) Council voted to approve forwarding to the membership for a vote the following proposed amendments to the Bylaws (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

APA BYLAWS

Article IV - Power and Functions of the Council of Representatives

4. Upon petition of .50% of the Members in good standing at the time of the petition's filing with the Recording Secretary or upon vote of any Division or State,[or] Provincial, or Territorial Psychological Association, any matter of legislation may be brought to the attention of Council, which shall vote upon it at its next meeting.

Article V - Composition of the Council of Representatives

1. Council shall be composed of Representatives of Divisions, Representatives of State, [and] Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations, members of the Board of Directors, the Officers of the Association (the chief staff officer shall serve without vote) and the APAGS Representative. In the event that any Representatives of a given Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association cannot be present, Council will seat one member as an Alternate Representative for that meeting, provided such member is an officer of or has been designated in advance by that Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association. Representatives shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualify, except that a Representative who has been elected to the Board of Directors shall continue to be a member of Council after the expiration of his/her term as Representative, and after the election and qualification of his/her successor as Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association Representative, until the expiration of his/her term as a member of the Board of Directors.

3. Representatives to Council shall be elected from Divisions and State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations, but need not necessarily be elected from every Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association.

5. Council Representatives of a Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association shall be members of the Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association, and Members of the Association, and shall be elected for a period not to exceed three years. If during that three-year period the Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association is allocated fewer seats, the Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association shall recall the appropriate number of Representatives. The term of office of the recalled member is thereby terminated.

6. Each APA Fellow, Member, and voting Associate member shall choose the Division(s) or State/Provincial/Territorial Association(s) through which he/she elected to have his/her interest represented on Council by allocating, at the time of the annual dues statement, a total of ten (10) votes to the Division(s) and/or State/Provincial/Territorial Association(s) through which he/she wishes to be represented the following year. However, only Fellows, Members (or voting Associate members) of the Divisions or State/Provincial/Territorial Associations so designated will be allowed to nominate and elect their Council Representatives.

7. The number of Representatives from Divisions and State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations shall be 162. The 162 Representatives will be divided into 2 pools, one for State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations and one for Divisions. The percentage of the 162 seats for State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations shall correspond to the percentage of total apportionment votes allocated to State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations and the percentage of the 162 seats for Divisions shall correspond to the percentage of total apportionment votes allocated to Divisions.

Each Division shall be allocated one seat from the Division Pool and each State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall be allocated one seat from the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association Pool. The awarding of additional seats allocated to each Pool shall be based on the percentage of allocated votes received by a Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association and calculated as follows:

1.5% to less than 2.5%…1 additional seat
2.5% to less than 3.5%…2 additional seats
3.5% to less than 4.5%…3 additional seats
etc.

Additional seats will be allocated to those units in a Pool entitled to additional seats in the following manner. The unit with the highest percentage in the Pool will receive the first additional seat and an additional seat will be assigned to other units entitled to one or more additional seats in descending order of their percentages. If, after all units in a Pool entitled to one or more additional seats have received one additional seat, there remain units that are entitled to two or more additional seats, and if the seats allocated to the Pool have not been exhausted, the unit in the Pool with the highest percentage will receive a second additional seat and a second additional seat will be assigned to other units entitled to two or more additional seats in descending order of their percentages. This process shall be continued until either all additional seats allocated to the Pool have been assigned or until all units in the Pool entitled to additional seats have been assigned all of the seats to which their percentages of allocated votes entitle them.

If, after all units in a Pool have been assigned the additional seats to which they are entitled by virtue of their percentages, there remain seats allocated to a Pool which have not been assigned, those remaining seats shall be assigned to the units in the Pool in the order in which the units came closest to being awarded another seat as a result of the allocated votes.

8. A Council member who has served for six consecutive years shall not be eligible for election or appointment for a period of one year as a Representative from any Division, State/Provincial/Territorial Association, or coalition.

9. Any group of State,[or] Provincial, or Territorial Psychological Associations or Divisions may, by mutual agreement, associate themselves as a unit for Council representation. Wherever the terms State,[and] Provincial, or Territorial Psychological Association and/or Division are used in this article, they refer to such coalitions as well as to individual State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations or Divisions.

Article VII - Board of Directors

1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, the President-elect, the Past President, the Recording Secretary, the Treasurer, the chief staff officer (without vote), the APAGS Representative to the Council of Representatives (without vote) and six others elected by a preferential ballot by those Members holding seats on Council during the year preceding the election and from those Members holding seats on Council representing Divisions or State, [and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations during the year immediately preceding the election. Directors not serving ex officio shall serve for staggered terms of three years. All members of the Board of Directors shall serve until their successors are elected and qualify.

Article VIII - Officers

9. The Board of Directors shall nominate a Member of the Association to Council for confirmation as chief staff officer who shall be the administrative officer of the Association and Director of the Central Office. The chief staff officer's official title shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The chief staff officer shall be responsible for the staff, their hiring, training, performance, and termination. The chief staff officer shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors and Council or as may be prescribed in these Bylaws. Confirmation of the chief staff officer shall be by a two-thirds vote of those Council members voting. The chief staff officer shall be confirmed for a term not to exceed five years and may be reconfirmed. During this term the chief staff officer shall not hold any other office within the Association or any of its Divisions or State,[or] Provincial, or Territorial Psychological Associations.

Article X - Nominations and Elections

4. Forty-five days after mailing a final ballot, the Election Committee shall close the election and shall make a preferential count of the election ballot. Tie votes shall be resolved by lot. The Election Committee shall also secure reports from the Divisions and from the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations of the results of all elections conducted by them. The election results shall be reported by the Election Committee to the Board of Directors and Council within thirty days after the ballot closes.

Article XI - Boards and Committees

7. The Policy and Planning Board shall consist of not fewer than nine Members of the Association, three of whom shall be elected each year and each of whom shall serve for an initial term of not less than three years. The Policy and Planning Board shall be selected to represent the range of active interests within the Association. No person shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms. The Policy and Planning Board's function shall be the consideration of current and long-range policy. As a continuing body, it shall recommend to the Members, Board of Directors, and Council such changes in existing policy and such extensions or restrictions of the functions of the Association, its Divisions, or State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations as are consonant with the purposes of the Association. The Policy and Planning Board shall report annually by publication to the membership. It shall review the structure and function of the Association as a whole in every fifth year and

Article XIII - State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations

1. A State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association may, upon vote of Council, be affiliated with the American Psychological Association, provided that ten or more of its members are Members of the American Psychological Association. Continuing affiliation shall depend upon the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association's conforming to the purposes and stated policies of the Association. For the purposes of organization, the District of Columbia, the territories and commonwealths of the United States, and the provinces of Canada are to be regarded as the equivalent of states. In areas where there are relatively few psychologists, an organization extending beyond state boundaries may be affiliated, so long as it does not include an area in which there is a State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association.

2. A State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall be representative of all the scientific and professional interests of psychologists within the state/province/territory. Its name should be the name of the state/province/territory, followed by the words 'Psychological Association.' Its objectives shall fall within the scope of those specified in Article I of these Bylaws, and its membership shall not be restricted on any basis other than psychological interests and qualifications or place of residence or work. The term State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association, as used in these Bylaws, shall mean a State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Association affiliated with the Association.

3. Each State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association shall exercise such control over its membership that membership in the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall not imply membership in the American Psychological Association.

4. In the event that Council finds that the conditions of affiliation are not being fulfilled by a State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association or that its affiliation is no longer in the best interest of the American Psychological Association, the principal officers of the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall be so informed and the affiliation may thereafter be terminated by a two-thirds vote of Council.

5. In matters of mutual concern to the State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations and the Association, it shall be the responsibility of the American Psychological Association to encourage and assist the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association in taking responsible action and, when advisable, to formulate standards of uniform practice that will guide the State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations. It shall be the responsibility of each State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association to keep the Association and other State,[and]Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations adequately informed of actions affecting the welfare of psychologists beyond its own state boundaries.

6. The Association shall not be responsible for the acts or omissions of its State,[and] Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affiliates, except as specifically authorized by these Bylaws or other duly promulgated rule of Council.

Article XVI - Central Office

1. The Association shall maintain a Central Office for the promotion of the objectives of the Association, its Divisions, and State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations. The Central Office shall be established at such a place and with such facilities and functions as Council may direct. The chief staff officer shall be the Director of the Central Office. He/She shall report annually on the operations of the Central Office to the Board of Directors, to Council, and by publication to the membership.

Council voted not to include pro/con statements with Bylaw amendment ballot. Council requested that the ballot include a statement to inform the Membership that the proposed amendments are a housekeeping change to include "territorial" throughout the Bylaws.

Council also voted to approve the following amendments to the APA Association Rules (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

Association Rules

In 10-4. APPLICATION PROCEDURES

APA may seek evidence from schools and universities that the candidate has attended, state/provincial/territorial or local psychological associations, professional employers, and/or other appropriate sources of information, when the submitted documentation leaves doubt as to the applicant's qualifications for membership in the Association.

In 30-8. STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES

30-8.3 Proposed standards or guidelines or other documents that have the effect of a standard or guideline should be sent to the APA Office of General Counsel for initial legal review regarding risk to the association or its members. The proposing entity shall suggest a period, not to exceed 10 years, for which the standard or guideline will be effective if it is approved along with a rationale for the proposed timeframe. The maximum period of effectiveness is appropriate for areas in which the knowledge base, practice patterns, and relevant legal and regulatory climate are stable. In most areas, an earlier expiration date (e.g., 5 years, 7 years) will be more appropriate.

Following initial legal review, a proposed new standard or guideline or an amendment to an existing standard or guideline shall be introduced as a new business item at Council and circulated to APA boards and committees for comment. At the same time, the proposing entity shall invite expert commentary and consultation from other appropriate groups or individuals and from all divisions and state,[and] provincial, and Territorial Psychological associations. The proposing entity shall respond to all commentary, seek additional legal review if appropriate and forward a revised document to all divisions and state,[and] provincial, and Territorial Psychological associations and groups that provided commentary. The revised draft version of standards and guidelines shall be forwarded to the Office of General Counsel in order to disseminate to the membership notice of a 90-day comment period and instructions for the receipt of comments. At the conclusion of the comment period, the proposing entity shall make any appropriate changes and respond to all comments received. The proposing entity shall provide the draft standards and guidelines along with copies of the comments and responses to comments to the Office of General Counsel for a second legal review and determination of whether further public comment is required.

90-2. COMMITTEE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

90-2.1 There shall be a Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice whose responsibility it shall be to (a) be the administrative agent of the Board of Directors exercising general governance supervision over the relevant affairs of the Practice Directorate, (b) recommend to Council through the Board of Directors procedures for the enhancement of human welfare through the professional practice of psychology, (c) identify projects important to the enhancement of human welfare through professional practice of psychology, and (d) recommend to the Board of Directors the needed funding for such projects.

The Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice shall consist of nine regular members and up to two special members. The APA Treasurer shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member of the Committee. The Board of Directors may also appoint such liaisons to the Committee for Advancement of Professional Practice as it deems necessary. Regular members shall be psychologists who provide health care services, who are licensed to practice psychology in at least one state, district, [or] province, or territory, and who pay the annual assessment. In addition to these general qualifications, the regular members of the Committee shall possess experience in service delivery and in the governance of state/provincial/territorial and/or national psychological organizations, and will have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following additional areas of experience: (a) advocacy (legislative or legal), (b) marketing, (c) the training of practicing psychologists, and (d) public information and education. Of the nine regular members, three shall be elected each year to serve a term of three years.


110-7. GUIDELINES FOR THE CONDUCT OF PRESIDENT-ELECT NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

In A. Eligibility, Published Statements, Campaign Restrictions

6. Appropriateness of campaign methods and expenditures. Expenditure of the candidate's own funds or those of other individuals or organizations for mass communication has traditionally been regarded as undesirable and inappropriate. However, it is acceptable for APA divisions, state/provincial/Territorial Psychological associations, and established continuing coalitions to give their support to particular candidates in their newsletters or via electronic communications (electronic mail, electronic bulletins or faxing) to an established network. Recipients of campaign material that goes beyond such endorsements should understand that campaigning by expensive mass communication strains the political fabric of APA and be wary of it. The membership is put on notice that "caveat emptor" applies in regard to political communications.

7. Use of APA mailing labels. The use of APA mailing labels on behalf of candidates for office in APA, divisions, or state/provincial/Territorial Psychological associations is not approved. Additionally, APA will not sell or provide mailing labels for campaign purposes.

In C. Promulgation of These Guidelines

The guidelines in their entirety shall appear in the December or January and the May issues of the APA Monitor on Psychology. Each January the Election Committee will send the guidelines to divisions, state/provincial/Territorial Psychological associations, coalitions, and newsletter editors.

110-15. ELECTION OF STANDING BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS

110-15.1 Elections of standing board and committee members are conducted by Central

Office; nominating candidates for various offices to be filled by election of Council shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors. The chief staff officer shall request suggestions of persons to serve on boards or committees from officers of divisions and state/provincial/Territorial Psychological associations, chairs of boards and committees, and the general membership. The list of persons shall be available to the various boards and committees when they are preparing nominations.

In 120-4. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

120-4.2 The Continuing Education Committee shall have responsibility for developing policy and program recommendations for the Association's continuing education program and for working collaboratively with the APA Office of Continuing Education to implement these policy and program recommendations. The Committee's tasks shall include, but not be limited to (a) developing and delivering continuing education programs and products; (b) providing educational and technical assistance to APA Directorates, Divisions, State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations, and other sponsors; (c) collaborating with organizations that seek to become approved sponsors of continuing education; (d) providing review of all APA approved sponsors and organizations seeking APA sponsor approval; (e) periodically reviewing the Association's sponsor approval guidelines, and (f) identifying, promoting, implementing and evaluating research, development and innovations in continuing education.

120-4.3 The Chair of the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) shall each year forward to APA's divisions and affiliated state,[and] provincial, and Territorial Psychological associations a general call for nominees to serve on the Committee and shall also direct a formal request for nominee recommendations to the Board of Scientific Affairs, Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Board of Professional Affairs, and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. In making its appointments, BEA shall attempt to insure that the membership of the Committee shall represent APA's commitment to honor diversity and as well to ensure the representation of the needs of various groups served by continuing education.

150-7. COMMITTEE ON AGING

APA: Serve as a visible focus for the coordination of information among groups within

APA that address aging issues and offer consultation to relevant APA boards, committees, divisions, state/provincial/Territorial Psychological associations, and directorates; also ensure that older members of APA receive the appropriate attention of the association.

In 200-1. LOCATION, FUNCTION, AND MISSION

200-1.2 The functions of the Central Office shall be the administration and the business management of the affairs of the Association except where these are specifically delegated to officers or to parts of the APA such as the divisions or state/provincial/Territorial Psychological associations.

200-5. PLACEMENT ACTIVITIES AND EMPLOYMENT BULLETIN

200-5.1 The Central Office shall maintain a register of available psychologists and opportunities for employment in such form as the chief staff officer finds best. It shall provide facilities at the annual convention for the exchange of information about employment. Fees may be charged for listing positions and listing availability of individuals, but these may be waived by the chief staff officer for groups and individuals when it is in the interest of the profession to do so. The APA reserves the right to refuse any listing where the nature or conditions of employment are contrary to the policies of the Association. It shall also provide facilities for the exchange of information about employment at regional or state/provincial/Territorial Psychological meetings on a cost-reimbursable basis. The sponsoring regional or state/provincial/Territorial Psychological association will retain fees charged applicants and employers. The regional or state/provincial/Territorial Psychological association will continue to pay the costs they now pay, such as convention-site operational costs. Costs are allocated in accordance with standard functional cost accounting procedures used by the APA.

200-8. PUBLIC RELATIONS

200-8.1 The chief staff officer may designate a member of the Central Office staff to assist in preparing and disseminating information about the activities of psychologists of interest to the public. When it is practical, the APA shall assist regional or state/provincial/Territorial Psychological associations in the area of public information.

C.(13) Council voted to approve the Division of Trauma Psychology, Division 56 of APA, as a permanent division.

D.(14) Council voted to approve amending Association Rule 90-7 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

90-7. COMMITTEE ON DIVISION / APA RELATIONS

There shall be a Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) which shall be generally concerned with the mutual involvement of divisions and APA in fostering psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare and shall: (1) serve an advisory function to the Division Services Office and Chief Executive Officer on the mutual implication and impact of activities of APA and divisions: (2) provide leadership to facilitate coordination and communication among divisions and between divisions and APA; (3) make proposals to enhance structural, functional, and policy relations between APA and divisions; (4) plan and host the Division Leadership Conference; (5) provide leadership in developing training programs for division officers at the Division Leadership Conference, the APA annual meeting, or other such forums, to enhance the functioning and benefits offered by divisions; and (6) act as a facilitator in resolution of disputes among divisions.

CODAPAR shall consist of six members, each serving a three-year term, and shall report to Council through the Board of Directors. Two new members of CODAPAR will be appointed annually. Nominations will be solicited from divisions, with each division invited to submit a nominee for CODAPAR. Eligible nominees are APA members who are [the division's president or another officer or board member for that division] or have been divisional officers, board members or have had significant governance experience within or across divisions. Upon receipt of division nominations, CODAPAR will submit to the Board of Directors a listing of nominees along with its recommendation for achieving balance in representation of the broad interests of divisions as designated in defined slates. The Board of Directors will appoint two new members annually.

E.(15) Council voted to approve the following motion regarding the Interdivisional Grant Program:

That the Interdivisional Grant Program be funded at $25,000 per year for each of three years beginning in 2009.

That CODAPAR submit an evaluation of the effectiveness of the projects in 2011.

F.(52) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Task Force to Address SPTA Impact on and Input in the Development of APA Policy."

VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE APA


A.(16) Council voted to approve amending the Association Rules as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

30-6. MOTIONS/REPORTS TO COUNCIL

30-6.1 A specific motion shall be transmitted in the following manner: (a) a motion introduced by a Council representative shall first be reviewed by the chair of CSFC, in consultation with appropriate APA staff and the Agenda Planning Group; (b) a motion forwarded by a committee shall be transmitted either to the board listed in Association Rule 50-5 or directly to the Board of Directors, if no other board is specified; (c) a motion forwarded by a board other than the Board of Directors shall be transmitted directly to the Board of Directors; and (d) the Board of Directors shall develop an agenda for Council. In so doing, the Board of Directors shall transmit all motions from boards, committees, and Council representatives to Council, unless otherwise provided in the APA Bylaws or in the Association Rules.

The Board of Directors will provide a rationale whenever its recommendation to the Council of Representatives is to alter or oppose the main motion.

30-6.2 [Council may Adopt, File, Refer or Reject a report from a board, committee, task force, division or other body of APA. The motion to Adopt a report commits Council to the approval of the opinions and activities described, and thus, constitutes APA policy. However, in order to be implemented, recommendations contained in the report must be further presented to Council as main motions, with the usual accompanying information on fiscal implications and what entity has the responsibility to carry out the actions contemplated. If Council is asked to adopt a report that includes appendices, the motion to Council shall include a recommendation as to whether the appendices shall be filed or adopted. The motion to File a report or appendix makes it available for information and reference but commits APA to nothing. This report that has been filed by Council, whether posted on the APA web site or distributed in hard copy or other format, shall

include a disclaimer on each page of the report stating that the report has been filed by Council but has not been adopted as a policy of APA, and therefore does not commit APA to the opinions or activities described therein. Recommendations proposed in a report that has been filed may be adopted by Council in the manner described above. The motion to Refer a report may send the report back to the originator(s) of the document or to other APA entities to address Council's questions or concerns. Council Rejects a report if it does not Adopt, File or Refer the document.]

30-6.2 Reports from a board or committee, task force, or any other component or affiliate of APA are intended to provide and summarize knowledge in order to inform and educate. Such reports commissioned and produced under the auspices of APA become the property of the Association. Each report should reference existing APA policies on the topic at hand. Task force reports and other reports, where appropriate, shall include an executive summary comprising a synopsis of the report. The executive summary shall include recommendations and suggested policy statements based on key findings that can be developed into action items for Council to consider.

Reports never constitute APA policy, but rather serve as background material for future reference and use. Statements of policy and other recommendations emanating from reports must come before the Council as main motions, with the usual accompanying information on fiscal implications and recommendations as to the appropriate entity that would have the responsibility to carry out the action(s) contemplated.

Council may vote to receive, refer, or reject a report. Council votes to receive a report when a majority of its members, present and voting, generally agree with the contents of the report. When Council receives a report, the contents do not become APA policy nor do the proposed recommendations become implemented without passage of separate main motions. Distribution of received reports may occur via posting on the APA Web site and/or in other formats. Received reports shall include the following statement presented with high visibility on one of the introductory pages: "APA reports synthesize current psychological knowledge in a given area and may offer recommendations for future action. They do not constitute APA policy nor commit APA to the activities described therein. This particular report originated with the APA (insert the name of the governance body)."

The motion to refer a report may send the report back to the originator(s) of the document or to other APA entities to address Council's questions, concerns, or for further study. The consideration of the report by Council may be postponed to a later date.

When Council rejects a report, it remains the property of APA. The report does not constitute APA policy and, in the interest of accuracy, APA requests that any reference to this report state that it was rejected by APA Council. Any copy of the report shall include the following statement on each page: "This report was prepared by the APA (insert name of governance body) but was rejected by the APA Council of Representatives."

B.(17) Council voted to allocate $6,600 from its 2008 discretionary fund for one meeting of the Task Force on Council Representation.

C.(17A) Council voted to send back to the membership for a vote the Bylaw amendment that provides voting seats on Council for the four national ethnic minority psychological associations following an educational campaign. Council voted not to send pro/con statements with the Bylaw amendment ballot.

Prior to Council's discussion of this item, the representatives of the four National Ethnic Minority Associations (Alvin Alvarez, PhD, Asian American Psychological Association; Azara Santiago-Rivera, PhD, National Latina/o Association; Robert Atwell, PsyD, Association of Black Psychologists; and Justin (Doug) McDonald, PhD, Society of Indian Psychologists) were provided the opportunity to speak to Council and Martha Banks, PhD, was asked to give a presentation to Council.

D.(44A) Council received as information the item "Representation on the Board of Directors and Allocation of Resources Across the Four Directorates."

VII. PUBLICATIONS AND DATABASES

A.(18) Council voted to approve amending the Association Rules as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

170-8. PUBLICATIONS-RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER

[170-8.4 The chief staff officer shall be responsible for establishing and distributing back stocks of journals for a period of at least five years.]

170-[8.5] 8.4 The chief staff officer shall periodically secure competitive bids for the printing of journals.

B.(44B ) At its February meeting, Council received an update on Publications and Communications (P&C) Board activities. The P&C Board made five editorial appointments in 2007, naming the following to 6-year terms to begin in 2008 as the editor-elect year (and 2009 as the beginning masthead year): Behavioral Neuroscience (Mark Blumberg, PhD), Journal of Educational Psychology (Arthur Graesser, PhD), Psychological Bulletin (Stephen Hinshaw, PhD), Journal of Applied Psychology (Steve Kozlowski, PhD), Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (Stephen Maisto, PhD) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD). In 2007, APA announced the release of its newly enhanced search platform, APA PsycNET. A truly APA-wide collaborative effort, the new APA PsycNET platform project was led by PsycINFO and Information Technology Services (ITS). The new APA PsycNET platform provides a visually pleasing and feature-rich environment for searching the five APA research databases-PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA and PsycCRITIQUES. Notable enhancements to the platform include: simultaneous cross-database searching, full integration of APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, author and journal lookups, a new Citation Finder and cited reference searching, My PsycNET personal search manager, and enhanced record displays. During 2007, PsycINFO added 132,562 new records to the overall database, and expanded coverage by adding 160 journals to the coverage list, bringing the number of journals now covered to 2339. In 2007, sales of the APA Publication Manual reached $7 million and sales of Concise Rules of APA Style reached over $750,000. In addition, APA Books released 37 new scholarly titles and 8 new Magination Press titles. In 2007, APA Journals published over 33,000 pages in 49 journals. APA Journals and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) have entered into a publishing agreement for the CPA's three titles: Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, and Canadian Psychology. This is the 21st straight year of stable and continuing growth in overall revenue.

VIII. CONVENTION AFFAIRS

No items.

IX. EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(19) Council voted to adopt as APA policy the revised Principles for the Recognition of Specialties in Professional Psychology.

B.(20) Council voted to approve the following amendments to Association Rule 90-5: (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

90-5. Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology

There shall be a Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology. The Commission shall: (a) facilitate the development, implementation and review of effective and coordinated policies and procedures to improve quality and process in recognition of specialties and proficiencies in professional psychology; (b) review petitions from [petitioning] organizations requesting the Association's recognition of a professional specialty or proficiency; [and (b)] (c) establish mechanisms for the periodic evaluation and renewal of such recognition; and (d) make recommendations regarding consistency in the use of the terms "specialty" and "proficiency" by the Association. The Commission shall select from among recognition petitions it reviews those deemed appropriate to recommend to the Council of Representatives as meriting formal confirmation. Council shall confirm the recognition of a specialty or proficiency in professional psychology only when such recommendation for recognition shall have been placed before it by the Commission following the completion of an evaluation conducted according to the Commission's procedures.

Subject to review by the Board of Directors, the Commission shall have the authority for adopting procedures for reviewing specialty and proficiency petitions. The Commission [also] may make proposals to the Council of Representatives [for amendments] regarding: (a) [to] the principles that define specialties and proficiencies and [to] the criteria for their recognition; and (b) [to] the processes by which the Association confers and maintains its recognition of specialties and proficiencies.

The Commission shall consist of nine Commissioners serving staggered terms of three years each. Commissioners shall be limited to two successive full terms of service and may not further succeed themselves without a break in such service. With the exception of a Public Commissioner, all Commissioners must be licensed psychologists and members of the Association. Commissioners shall be nominated also in such a fashion that insures representation among them of (a) the broad scope of the practice of professional psychology, its scientific bases, and the Association's commitment to diversity and the public interest, and (b) an array of expertise in such matters as professional education, practitioner credentialing, program accreditation, continuing professional development, the identification of emerging patterns of practice, and legal and regulatory affairs.

Eight of the Commissioners shall be elected by the Council of Representatives from slates prepared by the following: BSA and BAPPI shall prepare nominations for one Commissioner seat each; BEA shall prepare nominations for three Commissioner seats; BPA and CAPP shall jointly prepare nominations for three Commissioner seats. In preparing slates for a vacancy in its reserved seat or seats and following solicitation from the general membership of the Association, each nominating board or committee shall forward to the Commission for transmission to the Board of Directors the names of five qualified and appropriate candidates per vacancy. The Board of Directors shall then compose a final slate of three of the five nominees for that vacancy from each nominating unit to be submitted to the Council of Representatives for election.

The ninth Commission seat shall be reserved for a Public Member who shall not be a psychologist. The Public Member shall be appointed by the Board of Directors.

The Commission shall report to the Council of Representatives through the Board of Directors.

C.(21) Council voted to approve an increase in the High School Teacher Affiliate fees and the Community College Teacher Affiliate fees to $40 per year effective for the 2009 dues cycle and that an automatic fees increase mechanism be instituted that would adjust APA High School and Community College Teacher Affiliate fees every year, based on the CPI.

D.(22) Council voted to allocate $10,600 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support one meeting of the joint BEA/CAPP Task Force to Develop an APA Designation Process for Postdoctoral Psychopharmacology Education and Training Program.

E.(23) Council voted to allocate $10,000 from its 2008 discretionary fund to provide funding for eleven participants to attend the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology.

F.(24) Council voted to allocate $10,500 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support a joint meeting of the National Standards Working Group and the National Standards Advisory Panel.

G.(45) Council received as information a report on the pilot institute for high school psychology teachers, held July 22-27, 2007, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

X. PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(38) Council received an update on the business pending item "Infusing the Guidelines in the Public Interest Which Have Been Adopted by Council for Psychologists Throughout APA."

B.(39) Council received an update on the business pending item "Division 55 Pharmacotherapy Practice Guidelines."

C.(40) Council received an update on the business pending item "Ad Hoc Task Force to Investigate the Merits, Needs and Outcomes of an Evidence Based Practice Policy for Applied Psychologists and the Benefits of Collaborating with International Associations Interested in Developing EBP Policy for Applied Psychology."

D.(45A) Council received as information an update on the APA Task Force on the Revision of the Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists.

XI. SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS

A.(25) Council voted to reject the following main motion of Council New Business Item #31, "Support for Social Psychology Network:

We move that APA contribute $60,000 to Social Psychology Network (SPN) at the beginning of each calendar year. This contribution is earmarked for nonprofit educational and scientific purposes that benefit APA and its members, the field of psychology, students, and the public. If for any reason SPN ceases to operate as a nonprofit organization in the future, this contribution will be suspended pending Council's review.

B.(26) Council voted to allocate $24,400 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support the 2008 three-day conference to provide quantitative training and support for students from underrepresented groups.

C.(53) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Warming."

XII. PUBLIC INTEREST

A.(27) Council voted to approve amending Association Rule 105-2.1 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

150-2. COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN PSYCHOLOGY

150-2.1 There shall be a Committee on Women in Psychology that shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of the APA - "to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare" - by ensuring that women in all their diversity achieve equality within the psychological community and in the larger society, nationally and globally [as members of the psychological community] in order that all human resources be fully actualized. Its mission shall be [that of] to function[ing] as a catalyst[,] by means of interacting with and making recommendations to the various parts of the APA's governing structure, to the APA's membership, and particularly to the Society for the Psychology of Women, [as well as to other relevant groups, such as the] Association [of] for Women in Psychology, [the Federation of Organizations for Professional Women, and the National Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.] and other relevant organizations, including groups whose missions address the status of women. Specifically, the Committee will undertake the following priority tasks: (a) collection of information and documentation concerning the status of women; (b) [continued] development of recommendations [and implementation of guidelines] relevant to women; (c) monitoring the implementation of guidelines and recommendations from reports issued by APA that are relevant to women; (d) development of mechanisms to increase the participation of women in roles and functions both within and outside [of] the profession; [and (d)] (e) ongoing communications with other agencies and institutions regarding the status of women; and (f) monitoring current issues relevant to the lives of women in order to inform policy.

The Committee shall consist of six members who are elected for staggered terms of three years. It shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

B.(28) Council voted to adopt as APA policy the following Resolution on the Americans with Disabilities Act:

Resolution on the Americans with Disabilities Act


WHEREAS there are nearly 1 in 5 U.S. residents (or 49.7 million people) with at least one disability (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000);

WHEREAS the population of people with disabilities is increasing among all age groups (Field & Jette, 2007);

WHEREAS census data, national polls, and other studies have documented that people with disabilities are more likely to be severely disadvantaged socially, vocationally, economically, and educationally (ADA, 1990);

WHEREAS persons with disabilities are often denied access to services, and are denied appropriate accommodations and resources to fully participate in education and training programs, employment, and the political process (e.g., Hauser, Maxwell-McCaw, Leigh, & Gutman, 2000; Roessler, & Sumner, 1997);

WHEREAS psychological research has shown that a variety of psychological and sociological mechanisms jeopardize relationships between people with and without disabilities, increasing the likelihood of prejudice against individuals with disabilities, along with stereotyping, stigmatization, psychological discomfort, avoidance, and patronization (e.g., Banks & Kaschak, 2003; Fine & Asch, 1988; Katz, Hass, & Bailey, 1988; Longmore & Umansky, 2001; Wright, 1988);

WHEREAS psychological research has been able to demonstrate significant deleterious health and mental health effects for victims of discrimination (e.g., Markowitz, 1998; Wahl, 1999; Williams & Williams-Morris, 2000);

WHEREAS some persons with disability also experience oppression due to their racial/ethnic identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or gender expression (transgender, transsexual);

WHEREAS it is essential for psychologists to understand how stereotypical and stigmatizing language, attitudes, and behaviors can demean and devalue people with disabilities and have an adverse impact on self concept, self esteem, self efficacy, and relationships with others;

WHEREAS the APA has endorsed a set of Ethical Principles for Psychologists that recognize the dignity and worth of all people, including their right to self-determination, and the duty of psychologists to safeguard the welfare and rights of those with whom they interact professionally and other affected persons (APA, 2002);

WHEREAS over the past several years, the APA, through legislative efforts, has affirmed its opposition to discrimination and stereotyping based on aging, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity;

WHEREAS the APA through education and training has contributed to increasing awareness of discrimination and stereotyping based on gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity;

WHEREAS the APA was instrumental in the development and passage of the ADA in 1990 - a landmark piece of civil rights legislation;

WHEREAS Congress, in enacting the ADA has recognized that persons with mental and physical disabilities have a history of being subjected to unequal treatment, and that the nation's goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency (ADA, 1990);

WHEREAS Congress, in enacting the ADA, has intentionally provided a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities in addition to defining a central role for the federal government in enforcing the standards of the ADA on behalf of individuals with disabilities (ADA, 1990);

WHEREAS Congress, in enacting the ADA, recognized the critical need to address the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with disabilities and concluded that failure to serve such individuals in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs is a form of discrimination (Olmstead v. L.C., 1999); and

WHEREAS despite the great strides that people with disabilities have made with the benefit of the ADA, barriers remain.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The American Psychological Association (APA) reaffirms its opposition to discrimination based on disability status, and promotes full implementation of the ADA;

The APA vigilantly seeks to ameliorate adverse mental health effects of discrimination against people with visible and invisible disabilities;

The APA encourages the reduction of stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities through education and training;

The APA supports the use of services, supports, and environments that are least restrictive, most integrating, and most effective in allowing people with mental and physical disabilities to participate in their communities;

The APA pursues activities at the federal level and with its state psychological associations, and in international contexts where appropriate to ensure that the spirit and founding provisions of the

ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are maintained, implemented, and enforced.

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Markowitz, F. E. (1998). The effects of stigma on the psychological well-being and life satisfaction of persons with mental illness. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 39, 335-348.

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C.(29) Council voted to adopt as APA policy the Report of the Task Force on the Implementation of the Multicultural Guidelines. (In accordance with Association Rule 30-6.2, "in order to be implemented, recommendations contained in the Report must further be presented to Council as main motions, with the usual accompanying information on fiscal implications and what entity has the responsibility to carry out the actions contemplated.")

D.(36A) A new business item, "Parental Alienation Syndrome" was referred to the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI), the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice the Committee on Legal Issues.

E.(36B) A new business item, "Value Neutral Language for End of Life Choices" was referred to BAPPI and BPA.

F.(41) Council received an update on the business pending item "Proposed Resolution on Families of Incarcerated Offenders."

G.(42) Council received an update on the business pending item "Emancipating and Rehabilitating Enslaved Persons and Prevention of Future Slavery."

H.(43) Council received an update on the business pending item "Proposed Task Force on the Psychological Effects of War on Children and Families."

I.(54) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "*Resolution in Support of Ethnic Minority Training in Psychology."

J.(55) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "APA Resolution to Promote Well-being and Alleviate Psychological Risk Factors for Immigrants."

K.(56) Council received an update on the new-business-in-progress item "Call to Shut Down the Illegal Prison at Guantanamo Bay and All Other Facilities for "Enemy Combatants."

XIII. ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS

A.(45B) Council received as information an update on the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training (CEMRRAT) Grants FY99-07.

XIV. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(30) Council voted to adopt as APA policy the following Resolution Against Genocide:

Resolution Against Genocide


Introduction
Throughout human history and continuing to the present, the issue of genocide or mass violence has been a devastating reality (Staub, 2000). Psychology is in a unique position to both inform our understanding of the causes and solutions to genocide (Munn, 2006; Sternberg, 2003). While governments and the United Nations work to address this life altering and history altering crisis, Non-Governmental Organizations, such as the American Psychological Association, have the skills, knowledge, and expertise to increase awareness and ultimately bring about peace and reconciliation (Howe, 2004). In keeping with its charge, APA's Committee on International Relations in Psychology and Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs call on all psychologists to respond to this global continuing crisis with the unique contribution that can be made by mental health educators, researchers, and counselors.

WHEREAS the American Psychological Association has demonstrated its commitment to the fight for human rights of all people through (1) its resolutions against racism, stereotypes, and male violence against women, (2) the establishment of the Committee on International Relations in Psychology, the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, and the Committee on Women in Psychology and (3) its ongoing support for the efforts of the United Nations to promote and defend human rights (Bryant-Davis, Okorodudu, Holliday, 2004);

WHEREAS the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines the term as: Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group (United Nations, 1948);

WHEREAS "unintentional" or indirect acts of destruction such as forced marching and forced starvation are also crimes against humanity;

WHEREAS genocide is the ultimate display of hate, fear, and violence, which are learned attitudes and behaviors; (Staub, 2006: Dutton, Boyanowsky, & Bond, 2005; Sternberg, 2003);

WHEREAS genocide can be an outgrowth of multiple factors including promotion of self advancement at the cost of other's human rights; crisis of resources, compliance with authoritarian leaderships, and prejudice which is unfavorable affective reactions or evaluations of groups and their members (Waller, 2006; Finzsch, 2005);

WHEREAS genocide threatens basic human rights of survival, security, development, and social participation (Lang, 2006; Mork, 2003);

WHEREAS genocide has negative cognitive, behavioral, affective, relational, and spiritual effects on child and adult victims, as well as on perpetrators, historically and contemporarily (Dutton, Boyanowsky, & Bond, 2005; Ursano, Fullterton, & Norwood, 2003; van der Kolk, McFarlane, & Weisaeth, 1996);

WHEREAS genocide is often combined with systematic rape and displacement of victims and severe mental health consequences for survivors of genocide that have been shown to increase anxiety, depression, self-defeating thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, suicide, homicide, and a host of health complications in targeted communities (Bolton, 2001; Staub, 1999; Herman, 1997);

WHEREAS genocide has been shown to severely alter the developmental trajectory of children who are exposed to it by negatively impacting academic and social development, self-esteem, and self-efficacy (Kaplan, 2006, Dyregrov, Gupta, Gjestad, & Mukanoheli, 2000);

WHEREAS genocide intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status in ways that are unique in creating disenfranchisement and environments of vulnerability; (Gangoli, 2006; Bryant-Davis, 2005; Lindsey, 2002; Moses, 2002; Bhavnani, & Backer, 2000)

WHEREAS genocide has long term intergenerational traumatic effects on whole communities (Kaplan, 2006; Ritchie, Watson, & Friedman, 2005; Briere, 2004; Staub, 2000);

WHEREAS the United Nations has established genocide and systematic rape as crimes against humanity (United Nations, 2004; Osborn, 2001);

WHEREAS genocide negatively affects perpetrators by perpetuating distorted thinking about the self and others, including cognitions that dehumanize those who are targeted (Staub, Pearlman, Gubin, & Hagengimana, 2005; Staub, 2004);

WHEREAS genocide has negative effects on intergroup relations, magnifying distrust, fear, vigilance, suspicion, anxiety, stereotypes, and disconnection (Kressel, 2003; Bolton, 2001);

WHEREAS genocide continues to occur throughout human history (Lal, 2005);

WHEREAS the psychological devastation of genocide has been established in psychological studies of the genocides of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, Africans in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Jewish people in the Holocaust, Armenians in 1915, the Tutsis in Rwanda, Cambodians, Guatemalans, Ukrainians, Chinese in the Nanking Massacre, Muslims in Bosnia, and most currently the Black people of the Darfur region of the Sudan where assaults against the Black Sudanese have resulted in the murder of more than 450,000 persons , the rape of countless women and girls, and the displacement of 2.5 million persons (Bush, 2007; Lippman, 2007; Hinton, 2005; Steinweis, 2005; Austin, 2004; Midlarsky & Midlarsky, 2004; Mueller, 2004; Beristain, Paez, & González, 2000; Elovitz, 1999);

WHEREAS the struggle against genocide requires continued active resistance through science and practice that promotes social justice and human rights globally (McMillion, 2005; Howe, 2004; Foa, Keane, & Friedman, 2004);

WHEREAS passive observation of violent acts (the "bystander effect") has negative consequences on individuals and communities (Lippman, 2007; Fischer, Greitemeyer, Pollozek, & Frey, 2006);

WHEREAS the American Psychological Association opposes all manifestation of hate, prejudice, discrimination, and violence and affirms the basic human rights of all people for survival, equality, dignity, respect, and liberty (Kahn, 1985);

WHEREAS psychological science and practice can inform reconciliation processes (Staub, 2006; Munn, 2006; McMillion, 2005; Suedfeld, 2000);

Therefore be it resolved that the American Psychological Association condemns genocide wherever it occurs across the globe and confirms that all people have the right to survival and safety;

Be it further resolved that the American Psychological Association will recommend:

(1) That the international community, professional organizations, and individual psychologists work toward the development of policies that work to eradicate and prevent genocide and to ameliorate its impact on individuals and communities.

(2) The development of research that fosters our understanding of the causes, effects, and solutions to race-based and ethnicity-based hate crimes.

(3) The implementation of interventions that promote equality, social justice, and reconciliation across cultures.

(4) The exploration of the gendered experience of genocide including systematic rape.

(5) The awareness raising of psychologists and psychologists-in-training about the prevalence and impact of genocide through curriculum development, conference presentation, research dissemination, and use of media outlets.

(6) The promulgation of psychological strategies to promote the recovery of victims, community reconciliation, and human rights for all persons.

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XV. CENTRAL OFFICE

A.(46) Council received as information the 2007 Report on Environmental Issues.

16. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

A.(31) Council voted to approve the 2007 year-end probable deficit of $698,400 and a 2008 Final Budget surplus of $332,600 (after recognition of the $2,500,000 cash flow from the buildings).

B.(32) Council voted to approve the following changes to the Responsible Spending Policy (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

1. Honoraria:

In light of the ever-increasing pressures, fiduciary responsibility, accountability, time demands, and in recognition that Board of Directors (BOD) members play active roles in overseeing the work [business] of the Association, APA authorizes annual honoraria payments to the BOD as detailed below:

The Board of Directors shall receive honoraria of:

  • President [$35,000]$36,100
  • President-elect [16,000]16,500
  • Past President [16,000]16,500
  • Secretary [16,000]16,500
  • Treasurer [20,000]20,600
  • Members-at-Large (7) [12,500]12,900

All honoraria paid to members of the Board of Directors are meant solely for their service as Board members, and not for any other service. Honoraria payments also include support for non-reimbursable travel-related expenses and any office support needed throughout the year to conduct APA business.

2. Travel

A specific annual budget must be prepared annually for the President and any other Board members to cover travel as required in the conduct of APA business. Travel limits in this clause exclude travel costs of attending regular BOD meetings. The budget request must specify the duration, dates and location of each trip, as well as a specific reason for each trip. The travel by presidential officers shall be limited to no more than $41,500* [33,000*] and allocated as follows:

  • $22,500*[18,000] for presidential travel
  • $19,000*[15,000] for the combined travel of the president-elect and past president

The travel budget for all other Board members when added together shall not exceed $19,000*[15,000] annually.

3.2 Receptions at Convention:

If it is in the best interest of the Association and the Board and Council feel that such receptions should be held, a specific budget must be set annually based on today's cost not to exceed $33,000* [25,000] per year. The attendance and type of reception shall be the prerogative of the President provided that the total costs remain within the approved budget.

* These [The] limits have [has] been revised to reflect the inflationary increases as approved by COR (effective 1/1/09 [2/01]).

C.(33) Council voted to approve the following changes to the Association Rules (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

Section 210-1. Budget

"€It shall be the goal [each year] to present a surplus budget annually (after consideration of the cash flow from building operations) of between 1% and 2% of budgeted revenues [produce a net income in excess of expenses for the Association's operations as a whole], in order to provide a basis for orderly expansion of operations and services in successive years and to provide a margin of safety against contingencies."

Council also voted to request that the cash flow from building operations be increased from $2.5M to $3.5M beginning in 2009.

D.(34) Council voted to approve the suspension of the consecutive term limitation stipulated in Association Rule 210-1.1 as it relates to the appointment of a non-voting investment community member of the Finance Committee.

E.(35) In executive session, Council discussed the item "Report of Employee Contracts and Staff Compensation."

F.(35A) Council voted to authorize the Board to act on its behalf to refinance all or part of the APA real estate debt as deemed in the best interest of the Association to take advantage of the current interest rate environment between now and August 2008.

G.(47) Council received as information the establishment of a new internal policy that requires that all new budgetary items be considered during the spring budget process only.

H.(48) Council received information on the Board's decision to increase APA's line of credit from $5 million to $10 million to fund the web re-launch project approved by Council in August 2007.

I.(49) Council received as information the 10th Annual Real Estate Report.

J.(50) Council received as information the 2006 IRS Tax Form 990.

K.(51) Council received as information the November 30 - December 1, 2007, minutes of the Finance Committee meeting.

On Saturday morning, a diversity training session on sexual orientation and gender identity was held and included a presentation by Ruth Fassinger, PhD.

On Saturday afternoon, breakout sessions were held and Council members were asked to discuss how Council members can better communicate with APA members and one's constituency.

On Saturday afternoon, Sandy Shullman, PhD, gave a brief presentation on American Psychological Foundation.

On Sunday morning, Council participated in a presentation and discussion on strategic planning for the Association. McKinley Marketing Consultants, Jay Younger and John Gifferty, presented.