Education Advocacy Grassroots Activities

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) Honored at 2007 ELCA

special reception honoring Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) was held during the September 2007 Education Leadership Conference (ELC). As a senior and majority member of the House Appropriations Labor Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee, Rep. Lowey has enormous influence on Capitol Hill. Rep. Lowey is a long-time proponent for education and a champion of health care services for women, children, and the elderly, and recently a strong advocate for mental health care for returning veterans. Of particular interest to the psychology education/training community, Rep. Lowey has expressed her strong support for the Graduate Psychology Education Program - the only federal program solely dedicated to the support of psychology education and training - which is providing supervised mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations (children, older adults, victims of abuse and trauma, including returning military personnel and their families, especially in rural and urban communities).

Education Advocacy Training Workshops and Presentations

APA Education Government Relations Office (GRO) staff continues to raise awareness of the importance of getting involved in advocacy and grassroots activities. Education GRO staff presented an update on education advocacy initiatives at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) mid-winter conference. Later in the spring Dr. Levitt and Sheila Forsyth, APA grassroots consultant, conducted an advocacy training workshop for members of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). In September a very successful "Advocacy for Novices" training session was also provided at the 2007 ELC Conference. Staff from the Education, Public Interest, and Science Government Relations Offices will also be conducting a full day of advocacy training workshop and hill visits for APAGS in December. In January Education Advocacy staff will conduct advocacy training for a group of military psychology residents stationed at Andrews Air Force Base and other local military bases. Advocacy presentations and workshops are also planned for the January 2008 NCSPP mid-winter meeting, the March 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference, and again at the 2008 ELC conference.