2012 CIRP Strategic Plan and Goals

Central Goals

CIRP’s strategic plan is designed to foster implementation of a set of activities to further APA’s involvement in the promotion and development of psychology in the global world of the 21st Century and support the Association’s aspiration to excel as a principal leader and global partner promoting psychological knowledge and methods to facilitate the resolution of personal, societal and global challenges in diverse, multicultural and international contexts.

The broad goals are captured by seven program areas:

  • Acting in the world arena. Increasing awareness and opportunities for APA and psychology to be involved in international activities promoting human health, education and welfare, and in international policy arenas.

  • Fostering psychology in a global age. APA as a learning partner; building capacity.

  • Increasing international knowledge. Raising awareness of international activities and issues in Psychology to APA and APA members.

  • Expanding outward. Increasing the depth and breadth of connections among psychologists and psychological organizations around the world.

  • Welcoming the world. Increasing the number and engagement of APA’s international affiliates and members; working with fellow national psychology associations.

  • Promoting the value of cross-cultural and multicultural competence for U.S. psychologists. Integrating the study, research, and awareness of cross-cultural and multicultural issues across the Association.

  • Fostering receptivity to knowledge from outside the U.S. It is CIRP’s position that many colleagues do not see the value of international psychology, are not receptive to learning from outside the U.S. and do not believe that results from outside the U.S. have unique merit. The purpose of this goal is to foster receptivity to knowledge from outside the U.S.

Below, each goal is developed more fully; current activities in service of the goal are listed, and new activities are suggested. The first outcome of the strategic plan is the GOALS initiative.

Goal 1: Acting in the World Arena

(Increasing awareness and opportunities for APA and psychology to be involved in international activities promoting human health, education and welfare, and in international policy arenas).

Psychologists have long been active in the global arena, as visiting faculty, Fulbright Scholars, consultants and experts. Psychology as a discipline has been active in policy arenas through its global organizations (e.g., IUPsyS) and more recently individual member international organizations (e.g., IAAP, IACCP, ICP). The purpose of this goal is for APA to take a more active role through increased contacts with global organizations, and through serving as a conduit to encourage APA members to serve global organizations and to become engaged with global initiatives and activities. This might take place through more active and broad nominations, provision of commentary and expertise, and dissemination of information about opportunities.

Ongoing Activities
  • U.N. activities 

    1. U.N. representative team at U.N. Headquarters: involved in NGO committee structure; active in promoting psychology language and issues in U.N. statements and documents; disseminating psychology through briefings, presentations and other events in conjunction with U.N. conferences and meetings

    2. Psychology Day at the United Nations, focusing on the contributions of psychology to issues before the U.N. 

    3. U.N. listserv (disseminate information about U.N. events to psychologists)

  • International meetings calendar

  • International conference registration grants

  • APA international awards

  • Convention programming

  • Guidance brochures on international exchanges, research, teaching, consultation

  • Collaboration with psychologists in U.S. agencies (e.g., USAID) to promote a psychological perspective in global health

  • Web listing of APA’s international activities

Policy Issues
  • APA policy on strategic response to international disasters (completed 2010)

New Activities
  • TBD

Goal 2: Fostering Psychology in a Global Age: APA as a Learning Partner

In the past, APA has played a large role in promoting psychology internationally; APA’s standards have been the model for standards elsewhere in ethics, curriculum development, publications. In addition APA has supported the growth of psychologists and psychology organizations worldwide through capacity building efforts and direct services.

Currently, the enormous growth in psychology programs and numbers of psychologists worldwide may require a different role in fostering the development of psychology.

Ongoing Activities
  • MOU program (at present, APA has MOUs signed with Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Jordan, Mexico, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom)

  • Small Grants for Program Development for National Associations (fostering capacity building for psychological organizations and psychologists)

  • International Affiliate Convention Registration Grants

  • Convention Travel Supplement Grants

  • Visitor’s Program for national psychology organization officers (see also Fostering Exchange)

  • Scientific Meeting Support Fund

  • Promoting regional partnerships with the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP), the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) ; ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS); Caribbean Region

  • First Street Accord (mutual recognition agreement U.S.-Canada on accreditation processes)

Policy Issues
  • APA Resolution on Quality Assurance in International Education and Training — APA as a Learning Partner (2009)

  • Participation in the development of world-wide, concensus-based standards for psychology (2012 meeting on competency models for licensing, certification and credentialing)

New Activities
  • TBD

Goal 3: Increasing International Knowledge

Raising awareness of international activities and issues in Psychology to APA and APA members.

The OIA and CIRP have always worked actively to disseminate information about international events, activities and perspectives. The outcomes for this goal are to continue and expand ongoing dissemination activities and to develop mechanisms to collaborate with other APA offices, Divisions and members to do so.

Ongoing Activities
  • Psychology International (electronic newsletter; announcements; organization profiles; country profiles; series on international collaborations; international applications of psychology)

  • APA International Online (website): program descriptions, meeting calendar; directories FAQ’s

  • Cross-Division liaisons to CIRP to promote international Division activities

  • Cross-Directorate meetings to raise awareness of international opportunities within APA offices

  • APA contributions to Psychology Around the World (PATW) web resource

  • United Nations research briefs on Trauma and HIV/AIDS

  • Regular interaction with Monitor and GradPsych Staff to promote international content in articles

New Activities
  • TBD

Goal 4: Expanding Outward

Increasing the depth and breadth of connections with psychologists and psychological organizations around the world.

APA, CIRP and the OIA provide more or less passive resources to facilitate interactions, such as meeting calendars, directories and the like. The purpose of this goal is to develop active outreach and matching programs to facilitate and encourage exchange at both an individual and organizational level.

Ongoing or Completed Activities
  • MOU program

  • Maintain directories of international and national psychology organizations

  • Small grants for program development for National Associations

  • International conference registration grants

  • International meeting calendar

  • Scientific meeting support fund

  • ROMEO experts database

  • Psychology Association Presidents convention program (2012 and 2007)

  • Fulbright Scholars – A Window to the World convention program (2008)

New Activities
  • TBD

Goal 5: Welcoming the World

Increasing APA membership by increasing the number and engagement of APA’s international affiliates and members; working with fellow national psychology associations

Ongoing Activities
  • MOU program

  • International Affiliates program

  • Convention and International Congress receptions

  • Convention registration awards for international affiliates and students

  • International Mailbox

  • Listserv for International Members and Affiliates

  • Membership recruitment drives at international conferences

New Activities
  • TBD

Goal 6: Promoting the Value of Cross-cultural and Multicultural Competence for U.S. Psychologists

The study, research and awareness of cross-cultural and multicultural issues must be integrated across the Association in order for APA to realize its aspiration of being a “principal leader and global partner promoting psychological knowledge and methods to facilitate the resolution of personal, societal and global challenges in diverse, multicultural and international contexts.”

Ongoing/Completed Activities
  • Brochure series on “Going International: A Practical Guide for Psychologists.” The first booklet, Academics Going Abroad, was published in 2011

Proposed Activities
  • Promulgate APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice and Organizational Change (2002)

  • Collaborate on the revision of the Multicultural Guidelines

  • Work to incorporate international psychology/cross-cultural competence in all levels of the curriculum

Goal 7: Fostering Receptivity to Knowledge from Outside the U.S.

It is CIRP’s position that many colleagues do not see the value of international psychology, are not receptive to learning from outside the U.S., and do not believe that results from outside the U.S. have unique merit. The purpose of this goal is to foster receptivity to knowledge from outside the U.S.

Proposed Activities

  • Develop strategies for showcasing the importance of international psychology to domestic research, practice and application (e.g., demonstrate relevance to local psychologists)

  • Encourage all APA governance activities to include international perspectives

  • Encourage divisions to include international presenters and presenters who have research, clinical and teaching experience outside the U.S.

  • Develop strategies to bring more awareness to divisions of international issues and increase APA and division international membership

  • Develop international talking points for divisions, including descriptions of CIRP and OIA

  • Promote ROMEO as resource for international expertise

  • Develop capacity building initiatives to support international research expertise and research expertise in countries with less developed infrastructure

  • Encourage increased international submissions to APA journals

  • Develop capacity to have abstracts translated

New Activities
  • TBD

 

Revised 02/15/2012