Upfront

Starting with APA's 2014 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., more of the convention programming will be collaborative, cutting across APA divisions and content areas within psychology.

The deadline for collaborative programming proposals is Nov. 1; regular programming proposals are due Dec. 2.

The goal for this programming is to highlight the unique role of APA as a unifying force in psychology. This idea originated from past APA presidents and was approved by APA's Council of Representatives. To accomplish this goal, a pool of hours has been set aside for collaborative proposals submitted by at least two divisions. These collaborative proposals will be competitively reviewed, with innovative programming encouraged.

The criteria used to review cross-divisional proposals include: broad appeal, current and timely topic, originality and innovativeness, interactive/creative format, scientific basis and attention to diversity.

Proposals may be for one- or two-hour convention presentations. Special consideration will be given to proposals consistent with the 2014 convention themes, which include: psychology and the public good; the psychology of violence; psychology and technology; health-care integration and reform; mechanisms and principles of change; internationalizing psychology; controversies and difficult dialogues in psychology; and lifelong training and development of psychologists. However, proposals do not have to be related to a theme.

The procedures for implementing these changes in APA's convention have been developed by a newly created Central Programming Group, which is overseen by APA's Board of Convention Affairs. Complete information and procedures for the proposals and submissions can be found at APA convention.