Meeting Our Goals in 2015

By Terence M. Keane, Ph.D.



Headed by Gayle Beck, Ph.D. during her 2012 Presidency, a team of our members began the important initiative of adding webinars to our portfolio of continuing education opportunities for our members. The Memphis Meeting set out goals, objectives and timelines while appointing a Committee of seasoned and accomplished members to head the effort. Deb Drabick, Ph.D. of Temple University was chosen as chair soon thereafter and in the early summer of 2014 the Society of Clinical Psychology (SCP) launched its first ever webinar on PTSD and offered APA continuing education credits. All at a remarkable price for members ($15.00) and non- members ($50).

Future presentations will include a focus on early career psychologists to include topics like understanding and applying for the NIH Loan Repayment Program, financial planning and management, establishing the business of a private practice, negotiation for the best outcomes, etc. For students, we will continue to provide support in multiple ways. Last Autumn’s panel to assist advanced students who are applying for internships will be replicated on September 7th, 2015. Featured will be: Allisone Ponce from Yale, Mitch Prinstein from Chapel Hill, Randi Streisand of George Washington’s Children’s National Medical Center, and Risa Weisberg of the Boston Consortium of Clinical Psychology at Boston University. Last year’s webinar panel sold out early, so please advise your students accordingly. Another suggestion might be for students in programs and laboratories to participate jointly to maximize the reach of the panel. It promises to be an outstanding briefing once again.

In October 2014, SCP hosted the first Graduate Student Summit at Boston University School of Medicine. Over 125 graduate students from virtually every graduate program in clinical psychology in New England who paid $25 admission attended it. Also included was an added benefit of a full year’s membership in SCP. This career development workshop presented recent updates in clinical science by the following speakers who volunteered their time on a Saturday in October: David Barlow, David Tolin, Denise Sloan, and Liz Roemer. A lecture on the importance of publishing (whether you are in a clinical or an academic position) was written by Gayle Beck, the editor of Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice, and presented by Denise Sloan when Gayle’s travel was cancelled due to equipment failure.

The summit also had two separate panels on internships and post-doctoral fellowships that focused upon the why’s, where’s, and what to do’s in the interest of furthering one’s career. Tracie Shea, Jennifer Vasterling, Steve Quinn, Throstur Bjorgvinsson all presented their perspectives while representing some of the top internship training programs in the country. The feedback from the students was sensational. Some said it was the best professional event they’d ever attended. An excitement permeated the entire day and made the entire event worth all of the effort expended.

Brad Karlin, President Elect of SCP, and I will be planning another Summit that will focus on leadership development in clinical psychology. This will be scheduled in the next year with, again, a focus on the needs of younger psychologists preparing to move to the next stage of their career. We will be looking for senior members to assist in the process. More will come on the details of this leadership training very soon. Be on the look out for announcements.

Finally, you will be receiving more about the APA convention from multiple sources and directions, but I am deeply grateful to Denise Sloan, our program chair for the Toronto meeting, for the amazing job she’s done. With the help of Naomi Sadeh, Cassidy Gutner, and Matt Gallagher of Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston and Blair Wisco of University of North Carolina-Greensboro, they have assembled a terrific program for us all. With Stephen Hollon, David Barlow, Jonathan Comer, and Lauren Alloy as invited speakers the meetings will be nothing short of outstanding. The symposia, workshops, and posters are an impressive blend of clinical psychology’s major strengths: institutional and independent clinical practice, the integration of science and practice, and translational clinical science. The meetings will surely be an outstanding array of the work of our members. I am very much looking forward to the events of the APA meetings. More to come on this as the details are finalized.

Finally, I do want to thank all the members who serve on Committees and programs for the enhancement of our Division. The breadth and depth of the efforts encourage me greatly. With our new administrative officer, Tara Craighead of Atlanta, we are moving in many directions in service of our members and our profession. Tara’s presence is already strongly felt and her diligence is deeply appreciated. It’s a very exciting time for us as a group. Concurrently, I thank Lynn Peterson for her two decades of service to SCP. Her warmth, wit, and knowledge of our group can only be replaced in time. She was a stalwart for us all and we benefited greatly from her conscientiousness and competence. Best of luck to Lynn, Brad, and their family in the next phase.