SCP President's Message – I See What You Mean
I am usually only mildly interested in the Annual APA Convention held this year in Denver. This year was different. The giant blue bear at the Denver Convention Center is called “I see what you mean”. According to the artist, one of the things it conveys is encouraging people to not just pass by, but to take time to peak inside, perhaps to look at things from a different angle. With the APA Convention coming mid-way through our year, the bear encouraged me to not just let it or the convention just pass by.
If you wanted drama, there was plenty to be found as APA Governance and members continued to wrestle with the aftermath and implications of the Independent Review. If you wanted intellectual stimulation there was the convention opening address by Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D. adding a provocative perspective to analyzing political trends. If you wanted vicariously share appreciation and recognition of service to the profession there was our own Sandy Shulman receiving a Gold Medal and Stewart Cooper being elected to the Board of Directors. If you wanted the chance to make new connections and build on existing ones, we had a Hospitality Suite with a view and a Social Hour with some brew. An excited group of Early Career Professionals and experienced psychologists transitioning to consulting shook a lot of hands, asked a number of questions, and joined! They are ready and eager to get engaged. If you wanted quality presentations regarding the science and practice of what we do, our programming and collaborations included presentations by Albino, Archuletta, Bandy, Barnett, Bixler, Bokhari, Chandler, Chin, Cornelius, DeHoff, Drevo, Fennig, Foley-Nicpon, Gergerson, Grguric, Harvey, Kinser, Knapp, Knotek, Libby, Lee, Lent, Lowman, Olson, Portenga, Raben, Reisner, Rugg, Sirkin, Subotnik, Worrell…… Just like the blue bear, all I had to do, all you have to do is take a look see what we mean!
I am excited about where we are as an organization half way through the year. Leading a team of talented and fully engaged members often feels effortless. Trevor Olson and Layla Bokhari made our APA Convention worthy of stopping the blue bear to take a peek. If you wish you had been there, plan ahead for APA in Washington DC, but don’t miss our own Consulting Psychology Conference in Seattle in February!
Are you as engaged as you want to be? If not, call me. I have a few suggestions.
Greg Pennington, Ph.D.
Society of Consulting Psychology