The following ad hoc and standing committees of the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP) provide governance and project management for the functions of the society. For information on joining any of the committees, contact the current chair of the committee.
Coaching Psychology Credentialing Committee
The purpose of the Coaching Psychology Credentialing Committee (CPCC) is to identify the special qualifications of psychologists for coaching and the distinctive value their coaching offers to the clients they serve. Specifically, CPCC was established to meet the need for validated competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics [KSAPs]) required for the effective practice of coaching by psychologists; to enable better preparation of psychology graduate students for coaching – and/or psychologists who wish to migrate their practice focus to coaching – by providing information regarding the KSAPs required for effective practice; and to provide information that will allow psychologists to establish greater awareness and validation of their specific competencies and value, for example, to support their eligibility for government and other contracts that require certification.
Committee on Nominations to APA Committees and Boards
The primary goal of the Committee on Nominations to APA Committees and Boards is to assist those SCP members who are interested in APA governance to learn the ropes (and which ones to skip) in seeking nomination and election to APA Boards and Committees. The secondary goal is to create awareness of opportunities available to SCP members who wish to serve on APA Boards and Committees. The committee distributes a brochure, “Get Your Voice Heard, Play a Part, Get Elected,” on how to be active in APA governance.
Continuing Education Committee
The SCP provides continuing education programs for psychologists. These programs provide the opportunity for professional development opportunities while earning CE credits. The Continuing Education Committee is responsible for overseeing the review and approval of all CE offerings, including workshops and sessions at the annual midwinter conference as well as distance learning programs. As an APA-approved CE sponsor, every program that is offered by Division 13 is reviewed to ensure that it meets APA standards for continuing education credit.
CPJ Editorial Board
The Editorial Board of Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research helps set policy for the journal, stimulate articles submitted to the journal, review/evaluate articles submitted to the journal, and create/sustain the high quality of the journal.
The Fellows Committee assists division members who have made unusal and outstanding contributions to consulting psychology to achieve fellow status in APA. For information on criteria to become a fellow, or on the nomination process itself, please see the Division 13 Fellowship page.
Graduate Student Committee
The Committee of Graduate Student Representatives is concerned with a wide range of matters pertinent to graduate student members of the division, including membership (gaining new student members for the division) and retention; training and development (by connecting students with early career professionals in the field of consulting psychology, as well as with more seasoned professionals); education of consulting psychology (helping students understand what consulting psychology is and what their future career path in this field could be; making the training and education guidelines accessible and understandable to student members); and building community (creating a year-round virtual graduate student community to have more meaningful interactions at the midwinter conferences). Current committee initiatives include two major programs. The first is the “Mentor of the Month” series, in which two consultants (not students) will respond to student questions via the virtual forum, The Consulting Psychologist. Second, to better identify and reach out nationwide to schools offering courses in (or related to) consulting psychology, the “University Ambassador” initiative builds relationships with schools and individuals and encourages them to become a robust part of the division’s student membership.
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to attract, support, and retain members of the SCP through promoting the society and engaging new members. The committee’s main goals are to 1) help onboard new members seamlessly into the society and help them become engaged active members in the community, 2) liaise with APA membership services and the other APA divisions to share best practices and membership data, and 3) increase the membership of Division 13.
The Midwinter Conference Committee is responsible for the production of the annual conference, from conception to delivery. Members of the committee plan programming (including keynotes, workshops and concurrent sessions), develop the schedule of conference and off-site activities, solicit sponsors for the event and help market the conference to current and potential members.
Professional Affairs Committee
The Professional Affairs Committee (PAC) is a standing committee of the SCP. The committee’s contribution to the society is based on careful attention to professional issues relevant to SCP members, via gathering and sharing information, proposing procedures and policies, implementing outreach and other relevant activities. Current issues which could be addressed by the PAC include the Model Licensure Act, which provides language for state and territorial legislatures regarding practice of non-health-care-professional (non-HCP) psychology across jurisdictions; the question of licensure for SCP members, including legal and ethical implications, boundaries of competence for consulting psychologists and the issue of impaired psychologists and those at risk for becoming impaired.
Small Grants Committee
The Small Grants Committee is an ad hoc committee of the SCP. The committee is charged with managing SCP’s Small Grants Competition. The committee solicits grant proposals, reviews and rates the proposals, recommends funding of the highest quality proposals, sends out award and rejection notices, and monitors completion of final grant reports from each funded applicant, including a manuscript submission to the Journal of Consulting Psychology. The Small Grants Committee comprises members of the journal’s editorial review board. The objective of the committee is to encourage high quality research in the field and to increase the publication of quality research in the Journal of Consulting Psychology.
The Consulting Psychologist Newsletter
The Editorial Board for The Consulting Psychologist eNewsletter helps solicit articles, writes articles, and provides suggestions for future submissions to the eNewsletter.
Training and Development Committee
The Training and Development Committee focuses on providing educational opportunities for SCP members, introducing the field of consulting psychology to entering professionals and creating educational collaborations that bring together consulting psychologists across the country and throughout the year.