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September 11, 2015

Key Updates

The Division of  Education and Training (Div. II) and the Division of Clinical and Professional Practice (Div I) will host a workshop on “Supervisees Who Worry Their Supervisors” in San Francisco on October 17th, with Dr. Nadine Kaslow. Register here.

There will be two Risk Management workshops this Fall; September 26th in Irvine, CA and October 3rd  in South San Francisco. Click here for more info.
The Board of Psychology has decided not to proceed with the revision of the CE regulations at this time.  They will reconsider the language and requirements and bring new recommended changes to the Board of Psychology at the November meeting.  Watch the CPA listserv for current updates.
Membership will remain a critical focus for 2016.
The Board of Directors meets monthly by teleconference on the third Wednesday of every month. The next in-person Board meeting is scheduled for November 7, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm in San Jose, CA

Your Board in Action

From the Meeting on August 19, 2015

The California Psychological Association Board of Directors met on August 19, 2015, with CPA President Dr. Stephen Pfeiffer presiding. The meeting was conducted via telephone conferencing.

The agenda and all supporting materials can be found here.

Dr. Pfeiffer welcomed everyone and moved into the business of the day.


Dr. Slater reported on the overall financial condition of CPA for 2015, indicating a projected small surplus due to a profitable convention and the fact that the Professional Affairs position and the part-time position in accounting have remained vacant. The Board commended the staff for managing the finances so well.
Dr. Linder-Crow reported on AB1542, the worker’s compensation bill and SB 479, the behavioral analysis bill. AB1542, sponsored by CPA, would maintain the neuropsychology designation as a separate evaluation option in worker’s compensation. It is moving well through the legislature, although it is receiving some objection from the Department of Industrial Relations. CPA is working very hard on this bill and will let members know if a grassroots effort is needed with the Governor’s Office.  

The behavior analysis bill, SB479 would establish a new license for Behavior Analysts in California. At this time CPA has a neutral position on this bill because the author has accepted all suggested amendments and we were successful in ensuring that psychologists are exempt from needing licensure to practice behavior analysis.  The bill continues to have challenges from other groups, and although there is no reason to change our position at this time it will be re-evaluated if unfavorable amendments are made to the bill.  

Dr. Linder-Crow noted that this summer’s special brought in an additional 215 members and generated $18,378.00 in additional dues income. The cost of this effort amounted to approximately $700


  • Three members of the Ethics Committee reappointed for another three-year term.
  • A new member of the Ethics Committee, Dr. Terry Gock, was approved.
  • An addition to the Ethics Rules and Procedures was approved to allow committee members who are terming out to remain for one year, if needed, to maintain the minimum number of committee members needed to adequately respond to member consultation requests.
  • The Board decided to send a letter to the APA Ethics Committee requesting their urgent action in amending the Ethics Code to implement the Council resolution from August 2015 related to the participation of psychologists in national security interrogations.  You can see that letter and CPA’s previous responses to the Hoffman Report here.
  • Staff will develop a written description of the LAN representative responsibilities by the end of the year and distribute it to the chapter and division representatives before the next legislative session begins.

Dr. Linder-Crow reviewed the process of follow-up regarding the APA Hoffman report and subsequent decisions made at the APA convention. The resolution passed by the APA council must be implemented through a change to the APA ethics code. The APA Council, while a governing body of APA, cannot change the Ethics Code. The APA Ethics Committee must be the body to propose the change. The council voted to develop a blue ribbon committee to review this issue and make a report to the Council at the February 2016 meeting.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at
The minutes from previous Board Meetings, as well as other important CPA information such as Financial Statements, Bylaws, etc. are found in the Board and Governance Section, under “Membership,” on the CPA website.  You must log in with your personal information in order to view this section.


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