Liaison Reports: Highlights of CCTC, ELC & APPIC

Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) Report from Tony Cellucci
The CCTC consists of 13 different training councils in health services psychology and a large number of liaisons. For more information about CCTC see
   Dr. Jim Diaz-Granados is replacing Dr. Belar as head of the Executive Director of Educational Affairs.
He spoke about CCTC being a microcosm of discipline, working for overall good. 
   APA’s Board of Education Affairs (BEA) has disseminated the new supervision guidelines, APA Grants program for internships, steps to implement HSPEC blueprint and the Graduate Education Online Academy and other resources.  In regard to internship grants, approximately 93 proposed internship programs have been funded and 24 have already applied for accreditation.
   BEA also has a workgroup on internship development.  The idea of an internship conference was rejected in favor of investigating greater technical assistance.
   Dr. Carl Paternite, the current chair of CoA, updated us on the revised SOA. The SOA (including nine competencies) were approved and are undergoing final legal review as they make their way through APA governance process.  CoA has been quite busy as they are approaching 1000 accredited programs including doctoral programs, internships, and post-docs.  Accredited internships have shown the most growth including use of the new “contingent status”. There is now also a neat utility on the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) home page ( that allows one to compare programs based on C20 data.  The CoA is hoping to also develop more training resources in the future to provide assistance to developing programs.

ELC Liaison Summary (ELC) from Leticia Flores
The APA Education Directorate and the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) holds an annual Education Leadership Conference (ELC) in Washington, DC., to provide a forum for organizations across all levels of education/training to address issues of mutual concern and influence public policy regarding psychology education.
   This year's ELC theme was "Learning in a Digital World," with presentations and discussion groups addressing aspects of technology at every level, from K-12 education to continuing professional education.  Other presentations focused on issues such as the enduring need for a thoughtful and measured approach to using technology at appropriate times for appropriate purposes, a valid and reliable method for evaluating the effectiveness of technology's use in psychology education and training, and an acknowledgment and appreciation that face-to-face interaction remains a highly effective and generally preferred method for education and training.
   The ELC has a second directive to groom psychologists to advocate with US government representatives for continued/enhanced funding for important APA education initiatives, such as the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) funding. Armed with information and filled with caffeine, ELC participants were "unleashed on Capitol Hill", and to hold brief discussions with congressional staffers.

APPIC Liaison Report from Karen Fondacaro
   COA (Committee on Accreditation) Standards on Accreditation (SoA): COA is currently working on changing their standards of accreditation.  Changes are scheduled to impact programs spring of 2015. 
   APPIC:  APPIC is working on a standardized Post Doc application.
   Internship Crisis: Greg Keilen, Ph.D. gave an update on the internship crisis and displayed a graph from 1999 -2014 depicting the change in applicant numbers and available positions. Of note, in 2014 the number of applicants declined while the number of positions increased, closing the gap “a little,” however the explanation for this is largely unknown. Interestingly, in 2002 90% of applicants were matched, while 71% of applicants matched in 2012. By 2014, 80% matched but only 60% matched to accredited programs. This 60% match declines further when considering some of the individuals who matched to accredited internships came from non-accredited doctoral programs (numbers not available at the time).
   TEPP (Training & Education in Professional Psychology): TEPP has a 26% acceptance rate of submitted articles this past year. They are hoping for future articles focused on Internship Programs.
   My Psych Track: There was general consensus that counting hours is not the best way to document success of pre-doctoral clinicians. A move towards competency-based assessments continues.
   Internship Letters of Recommendation: There is a concern by APPIC board that recommendations for tend to be glowing, and that individuals providing these recs are fearful of being honest given the internship shortage. There is a Canadian standardized letter of recommendation that includes challenges faced by the applicant. APPIC is attempting to adopt this for use by those writing recommendations.