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Section IV Report - MARCH 2004 meeting
Barry Dauphin, Ph.D., MSPP Section IV Representative
Editor’s Note: Section IV is the section of local chapters within Division 39. The Section IV Senate, consisting of representatives from each local chapter, meets each year at the Spring Meeting and at the APA Convention. Dr. Dauphin is MSPP’s representative to the Section IV Senate; he currently also serves as Treasurer of Section IV.
The Section IV Senate met on
Treasury. Section IV is currently in good shape financially. We took in about $270 more than we spent in 2003. The 2004 Budget was reviewed and approved. We should continue to have over $10,000 on hand after this year’s expenses are met. Section IV has plenty of room to extend seed grants to any chapters that form over the next year. There is one potential chapter (
Elections and Appointments. David Downing, Ph.D. (Chicago Open Chapter), was elected President-elect. He will serve for a second year. The bylaw change to have presidents serve for two years was approved. Linda Rudy, Ph.D. (Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology), was elected Secretary. This year Section IV will be electing a President-elect and a Treasurer. Bill MacGillivray, Ph.D. (Appalachian Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology) was appointed by the president to an ad hoc position which will cover various loose ends, including keeping up with the directory, etc. The past President, Marsha McCary, Ph.D. (Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology) will form an elections committee. Although the Treasurer (myself) usually serves on this committee, he will not do so this this year as he will be running for office (for President-elect). Information about number of votes per chapter will be updated in advance. Information about the status of local chapter dues payments was distributed with the budget and financial report.
Student Program. Two students were recipients of Section IV grants this year (Florida Orlando chapter and Chicago Open chapter). The
Presidential Initiative. Dr. Downing will continue to focus on presentations concerning psychoanalytic work with psychotics. The presentation for this meeting focused on the work of a Canadian group, GIFRIC, which operates a program for psychotic patients. The program is psychoanalytically oriented and was nearly eliminated from the Canadian system until they were able to demonstrate that the program was actually cost effective (as measured by reduced need for medicine, reduced inpatient hospitalization, greater work productivity amongst its patients which resulted in patients paying taxes back into Canadian system, etc.). The Section IV presentation has been arranged for August meeting. The speakers’ bureau was discussed. Efforts will be made to update list and continue to try to promote interest. So far, it has been little used by chapters. The President will continue to assist in local chapter development. We discussed ideas concerning fostering improved communication among local chapters.
Division 39 President-Elect. David Ramirez, Ph.D. addressed the Senate meeting. He discussed his past involvement in Section IV. He is invested in continuing the Division 39 involvement in the Multicultural Conference. Division 39 will plan to have its January board meeting in
Division 39 Board. Andrea Corn, Ph.D. (SEFAPP), reported on the Division 39 board meeting. Ron Levant, Ph.D. (President-elect of APA and a Division 39 member), attended. He addressed his concerns about the push in APA for evidence based treatment (EBT) and discussed the APA accepting a broad definition of evidence which has been favored by Division 39. Division 39 president Jane Darwin, Ph.D., appointed an ad hoc committee on EBT. They have nothing to report at this point but will be working with other Divisions who share concerns about the narrowness of definition of evidence and concerns about flexibility of treatment. Thirteen Divisions have formed a task force on EBT. Andrea will send out a full report to the Section IV representatives in about a month. We had little time for Division 39 board information this year. The Division 39 treasury appears to be in good shape. There was discussion about the need to improve the Division 39 website, especially Section IV’s presence on the website. Division 39 membership appears to be down but some of this is unclear because of delays in APA tabulating Division membership for all the Divisions. Next year is the 25th anniversary of Division 39. The spring conference will be in
Local Chapters. We spent a significant amount of time going around the room discussing what’s been happening in local chapters. There is a wide variety of experiences. Each of the local chapters has its own way of organizing activities and all exist in different psychoanalytic environments. Curiously, there has been a lot of development of some chapters where there is little, if any, other psychoanalytic “competition” in the area.
Many psychologists do not want to join APA for the purpose of joining Division 39. The level of Division 39 involvement varies greatly from one local chapter to another. Those local chapters most disconnected from Division 39 have more members who raise questions about the need for the tie-in. Addressed during the meeting was being in a position to have a psychoanalytic voice within APA and the possibility to influence APA policy on matters such as EBT, especially given that APA represents a very powerful force in psychology and its policies can affect all psychologists whether they are members of APA or not. Also addressed was the ability to network with others from across the country, which can help one to examine whether provincialism could be creeping into the local organization’s view.
Many local chapters complained of difficulty with board development. The current president of the Dallas chapter indicated that she was recruited to be president because she generally came to the meetings and helped out setting up chairs, refreshments, etc. Another chapter indicated that the president agreed to remain in office at the end of his term because no one had run for president. The theme of difficulty recruiting board members appeared true for a third to half of the chapters. Chapters which have strong psychoanalytic institutes nearby tend to have the greatest difficulty, while chapters which have no psychoanalytic institutes in their vicinity tended to have the most active participation. The two largest local chapters have somewhat “symbiotic” relationships with nearby institutes. The Massachusetts chapter uses its proximity to Harvard and various institutes to its advantage. For example, they often schedule speakers who are already coming to Harvard, MIT, etc. or to an institute nearby. The university or institute is picking up the tab for travel and accommodations (sort of like pilot fish to whale).