Committees & Task Forces
Standing Committees are permanent committees whose purposes are defined by the CPA bylaws. The committees meet regularly and report to the CPA Board of Directors. Chairs are appointed by the President-Elect at the end of the calendar year to serve during the following year for one (1) year terms with the approval of the Board except for those committees whose Chairs are designated by the CPA Bylaws. The CPA President is a member of all standing committees and the Committee Chairs appoint the other members of the committee. The exception to this is the CPA Ethics Committee. Members of this committee apply for membership and must be approved by the CPA Board of Directors.
Nominations, Elections and Awards Committee (Members)
The Nominations, Elections and Awards Committee consists of at least five (5) members that include the President-Elect, Past President, a representative from a Division and a representative from a Chapter. The Past-President serves as Chair and the President-Elect serves as Vice-Chair. The Committee is responsible for obtaining nominations and selecting a slate of candidates for CPA offices and APA Council Representatives. The Committee also reviews nominations and recommends recipients for the CPA annual awards.
Ethics Committee (Members)
The Ethics Committee consists of at least five (5) members who are confirmed by the CPA Board. This committee serves as an educational resource for the membership by accepting calls from the membership for private consultation, referring individuals with a complaint against a member or members to the APA ethics committee or the appropriate regulatory agency, consulting with the CPA Board of Directors about professional and ethical issues of general relevance to CPA’s members, writing position papers for The California Psychologist, and offering workshops at the CPA annual convention.
Finance Committee (Members)
The Finance Committee consists of at least five (5) members that include the Treasurer serving as Chair, Treasurer-Elect (when this office is in effect), President-Elect, and at least one (1) additional member representing the CPA Foundation and one (1) member representing CPAGS. The Committee is responsible for overseeing the financial operations and the budget of CPA.
Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC Committee page, Members)
The Governmental Affairs Committee consists of at least five (5) members. This includes the Federal Advocacy Coordinator(s), Chapter and Division Government Affairs representatives, and a CPAGS representative. Federal Advocacy Coordinator(s) are appointed for one (1) year terms by the President-Elect at the end of the year for the following year. The committee recommends the legislative and regulatory agenda for CPA for the year. The GAC representatives are responsible for communicating CPA's Governmental Affairs efforts to their chapters and bringing their members’ concerns to the statewide organization.
Governance Committee (Members)
The Governance Committee consists of at least five (5) members and includes at least one (1) voting Director. The committee reviews changes to CPA Chapter and Division bylaws, and proposes any amendments and policy changes to the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and Governance Policy Manual.
Membership Committee (Members)
The Membership Committee consists of at least five (5) members. The Committee is responsible for initiating and monitoring recruitment and retention of members and making recommendations to the CPA Board of Directors regarding member benefits and programs.
OTHER CPA COMMITTEES AND TASK FORCES
These committees and task forces are created by the CPA Board as it deems necessary from time to time in order to conduct the business of CPA.
CE Committee (Members)
The purpose of the CE Committee is to plan, develop, support and conduct educational workshops throughout California on pertinent topics of interest and importance to psychologists. The Chair is appointed annually by the President.
CARE (Colleague Awareness Resources and Education Program) (Members)
The psychology profession has recognized the need to encourage the use of rehabilitative mechanisms for those of its members who may experience behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and/or substance-related distress. The CARE program is designed to provide education and access to referrals, and increase awareness of issues of diversity, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatization, prevention, and early intervention. The Chair is appointed annually by the President.
Convention Committee (Members)
The purpose of the convention committee is to develop and oversee the CPA annual convention program by selecting the educational sessions to be held during the annual convention. The Chair is appointed annually by the President-Elect for the following year's convention.
CP Editorial Board (Members)
The purpose of the CP Editorial Board is to oversee and assist in articulating the scope and function of The California Psychologist in terms of CPA’s mission and to provide recommendations and guidance to The California Psychologist and its advertising policy.
The Chair is the Editor of the California Psychologist magazine, and is appointed annually by the President.
Early Career Psychologist Committee (ECP) (Members)
The purpose of the ECP Committee is to facilitate the leadership development of Early Career Psychologists within CPA, and to provide a strong voice for ECP members in the association. The Chair is appointed annually by the President.
Government Affairs Steering Committee (GASC) (Members)
The Government Affairs Steering Committee is made up of CPA members who direct CPA's Governmental Affairs program. The Chair is appointed annually by the President.
Governance Structure Task Force (Established 2011) (Members)
The purpose of the Governance Structure Task Force, a Presidential Task Force appointed in 2011, is to review CPA’s governance structures, roles and mechanisms as they relate to consistent management, cohesive policies, guidance, processes and decision-rights for a given area of responsibility. The task force is tasked with initiating discussions and making recommendations for any needed change or enhancement in the structure of the CPA Board of Directors. The Chair was appointed by the President.
Health Care Reform Task Force (Established 2012) (Members)
The CPA Health Care Reform Task Force is a Presidential Task Force appointed by Dr. Craig Lareau during his 2012 Presidency and continuing under 2013 CPA President Dr. Mark Kamena. The Task Force will specifically focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California, with particular attention to the role of psychologists in the implementation. The Task Force will develop strategies for two-way communication with Chapters in order to share information about the implementation of the ACA, both at the state level and at the local level. The Task Force will also develop a proactive process for prioritizing relevant information from the CPA Staff, the APA Practice Organization (APAPO, and other relevant sources, for distribution to Chapters and local psychologists. The Task Force will be available for consultation with CPA’s lobbyists when state legislation and policies in this area are being considered and developed.
Immigration Task Force (Established 2010) (Members)
This multidisciplinary task force, established by the CPA President in 2010, is charged with establishing a relationship with the American Bar Association (ABA) to provide psychologists with the basic skills necessary to conduct psychological evaluations for the immigration court. The Psychologists who attend the training will then commit to being listed on an ABA data base and will agree to provide pro bono or low fee services to immigrants who are facing hearings in the immigration court.
The Task Force will also collect information from psychological, legal and business literature about the effects of the current immigration/deportation process on adult individuals, families, children, and the economy. From these data, the task force will create both a resource list of relevant and up to date articles and a quick fact sheet and summary report that CPA will use to inform legislators and the media.
Psychology in the Workplace Network (PWN)
The Psychology in the Workplace Network (PWN) is a network of more than 50 psychologists representing SPTAs and some APA divisions. The PWN works to strategically advance psychology by developing strong collaborative relationships with the business and employer community and educating them about the roles and value of psychology in the workplace. Currently, the network is carrying out its mission of promoting well-being and performance in the workplace through the vehicle of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP), which includes local- and APA-level awards that recognize employers for their efforts to foster healthy, high-performing organizations. CPA has a statewide Coordinator that serves as a liaison to APA for this program.
The PHWP committee is comprised of CPA volunteers that fulfill many important positions. These volunteers plan and coordinate program implementation including: award process; employer education outreach; publicity and media relations. The Chair is appointed annually by the President. (Members)
Disaster Response Network (DRN) (Members)
The purpose of the Disaster Relief Network is to advance the vision of CPA by encouraging the continual development of mental health Disaster Response programs at the grassroots level. This is done by communicating with CPA chapters regarding disaster response activities and collaborating with APA’s DRN under the Practice Directorate. The committee provides an annual training workshop for all DRN Chapter Coordinators and serves as a clearinghouse for disaster issues and information. The committee works closely with the American Red Cross and APA and networks with other mental health disaster response agencies and organizations within the state.
Public Education Campaign (Members)
The PEC network consists of psychologists who volunteer their time to educate the public about the role of psychology in healthcare. These psychologists deliver campaign messages about resilience, stress, lifestyle and behavior, and disease prevention and management at the grassroots level through various community outreach activities and media interviews. The PEC Network is organized by region. Each SPTA has a PEC coordinator serving as their SPTA “captain” of public education as well as a liaison between the network and the APA Practice Directorate. The PEC network engages in community outreach activities and local media opportunities with the guidance of psychologists more experienced in public education.
Federal Advocacy Coordinators (Members)
The Federal Advocacy Coordinators work at the state level to support the efforts of the APA in its Federal advocacy program. This program is the largest and most visible national presence advocating psychology in the public interest. The program is administered by government relations and public policy professionals in the Public Policy Office at the APA Central Office in Washington, DC.