An Announcement from the President of ACEPT
I hope that you are all doing well as the academic and training year is winding up for all of you. I am writing to let the Chicagoland training community know a few things going on with ACEPT this spring. This email will have information about the following:
· Upcoming conference and meeting
· Upcoming elections
· Membership Chair
· Practicum notification survey results
· Interest survey for an automated match process
Conference and Meeting
As a reminder the first annual ACEPT training conference will take place next week on Friday, May 10 at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus. To register for the conference, please follow the link: https://rooseveltuniversity.us2.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cNGk6CVZ1XflBk1
The conference is free to ACEPT members and will be followed by the May ACEPT meeting. The meeting will be from 1:30pm-3:30pm and you do not need to attend the conference in order to attend the meeting.
We currently have two open positions for next year and there is one nominee for each position (listed below). Nominations need to be made no later than the May 10, 2013 meeting next week. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else please let me know. Elections will take place via on-line voting once the nominee list has been finalized. If the current nominees are unopposed, the election will be suspended and the nominees will automatically be installed at the August 2013 meeting. The current nominees are:
President-Elect: Eunice Kim, Director of Training, Doctor of Psychology Program, Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Treasurer/Secretary: Peter Battista, Associate Director of Training, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program
Membership Chair Opening 2013-14
The Membership Chair is an appointed position to the Executive Committee. It begins in August 2013 and goes through August 2014. The Membership Chair is responsible for maintaining and updating ACEPT membership organizations and creating relationships within the Chicagoland training community in order to increase ACEPT membership. Please contact Tim Mulligan (firstname.lastname@example.org), ACEPT President Elect, if you are interested in the position or would like to nominate someone for the position.
Practicum Guidelines and Notification Survey Results
The ACEPT 2013-14 Application Guidelines and Notification process were evaluated through a survey distributed to ACEPT school, ACEPT and non-ACEPT sites, and students attending ACEPT schools. There were a total of 174 respondents. Six school representatives, 41 site representatives and 127 students completed the survey. Survey results will be discussed at the May 10, 2013 meeting and will be used by the Guidelines Subcommittee in considering the process for the 2014-15 training year.
Automated Match System Survey
Over the last few years one suggestion for the doctoral practicum notification process has been to move to an automated matching system, similar to the one used for pre-doctoral internship programs. After an initial discussion with a representative of the National Matching Service, we decided to survey ACEPT member organizations (academic programs and training sites) to gauge the level of interest in this method of notification and to survey approximate enrollment numbers to estimate an initial cost.
Below is a link to a survey (yes, another survey!). It should take about 10 minutes to complete and you’ll need statistics about the recent doctoral practicum application process. For schools, you’ll need the numbers of students enrolled in the search process at each level (Therapy, Diagnostic, and Advanced Therapy) as well as the number of active training sites your students apply to. For training sites you’ll need the number of positions you have at each level and the number of applications you received. You’ll also be asked to indicate whether or not you received applications from ACEPT schools.
We will be asking for training director name and institutional affiliation, although the results will be shared to the ACEPT general body and NMS without identifying information. Although we are asking any doctoral psychology program or doctoral practicum training site to compete the survey, it is our hope to get all ACEPT member organization to complete the survey. The Guidelines Subcommittee will be following up with ACEPT institutional representatives over the summer. The survey link is:
Thank you all so much for your time. If you have any questions with regard to ACEPT or any of the subjects above, please do not hesitate to ask. I hope to see you at the conference and meeting next week.
Rufus R. Gonzales, PhD
Join us on May 10th, 2013 for the 1st annual ACEPT conference! Get involved by submitting a presentation proposal to be showcased during the poster session or come to network with other professionals in the field of psychology. The conference will be held at Roosevelt University from 9am-1:30pm with poster presentations from 12:30pm-1:30pm. All students are welcome to attend the conference and there is no admission fee.
For more information on submitting a presentation proposal, click here.
Ride Share Forum now available!
The purpose of the ACEPT Ride Sharing is to facilitate the linkage and coordination of practicum students with one another for transportation. This linkage allows students to share resources in order to reduce travel costs and potentially chose a placement that may not be easily accessible by public transportation. Check out the new, easy to use forum listed under student resources!
Benefits of Becoming a Member
Benefits to becoming a member of ACEPT include membership for one year, a table for your site at the Annual Practicum Fair, quarterly meetings with speakers and events pertinent to clinical training, a forum to discuss and problem solve issues related to training, a venue to network with training directors and supervisors from the schools and clinical sites, and use of the ACEPT website to post information and advertise services, to name several. To join, click the complete the registration form and send in your dues.