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It is time to develop Division 16’s programming for APA 2020 in Washington DC (Aug 6-9)!

Contact Info:

Liz Power Chair 2020:
Casey McPherson Co-Chair 2020:
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The first step is here— the development of Collaborative Proposals. Collaborative proposals are hosted at the convention and bring together multiple divisions to create useful, innovative, energizing programming. Collaborative programs are due on Friday, October 11, 2019. This is separate from the standard proposal due date of December 2, 2019—if you submit a program for collaborative programming and it is not accepted, it is automatically turned around to the primary division for inclusion in division programming. So, submitting proposals as collaborative programs enables you to have two chances at having your convention program accepted. Importantly, collaborative proposal hours do not come out of the division’s programming hours, so if you submit collaborative proposals D16 will be able to host even more programming at convention!

To submit a collaborative proposal, you will need two things:

  1. To identify at least two, but no more than seven, divisions that have interests relevant to your proposal.
  2. To develop an innovative format for presentation of the proposal.

***Collaborative proposals are not traditional symposia in which a panel talks to an audience. Rather, collaborative proposals must involve audience participation or engagement, skill-building exercises, breakout sessions, or other active engagement in learning or professional development. The division regularly hosts sessions that match the requirements of collaborative programming.

If you have an idea but want to be connected to another division to help make it happen, let us know! As convention chairs we want to assist you to enact the vision you have for your program—we can connect you to other division convention chairs to make that happen.

It is also HIGHLY encouraged that everyone to submit any and all programming for continuing education credits. CEs boost session attendance and provide an important benefit to licensed psychologists who attend convention. Putting a session in for CE credits is not hard! The primary extra requirement is the development of learning objectives. Developing learning objectives based on Bloom’s taxonomy ( is highly recommended.


Liz Power & Casey McPherson