APCS leaders sponsored a reception at ABCT, bringing together representatives from several internship programs and doctoral programs. This informal gathering was designed to extend discussions (started last year) concerned with the future of internship training and the clinical science model.
Several representatives of the APCS executive committee are also working with leaders from other relevant organizations to build a new Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science (CAAPS). CAAPS grew out of two informal meetings of psychological associations interested in clinical science issues -- held in August and November, 2015. These organizations included SSCP, ABCT, CUDCP, COGDOP, APPIC, and APS. Representatives of these organizations continue to meet in order to identify ways of working together on issues that include: how to promote the best clinical and psychological science in practice and research, how our science is seen by the public, how to have a positive influent on those who pay for clinical services, and how to fund clinical and basic research. For an up-date on these discussions and the current state of CAAPS, please plan to attend our annual APCS meeting in Chicago!