Mission: The main function of the membership committee is to review new applications for membership in APCS. It is also responsible for conducting follow-up reviews regarding the status and suitability of APCS member programs (once every 10 years) except in the case of programs that have received PCSAS accreditation (where a review of APCS membership standards would be redundant). The membership committee is also responsible for periodically reviewing and updating guidelines for application as well as instructions for doctoral and internship programs (including the provision of sample applications on the APCS website). The membership committee maintains records of past applications and reviews. Finally, the membership committee is expected to handle correspondence with doctoral programs and internships that have inquired about the possibility of joining APCS. Communication with such programs may include occasionally reaching out to suitable doctoral and internship programs and encouraging them to consider the possibility of joining APCS.




Mission: This committee is concerned with Emerging Training Issues.  Its purpose is to ensure that APCS promotes on-going discussion and activity regarding the development of new, more effective ways of training clinical scientists. The specific focus of these efforts will necessarily evolve over time, and the goal of this committee is to ensure that APCS is involved at the cutting edge of these developments. Examples of APCS efforts in this regard include support for, and active participation in, the Delaware Project as well as meetings to discuss the future of internship training relative to the clinical science model. 



Collaboration and Partnerships

Mission: This committee is designed to ensure active cooperation between APCS and other related organizations that are involved in training clinical scientists. These include, but are not limited to, organizations such as CUDCP, APPIC, COGDOP, SSCP, and ABCT. The goal is to promote the value of the clinical science approach to training and to cooperate with these other organizations in the discussion and recognition of APCS and PCSAS. Activities will include, but not be limited to, suggesting the inclusion of appropriate panel discussions and symposia at annual meetings of these other organizations, planning and facilitating joint ventures with these other organizations as they relate to the goals of APCS, and encouraging representatives from APCS programs to seek leadership positions in these other organizations.



Engagement and Participation

Mission: The purpose of this committee is to communicate regularly with faculty members and graduate students who are associated with APCS programs, encouraging dissemination of information about goals and activities that APCS was designed to promote. In other words, the focus of this committee is internal to APCS, in contrast to the external focus of the Collaboration and Partnerships Committee. The goal of the Engagement and Participation Committee is to increase involvement in various activities (such as our annual meeting) and ensure stability of our membership and leadership over a period of several years. Members of this committee will provide timely information to program representatives about up-coming meetings, encourage program representatives to bring junior faculty members with them to APCS meetings, and promote local program-level discussions among faculty, graduate students, and interns about the purpose and value of APCS membership. Because the members of APCS are programs rather than individuals, the role of this committee is crucial. It is designed to educate and motivate the future leaders of our organization.



Charter and Bylaws

Mission: This committee is responsible for monitoring on-going activities of the organization to ensure that they are appropriate in relation to our chapter and bylaws.  It is also responsible for proposing and pursuing occasional changes to the Bylaws and/or Articles of Incorporation when necessary. This includes the maintenance of tax exempt status and monitoring compliance with other federal regulations.



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The Delaware Project aims to redefine psychological clinical science training in ways that emphasize continuity across a spectrum of research activities concerned with (a) basic mechanisms of psychopathology and behavior change, (b) intervention generation and refinement, (c) intervention efficacy and effectiveness...