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Division 50 Board Positions Descriptions

Elected Officers are expected to attend the Business Meeting and the Board Meeting at the next four APA Conventions and to participate in monthly conference calls.

President-Elect

Status: Open

The President-Elect functions as the Vice President for the first year. They become President in the second year of their term, then Past President in the third year. The President-Elect spends the first year getting oriented to the current Board, observing the activities of the SoAP, participating in various initiatives, and contributing ideas to the strategic planning for the upcoming year (the year they become President). After completing the President-Elect year, the President presides at all meetings of the SoAP Membership and Board of Directors as Chairperson and implements any new strategic initiatives. The President performs other duties consistent with the Bylaws or decided upon by the Board of Directors. The President also gives the Society’s Presidential Address at the APA convention. The Past President then serves as advisor to the current President.

Secretary

Status: Filled

The primary role of the Secretary is to assist in managing communications and maintaining records for the organization. The Secretary records minutes of all meetings of the SoAP and submits these minutes to the SoAP President and Board. Additionally, the Secretary assists in e-mail reminders and distributing electronic material for upcoming Board meetings, helps maintain archives of the SoAP, and serves as a voting member of the Board.

Treasurer

Status: Filled

The overarching function of the Treasurer is to manage the financial operations of the organization. Specifically, functions of the treasurer include collecting dues, keeping financial records, managing reimbursements for members and third parties for approved SoAP expenses, preparing annual reports and tax returns, and managing expenses and income from the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) midyear meeting. The Treasurer works directly with the Finance Committee and is a standing member of the CPA organizing committee

Member-At-Large (Practice)

Status: Filled

This Member at-Large (MAL) serves a liaison function between SoAP and the more “practice-oriented” divisions such as Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy),39 (Psychoanalysis), and 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy),as well as APA’s Practice Directorate. These responsibilities are in addition to involvement in the more general leadership responsibilities shared by the entire executive committee of SoAP. Elected Officers are expected to attend the Business Meeting and the Board Meeting at the next four APA Conventions and to participate in monthly conference calls

Member-At-Large (Science)

Status: Filled

The Member-at-Large (MAL) (Science) serves as liaison between SoAP and the APA Science Directorate, through APA science directorate briefings and the Science Directorate’s planning retreat in December. MAL (Science) represents the interests of SoAP members to the APA Science Directorate. Additionally, this position serves as a liaison between SoAP and Division 28 and other “science” divisions

Member-At-Large (Public Interest)

Status: Filled

This Member-at-Large (MAL) serves a liaison function between the SoAP and the APA Public Interest Directorate and works closely with the SoAP Advocacy and Policy Committee (APC). The overarching goal of this Member-at- Large is to focus on policy-related matters. This goal is accomplished through frequent communication with APA and through efforts to educate and support members in effective advocacy practices. In particular, this position targets new initiatives, and monitors policy issues.

Council Representative (Practice)

Status: Filled

Division 50 has two representatives who represent the division at the APA Council of Representatives meetings. The Council Representatives are involved in all major policy decisions made by APA. In addition, the Council representatives observe the APA leadership in action and participate in funding decisions.  The meetings are held  twice a year, the February meeting is held in Washington, DC for 3-4 days (Thursday to Sunday) and the August meeting is held during the APA Convention.  Duties include reading the agenda and being prepared to represent the division on issues covered during the meeting.  There are also occasional conference calls and issues that are handled via email.   The Council Representatives also serve on the SoAP Board and report to SoAP leadership and to the entire membership through TAN.

Council Representative (Science)

Status: Filled

Division 50 has two representatives who represent the division at the APA Council of Representatives meetings. The Council Representatives are involved in all major policy decisions made by APA. In addition, the Council representatives observe the APA leadership in action and participate in funding decisions.  The meetings are held  twice a year, the February meeting is held in Washington, DC for 3-4 days (Thursday to Sunday) and the August meeting is held during the APA Convention.  Duties include reading the agenda and being prepared to represent the division on issues covered during the meeting.  There are also occasional conference calls and issues that are handled via email.   The Council Representatives also serve on the SoAP Board and report to SoAP leadership and to the entire membership through TAN.

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