How Old Is Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology)?
A few months ago our division reached a milestone—1,000 members. As I thought about this, I wondered how long SoAP has existed. Even though I have been a member of Division 50 since its inception, I was not able to answer that question. Therefore, as I started to draft my first presidential column I thought I would school myself in our Division’s history. Upon finding that SoAP in some form or fashion has been around for almost 50 years, and given that it has many new members, I thought it would be helpful to provide a brief timeline of key milestones over the years.
History, Membership Benefits, and the Success of Division 50 https://addictionpsychology.org/membership/history
Benefits of SoAP Membership
The Addictions Newsletter: This quarterly newsletter updates you on addiction research and practice, and SoAP activities
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: An APA peer-reviewed journal
SoAP listserv: Your connection for issues in addictions, APA updates, information or advice from members, and posting or finding job opportunities
Webinars: Webinars for CE and learn about recent advances in addictions
Grant Opportunities: SoAP supports graduate student and early career psychologist research through an annual grant program
Maintained two seats on APA Council of Representatives (COR): For several years our members have given our division enough votes to have one additional COR representative (divisions are only one COR representative; COR and the Board of Directors are the two main governance bodies of APA).
As I drafted this last benefit, I was reminded that starting November 1st through December 16th APA will be sending all members their annual apportionment ballot. This ballot determines the composition of the APA Council of Representatives every year; it is where our members have given us enough votes to have two Division 50 representatives on Council for several years
In summary, I would like to send out a BIG SHOUT OUT to all members who have supported SoAP for close to almost 50 years. Collectively, you all have helped make Division 50 a strong APA division!
Let me close by asking each of you to take the time to cast your vote in the upcoming apportionment election determining the Council of Representatives membership. Our division needs to be at the table! Every member has 10 votes to allocate. Please allocate 10 or as many votes as you can to Division 50. Help us maintain our voice in APA governance: VOTE 10 for 50.