Platform for APA President

Summary of My Campaign Platform for President of the American Psychological Association

This is our time. This is the time for psychology to take the lead in repairing and transforming the world. This is the time to address the existential crises that are now flaring all about us. We are in crisis racially, politically, and environmentally. We are in crisis with gender and sexual injustices, and we are in crisis with mental and physical health. In short America is poised on the precipice, and if our profession fails to grasp this problem, we are in danger of inflaming it.

What I offer as a presidential candidate is a commitment to a “whole-person,” integrative orientation to our profession. I have worked in a range of settings, from the state hospital to private practice and I have abounding respect for the demands of those institutions. I also have a profound appreciation for the depth and breadth of quality psychological services, which are woefully limited in our current system of public mental health. In this light I have three major aims that I would like to fulfill as APA president: 1) greater inclusivity of “whole person,” relational approaches to healthcare; 2) the advocacy of an office of “psychologist general” of the United States. This office would involve a distinguished expert in evidence-based, integrative psychological practices and would, in coordination with other federal agencies, address the crises in public mental health; and 3) I would promote safe, highly structured dialogue groups to address the alarming divisiveness in our institutions and culture. Approaches like this will be increasingly critical as we as a country address the personal elements underlying racial and political polarization, particularly in the wake of the George Floyd slaying. Together these aims epitomize the integrative vision and spiritual rejuvenation I would pursue for contemporary American psychology.

Endorsements

I am deeply grateful for the following people and organizations who have pledged their support for my election for president of the American Psychological Association (note: this is a partial and evolving list):
Nancy McWilliams
Bruce Wampold
John Norcross
Hanna Levenson
Usha Tummala-Narra
Les Greenberg
Paul Wachtel
Frank Farley
Barry Wolfe
Serge Prengel
LInda Michaels
Stanley Messer
Louis Hoffman
Alberta Pos
Shawn Rubin
Donna Rockwell
Scott Barry Kaufman
Leilani Crane
Ilene Serln
Roxanne Christensen
Drake Spaeth
Jonathan Raskin
PsiAN (the Psychotherapy Action Network)
Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology)



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