Get Your Voice Heard
Learn how to play your part or get elected to APA governance.
APA policies are set by the Council of Representatives. But boards and committees can propose policies for council to approve.
APA looks to board and committee members to represent an area of expertise or to represent specific constituencies, such as people of color, practitioners, academicians, researchers, etc.
Learn how to get appointed or elected to a committee and participate in the creation of APA policy.
What Are Boards and Committees?
There are three types:
Standing boards and committees are established by APA Bylaws and cannot be modified or sunset without a vote of membership.
Continuing committees may be modified or sunset by a vote of council.
Ad hoc groups (task forces, working groups, panels, etc.) are appointed by standing or continuing committees for a specific purpose and a limited time.
What Do They Do?
Boards and committees are charged with policy development:
Council may refer ideas to the group for consideration.
Boards and committees may create their own policy recommendations.
Boards and committees may also propose projects and programs consistent with established APA policies or specific to their respective mission statements.
Nominations and Elections
To prepare to join a board or committee, get familiar with APA's nomination and election processes. It can take more than a year to get on a ballot.
Fall: Boards and committees examine their composition and upcoming projects to target any gaps in expertise they need.
Winter: Calls for nominations are distributed. Nominations are due by March 1.
Spring: Groups develop their slates.
Summer: APA's Board of Directors reviews slates and finalizes the ballot in June.
Fall: The ballot is sent to current council members the last working day in October. The election period is 30 days.
Winter: Results are announced in early December, and terms begin Jan. 1.