Arkansas Delegates take a Selfie after awarded Division 31 Diversity Award in Washington DC.
From Left to Right: Anne Fuller, Adam Benton, Pat Griffen, Paddy Walz, Tisha Deen, Nick Rios, & Femina Varghese
The State Leadership Conference (SLC) is the annual advocacy training conference for leaders in professional psychology practice. The conference brings together psychologists from the states, U.S. Territories and Canada, along with APA governance and divisions, to advocate for issues important to practicing psychologists. The conference also fosters leadership and effective governance strategies for participating associations.
This year’s theme, “Creating Roadmaps for Practice,” focuses on empowering psychologists during the implementation of healthcare reform efforts, both nationally and statewide. Various leaders from Arkansas attend every year to learn and strategizes about current issues affecting psychologists in our state. The conference has several tracks, such as Early Career, Diversity, Public Education, Federal Advocacy, President Elect, and President, to train state leaders in their specific leadership roles in state associations.
Past conferences have brought together more than 500 psychologists from all different perspectives in professional psychology. The conference culminates in a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill. Past Hill visits have brought psychologists face-to-face with legislators to increase the public’s access to psychological services — for example, in achieving true mental health parity and advocating for meaningful health care reform.
Visit the SLC past conference themes page for highlights from previous years’ conferences.