Attention Network faithful who are also APA members: CYF Call for Nominations

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Here is a great opportunity for Network faithful who are also members of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) is anticipating two vacancies in 2014. CYF welcomes nominations from individuals interested in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession in the area of promoting the health and human welfare of children, youth and families. The Committee is interested in candidates with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well being and optimal development of children, youth, and families. Candidates are sought who have particular expertise in contemporary issues facing children, youth, and families in the context of their socio-emotional and cognitive development and mental health. Additionally, candidates who have particular expertise in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved and diverse populations are especially encouraged to apply. The Committee also strongly encourages candidates with expertise in partnering with community, professional, government, or other types of organizations to apply.

Members are expected to participate in targeted committee projects directly related to CYF’s work and mission and to APA as a whole. The current theme of Committee projects is “systems affecting families.” The Committee has adopted a broad focus on evidence-based behavioral integration within the health care system, including program delivery in settings most often frequented by children on a regular basis. This focus includes consideration of multi-cultural concerns and approaches, and attention to the parent-child dyad/family as the unit of analysis and focus of services or programs. Candidates are encouraged to visit the CYF website (http://www.apa.org/pi/families/committee) to learn more about CYF’s mission.

The Committee places a priority on maintaining representation within the Committee's membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, and those who are employed less than full time). The candidates selected to serve on the Committee will serve for three years and will be required to attend two Committee meetings a year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in conference calls. The successful candidate is expected to attend, if possible, the informal CYF meeting held during the APA convention at the member's own expense. In addition, members are expected to work on projects and Committee business between meetings.

Each candidate must submit:

Nomination materials including a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve, an issues statement, two letters supporting their nomination, and a current CV must be received by Monday, August 26, 2013. Nomination materials received after August 27 will be held for consideration the following year.

Material may be sent to CYF Nominations, c/o Amani Chatman, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242, by email achatman@apa.org or fax (202) 336-6040.

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