Proceedings, Conference on Training Clinical Child Psychologists, Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 15-18, 1985

Proceedings, Conference on Training Clinical Child Psychologists, Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 15-18, 1985

Proceedings, Conference on Training Clinical Child Psychologists, Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 15-18, 1985

Proceedings, Conference on Training Clinical Child Psychologists, Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 15-18, 1985

Excerpt

Beginning in February 1977, at an executive committee meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, opinions concerning the need for a conference on training psychologists who serve children were voiced. Eventually, Section 1, Division 37, and other segments of APA were involved. Several meetings were held during the annual meetings of APA, Allan Barclay and I presented the conference proposal to the APA Education and Training Board, and, eventually, the conference was approved for sponsorship by the American Psychological Association. The American Psychological Foundation supported several planning meetings of the first conference committee which was composed of Alan Barclay and June Tuma, co-chairs, Ted Blau, Alan Ross and Diane Willis.

This committee wrote a proposal for a conference which was routed to the Board of Professional Affairs, the Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility for Psychology, the Board of Scientific Affairs, and, finally, to the APA Board of Directors for their action in the fall of 1978. This draft was also routed to interested parties in the psychological community for their reaction.

With a projected conference date in 1981, the proposal (Tuma & VanderBos, 1979) was expanded to include reactions from others and was forwarded to NIMH for funding consideration in January, 1980, but did not receive favorable vote due to the reviewers' opinion that a conference should address all psychologists working with children (the proposal is presented in abbreviated form in Tuma, 1982). The committee decided not to further pursue federal funding because of the committee's view that specialty requirements in clinical child psychology should be addressed before pursuing a larger scale conference. Instead, the committee decided to pursue private funding and/or participant funding for a conference to be held in the summer of 1983. Announcements of the conference were published and a number of position papers were received. However, private funding was also impossible and, for a time, it appeared that the conference would not be held. What the promoters of the conference lacked was funds for publication and distribution of proceedings and for follow-up. Without funds for the proceedings . . .

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