Friday | August 5, 2016 -- morning
Author: Andy Hogg, Linzi Buckman, John Stapert, and Linda Caterino
Title: Making Political Advocacy Training Relevant and Personal
Location: 704 Colorado Convention Center
Specialty Board: Counseling Psychology
Division Affiliation: Division 31
Description: Political advocacy is increasingly being viewed as an interprofessional competency for psychology interns and residents. The Arizona Psychology Training Consortium has therefore developed a political advocacy training program which is a required didactic activity for its interns. This presentation describes the advocacy training program, which resulted from collaboration among the Training Consortium, leaders of the state psychological association, and the association’s legislative committee. The program includes the structure and function of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the structure and function of the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA). Interns learn why political and legislative awareness are important for causes they may wish to support, such as prescriptive authority. They also learn how to engage legislators regarding legislative threats to the profession. Interns are encouraged to join state and national organizations to support political advocacy initiatives. The focus of the presentation is how other internship programs can apply the training model to teach political advocacy to their own interns. Political information needs to be personal and relevant for individuals to choose to act as advocates.