Dear RAPS supporters,
We know many of your are hurting and want to strike out at the APS and leave, but we urge you to stay for the time being.
Although the spill, which was conceived with the best intentions – to give members an opportunity to choose a more representative board – has not had the outcome we intended, it does show that the high level of frustration of members should not be ignored. Although Felicity Allen and Mary Magalotti were both retiring this year, it was a great loss for the Society that Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Jill Wright are no longer on the board.
Despite the odds, the non-clinical group contributed significantly to the start of some major changes this year, including:
- the first board workshop in recent history on the two-tier system
- the stand alone bridging pathways to endorsement including recognition
of prior learning (not much detail yet!)
- the willingness to provide endorsement pathways to DGPP members
increased funding for the DGPP division
- greater attention to the non-clinical Colleges
- the willingness to mediate with Reform APS and accept them as a legitimate movement
ReformAPS has certainly increased members’ political awareness. Members are starting to use their voting power. A record twenty four percent of members who were eligible to vote did vote at the AGM or 19% of the total membership.
Now is the time for reflection and regrouping and not making impulsive decisions. Although we appreciate that this might be difficult for you, we urge members to stay at least until July 31st next year to give the new board time to show some real progress. (You can always pay your fees quarterly.) We need to see what action they will take!
We will be keeping the website going as a place for members to express their concerns. We need to watch and listen very closely to the progress on the one year stand alone bridging programs with recognition of prior learning. RAPS tentatively supports the concept of bridging programs, with the qualification that we haven’t seen any details yet, provided that the two tier system is removed.
(Perhaps if all DGPP members bridge into the Counselling College, it could become the dominant faction!)
We need to continue to engage more members as still so many members have not heard of RAPS. We need your help with that!
We need refresh out leadership team and this year has taken a high toll on Jenny and Sophie. Among other initiatives, we will be holding meetings in all states to reconnect with you all.
If the situation is no better next year and the board has not fulfilled its promises, then members may decide to leave en masse – but it would have to be to an organisation that has the potential to unite all the splinter groups and form a new ‘peak’ body.
There are over 20,000 non-clinical registered psychologists in Australia today (compared to 7,931 clinical psychologists) who could form such a body and speak directly to government.
Remember the APS has many services that you will not find elsewhere, such as the helpline, the CPD log and the scientific resources – not to mention potential for collegiality.
Newly elected Joe Gagliano also needs our strong support as the only non-clinical director on the board and the only DGPP member after the other four non-clinical directors are gone.