If the governance resolutions are passed, non-clinical psychologists can say goodbye to the APS ever representing the interests of the majority of it members. The new structure will end the power of APS members to directly elect their representatives.
It is now up to EVERY ONE of us to vote against the governance resolution!
It is only since more non-clinical directors are being elected, that the governance changes have been suggested. The current leadership is interested only in preserving and enhancing the power of the clinicals at the expense of the majority of non-clinical members.
Let’s keep the current structure and give it a chance to work. We managed to elect four (4) non-clinical directors last year – think what we can do this year! We can elect a board truly representative of the diversity within our great profession.
Let me explain:
Under the new governance changes, the Clinical College will increase their numbers on the board and continue to control the society. This is due to the fact that the entire current executive and the three new general director positions are highly likely to be held by members of the Clinical College.
One general position has been reserved exclusively for a clinical member and the other two are expected to be clinical for these reasons: almost only clinical psychologists are graduating (Early Career position); and almost all academic courses are clinical (Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training).
Together with the three Executive positions expected to be clinical – the President, Vice-President and Executive Director – this means that the majority of directors on the board will be clinical – once again ensuring clinical control of the Society.
How will people be allocated to these sections when members often belong to multiple colleges?
What will happen if the governance review is passed – read here?
Add to this another four additional un-elected directors chosen by the Nominations Committee, which is led by the President. Guess which college the extra two APS members are likely to be from? The two non-APS directors will be carefully chosen too.
Ultimately there could be 10 clinical directors – or their allies – on the board!