Text Box: The ADPTC has gained a lot of momentum in the last two years, and we are looking forward to building and expanding our achievements in the year ahead.  Our Association has two major goals: (a) to assist directors in the challenging work of running training clinics and (b) to represent the interests of training directors and their clinics on the national psychology scene.

The ADPTC’s listserv, maintained with our grateful thanks by Mike Raulin, is a lively focus of useful information and opinion on many issues related to running clinics. If you have not joined you are missing out on a great resource (ADPTC-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU). Contact Mike at  raulin@acsu.buffalo.edu to join the ADPTC listserv.

We established a new committee, the Resources Committee, to offer useful materials to clinic directors. Ably led by Lee Cooper  (ldcooper@vt.edu), the committee is assembling a collection of job descriptions, evaluation forms (students and faculty), informed consent forms,  quality assurance plans, treatment plan forms, and policy and procedure manuals. E-mail Lee for more details. The committee is also working to identify reduced rates on psychological tests and other resources (we have just finished negotiating a clinic-wide flat-rate fee for the OQ45 of $100).  We are also hopeful that we can set up a web site for the Association. So if you have ideas or sources you would like to share, please contact Lee. 

A set of guidelines for clinics is included with this Newsletter. The guidelines are intended to assist directors in their work with their supervisory staff and their home departments. We developed these guidelines at the ADPTC Mid-Year meeting in Chicago (March 1999) and refined and approved them last summer in Boston at the Business Meeting during the APA Convention. We hope that you find these guidelines useful. Please review them and share them with your staff, students, director of clinical training, and faculty. Please forward any comments and suggestions to me at robhatch@umich.edu.

After the success of last year’s Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago, organized expertly by Bobbi Vollmer, we are developing plans for a  Mid-Year Meeting for 2000.  Details will be announced soon.

Text Box: The ADPTC, under Brian Lewis’ capable leadership, has joined the national leadership in psychology with our membership on APA’s major training committee, the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC). APPIC, CUDCP, NCSPP, CCPTP, CDSPP, and a number of other training organizations are represented on this council.  As a CCTC participant, ADPTC represents the broad interests of practicum training and the specific interests of training clinic directors. Brian played a major role in developing the survey of practicum sites that you all should have received recently from APA. In January 2000, the “Big Four” training councils will be holding a winter conference in Florida titled “Creating Our Future: Doctoral Level Education of Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists” at which ADPTC will be represented by Brian Lewis and me.

We have been working to update and modernize our organization through the new By-Laws that were distributed to the membership early last summer.  These By-Laws were approved by the attending membership at the annual Business Meeting in Boston. Along with establishing the Resources Committee, we partitioned the responsibilities of  the Newsletter, now in the able hands of Rob Heffer (rwh@psyc.tamu.edu).

We are working to expand our membership to include eligible clinic directors so that they can benefit from what we have learned, and so that we can learn from them.  If you know a training clinic director who should be a member but has not joined ADPTC, please ask her/him to contact Tony Cellucci, our Secretary/Treasurer, at cellanth@isu.edu. I should also mention that, to support these initiatives properly, the ADPTC Executive Committee and the membership at the annual Business Meeting voted to increase dues from $15 to $50 per year, with allowance for exceptions if the director cannot receive funding for dues from her/his clinic or training program. The ADPTC has a lot to offer, and we are eager to enlist your help in further building our organization.
Text Box: Dec. 1999 (Fall/Winter) 
Text Box: Volume 1, Issue 3
Text Box: ADPTC Newsletter
Text Box: President’s Column
Bob Hatcher robhatch@umich.edu