Division 29, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, has endorsed Diana for APA President.
Below is the letter written to request their endorsement:
I am writing to request the endorsement of Division 29, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, for the election of President-Elect of the American Psychological Association (APA). I am pleased to see the Division is so involved in the election of the President, and I agree that the person in this position could serve to advance the society’s agenda. I do believe I meet the criteria for seeking this endorsement as copied here: candidate has been a member of Division 29 for at least two years and evidences a commitment to advancing psychotherapy in education and training, in research, in practice, and/or in the public interest.
I am seeking the endorsement of Division 29, because I believe I am the best candidate to advance the mission of Division 29. I also recognize Division 29 as a powerful division shaping the future direction for APA. I trained as a clinical psychologist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with minors in Developmental and Community Psychology. I have devoted my professional life to practice as a clinical psychologist, licensed originally as a Health Service Provider in Psychology in Indiana in 1993. I obtained a second license in Maine in 1995, and I have been practicing in Maine for over 25 years. For approximately 20 years, I have participated in the same consultation group with a 40+ year history, established specifically for psychotherapists who want to improve their skills in psychotherapy.
I believe my history and experience as a Federal Advocacy Coordinator for over 15 years and a past member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) would be helpful to Division 29 in advancing the Society Priorities of informing health policy makers about psychotherapy, influencing state and national legislation of benefit to both the public and psychology by disseminating information about the efficacy of psychotherapy and the value of psychotherapy.
I direct a rural consulting practice in Hampden, Maine, where I have created a space for practicing psychologists to care for the public through psychotherapy. In my own practice, I have utilized psychotherapy in medical center settings (St. Mary’s Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center [EMMC]) through individual and family therapy. I have also utilized telemedicine to work with children and teens in an integrated specialty care setting addressing pediatric obesity. I have also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maine-Orono, training predoctoral psychology students in psychotherapy as part of their practicum placements at The Acadia Hospital and EMMC’s Way to Optimal Weight. I have presented internationally on my work in rural integrated care (Milan; Yokohama; Porto; Amsterdam; Montreal) and understand the importance of a global perspective.
As APA President, I would be committed to advancing the priorities of Division 29, as I understand how critically important they are on a personal and professional level. They are especially urgently needed now, as the country and world grapples with the enormous impact of the pandemic on society. I am a mentor of students and early career psychologists and would want to be sure to protect and promote their ability to practice psychotherapy and benefit from mentorship and consultation in their future careers, as I have.
I am committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, creating a big umbrella in our organization that includes all voices. I served as a Member at Large on the Board of Directors during the Independent Review and deeply recognize the central importance of social justice. I am the only candidate who has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as an Officer of the Association. These experiences, training, and skills combined with my dedication to helping advance the agenda of Division 29, lead me to seek the endorsement of Division 29.
Thank you for considering my request. If I can provide any further information that would be helpful in considering my request, please let me know.
Diana L. Prescott, Ph.D.