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SCP PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Hope you have all had a wonderful summer. It certainly went by quickly!

The APA convention in DC had some very good moments for SCP. First, we helped convene a meeting of applied psychology divisions. Presidents or delegates from at least six divisions attended to discuss the upcoming revision to APA's code of ethics. This group will help ensure that the new code is applicable to all psychologists, including those who are not health care practitioners. A second very positive moment during APA was the attendance at the Breaking into Consulting presentation. The room was filled and more chairs had to be brought in, giving us many potential new members. Finally, we hosted a very successful social hour and student breakfast.

Looking forward, we have a very exciting conference in Savannah coming up. Savannah is stunning any time of the year, but as the weather gets colder this fall, Savannah will be even more desirable come next February. Our program chairs Layla Bokhari and Cristina Filipino have some wonderful events planned for you. Look for fireside chats, an expanded diversity reception, and a dine-around, in addition to amazing keynotes, concurrent sessions, and workshops. They also plan a track before and during the conference for internal consultants - so, if that fits your description, be sure to plan to come, and bring along your colleagues. And for all of you, don't forget to submit a proposal for a poster, concurrent, or workshop. This is going to be an amazing conference and you will want to attend! I sure hope you are enjoying the conference newsletter from Cristina and Layla as much as I am.

Finally, on a more sobering note. As the country appears to remain politically stubbornly polarized, I hope you are thinking about what can you offer and what consulting psychology can bring. As I reflect on what happened in Charlottesville, I am very concerned, as I imagine you are. Diversity is a major strength for America, and has been since its inception.  Let's all do our part and help work toward restoring civility in our wonderful but polarized country.

Thank you,
Dee Ramsel, PhD, MBA
President, SCP