Hello from Cincinnati!

It has been a very interesting three months since I assumed the presidency of SCP. I had no idea how many messages would be coming out regularly from the mothership (aka APA), for one thing. More importantly, though, is how impressed I am with all the volunteer work being done in the four SCP domains. I will feature some of that work in this message and others in subsequent messages.

If you are an SCP member, I hope that you have already completed your membership survey. That message is used by the Leadership Council and Executive Board to help determine goals, strategies, and activities. Please help us determine what is most meaningful to you in SCP! We have a number of exciting activities coming up in SCP in the next quarter. I want to briefly describe them and urge you to get involved where you have passion.

Executive Board Retreat-May

The SCP Executive Board will be meeting in Savannah the third weekend in May. We will be discussing a number of strategic issues including SCP’s brand, our budget, the results of our membership survey, and our leadership development program. One very exciting agenda item is the unveiling of the new format for our website. Stay tuned!

Special Issue on Workplace Fatigue-June

Fatigue is defined as extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. Given the demands put on today’s employees, this special issue of Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research addresses some of the causes of employee fatigue and explores solutions and interventions that can be used by both practitioners and organizations to ameliorate fatigue. Each of the six articles included in this special issue explores important aspects of fatigue in the workplace today, including sleep, job burnout, and organizational systems contributing to this outcome. Check out these titles below and note the prominent authors contributing to this issue!

Nowack, K. (2017). Sleep, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal effectiveness: Natural bedfellows.

Svetieva, E., Clerkin C., & Ruderman, M. N. (2017). Can’t sleep, won’t sleep: Exploring leaders’ sleep patterns, problems and attitudes.

Grant, A. M. (2017). Solution-focused cognitive-behavioral coaching for sustainable high performance and circumventing stress, fatigue and burnout.

Grawitch, M. J., Waldrop, J. S., Erb, K. R., Werth, P. M., & Guarino, S. N. (2017). Productivity loss due to mental and physical health decrements: Distinctions in research and practice.

Maslach, C. (2017). Finding solutions to the problem of burnout.

Levenson, A. (2017). Workplace fatigue is a systems problem.

APA Convention-August

The APA convention will be held in Washington, DC this year from Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6th and once again, SCP will have a presence. There are several presentations being given by SCP members that you won’t want to miss.

The convention is a great time to meet old friends and colleagues and to network, in addition to learning and earning CEs. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Division 13 social hour on Friday at 6pm. The location will be announced later. That is always a good time!

Together, let’s make 2017 a great year for SCP!

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