Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Tasks and activities of EFPA Boards, Standing Committees and Task Forces

General Recommendations

Before presenting the recommendations regarding the reports of the Boards, Standing Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups, the EC wishes to emphasize the need for coordination among the various committees and for sharing information about their on-going work and its outcomes.

Therefore, the EC have these general recommendations to all Boards, Standing Committees, Task forces and Working Groups: 

  1. The function of information exchange and coordination among the various committees rest primarily with the Convenors Meeting, while it is encouraged that committees seek each other’s advice and support on specific issues. 

  2. The convenor or another representative needs to be present at the annual Convenors’ meeting

  3. Sharing information and implementing decisions regarding the reports at the national level is the responsibility of the Member Associations;

  4. All entities within EFPA, including the Member Associations and committees, are expected to follow relevant policy developments in the European Union, as well as the World Health Organization and other international bodies.

  5. All entities within EFPA, including the Member Associations and committees, are expected to contribute to EFPA’s general advocacy of psychology in Europe.

  6. All committees develop a work plan for the period 2017-2019 and submit this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2017.

  7. All committees develop and continuously update the section within the EFPA website.

  8. All committees are invited to organize a symposium at the ECP 2019 in Moscow.

 

Board of Assessment 

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained:

  • dissemination of the Revised EFPA Test Review Model and starting a test review procedure when a country doesn’t have one,

  • Evaluation of the usage of review models among European countries,

  • formulation of a user’s guide in psychological testing for non-psychologists to reach test users who are not psychologists and to explain what norms, reliability etc. means.

  • contribution to several national and international conferences,

  • the convenor, Iris Egberink, be thanked for her leadership as a convenor, and the members for their contributions.

  • The General Assembly is advised to accept the following proposals:

 

that TUAC ‘Test Users accreditation committee’ should formally cease to exist and that the Board will set up ad hoc accreditation teams to deal with applications for accreditation on an ‘as needed’ basis; that the Board can continue with their work plan.

 

 Board of Ethics 

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding:

  • a new version of the document “Teaching professional ethics for psychologists” and a position paper;

  • the organization of symposia on ethics in Istanbul, Luxembourg and Sankt Petersburg to disseminate the work of the BoE;

  • organizing during ECP 2017 an Ethics Track and together with the Board on Human Rights, two panels on Psychology, Ethics and Human Rights

  • the convenor, Pierre Nederlandt, be thanked for his leadership all over the years that he served as a convenor, and the members for their contributions.

  • the document and position paper be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations

 The work plan includes:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. Ethical aspects of Supervision

  3. Glossary of terms used in the EFPA’s documents concerning ethics

  4. Research concerning ethical questions in MA

  5. Document on ethical questions in the use of new technologies by psychologists

  6. Paper on the information given by psychologists in the media

  7. Implementation of the Metacode

  8. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 

 Board on Promotion and Prevention (Former Board on Prevention and Intervention)

The EC recommends that:

  • The report be received with appreciation for the work done

  • The convenor, Tony Wainwright, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions

  • The information and recommendations be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations

  • The Board change its name from the Board of Prevention and Intervention to the Board of Promotion and Prevention.

The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. how to follow up the work in accordance with the Vienna declaration

  3. how to proceed in producing guidelines on prevention in psychology with particular emphasis on European research and practice, in collaboration with the other EFPA committees;

  4. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers on prevention and psychology, as to raise the awareness of psychologists, policy-makers, other professions and the general public about prevention;

  5. how to develop and strengthen the position and role of psychological researchers in prevention in Europe.

  6. how to establish links with relevant stakeholders across Europe

 

Board of Professional Development

The EC recommends that:

  • the GA recognizes the importance of the tasks which were voted upon at GA 2015.

  • the Board Professional Development be suspended due to lack of activity and/or interest.

  • the EC to follow up on necessary actions.

 

 Board Human Rights and Psychology

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done: a) the organisation of the expert meeting “Human Rights Education for Psychologists and Fundamental Rights Awareness” in Venice, October 9-11, 2016 in Venice; b) the development of recommendations for EFPA on Hoffman report; c) the preparation of the press releases for International Days related to human rights; d) the establishment collaboration with Fundamental Rights Agency; e) the organisation of meetings with the representatives of the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, Humanitarian Funds (Torture and Contemporary Forms of Slavery), World Health Organisation and the International Organization for Migration; f) the organisation of the Human Rights track in ECP2017; g) the collaboration with other EFPA committees

  • the convenor, Polli Hagenaars, be thanked for her leadership, and the members for their contributions 

  • the information and recommendations acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations

The work plan contains suggestions about: 

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. further implementation of the actions described in the policy paper developed by the Board 

  3. cooperation with other relevant EFPA committees and other relevant organizations on issues related to human rights; 

  4. monitoring events/policies at European level related to human rights and presenting the viewpoint of psychology 

  5. developing news items for EFPA and Member Associations with regard to the Universal Children’s Day (November 20) and the International Human Rights Day (December 10). 

  6. establishing a list of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 

 Board of Educational Affairs

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the analysis of the qualifications of bachelor’s degree in psychology, the joint collaboration with EFPTA on promoting the teaching of psychology in secondary schools, the various publications, especially on evidence-base teaching, the dissemination of a Call for educational programme in the field of migration and the activity on migration issues

  • the convener, Stephan Dutke, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions

  • the information and recommendations acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations;

  • the Board updates its work plan for the period 2017-19 and submit this to the EC not later than December 1 of 2017

The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. the elaboration of a text on the qualification of bachelor’s degree in Psychology to be disseminated across members associations;

  3. the promotion of psychology teaching in secondary schools, in collaboration with EFPTA, to foster psychological literacy for general population; this will also include the support to continuing education of psychology teachers;

  4. the definition of a framework on psychology curricula for non-psychology students, including the criteria to be considered in developing such curricula for different target groups;

  5. the development of a psychology curriculum on migration issue, in collaboration with other EFPA groups;

  6. the implementation of research on teaching psychology, as necessary basis for high teaching quality and for the professionalization of psychology teaching, in collaboration with the EuroPlat network;

  7. the collaboration with other EFPA groups (Board of Human Rights and Psychology) for developing a course on Human Rights for psychologists.

  8. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 

Board of Scientific Affairs

 The EC recommends that:

  • The report be received with appreciation for the work done

  • The convenor, Remo Job, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions related to

 

    • the adoption and use of recent scientific findings by professional psychologists;

    • the survey on Evidence Based Practice in Psychology among MAs;

    • the issue of Replicability in Psychology;

    • the nomination of members for the Committees for the EFPA Prizes;

    • the organization of two Symposia for ECP 2017: "Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology: The Survey by the Board of Scientific Affaires" and “Improving Psychological Science in Europe”.

    • monitoring progress of the European Psychologist and of the search for the journal’s new Editor-in-Chief;

    • reviewing data about the ECP 2015 (Milan) and monitored ECP 2017 (Amsterdam).

 

  • The information and recommendations be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations

The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. each Member Association be active in setting up an annual day for scientific research to promote psychological science;

  3. how to improve research standards in order to improve psychological science in Europe;

  4. to highlight the contribution of psychological research to society.

 

 Board on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (Former TF)

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done during the past 8 years and the achievements obtained regarding the increase in the number of active group members, in publication of a book on cultural and ethnic diversity, the active collaboration with EFPSA and other EFPA groups, the organization of an invited symposium at ECP 2017 Congress

  • the convenors, Alexander Thomas and Ulrike de Ponte, as his successor (since February 2016) be thanked for their leadership, and the members for their contributions,

  • the information and recommendations acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations;

  • the GA decides to transform the Task Force into a Board of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity

 The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. the implementation of the actions described in the policy paper developed by the Task Force, considering the current situation in Europe and the responsibility of society of spreading intercultural knowledge based on scientific findings;

  3. continuing the collaboration with EFPSA and other EFPA groups (Board of Educational Affairs, Board of Human rights and psychology) to work on developing curriculum components on intercultural psychology at bachelor and master levels, in the framework of Europsy;

  4. the implementation of professional guidelines and Ethical standards for psychologists working in the intercultural field and for researchers, in collaboration with the Board of Ethics;

  5. how to incorporate knowledge on (the implications of) Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in the education and professional work of psychologists in various areas, in collaboration with the Board of Educational Affairs

  6. promoting educational courses for practitioners and academic staff in intercultural and/or cross-cultural psychology, reflecting cultural impacts in research and intervention processes (models, methods, diagnostic tools, etc.).

List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers


Standing Committee on GeroPsychology

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the proposal of a Special issue on geropsychology topics for the European Psychologist, the increasing exchange of information on GeroPsychology in member countries, the preparation of an online survey on the situation of geropsychology in Europe, the organization of the invited symposium articulated in two parts, at ECP 2017 on “Facing the challenges of ageing population”,

  • the convener, Dieter Ferring, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions,

  • the information emerging from the foregoing to be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations, 

     The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed  

  2. the writing of recommendations for neuropsychological testing of older people, in collaboration with neuropsychology group and other relevant EFPA committees;

  3. an update of the survey on the situation of Geropsychology in the member countries,

  4. the preparation of the Special Issue of European Psychologist on Geropsychology in Europe;

  5. the participation at the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and the developing “guidelines for psychological practice for active and healthy ageing”

  6. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 

Standing Committee on Psychology in Education

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the development of a working method among the SC members, the improvement of communication among psychologists in education via social networks, the dissemination activities performed by members at national level, the publication of a book on Inclusive educational practice in Europe, the preparation of an invited symposium at ECP Congress 2017;

  • the convener, Francine Corman, be thanked for her leadership, and the members for their contributions;

  • the information and publications emerging from the foregoing be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations;

  • the SC update its work plan for the period 2017-2019 and submit it to the EC not later than December 1 of 2017, 

    The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. further work on inclusive education, focusing on the contribution of the psychologists in the multidisciplinary teams;

  3. collaboration with other EFPA groups on common topics;

  4. development of criteria and tools for assessing psychological services in the European educational system, following the EU funded ESPIL (European School Psychologists Improve Lifelong Learning) project;

  5. exploration of the possibility to develop a proposal for a Specialized Europsy certificate for School Psychologists/psychologists in the educational system

  6. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

     

Standing committee on Community Psychology

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained

  • the convenor, Nicholas Carr, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions

  • the information and recommendations acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations

The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. how to develop a description of core CP competencies to develop a model for CP training in Europe, based on results from the Survey

  3. Initiate a Knowledge Alliance, in collaboration with institutions and universities teaching CP at graduate and postgraduate levels.

  4. consultation of the Board of Educational Affairs regarding the above-mentioned issues;

  5. how to develop and strengthen the position and role of Community Psychology research in Europe;

  6. how to facilitate and support collaboration between SC and EFPA Associate member ECPA.

  7. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers on prevention and psychology, as to raise the awareness of psychologists, policy-makers, other professions and the general public about community psychology.

  8. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 

 Standing Committee on Psychology and Health

 The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done: an active participation in the European Semester in Portugal by organisation of thematic conference; organization of the symposium at the ECP 2017 in Amsterdam; preparation of press releases for the World Health Day and World Mental Health Day

  • the convenor, Stefan Höfer, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions 

  • the information acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations 

The work plan contains suggestions about: 

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. the continuation of the work done in the previous term, including monitoring and assessment of developments in research, education and professional practice pertaining to mental and physical health, and suggesting standards for the education and professional practice of psychologists working in the field of health; 

  3. the devoted equal attention to the issues related to physical and mental health, including psychotherapy;

  4. the development of EFPA’s briefing papers on health; 

  5. the monitoring of health policy developments of European Commission and World Health Organization, inform and advise Executive Council on these developments; 

  6. the monitoring of and attendance (when possible) to European health policy events, and bringing in the viewpoint of psychology 

  7. the continuation of cooperation with the European Health Psychology Society and inviting its representative to the meetings of SC 

  8. the development of annual news items for EFPA and Member Associations for the World Health Day (April 7), World Mental Health Day (October 10)

  9. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 

 Standing Committee on Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology

 The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done: a) organising symposia on a regular basis together with the National Association of the hosting country where the expert members of the SC give presentations on their experience with national and international crises and disasters (“Preparing to meet the psychosocial needs of refugees and asylum seekers” in Portugal, ”On the psychosocial needs of refugees” in Turkey, “Lessons learned from the European Countries” in Spain and Switzerland; b) developing the second edition of the lessons learned document with a description of 9 different emergencies, analysis of the interventions and recommendations; c) developing ”Recommendations for education and training of psychologists when working with psychological crisis and disasters”

  • the convenor, Magda W. Rooze, be thanked for her leadership, and the members for their contributions 

  • the information and recommendations emerging from the above be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations 

  • approve the proposal to change the name of the Standing Committee in Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology

 The work plan contains suggestions about: 

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. outlining further how the SC facilitates the formation of Disaster, Crisis and Trauma sections in member associations;

  3. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 

Standing Committee on Clinical Neuropsychology (Former TF)

 The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done: a) collecting and analysing information on the current situation of the specialization training within clinical neuropsychology, and the legal and professional status of clinical neuropsychologists in different European countries; b) organising symposium at the European Congress of Psychology in Amsterdam in July 2017 in order to present the results of the analysis.

  • the convenor, Laura Hokkanen, be thanked for her leadership, and the members for their contributions 

  • to transform the Task Force into Standing Committee of Clinical Neuropsycholog

The work plan for 2017-2019 contains suggestions about: 

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. the development of common guidelines for practicing and training in neuropsychology;

  3. the preparation of recommendations as how the specialization training in neuropsychology can and/or should be developed in the future

  4. List of commitments to specific news releases, position statements and/or position papers

 Standing Committee on Traffic Psychology

 The EC recommends that:

  • the General Assembly takes note of the fact, that there is no report about the work done and the achievements obtained

  • the convenor, Jens Schade, be thanked for his/her leadership, and the members for their contributions

 The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. common guidelines for the practice of Traffic Psychologists;

  2. a harmonized curriculum for training in Traffic Psychology;

  3. the improvement of the quality of Traffic Psychology practice;

  4. issuing news releases, position statements and/or position papers on psychological issues in traffic, as to raise the awareness of psychologists, policy-makers, other professions and the general public about traffic psychology.

 

Standing Committee on Work and Organizational Psychology (SC W&O)

 The EC recommends that:

  • The report be received with appreciation for the work done

  • The convenor, Fred Zijlstra, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions.

  • The information and recommendations be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations:

  • The group being originally relatively small (6 members – all recruited via EAWOP), providing various documents and reports during the first two years.

  • That there was an enormous influx of new members, when the group was opened for nominations from all Member Association.

  • That after the call for further members the commitment to the group diminished.

 The work plan contains suggestions about:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. a “restart” with members who support reliably the activities of the group,

  3. how to enhance commitment of the members of the group

  4. the group to support the ‘think tank’ organized by EAWOP

  5. the group to work on new perspectives for cooperation and joint actions to enhance commitment of her members.

 

 

  

Task Force Sport Psychology

 The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done regarding the collection of information on the education, training and professional practice in sport psychology in Europe and the development of a proposal for a specialist certificate EuroPsy in sport psychology, the collaboration with FEPSAC, and the development of a web space within the EFPA web portal. 

  • the convenor, Michel Nicolas, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions 

  • the information and recommendations acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations 

  • the Executive Council continues exploring whether to develop EuroPsy specialist certificate in collaboration with EAC and FEPSAC

  • the Task Force is terminated.

 

Task Force Psychology and Internet

The Task Force was not operating, therefore there is no report was presented. The EC recommends to terminate the Task Force.

 

Task Force on e-Health 

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained: the description of the state-of-the art according to the literature that culminated in two papers by task force members.  A first by David Ebert on “Internet and mobile-based psychological interventions: applications, efficacy and potential for improving mental health in Europe.”, a second by Maria Karekla on “Best practices and guidelines for utilizing digital interventions to improve engagement and adherence in chronic illness sufferers”

  • the development of a structured approach to determine the priorities of the taskforce.

  • convenor, Francisco Rodrigues and Tom Van Daele, be thanked for their leadership as convenors, and the members for their contributions.

  •  the information be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations

  • the papers should be given wide dissemination

  • Given the initial effort to establish a working Task Force, the GA extends the mandate of the Task Force for the period of 2017-2019

The work plan for 2017-2019 includes:

  1. how the general recommendations will be followed

  2. plan for how to integrate the work developed in the existing permanent structure of EFPA

 

 Task Force on EU Calls

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained: the identification of 8 specific ideas for obtaining grants and at the same time promoting psychology in society, that could be developed by relevant bodies within EFPA. The relevant bodies were identified for each specific idea.

  • The GA recognizes that it was not possible to obtain funds for these ideas

  •  the Task Force concluded also that committees dedicated to specific projects best serve obtaining funds.

  • the preparation of a symposium for ECP 2017 in Amsterdam July 2017: “Psychology’s Value Added for Society” to inspire EFPA’s more than 20 committees to search funding for their ongoing activities and potential projects

  • the convenor, Ole Tunold, be thanked for his leadership as a convenor, and the members for their contributions.

  •  the information be acknowledged and be taken into consideration by the EC and all bodies of EFPA, receiving ample dissemination and encouragement to develop specific projects.

  • The Task Force having completed their work should cease their function

 

Operational Support Network

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done 

  • the convenor, Sabine Steyaert, be thanked for her leadership, and the members for their contributions 

  • the information emerging from the foregoing be acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations 

  • the General Assembly take notice of the fact that there is an average of 8-10 members of the network attending the meetings and decide to encourage all Member Associations to nominate and send their CEO, managing Director, office manager or secretary to the OSN meetings. 

 

 

 Working Group on Refugees

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained that produced two papers, one on contact theory and one on the psychological concept of acculturation attitudes.

  • that these papers be used in the utilization of psychological knowledge in the context of migration to psychologists working in the field, and also to deliver a scientific argumentation base for suggestions to policy and politicians.

  • the convenor, Ulrich Wagner, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions

  • the information and recommendations acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations.

  • the information and recommendations be disseminated to the MA’s in order to become a resource for different kinds of intervention, including training and policy issues

  • having attained these results, the Working Group on Refugees is terminated.

  

Update August 2017