Thu, Mar 30, 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 proposes that the GA decides that

  1. The function of information exchange and coordination among the various committees rests primarily with the Convenors Meeting, while it is encouraged that committees seek each other’s advice and support on specific issues.
  2. Sharing information and implementing decisions regarding the reports at the national level is the responsibility of the Member Associations;
  3. 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, minimally those indicated by the Head Office.
  4. All entities within EFPA, including the Member Associations and committees, are expected to contribute to EFPA’s general advocacy of psychology in Europe.

 

1 Board of Scientific Affairs

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding all the different activities to stipulate the adoption and use of recent scientific findings by professional psychologists, the support of the work of the different prize awarding committees of EFPA, and the evaluation and the monitoring of the ECP2015 (Milano) and ECP2019 (Amsterdam).
  • the convenor, Remo Job, 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, in particular regarding
  1. initiatives about best practices and successful cases of transfer of research into practice as presented in the different papers and symposia being organized by the Board;
  2. the plan for the MAs to set up an annual day for scientific research to promote psychological science and to increase the awareness about psychological research both in professional and general population, and so to highlight the contribution of psychological research to society.
  • the Board updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015
  • the working plan contain suggestions about
  1. how to improve the research impact in Europe;
  2. how to move on with the reconceptualization of the European Psychologist together with the new Editor-in Chief;
  3. how to enhance evidence-based practice in cooperation with other boards and committees of EFPA.

Board of Educational Affairs

 The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the review of the consequences and potentials of the Bologna-process, the qualifications of psychology bachelors, the assessment of the teaching of psychology to other professions, the promotion of the teaching of psychology in secondary schools, the joint activities with EUROPLAT and EFPTA.
  • the convenor, Stephan Dutke, be thanked for his leadership, and the members for their contributions
  • Hazel Dewart, who died in October 2014, be remembered with appreciation for her important part in the work of the Board; she was a very appreciated member of the Board;
  • the information and recommendations acknowledged and be taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations; specifically this concerns:
  1. the chances and challenges of the Bologna process for education in psychology as summarised in EFPA Board of Educational Affairs (2014);
  2. a greater responsibility of MAs for the pervasiveness and quality of teaching psychology at secondary schools; this includes, for example, counselling in the development of curricula and engagement in the education and continued professional development of psychology teachers in pre-tertiary schools;
  3. increasing efforts of psychology departments which invest teaching resources in educating non-psychology students to explore the needs of different target groups (e.g., teacher candidates, medical students, or prospective engineers) and systematically adapt curricula for non-psychology students to their specific needs;
  4. the various publications which the Board has issued during the past two years.
  • the Board updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015

Board of Professional Development

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding (a) the development of a Common Training Framework, a framework for supervised practice and a framework for CPD, (b) the exploration of mechanisms for linking theory to practice, and (c) a specialist certificate in health psychology
  • the convenor, Peter Kinderman, 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 composition of the Board be changed as to incorporate more expertise regarding the European Qualifications Directive and EuroPsy, as well as greater awareness of needs for further developments compatible with EuroPsy
  • the Board updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015
  • the working plan contain suggestions about:
  1. inventorying and comparing the state of the development of our profession between countries and relative to other professions
  2. inventorying and comparing mechanisms for linking scientific research and evidence to practice
  3. developing a Common Training Framework (compatible with EuroPsy)
  4. developing a framework for Continued Professional Development (compatible with EuroPsy).

Board of Ethics

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the Model Code of Ethics, the recommendations regarding the handling of complaints, the ethics track and symposia at ECP 2015, the review of a common ethical code for Latvia, a proposal for an empirical study on ethics, an ethics related glossary and the Board’s website in the EFPA portal
  • the convenor, Pierre Nederlandt, be thanked for his leadership, 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 proposals for decisions by the GA, i.e. accepting the Model Code and the document regarding the handling of complaints, be accepted
  • the Board updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015
  • the working plan contains suggestions about :
  1. ways for EFPA and/or the Board to ensure the long-term continuation of the high level of activity, and the good coordination of the various current activities
  2. ways for EFPA to better disseminate its ethics related materials and knowledge
  3. the exact nature of the proposed empirical study.

Board of Prevention and Intervention

The EC recommends that:

  • the report be received with appreciation for the work done  on the application of psychology to prevention in a broad field, for conducting a survey to establish the areas of prevention covered by other working groups within EFPA, for the guidelines developed, and for starting  a collaboration with WHO
  • 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, including following up the work on psychotherapy elsewhere in EFPA than in the B P/I.
  • the Board updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015
  • the work plan contain suggestions about:
  1. producing guidelines on prevention in psychology, taking notice of the APA guidelines, and in collaboration with the other EFPA committees;
  2. issuing 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;
  3. possibilities to develop and strengthen the position and role of psychological researchers in prevention in Europe.
  4. taking part in the development of news items for the World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) in cooperation with other committees

Board of Assessment

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the dissemination of the revised EFTA Test review Model, the evaluation of the usage of review models among European countries, contributions to conferences, the work of the Test user Accreditation Committee.
  • the convenor, Iris Egberink , be thanked for her leadership, and the members for their contributions
  • the information regarding the accreditation of the level 2 Test user Certification Scheme of STP in Sweden; representation on the Board of the International Test Commission (ITC), European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) and the European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA); and conference contributions be acknowledged and taken into consideration in the work of EFPA and its Member Associations
  • the Board updates the working plan of 2014 as to cover the period until July 2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015
  • the working plan contain suggestions about the promotion of test user accreditation throughout Europe and the broadening of the role of TUAC as to become a forum for the management of test standards more generally.

Standing Committee on Psychology and Health

The EC recommends that

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done
  • the convenor, Pauline Adair, be thanked for her 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 SC updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015  
  • the working plan contain suggestions about: 
  1. 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; 
  2. the devoted equal attention to the issues related to physical and mental health; 
  3. the further development of EFPA’s briefing papers on health; 
  4. the involvement of EFPA in the WHO Mental Health program 
  5. the monitoring of health policy developments of European Commission (including Health Policy Forum of SANTE) and World Health Organization, inform and advice Executive Council on these developments; 
  6. the monitoring of and attendance (when possible) to European health policy events, and bringing in the view point of psychology 
  7. the continuation of cooperation with the European Health Psychology Society and inviting its representative to the meetings of SC 
  8. the organization of a symposium at the ECP 2017 in Amsterdam 
  9. the development of annual news items for EFPA and Member Associations for the World Health Day (April 7), World Mental Health Day (October 10). 
  • the composition of the SC be changed in such a way as to achieve a balance between somatic and mental health.  

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 improvement of communication among psychologists in education, the improvement of the European quality standards of services in the area of psychology in the educational system, and the contribution to European quality Standards in education and training of psychologists education  
  • the former convenor, Marianne Kant-Schaps, and Victor Coelho as her successor (since 4.2015) be thanked for their 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, with appreciation for the special attention given to social inclusion and the efforts to enhance the visibility of psychology in education via networking on European and international level 
  • the SC updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015  
  • the working plan contain suggestions about:  
  1. how to stipulate the role of Psychologists in inclusion not only in schools but also in other educational settings; 
  2. how to make different quality standards of the educational system transparent and how to point out best practices for the European level; 
  3. further work on the three recommendations of the EU funded ESPIL project; 
  4. the involvement of a student representative (to be appointed by the SC) in the work of the board. 

Standing Committee on Traffic Psychology

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the development of country reports, psychological examinations for train drivers, the development of a web space within the EFPA portal, and the preparation of a bi-annual newsletter 
  • the convenor, Jens Schade, be thanked for his/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 SC updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015  
  • the working plan contain suggestions about: 
  1. further actions regarding the EU Train Drivers Directive; 
  2. common guidelines for the practice of Traffic Psychologists; 
  3. a harmonized curriculum for training in Traffic Psychology; 
  4. the improvement of the quality of Traffic Psychology practice; 
  5. 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 GeroPsychology  

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the preparation work on an expert data file, the initiative on creating a "European GeroPsychology Network", the writing and dissemination of a statement “On the Need of Geropsychology in Hospitals and Nursing Homes”, the exchange of information on GeroPsychology in member countries by national background reports, the relation with other EFPA Groups, and the preparation of the invited symposium on “Psychology and Ageing: Findings and Trends across Europe”,  
  • the convenor, 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, in particular the national background reports, and the statement on GeroPsychology in hospitals and nursing homes,  
  • the expert data base to be included in EFPA’s new data base (operational as from July 1, 2015)
  • the SC updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015  
  • the work plan contain suggestions about: 
  1. how to stimulate the adoption and use of psychological competence in the different services in old age;  
  2. the collaboration with other committees on specific issues regarding GeroPsychology; 
  3. further publicity actions to raise the awareness of policy-makers, other professions and the general public of the contributions that GeroPsychology can make in our ageing societies
  4. continuing participation in EU events on ageing. 

Standing Committee on Disaster and Crisis Psychology

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding (a) the sharing of lessons learned initiative which is at the heart of the work of the SC, because it increases awareness and facilitates sharing of experiences; (b)  meeting colleagues in the different countries and giving the opportunity to low resources countries to participate by having those countries host a meeting and get familiar with the work of the Standing Committee; (c) organizing 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; (d) starting the development of a Psychosocial Review and Learning Team (a Consultation team); (e) establishing best practices on how to cater for the special needs of persons with disabilities in crises and disaster situations; this in line with the program of “Including Societies” of the Council of Europe and the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA); (f) planning a second training course in disaster, crisis and trauma psychology  for the Eastern European countries; (g) working on ethical issues specific to psychologist working in crises and disaster in liaison the EFPA Board of Ethics; (h) working on the improvement and standardization of the psychological support to be offered after crisis and disaster situations and for producing ‘Guidelines for victims to collaborate with media just after a traumatic event’  
  • 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 
  • the proposal for decision by the GA, regarding the development of a Psychosocial Review and Learning Team (a Consultation team), EFPA be accepted, taking into account that EFPA cannot finance such a team, and funding must be sought from elsewhere 
  • the SC updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015  
  • the working plan contain suggestions about: 
  1. outlining further how the SC aims at establishing special sections on crisis, disaster and trauma work within the different National Associations; 
  2. plans for the development of a Psychosocial Review and Learning Team  (Consultation team)  
  3. plans to provide the second training of psychologists in disaster, crisis and trauma for the Eastern European countries  
  4. plans as to the way the SC is working for the standardization in the context of improving the quality of psychosocial support after crisis and disasters. 

Standing Committee on Community Psychology

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the European survey on CP, and the work on establishment of the Knowledge Alliance in CP across Europe
  • 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 proposal for decision by the GA, i.e. to agree with establishing a Knowledge Alliance for CP, be accepted (if applicable)
  • the SC updates its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015
  • the working plan contain suggestions about:
  1. continuing the work on developing a competence model for CP as a basis for training in collaboration with institutions and universities teaching CP at graduate and postgraduate levels; 
  2. establishing a Knowledge Alliance between Partner Universities and Organizations as described in the draft application;  
  3. developing guidelines for Training in CP and initiating a European Master of CP, affiliated to more than 3 major European Universities 
  4. consultation of the Board of Educational Affairs and the Board of Professional Development regarding the above-mentioned issues; 
  5. how to develop and strengthen the position and role of Community Psychology research in Europe; 
  6. issuing 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. 

Task Force Human Rights

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done: a) the development of a policy paper describing possible EFPA’s involvement in human rights activities; b) press releases prepared for the International Days of Human Rights and Children’s Day; c) establishment of contacts with European agencies related to human rights 
  • 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 GA decides to transform the Task Force into a Board of Human Rights  
  • the Board prepares its working plan for the period 2015-2017 and submits this to the EC not later than Dec 1 of 2015  
  • the working plan contain suggestions about: 
  1. implementation of the actions described in the policy paper developed by the Task Force  
  2. cooperation with other relevant EFPA committees and other relevant organizations on issues related to human rights; 
  3. monitoring events/policies at European level related to human rights and presenting the viewpoint of psychology 
  4. organizing a symposium at the ECP 2017 in Amsterdam 
  5. developing news items for EFPA and Member Associations with regard to the International Human Rights Day and Universal Children’s Day (November 20), and the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (December 2). 

Task Force EU Calls  

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding (a) the description of challenges and opportunities for EFPA in grant seeking efforts, (b) making an inventory of potential grants, mainly from EU, but also from other relevant providers; (c) making a general check-list of requirements necessary to start the process of obtaining a grant; (c) producing a preliminary overview and describing all possible EFPA “deliverables”.  
  • the convenor, Ole Tunold, 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 Task Force be continued for one more term with the recommendation to finalize the activities started and to transfer the results to the EC not later than February 1, 2017. 

Task Force Sport Psychology  

The EC recommends that 

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done and the achievements obtained regarding the collection of information on the education, training and professional practice in sport psychology in Europe, 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/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 proposal for the GA to change the name of the Task Force to “TF Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology” not to be accepted, and the name Task Force Sport Psychology to be retained  
  • the Task Force  continued for one more term with the following recommendations regarding the working plan: 
  1. complete the collection of information on the education, training, supervision, professional practice and organizations in sport psychology in Europe;  
  2. suggest improvements in the education and training of sport psychologists in Europe;  
  3. intensify the collaboration with FEPSAC; 
  4. publish and coordinate with EAC the proposition for criteria for a EuroPsy certification in sport psychology. 
  5. transfer the results of the work to the EC not later than February 1, 2017.  

Task Force Cultural and Ethnic Diversity 

The EC recommends that  

  • the report be accepted with appreciation for the work done during the past six years and the achievements obtained regarding the survey aiming at identifying the degree of readiness of professional psychologists to deal with culture and ethnic diversity issues in the EFPA member countries and the symposium held at the ECP2013 
  • the convenor, Ludek Kolman, 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 Task Force be continued for a final term with the following recommendations regarding the working plan: 
  1. suggest ways 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 and the Board Professional Development; 
  2. develop curriculum components on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity, possibly based on modules on inter-cultural competences existing at the universities of Regensburg, Prague and application in other universities, at the bachelor and master levels, preferably in the framework of EuroPsy, in collaboration with the Board of Educational Affairs and the Board Professional Development; 
  3. develop of professional guidelines and Ethical standards for psychologists working in the intercultural field, in collaboration with the Board of Professional Development and the Board of Ethics; 
  4. continue the work on the publication of the book on culture and ethnic diversity issues 
  5. prepare for the creation of an association that can continue the work of the Task Force, which can apply for Associate Membership of EFPA, and the discontinuation of the Task Force by July 2017. 

The 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 10-12 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. 

On behalf of EFPA, the Executive Council wishes to thank the members of the Boards, Standing Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups for their work for EFPA. 

Update August 2015