THE CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE NETWORK
The CPAGS Campus Representative Network (CRN) is the medium through which CPAGS communicates with students across the state.
The time commitment is minimal, but campus reps provide an invaluable service to their fellow students. If you are interested in serving as a campus rep, or would like to find out who the campus rep is at your school, please contact the CPAGS Chair or Chair-Elect.
ANNUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CPAGS MEMBERS:
Student Leadership and Advocacy Conference (SLAC)
Typically a one-day event, the SLAC introduces students to avenues in which they are able to learn how to be independent leaders in their field and role models to other students. The SLAC also offers networking and training opportunities. SCHOLARSHIPS and TRAVEL GRANTS are available for those who qualify!! For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact the CPAGS Advocacy Chair.
Cross-Cultural Conference (CCC)
This one-day event provides opportunities for students to learn about how to work within several diverse environments and with diverse populations. Because CPA strives to address, train, and support all efforts to move towards a more culturally competent and sensitive psychological practice, speakers at this conference are not only well-trained and recognized as competent clinicians in working within various diverse clientele, but the topics presented are geared towards specific clinical, research, and practical issues. For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact the CPAGS Diversity Chair.
State Leadership and Advocacy Conference and Leadership and Advocacy Day (LAD)
At this annual conference (usually held in February or March), attendees spend either 2-3 days preparing for the LAD, which is held on the last day of the conference. In the morning of the LAD, attendees learning about current bills, advocacy work, and the legislative process. After lunch, attendees break up by county to meet with their local legislators and staff members to discuss current bills and issues related to mental health care. SCHOLARSHIPS and TRAVEL GRANTS are available for those who qualify!! For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact the CPAGS Advocacy Chair. This conference is by invitation only, so students interested in attending and/or interested in a scholarship should contact the CPAGS Advocacy Chair immediately before spaces are filled.
CPA Annual Convention
The CPA Convention, usually held in April of each year, offers several opportunities for students. Throughout the convention, students can gather for networking groups, lunches and dinners with your CPAGS officers and CPA leaders. Students can also present during the Student Poster Session, usually held on Saturday afternoon of the Convention. Scholarships and work exchanges are available to help defray the cost of attendance. For more information about any of these opportunities, contact the CPAGS Convention Chair.
Each year, CPAGS holds elections for a new group of officers. No experience is necessary to run for a position. The term of office runs July 1 – June 30 of the following year. To be eligible to run for an elected position, you must be a current graduate student in good academic standing and have at least one year remaining before graduation (at least two years if running for the Chair-elect position). Brief descriptions of the CPAGS officer positions are listed below. Contact the CPAGS Chair or Chair-Elect for more information.
Elected position descriptions
Chair-Elect (two-year term):
serves a one-year term as member of the CPAGS Steering Committee, and serves as Chair in the subsequent year;functions as treasurer of the student association and represents CPAGS in CPA’s Finance Committee; coordinates Campus Representative Network; attends both spring and fall CPA Board of Directors meetings, CPAGS’ student-focused conferences, the annual Leadership and Advocacy Conference, and the CPA Convention.
serves on the CPA Governmental Affairs Committee; coordinates state and federal legislative advocacy efforts with the Association’s campus representatives, and thus with the membership; works closely with CPA’s Division I and CPAGS’ Division I student representative to coordinate student involvement and scholarship opportunities and distribution; coordinates student attendance at CPAGS’ Student Leadership & Advocacy Conference and CPA’s State Leadership & Advocacy Conference.
coordinates with CPA’s Division VII and CPAGS’ Division VII student representative to coordinate student involvement and scholarship opportunities and distribution; assists in developing opportunities and advertising events geared towards addressing diversity; coordinates student attendance at CPAGS’ Cross-Cultural Conference.
serves on the CPA Convention Committee and coordinates all aspects of student participation in the annual CPA convention, including but not limited to:distributing the call for proposals for the student track of programming; coordinating the selection of proposals and the scheduling of programs;runs the student track in coordination with CPA central office on the day of convention (must be able to attend convention in its entirety); disseminates all necessary information to convention presenters.
maintains and updates the CPAGS website; disseminates student-focused informational fliers or emails to campus representatives for distribution; co-develops advertisements and CPAGS marketing materials for distribution; coordinates submissions for the student column of the California Psychologist; coordinates the submission of division representative updates for dissemination.
The Secretary: is responsible for the execution of all the CPAGS Secretary duties as outlined in the CPAGS Manual under Elected Position Descriptions. The Secretary shall ensure the accuracy of all Board meeting minutes and provide them to the Board. The Secretary shall be the custodian of all CPAGS records.
The Treasurer: is responsible for the execution of all the CPAGS Treasurer duties as outlined in the CPAGS Manual under Elected Position Descriptions. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all CPAGS funds and serve as liaison to the CPA Finance Committee.
CPAGS division reps are essentially the student voice on each division. In addition to adding a student perspective, they identify student opportunities within each division. Each division rep has the responsibility of maintaining a relationship between the CPAGS leadership and each division, and writing articles each year for the CP updating student members of happenings in their division. Generally, Divisions meet 2-3 times per year, and have occasional conference calls. CPA’s current
Division I – Clinical and Professional Practice
Division II – Education and Training
Division III – Industrial/Organization Psychology
Division IV – Public Service
Division V – Clinical Psychopharmacology
Division VI – Media Technology and Communication
Division VII – Public Interest/Diversity
Division VIII – Neuropsychology