The APA Annual State Leadership Conference

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Russell Todd Crawford earned a PhD in psychology with an emphasis in cognition and maintains a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for individuals, couples, and families. Russell Todd Crawford is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the National Board for Certified Counselors, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

The American Psychological Association hosts a State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., each spring. The conference is attended by APA staff, elected leaders, and volunteers from the association’s 60 state and provincial offices and regularly attracts some 500 attendees, including graduate students and new professionals. The State Leadership Conference is known as an advocacy event as well as for its leadership development and training.

Each conference focuses on a specific theme and offers sessions designed to support and improve attendees’ psychology practices. In 2015, the 32nd State Leadership Conference promoted a theme of “Practice Innovation,” where advances in integrated care, Medicare reimbursement, and insurance were considered and discussed. The topics, aimed at enabling psychologists to find fulfillment and self-direction in their practice, included presentations on psychologists and political action and an orientation for psychologists who had recently received their degrees.