Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Look Before You Leap: Concrete Advice About Leadership Stages, Styles, and Roles

APA’s Emerging Leaders in Psychology Academy is designed to give psychologists at every career stage the skills it takes to successfully transition into a leadership role. Based in psychological science and real-world examples, this innovative course sequence and learning community provides motivated individuals like you with the experience and ability to take on leadership positions.

Erlanger Turner, PhD

Turner Psychological and Consulting Services

"Making and Taking Space for Diverse Leaders"

"Leadership in the Field and in Your Backyard"

Government Contractor

Nicholas Grant, PhD

The innovative coursework gives early career psychologists (ECPs), graduate students, and other interested members of the discipline the chance to examine leadership principles and determine how to personalize them to your own leadership style. Learn collaboratively with other students and psychologists as part of an online learning community.

Join a growing network of emerging leaders that you can continue to lean on and learn from as you advance your career.

 

 

Candice Hargons, PhD 

University of Kentucky

"Leadership in the Field and in Your Backyard"

Jared Skillings, PhD, ABPP

American Psychological Association

Innovative Management Strategies

Zeeshan Butt, PhD

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Improve Your Negotiating Power Through Case Studies

Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, ABPP

Bringing Out the Best in Others (and Dealing with the Worst)

University of Rochester School of Medicine

Nancy Piña's Bio

Nancy Pina, CPA is the Deputy CFO for Accounting Operations at the American Psychological Association (APA). She is responsible for billing, cash receipts, accounts payable, and payroll for APA and APA Services Inc. (APASI), and oversees the accounting for two real estate LLCs owned by APA. She is also responsible for the preparation of all financial statements and tax returns, manages annual audits, and is liaison to the audit subcommittee.

APA is a nonprofit scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the U.S., with more than 118,000 members. It has revenues of more than $115 million, and employs about 600 staff.

Prior to joining APA in 2007, Nancy worked in public accounting as an auditor and tax preparer. She received her BS degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1984 and earned the CPA professional designation in 1996. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.

Greg Pennington, PhD

The Stages of Building and Developing Teams

Pennpoint Consulting Group

During webinar sessions, you’ll explore foundational leadership principles with experienced instructors and experts in the field of psychology. 

Click on the faculty members’ photos to learn more about them.

In 2020, sessions 1-4 focus on leading yourself (boosting your competence and confidence to be a strong leader). Sessions 5-7 focus on leading others (bringing your leadership competencies to your current or future role as a manager). Session 8-10 focus on leading teams and organizations (applying your skillset to the way that groups and systems work effectively). Each session addresses two learning objectives and answers three core questions. Click on each session for details. Each was approved for one CE credit from APA.

Click on each of the titles below to learn more.

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR EVERY CAREER STAGE

2020 COURSE SCHEDULE

2020 FACULTY

TAKE YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL 

© Copyright 2020 American Psychological Association

FAQs

Can I still join even though the Academy started?

Yes, you can join through the air date of the third class, March 13, 2019.  After that date, you will only be able to purchase courses individually and not get to participate in a learning community. We ask that if you are joining late, you prioritize watching the recordings for sessions you have missed and catch up on the introductions, assignments, and conversations in your learning community.

 

How do I know if this progr am is right for me?

2019 is our first year running the Academy, but across our organizer and faculty rosters, we possess a few hundred years of offering leadership training in rich and supportive environments. This Academy was engineered with the goal of having a broad-reaching leadership program for all. At the same time, we imagine that our modal member will be someone who is “emerging” in their leadership trajectory, regardless of when that person finished graduate training in psychology or a related field. We also imagine that person is looking to advance their leadership position(s) within a year of enrolling.  We have identified a number of skills and knowledge areas that will get explored in the Academy. We ask participants to rate themselves in these during the registration process, and then ask again at the conclusion of the Academy.  Our hope is that graduates will see in themselves more confidence and competence in many of these areas.  

 

How much of a time commitment is the Academy? 

Every other week beginning mid-February, you will spend an hour watching the live or recorded session. You are also expected to spend anywhere from an hour to work or more in the two weeks between sessions working on activities and holding discussions with your peers in a virtual learning community. 

 

How long is each session?

Each interactive webinar is one-hour long.

 

 Will I be assigned homework?

You will leave each session with a ‘homework assignment,’ typically a problem to solve and discuss in a designated ‘learning community’ through vignettes, case studies, worksheets, or other exercises.

 

Will I receive recognition when I complete the Emerging Leaders in Psychology Academy?

Upon successful completion of the Academy, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement and will be part of a growing network of emerging leaders that you can continue to lean on and learn from as you advance your career.

 

How long does the program take to complete?

The Academy consists of 10 high-energy, interactive webinars over the course of 6 months.

 

How much does the program cost?

The Emerging Leaders in Psychology Academy costs $99 for APA members ($199 for nonmembers). Similar leadership programs typically cost $3000. 

 

What if I miss a live session? 

Five to seven days after the live recording, you will be able to access and watch a recording of the course. Course slides and any handouts will be available immediately after the webinar in everyone’s learning community. You will have access to all course recordings for about one year.


How do I earn CE credits?

This program has been reviewed and approved by the American Psychological Association Office Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) to offer up to 10 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required during each live webinar or recorded video-on-demand to earn 1.0 CE credit for that particular session. Credit for partially attended or watched sessions will not be awarded. The CEP Office maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 

What technology do I need? 

You will need high-speed internet on any device you prefer to use to watch the sessions in our BeaconLive course management portal. You will find that the portal works best in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox browsers. BeaconLive will provide you information about technical support issues in your payment confirmation email. Additionally, around the start of the first session, we will invite you to create a Slack account to participate in learning communities. Slack can be accessed on the web or through an app on your wireless device.

 

What is a learning community? 

After you register, we will assign you to a group with 6-8 individuals based on your career stage and leadership interests. These groups will have their own space online to chat, share ideas, exchange documents, and work on the assignment provided by each Academy faculty at the conclusion of their session. APA staff will offer support to these communities as needed.

 

What options exist if I have a financial hardship?

We believe in making this opportunity available to as many individuals as possible. Thus, we are happy to provide a limited number of half-priced registrations for APA members who reach out, until we run out. Before beginning the registration process, please email Zeljka with a brief explanation of your membership status in APA, your career stage, your highest degree and year of graduation, and your expressed financial need. Include 'Academy Scholarship' in the subject line.

For all other questions and comments, please contact the Academy’s administrative coordinator, Zeljka Macura, at mzeljka@apa.org

ABOUTFACULTYSCHEDULEFAQS

This initiative was developed by the Office on Early Career Psychologists and Office on Graduate Students.

Catherine Hambley, PhD

Executive Coach and Organizational Consultant

Leverage the Brain Science of Great Leadership

Dawnavan Davis, PhD

American Psychological Association

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Can Transform Organizations

Mary Brabeck, PhD

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

"Moral Management and Ethical Leadership"

Rajashi Ghosh, PhD

Drexel School of Education

How to be an Effective Mentor and Mentee

Lindsey Buckman, PsyD

Buckman Psychological Consultants

"Confident, Connected, and Credentialed"

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP: CONCRETE ADVICE ABOUT LEADERSHIP STAGES, STYLES, AND ROLESIMPROVE YOUR NEGOTIATING POWER THROUGH CASE STUDIESLEVERAGE THE BRAIN SCIENCE OF GREAT LEADERSHIPMOST LEADERS ONCE FELT LIKE A FRAUD, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TOBETWEEN YOU AND ME: INTERPERSONAL ETHICS FOR LEADERSBRINGING OUT THE BEST IN OTHERS (AND DEALING WITH THE WORST)HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR AND MENTEE

Module 9

TEAMWORK AND NEW COLLABORATIVE MODELS OF LEADERSHIP

Learning Objectives



Identify at least two elements of effective teamwork 

Discuss the rationale and implementation of a distributed leadership model 

Describe the value of followership

Core Questions



What new models of distributed leadership exist for interprofessional teams? 

How can psychologists facilitate effective, evidence-based teamwork? 

What does it mean to practice intentional leadership and followership?

Module 10

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION CAN TRANSFORM ORGANIZATIONS

Learning Objectives



Assess the needs and strategic priorities of an organization that lead to transformation.

List planning and implementation steps to increase probability of success in organization change

Core Questions



What defines organization transformation? 

How can you assess, lead and manage change? 

What is the role of psychologists in organization and leadership transformation? 

Module 8

THE STAGES OF BUILDING AND DEVELOPING TEAMS

Learning Objectives



List at least three effective strategies for negotiating position, salary, and resources 

Describe how to access information about comparable salaries

Core Questions



What strategies can be used to help ensure a successful negotiation? 

What resources would be helpful/necessary to prepare for your negotiation? 

How can you effectively use mentoring when negotiating?

Across the ten sessions in the Academy, we hope to raise the skill levels and knowledge areas of participants in the following 30 areas. What you are seeing are actual statements that form the pre and post self-assessment rating form for participants. Answers run along a Likert scale ranging from “not at all” through “to a great extent.” 


1. I know how to describe my current leadership style.  

2. I know how to tell if I am ready to obtain new leadership roles.  

3. I know how to meet the strategic challenges that come with new leadership roles.  

4. I know the leadership issues that a leader typically encounters at different career stages. 

5. I know ways to become more confident and successful as a negotiator.   

6. I know how context determines the tactics that should be used when negotiating.  

7. I know how to approach negotiation across a spectrum of situations.  

8. I know how to apply scientific research in brain sciences to help develop creativity, collaboration, and effectiveness as a leader.   

9. I know how to improve self-regulation.  

10. I know how to manage stress and avoid burnout.  

11. I know how what contributes to feelings of imposter syndrome.   

12. I know what resources are helpful in overcoming imposter syndrome.  

13. I know how imposter syndrome differentially impacts people of diverse backgrounds.  

14. I know what practices can be used to improve the ethical culture of a workplace.  

15. I know ways that leaders and organizations can prioritize ethical considerations in their work with others.  

16. I know how to approach interpersonal tensions using an ethical lens.  

17. I know how to provide feedback to individuals that I am leading to foster positive outcomes.   

18. I know strategies to effectively speak with a supervisee that presents as challenging. 

19. I know what strategies to use when a lateral peer or supervisor presents as challenging.  

20. I know how to cultivate long-term mentoring relationships that are mutually growth-fostering.  

21. I know how to approach conflicts that may arise in mentoring relationships. 

22. I know how to build trust in diversified mentoring relationships.  

23. I know ways to engage a team toward an organization's mission.  

24. I understand the developmental differences between new and well-established teams.  

25. I know how to build trust in my team members and promote their success. 

26. I know basic project management principles and techniques.  

27. I know how to manage projects as they grow in complexity.   

28. I know how to properly delegate work within a team.  

29. I know how psychology professionals can advance their organization's maturity in equity, diversity, and inclusion.   


30. I know how to measure and benchmark equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Skill and Knowledge Areas

Nancy Piña, CPA

American Psychological Association

"Sound Financial Management"

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Notify Me When 2020 Registration Opens

How do I know if this program is right for me?

Across our organizer and faculty rosters, we possess a few hundred years of offering leadership training in rich and supportive environments. This Academy is engineered with the goal of having a broad-reaching leadership program for all. At the same time, we imagine that our modal member will be someone who is “emerging” in their leadership trajectory, regardless of when that person finished graduate training in psychology or a related field. We also imagine that person is looking to advance their leadership position(s) within a year of enrolling. 

We have identified a number of skills and knowledge areas that our sessions intend to develop in members over the ten weeks. We ask participants to rate themselves in these areas during the registration process, and then again provide ratings at the conclusion of the Academy


If I participated in 2019, should I join again?

In short, yes. In detail, we have created ten new sessions and have 50% new, expert faculty. While many of the themes we broached in 2019 (leading yourself, people, and organizations) will be looked at again, we are covering brand new learning objectives and core questions, providing new assignments, and a new way to interact with your fellow Academy members. We also heard your feedback and moved the schedule from biweekly to weekly. Leadership formation is ongoing and this Academy is meant to both sharpen and broaden your competencies. Truly, you were top of mind when we made the 2020 program, and we appreciate the extensive exit-survey feedback you provided. We hope to see you back.


How much of a time commitment is the Academy?

Every week, you will spend an hour watching the live or recorded session. You are strongly encouraged to spend anywhere up to an hour working in between sessions on activities and holding discussions with your peers in a virtual learning community.


How long is each session?

Each interactive webinar is one-hour long.


Will I be assigned homework?

You will leave each session with a ‘homework assignment,’ typically a problem to solve and discuss in a designated ‘learning community’ through vignettes, case studies, worksheets, or other exercises. Completing the program or earning CEs is not contingent on the homework, but we feel it is such an important way to deepen what you learned didactically.


Will I receive recognition when I complete the Emerging Leaders in Psychology Academy?

Upon successful completion of the Academy, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement and will be part of a growing network of emerging leaders that you can continue to lean on and learn from as you advance your career.


How long does the program take to complete?

The Academy consists of 10 high-energy, interactive webinars over the course of 10 weeks.


How much does the program cost?

The 2020 Emerging Leaders in Psychology Academy is priced affordably and accessibly for emerging leaders. The cost is $89 for students, $149 for APA members and associates, and $249 for non-members. This pricing is a fraction of the price of similar leadership programs.


What if I miss a live session?

Shortly after the live recording, you will be able to access and watch a recording of the course. Course slides and any handouts will be available immediately after the webinar in everyone’s learning community. You will have access to all course recordings for about one year.


How do I earn CE credits?

This program was reviewed and approved by the American Psychological Association Office Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) to offer up to 10 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required during each live webinar or recorded video-on-demand to earn 1.0 CE credit for that particular session. Credit for partially attended or watched sessions will not be awarded. The CEP Office maintains responsibility for the 2019 program and its content.


What technology do I need?

You will need high-speed internet on any device (laptop, tablet, phone) you prefer to use to watch the sessions in our web-based course management portal. Around the start of the first session, we will invite you to participate in an online learning community which can be accessed on the web or through a Facebook app on your wireless device.


What is a learning community?

When the Academy begins, we will invite you to be a part of our closed Facebook group. We are building out this group to be a community where people can gather together around career stages, job fields, leadership interests, and course topics. These groups will have their own online space to chat, share ideas, exchange documents, and work on the assignment provided by each Academy faculty at the conclusion of their session. APA staff will offer support to these communities as needed, including plans for live Q&A at least twice over the ten-week period (stay tuned!).


What options exist if I have a financial hardship?

We believe in making this opportunity available to as many individuals as possible. Thus, we are happy to provide a limited number of half-priced registrations for APA members who reach out, until we run out. Interested individuals should send and email to mzeljka@apa.org containing the following information: APA membership status, current career stage, highest degree earned, year of graduation, and a brief sentence or two regarding your expressed financial need.


With COVID-19, when will this course take place?

Originally, the Academy was scheduled to launch April 7, 2020. COVID-19 is certainly throwing schedules into question across the globe. Indeed, the impact of COVID-19 on participants’ lives has led us to responsibly delay the program until the crisis period of the pandemic eclipses and participants adjust to a “new normal” in their personal and professional lives. Leadership is of course no less important during these times which is why we affirm our commitment to rescheduling the program and announcing new session dates by late spring. We are certain the program will start and end within the 2020 calendar year.  
If you already paid for the Academy, there is nothing you need to do as you will hear from us as soon as we have rescheduled the training. If you would prefer a refund, please email cpe@apa.org and put “Refund Request for ELPA” in the subject line.

Kevin Cokley, PhD

College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin

Most Leaders Once Felt Like a Fraud, But You Don’t Have To

David Goodman, PhD

Boston College

Between You and Me: Interpersonal Ethics for Leaders

THE STAGES OF BUILDING AND DEVELOPING TEAMSINNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIESEQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION CAN TRANSFORM ORGANIZATIONS

Our inaugural program was held February-June 2019. Over 400 participants from across career stages and settings participated.
 
Three out of four participants in the 2019 Academy said that it helped them take active steps toward their leadership goals. Nine out of ten participants experienced a sizeable increase in leadership skill growth (and the average participant rated their skills at the end of the program 32% higher). Eight out of ten would recommend the Academy to their peers.
 
Here’s what a few actual 2019 participants said:  
 
“I have better clarification about my own goals and about what’s reasonably achievable for me at this stage in my career.”
 
“I can better identify the traits in myself that make me a good leader, and who I want to be as a leader.  Having that identity gives me more confidence.”
 
“I have been more intentional about seeking feedback from my team, while also being more assertive when a decision falls on me.”

Our 2020 program has been postponed from the original April 7 launch to allow interested participants the chance to acclimate to the current public health emergency both personally and professionally. The program will now launch in the next few months as we monitor the situation and determine our members are in the best position to engage. We invite you to register now to save a spot.

There is a two-step registration process.

Step one: Click the button below to enter basic information, describe your goals for participating in the Academy, and complete brief self-assessment.

Step two: When we have confirmed the new launch date, you will be given a link to our course platform page, where you can add the 10 courses to your cart and securely check out using your credit or debit card. The bundled cost is $89 for students, $149 for APA members and associates, and $249 for non-members. You must complete both steps to be a part of the Academy.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Across the ten sessions in the Academy, we hope to raise the skill levels and knowledge areas of participants in the following 30 areas. What you are seeing are actual statements that form the pre and post self-assessment rating form for participants. Answers run along a Likert scale ranging from “not at all” through “to a great extent.” 


1. I know how to describe my current leadership style.  

2. I know how to tell if I am ready to obtain new leadership roles.  

3. I know how to meet the strategic challenges that come with new leadership roles.  

4. I know the leadership issues that a leader typically encounters at different career stages. 

5. I know ways to become more confident and successful as a negotiator.   

6. I know how context determines the tactics that should be used when negotiating.  

7. I know how to approach negotiation across a spectrum of situations.  

8. I know how to apply scientific research in brain sciences to help develop creativity, collaboration, and effectiveness as a leader.   

9. I know how to improve self-regulation.  

10. I know how to manage stress and avoid burnout.  

11. I know how what contributes to feelings of imposter syndrome.   

12. I know what resources are helpful in overcoming imposter syndrome.  

13. I know how imposter syndrome differentially impacts people of diverse backgrounds.  

14. I know what practices can be used to improve the ethical culture of a workplace.  

15. I know ways that leaders and organizations can prioritize ethical considerations in their work with others.  

16. I know how to approach interpersonal tensions using an ethical lens.  

17. I know how to provide feedback to individuals that I am leading to foster positive outcomes.   

18. I know strategies to effectively speak with a supervisee that presents as challenging. 

19. I know what strategies to use when a lateral peer or supervisor presents as challenging.  

20. I know how to cultivate long-term mentoring relationships that are mutually growth-fostering.  

21. I know how to approach conflicts that may arise in mentoring relationships. 

22. I know how to build trust in diversified mentoring relationships.  

23. I know ways to engage a team toward an organization's mission.  

24. I understand the developmental differences between new and well-established teams.  

25. I know how to build trust in my team members and promote their success. 

26. I know basic project management principles and techniques.  

27. I know how to manage projects as they grow in complexity.   

28. I know how to properly delegate work within a team.  

29. I know how psychology professionals can advance their organization's maturity in equity, diversity, and inclusion.   


30. I know how to measure and benchmark equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Skill and Knowledge Areas

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