November 13th, 2008
APA President Kazdin has replied to the Arrigo-Wessells letter cautioning of repeating the PENS task force problems with the new implementation committee:
Dear Drs. Arrigo and Wessells,
Thank you for your letter regarding the formation of the APA Presidential Advisory Group on the Implementation of the Petition Resolution. I, too, am optimistic that the work of this group will help to unite the organization and enable us to move forward to implement this new policy, which was approved by a vote of our membership.
Over the past few weeks, we have received several recommendations regarding the group process – all that it ought to and ought not to include. In response to your words of caution, I can assure you that the process has been, and will continue to be, open and transparent. While I appreciate your suggestion of an independent monitor, I have invited all three original sponsors of the petition for the very purpose of ensuring that the views and interests of those bringing the petition forward are well represented in the group’s discussions.
I would be grateful if you would forward this response to those you copied on your email.
Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., ABPP
President, American Psychological Association
John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry
Department of Psychology
PO Box 208205
New Haven, CT 06520-8205