April 1st: Certificate of Incorporation granted Charter Members:
- M. Kershaw Walsh, President
- Virgil Ward, President Elect
- George Soloyanis, Secretary-Treasurer
- Martha Westrope, Executive Committee
- Carl Bramlette, Jr., Executive Committee
||There are no records for the organization in the archives during this time frame.
||March: An act (1066) was passed to provide for the regulation and licensing of psychologists and to provide a penalty for violation.
||There are no records for the organization in the archives during this time frame.
- January: Volume 1, Number 1, of the South Carolina Psychological Association NEWSLETTER was published.
- October: Fifteen years after its incorporation, SCPA adopted a Constitution.
- First SCPA Bylaws were adopted
- October 2-3: First SCPA Convention was held at the Jade Tree Motor Inn, Myrtle Beach, where "The Role of the Black Psychologist" was a major session held at the first convention.
- The SCPA NEWSLETTER adopted a new cover sheet. The name FEEDBACK was resurrected from the early 1960's when SCPA had a newsletter by that name. At the time that the newsletter was named, the term "feedback" was an important one in group dynamics. It is likely that the name originated from that source. It is Dr. Robert V. Heckel's recollection that Boris Gertz was the first editor and that Boris Gertz and Elmore Martin or Carl Bramlette were responsible for the naming.
- The registration fee for the 1971 Fall Conference in Columbia was $2.00
- The first recorded award presented by SCPA was given to Merrick Kershaw Walsh, PhD for "Outstanding Service to Psychology, SCPA, and South Carolina, 1926-1971"
- Executive Council approved the request of the South Carolina Psychological Association of School Psychologists (SCASP) to affiliate with SCPA.
- The Charleston Area Psychological Association (CAPA) reported 40 members (all members of SCPA). The purpose of the organization was to provide professional interaction among psychologists in the low country area.
- Graduate and undergraduate psychology students were encouraged to affiliate with SCPA. Student membership status was not yet established.
- There existed a SCPA Black-White Relations Committee, chaired by Harold R. Keller. APA vocalized its pleasure at South Carolina's efforts to foster better relations among psychologists of all races.
- SCPA published a Membership Directory, which listed 97 regular members and 18 associate members
- The Fall Conference was held in Charleston at the Sheraton-Fort Sumter Hotel. Conference registration remained $2.00 with an additional $1.50 for the cocktail party.
- SCPA formed a coalition with Georgia and North Carolina to send a representative to APA Council.
- The Council for Advancement of Professional Psychology (CAPP) sponsored the first legislative workshop for psychologists in Washington, DC. South Carolina was represented by Dr. Robert L. Brown.
- This is the first recorded request by Executive Council that SCPA members VOTE TEN FOR SC
- The Fall Conference was held in North Myrtle Beach at The International Hotel. Ocean view room rates were $24.00 per night, with no other conference fees required.
- SCPA launched a major membership recruitment drive. $16.00 was spent on postage to send 200 letters at $0.08 each.
- SCPA sent a representative to the APA Council meeting as an observer. Kenneth Schenkel was reimbursed $30.00 for lodging in Washington, DC.
- The Treasurer's notebook logged receipt of dues in the amount of $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00
- The Fall Conference was held at Holiday Inn (city not specified).
- SCPA approved the establishment of the Professional Standards Review Committee (PSRC), a federally mandated committee, whose task was to review fees and professional practices upon presentation of a consumer complaint.
- The first recorded announcement of a Student Paper Competition appears. An award of $75.00 was given for the best graduate and undergraduate research papers.
- The Spring Conference was held at the Hickory Knob State Park. Cabin cost was $3.00 per night.
- SCASP remained an affiliate of SCPA.
- Membership dues were reaffirmed: regular member, $10.00; associate member, $5.00
- SCPA voted to have twice-a-year meetings beginning spring 1976.
- January: A Continuing Education Committee was formed and charged with developing a specific SCPA continuing education proposal.
- SCPA became a tax exempt organization: 501(c)(6)
- SCPA established five divisions with a chair for each division: Academic, Clinical/Community, Experimental/Research, Public Sector/Private Practice, and School.
- First mention is made of a student representative to Executive Council.
- The first SCPA phone number came into existence. The number of the USC Psychological Services in Columbia (777-4864) became a central number to handle SCPA business.
- A Task Force was formed to study two major legislative issues, confidentiality and the licensing of master's level psychologists.
- Executive Council approved the acceptance of "paid announcements of interest to professional psychologists" in FEEDBACK on a trial basis.
- The Treasurer's report indicated that total expenses for the year were $2,337.03. There was a year-end deficit of $223.63
- April: The first joint conference of SCPA/SCASP was held in Charleston at the Francis Marion Hotel.
- SCPA Fall Conference was held at the Howard Johnson Motel in Myrtle Beach. Room rate was $18.00. Registration fee for regular members was $4.00; students, $2.00; and non-members, $6.00.
- April: The Continuing Education Committee recommended that continuing education requirements for licensed psychologists in SC be 100 hours of approved credits accumulated by each licensed psychologist during each two years preceding license renewal. Four categories of credit were recommended: formally organized activities, formally arranged experiential participatory workshops, individual professional activities, and individual CE experiences.
- SCPA recorded its support of the ERA
- Membership at the beginning of 1976 was 130; at the end of the year, membership exceeded 200.
- The first computerized membership list became available.
- A membership directory was published.
- A lengthy, formal SCPA application form was developed to gather information for updating all member files.
- SCPA awarded the first continuing education certificates to those who sustained professional growth by participating in an active program of recognized continuing psychological studies in 1976. There was no law mandating continuing education.
- The Spring Conference was held at Hilton Head; the Fall Conference at Myrtle Beach. A SCPA membership of 275 was reported at the Fall Conference.
- SCPA formally established its archives at the Dacus Library at Winthrop College.
- The South Carolina Academy of Professional Psychologists (SCAPP) evolved from the Midlands Association of Applied Psychologists (MAAP) and hired its first lobbyist, H. Kelley Jones, an attorney in private practice in Columbia.
- December: The SCPA Constitution and the Bylaws were revised.
- The Fall Conference was held at the Howard Johnson Motel in Myrtle Beach. The all-inclusive registration fee was $20.00 for regular members, $5.00 for student members.
- SCPA appointed a Coordinator of Health Planning who acted as SCPA's representative to APA Council on Health Planning.
- A purge was made of the membership roll. Dues paying members were reported to be 171.
- A Speaker's Bureau was formed for those interested in addressing church, civic or business groups.
- The Fall Conference was held in Myrtle Beach.
- November 12, 2980 is the date of the official incorporation of the South Carolina Academy of Professional Psychologists (SCAPP).
- SCPA continued the voluntary CEU registry for the benefit of all members.
- SCPA annual dues for regular membership were set at $15.00; associate membership, $7.50' professional affiliate, $7.50; and student affiliate, $2.00.
- The Legislative Audit Council "sunset" report took the Board of Examiners in Psychology to task on a number of points, being especially critical of the Board's standards for differentiation between psychology and other "allied fields". The report favored a much more lenient standard which would open licensure in psychology to individuals trained in other areas.
- The Fall Conference reportedly made a profit of $7.38.
- 58 people, a record number, attended the Spring Conference held at the Holiday Inn in Columbia
- There continued to be a working relationship between SCPA and SCASP at the Spring Conference
- APA requested archival material from SCPA for the Arthur Melton Library. The Winthrop Library was requested to forward copies of archival material to APA, with a copy of each future FEEDBACK to go to the Melton Library.
- Dr. C.J. Johnson, retired past principal at C.S. Johnson High School, was appointed as the public member of the Licensing Board, the first African American to serve on the Board.
- The SCPA Constitution and Bylaws were revised (December).
- Sunset review was successfully accomplished with some revisions to the licensing statute. The composition of the Board was changed to three clinical psychologists; two counseling psychologists; one school psychologist; one psychologist licensed in social, experimental, community, or industrial/organizational; and one lay member.
- Paid advertising for FEEDBACK was solicited (full page ad: $80.00)
- SCAPP received $2000.00 from the APA Psychology Defense Fund. The focus of legislative efforts was "sunset legislation".
- A dues increase was approved: general membership, $18.00; associate membership, $10.00; professional affiliate, $10.00; and student membership, $3.00.
- The Spring Conference and the Fall Conference were held at the Howard Johnson Motel in Myrtle Beach.
||The 1983 Spring Conference held in Myrtle Beach used a revised program format. Instead of the traditional practice of soliciting papers from the membership-at-large, invitations to present on selected topics were issued.
- Spring and Fall Conferences were held in Myrtle Beach.
- SCPA was without representation to APA Council, having dissolved association with North Carolina and Georgia.
- The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education reviewed the state's psychology programs, noting heavy teaching loads, lack of minority representation, and underdevelopment of master's level programs.
- SCPA instituted three awards to be given for the first time at the 1986 Conference.
- Outstanding Contribution to Psychology for the Current Year
- Outstanding Career Contributions to Psychology
- Outstanding Contribution to Psychology for the Current Year by a Non-Psychologist
- SCPA was reorganized with SCAPP becoming associated with SCPA as its first division. Other organizations such as SCASP were approached to explore the possibility of joint affiliation.
- As reported in the July 1985 issue of FEEDBACK, "Psychologists have been directly recognized as providers of mental health services under the state's insurance contract. Details are currently being worked out within Blue Cross/Blue Shield."
- The SCPA Constitution and Bylaws were revised. (September)
- SCPA voted to change from two conferences to one main convention, effective 1986.
- The SCPA Spring Conference was held in conjunction with SCASP.
- An election by mail ballot was used for the first time to enable a broader voter representation than was possible with the previous practice of electing officers at the convention.
- The Spring Conference was held at Hilton Head. Academic psychology was highlighted with several paper sessions, including, "Using Computers in Teaching", and "Creative Developments in Teaching".
- The first continuing education workshop sponsored by SCPA was held on October 31 and November 1 (Dr. Joen Fagen).
- July 1: Denisa Garner was welcomed as SCPA's first part-time Executive Director, the first ever paid staff. She was hired to work ten hours per week at $10.00 per hour. The first office opened at 1528 Blanding Street in space provided by Drs. Bonnie Montgomery, Paul Van Wyke, Judy Sullivan, and Leigh Grubbs.
- A Federal Grassroots Committee was developed.
- The major legislative issue of the year was confidentiality.
- The Spring Conference was held in North Myrtle Beach at the Radisson Hotel. The SCASP meeting was held concurrently. Sutdent paper awards were now $150.00 each.
- There were 238 members listed on the membership roll, not all necessarily dues-paying.
- SCPA began selling mailing lists and labels.
- Tom Mulikin of the McNair Law Firm was hired as SCPA's lobbyist.
- SCPA Executive Council agreed to meet every month (5:00 PM) at different locations.
- SCAPP established the third Wednesday of every month, September through May, as its meeting time.
- The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology hired a new staff member, Patricia Glenn.
- The Academic Committee became an official standing committee.
- "Ethical Excogitations" became a regular FEEDBACK column.
- The Confidentiality Bill (S.162) passed the Senate and was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee before time ran out and the legislative session ended.
- SCPA dues were established as follows: $50.00, full member; $35.00, associate member; $35.00 affiliate member; and $15.00, student member. SCAPP dues were $100.00, full member' and $50.00, affiliate member.
- SCPA received a $600 grant from APA's Office of Professional Practice (OPP) to be put toward the executive director's salary and services of a professional lobbyist. SCPA had to match with $2,000.00.
- The Spring Conference was held in North Myrtle Beach at the Radisson Hotel. The SCASP meeting was held concurrently. The first pre-conference workshop was held, with workshop fee set at $65.00. Conference registration was $30.00 for regular members and $15.00 for students. Senator Isadore Lourie was keynote speaker. There were six corporate sponsors.
- "Every Member Recruit One Member" campaign was begun.
- The reorganization of the American Psychological Association failed, and the American Psychological Society was formed. Although there appears to be a divide between academic and practitioner elements in psychology at the national level, SCPA sees itself as the organization for all psychologists in the state and works to recruit and keep all involved.
- SCPA got its first computer.
- APA gave each state association a FAX machine.
- On June 8, Gov. Carroll Campbell signed the Confidentiality Bill into law. The next major legislative issue to be tackled was Mandatory Continuing Education.
- The Grassroots Committee was merged into the Legislative Committee with a Grassroots Coordinator.
- The APA Committee for the Approval of Continuing Education Sponsors granted to SCPA a three-year full approval as a sponsor of Category 1 continuing education for psychologists.
- In September, FEEDBACK went professional with desktop publishing; and then, in December, FEEDBACK was professionally published for the first time. Content was expanded, primarily due to the editor, Dr. Brenda O'Reilly. The "Academic Corner" was added to FEEDBACK. The original purpose of the column was to introduce psychology faculty and institutions to the membership. In a related move, "Student News" was also added to FEEDBACK.
- SCAPP developed an information and recruitment brochure.
- The Spring Conference was held in Hilton Head at the Holiday Inn. SCAPP had its own slot for the first time, and there was an academic track at the conference. There were two pre-conference workshops: "Improved Teaching Skills" and "The Borderline Patient". The first Ethics Award was presented. Also, a new poster board format was used for the student paper competition, encouraging increased student involvement in the conference and the organization.
- The Outstanding Teacher of Psychology award was instituted and presented for the first time at the Spring Conference. Mike Jordan was the first recipient of this award.
- Though not an award from SCPA, it is noted that on October 10, Thomas Mahan, Professor of Psychology and Education at The Citadel, was named South Carolina Professor of the Year by Governor Carroll Campbell.
- The development of a Pro Bono Psychologist Program in conjunction with the South Carolina Bar Association to provide psychological expertise for legal cases involving indigent clients was begun.
- On October 18, the first Academic Day was held at Columbia College with over 250 faculty and students from eighteen institutions attending. Charles Brewer of Furman University gave the keynote address.
- Mandatory Continuing Education legislation was introduced and passed.
- Freedom of Choice (direct recognition) bill was pre-filed.
- Training sessions were held for grassroots network activity.
- A Referral Guide was developed.
- A Membership Directory was published.
- SCPA received a $7000 grant from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) to support legislative efforts toward mandatory continuing education and freedom of choice legislation and to expand the Executive Director's position to full-time.
- SCPA was a co-sponsor of the Annual Sexual Abuse Conference held in Hilton Head.
- The Spring Conference was held in conjunction with SCASP at the Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. The pre-conference workshop was "Child Sexual Abuse".
- "Take Five" Membership Campaign was begun.
- On April 1, the SCPA office moved to Shirley Street in the practice of Drs. Linda Moore and David Dnbar.
- SCPA received APA's "Certificate of Excellence".
- SCPA By-Laws revisions were approved at the Spring Conference.
- SCAPP By-Laws were revised.
- Rep. Thomas Alexander introduced H. 3856 to provide insurance reimbursement for licensed doctoral-level psychologists.
- Budget and Control Board required a fiscal impact study.
- SCPA received APA/CAPP grant for $11,062.00 to support legislative initiatives.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. Pre-conference workshops: "Clinical Neuropsychology" and "Computers in Academic Psychology".
- SCPA became member of a new coalition to APA Council: SC, DC, West Virginia, and Alaska.
- SCPA became a co-sponsor of the "Walk for the Mentally Ill", which became the "Mental Illness Awareness Walk".
- SCAPP celebrated its 12th birthday
- Tom Mullikin resigned as lobbyist, and former Lt. Gov. Mike Daniel was hired as lobbyist.
- A Speakers Bureau was published.
- Academic Day continued to be an evolving activity with a two-fold purpose: to provide a forum for workshops and discussions among academic psychologists around the state, and to provide students with information about careers and graduate school opportunities.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. APA President Charles Spielberger delivered the keynote address.
- CPA office moved to 2838 Devine Street, Dr. Linda Moore's new office building.
- First mention is made of SCPA's Disaster Response Network.
- H.4362 to provide for insurance reimbursement for psychologists was pre-filed with Rep. Thomas Alexander as lead sponsor.
- Sunset review of the licensing law began again.
- SCAPP conducted a series of mini-seminars for legislators and staff.
- SCPA received APA/CAPP grant for $12,000.00 to support legislative initiatives.
- SCPA Executive Director, Denisa Garner, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations (CESPPA) and was voted conference coordinator-elect.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. The keynote address was delivered by APA President Frank Farley.
- SCPA BY-laws were revised.
- The focus of the Ethics Committee became to educate, not to investigate, as a result of SCPA By-laws revision.
- The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology was re-authorized after sunset review.
- During sunset review, an intense battle was fought over the issue of eliminating the mandated physician referral which had been in the law since its inception. Ultimately, through grassroots efforts and strong legislative support, the mandated physician referral was removed.
- After sixteen years of effort, H.4362, providing insurance reimbursement for psychologists, was passed.
- The first annual Psychology Bowl was held as part of Academic Day. Clemson won honors in that first Psychology Bowl, follwed by Columbia College and Francis Marion.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. Dr. Michael J. Sullivan, Assistant Executive Director for State and Professional Issues at APA's Practice Directorate, delivered the keynote address.
- "Each One Recruit One" membership campaign was re-instituted.
- SCPA celebrated its 40th Anniversary.
- The SCPA office was relocated to another office, Room 104 at 2838 Devine Street.
- SCPA's first Executive Director, Denisa Garner, left SCPA December 31st, after 8 1/2 years in the position. Denisa is attributed with moving SCPA fomr the "shoebox" era to the "technological" era.
- Donna Mack was hired as the new Executive Director, effective January 1996.
- SCAPP formed a "Managed Care Ad Hoc Group"
- The Legislative Committee completed a proposal for revision of the current licensure law for psychologists and continued efforts to obtain hospital privileges for psychologists as full staff members.
- SCPA received a grant for $200.00 from the APA Science Directorate to support Academic Day.
- The Spring Conference, held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, featured both pre-and post-conference workshops. Dr. Bill Howell, Executive Director of APA's Science Directorate, and Dr. Russ Newman of APA's Practice Directorate gave major addresses at the conference.
- SCPA held a "National Conversation" in Columbia with a representative from APA's Practice Directorate.
- The first SCPA website was established, making SCPA among the first state psychological associations to have an internet presence. Robert Castleberry became the first Webmaster.
- A new committee, the Academic Legislative Committee, was organized under the umbrella of the Legislative Committee. The purpose of the committee was "to review and evaluate legislative matters relevant to higher education and formulate recommendations regarding SCPA's responses".
- Lynn Stokes Murray and Stephen K. Benjamin of the McNair Law Firm became legislative liaisons, replacing Mike Daniel and friends at Haynesworth, Marion, McKay & Guerard.
- Dr. Lisa Smith Klohn ended her tenure as editor of FEEDBACK. Dr. Sally King became new editor, effective 1997.
- SCPA received a CAPP Grant from APA in the amount of $18,250 to support SCPA's legislative education and advocacy efforts. Additionally, a supplemental CAPP grant in the amount of $8,000 was received.
- A joint committee between SCPA and the Board of Examiners in Psychology was formed to facilitate communication between the two organizations for the purpose of furthering the cause of the profession in SC.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. The keynote speaker was Joe Palladino, Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Indiana, who presented twice: "The Humor of Teaching, The Teaching of Humor", and "Pedagogical, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Grading".
- SCPA again received approval from APA to offer continuing education for psychologists, the period of approval being five years, the maximum approval period.
- The Legislative Committee devoted its energies to the goal of passing a revision of the licensing law so that the practice of psychology, as well as the title, would be protected.
- The Fall 1997 issue of FEEDBACK carried a resolution proposed by the Academic Committee and approved by the Executive Council. The resolution evolved from an article written by Sal Macias entitled, "The Traditions of Academic Self-Governance Under Fire at Francis Marion University". This resolution marked an important step in SCPA's willingness to become involved with academic matters at a state-wide level.
- Two bills affecting academic members, one involving tenure and one involving teaching loads, were closely monitored by the academic legislative subcommittee.
- The Winter 1997 issue of FEEDBACK had the debut of "Teaching Psychology Matters", a column intended to provide pearls of wisdom about teaching.
- Dr. Sally King ended her tenure as editor of FEEDBACK, turning the position over to Dr. Hildy Dinkins, effective 1998.
- SCPA received a $500 grant from the APA Science Directorate to assist with Academic Day.
- SCPA Executive Director received funds in the amount of $500.00 from CESPPA (Council of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations) for an interstate consultation with the Georgia Psychological Association regarding upgrading SCPA's computer hardware and software.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek resort in Myrtle Beach. The keynote address, "Disaster/Stress: Risks, Interventions and Reflections," was delivered by Brian Flynn, Ed.D., Chief of Emergency Services and Disaster Relief of the Center for Mental Health Services.
- The Psychology Practice Act was passed by the legislature and signed to law.
- SCPA finally won its own full seat on APA's Council of Representatives.
- The SCPA Referral Service was enhanced and made available on-line through the SCPA website, improving consumer access.
- APA Science Directorate again awarded funds to assist with Academic Day.
- SCPA received an APA/CAPP grant in the amount of $20,000.00 for organizational development.
- Patti Connor-Greene, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Clemson University, was named the Governor's Professor of the Year.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. The keynote speaker was Representative Thomas Scott Beck, the primary sponsor of the psychology practice act bill.
- SCPA adopted the following mission statement: "Advancing Psychology for a Better South Carolina." Three major goals were established: to develop and implement a legislative education and action plan for the year 2000; to improve communication among SCPA leadership, committee chairs, members, potential members, and other stakeholders; and to increase academic involvement and services to the academic community, including students.
- Executive Council voted to relocate SCPA's administrative functions to Beaufort, SC (following Donna Mack, who moved there).
- Four legislative priorities were established: pass legislation that would provide legal immunity for psychologists serving as court-appointed evaluators; support mental health parity legislation; monitor efforts regarding proposed LPC/LPES practice regulations; explore statutory/regulatory obstacles to psychologists being granted hospital privileges.
- SCPA received an APA/CAPP grant in the amount of $15,000.00 to help support legislative efforts.
- SCPA received a grant from the APA Science Directorate for $400.00 to assist with Academic Day.
- SCPA obtained a competitive grant from APA to fund a diversity initiative.
- Executive Council voted to apply for a grant from APA to implement APA's "Talk to Someone Who Can Help" public education campaign.
- SCPA was represented at the First White House Conference on Mental Health.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. The Keynote speaker was Dr. Mike Sullivan, Assistant Executive Director for State Advocacy of the APA Practice Directorate.
- SCPA established a toll free number (1-800-630-SCPA)
- The Public Education Campaign (PEC) flourished. Anti-violence programs and programs promoting psychology and mental health were offered by SCPA members to churches, schools, health fairs, and other forums throughout SC.
- SCPA received an APA/CAPP grant in the amount of $15,000.00 for organizational development.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. The keynote address, "New Opportunities in the New Millennium," was given by Dr. Geoffrey Reed, Assistant Executive Director for Professional Development for APA's Practice Directorate.
- SCPA held its first Executive Council meeting by conference call.
- Two new columns were added to FEEDBACK: "Historical Bits" written by Dr. Robert Heckel and "The Slippery Slope" written by Dr. Anna Griswold and other members of the Ethics Committee.
- SCPA received a $25,000 APA Public Education Grant to support a comprehensive program of activities. Grant funds were matched by $6,000 of member contributions, in excess of regular dues. Funds were used to finance a series of radio and TV spots which aired in three major SC markets. Other activities included: participation in National Depression Screening Day, development of an award for the SCPA member making the most public education presentations during the year, continued development of the SCPA website, and development of South Carolina's first Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.
- SCPA received a grant for $5,000 from APA/CAPP for ongoing central office and legislative support.
- The student research paper competition was named the "Merv Wagner Student Paper Competition" and the first place award, the "Merv Wagner Award for Excellence" in memory of Mervyn K. Wagner. Merv was a member of the psychology faculty of the University of South Carolina for many years, was president of SCPA in 1975, was honored in 1994 as recipient of the SCPA Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology award, and was a vital force in psychology in South Carolina.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. Dr. Russ Newman from the APA Practice Directorate presented the keynote address.
- At the APA State Leadership Conference, SCPA was singularly recognized for successful implementation of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Program, for webpage, and web-based referral services, for being the first state association to post an article to the APA Practice Portal, and for past work on licensing laws.
- SCAPP Listserve debuted as an important enhancement to communication and a great new member benefit.
- As there were no major legislative battles, Executive Council reduced expenses associated with maintaining a full-time lobbyist and arranged for the McNair Law Firm to provide an enhanced monitoring service.
- SCPA received an APA/CAPP grant in the amount of $12,500.00 to assist in organizational development.
- SCPA received an APA grant in the amount of $400.00 to fund a Diversity Initiative.
- SCPA again sponsored the USC Multicultural Symposium, providing a financial contribution and complimentary newsletter advertising.
- Dr. Nancy Voight became the first SCPA member trained to teach the ARC/APA mental health disaster response course.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. Dr. Charles Spielberger, a past-president of APA, delivered the keynote address.
- A 50th Anniversary Celebration Task Force was formed to plan activities for the 50th Anniversary of SCPA in April 2005.
- A new endeavor for SCPA was the development of a new website hosted by Affiniscape, which replaced the current website hosted by MidNet. On-line dues payments, conference and continuing education registration will be possible, and making the SCAPP Referral Service accessible to the public will be greatly facilitated.
- The Ethics Committee researched the duty-to-protect issue through consultation with other state associations, South Carolina and APA attorneys, and the staff of the APAIT. The committee agreed to formalize a recommendation on this issue to present to Executive Council for possible legislation.
- SCPA maintained association with the McNair Law Firm, which helped monitor legislation in a capacity not requiring registered lobbyist status.
- SCPA received an APA/CAPP grant in the amount of $8,800.00 for organizational development.
- SCPA received an APA grant in the amount of $750.00 to fund a diversity initiative.
- The chair of the Public Relations and Information Committee instituted a book club partnership with Barnes and Noble in Charleston for reviewing books on psychological topics.
- SCPA Disaster Response chair, Nancy Voight, earlier completed training required by the American Red Cross to become a disaster response instructor and is now authorized to provide crisis response training for psychologists in South Carolina.
- Activities outside SCPA proper, involved the continuing collaboration with other mental health professionals through participation on the South Carolina Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Coalition.
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. Dr. Gary Melton, director of Clemson University's Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, presented the keynote address, "People Shouldn't Have to Ask: Credo for Effective Child and Family Services.
- As required by SCPA Executive Council, SCPA's yearly budget was published in FEEDBACK. The total budget for 2004 was $92,020.
- A major goal of Executive Council was to continue efforts to attract and retain more academic members. Several suggestions were proposed: utilizing the new website more effectively to recruit academic members, establishing a student scholarship,and narrowing the focus to students and smaller regional institutions.
- The new website which was established became active in September.
- The Ad Hoc Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs sought standing committee status, which would require a bylaws change.
- A policy for handling conflict resulting from confidentiality of peer advocacy/ethics consultations and duty to report violations to the Board of Examiners in Psychology was established.
- SCAPP was reported to be experiencing an identity crisis, with discussions centered on what SCPP's role is or should be. The following areas were selected to provide focus for SCAPP: Diversity issues (engaging and recruiting ethnic minority psychologists to join and become more involved in SCPA and SCAPP); Early Career Psychologists (addressing issues facing early career psychologists and providing support, networking, and mentoring); Mentoring (assisting in the career developments of ethnic minority psychologists and early career psychologists); Licensure Mobility (investigating multiple licensure mobility mechanisms for psychologists); and Legislative issues (actively monitoring legislation regarding the delivery of quality psychological services.)
- The Spring Conference was held at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. Dr. Norman Anderson, APA, CEO, presented the keynote address.
- SCPA planned a year-long celebration, beginning in April 2004 and ending in April 2005, to honor its fifty years as a professional organization. The purpose of the year-long celebration was to pay tribute to past achievements, recognize those who have guided the organization so skillfully through the years, and to plan for future growth.
- Celebratory activities included a year-long membership recruitment campaign, "50 New for the 50 We're Thru;" the use of celebratory stickers, designed by Donna Mack, on most SCPA communications; the publication of "Historical Bits" by Robert Heckel in FEEDBACK, recognizing those who were involved in the early years of SCPA and highlighting important historical milestones; the planning of a special Academic Day focusing on the increasing involvement of academic psychologists in SCPA; and the preparation of a celebration publication, providing a brief history of the South Carolina Psychological Association.