Can you trust APA to be your source for psychology news?

APA can't always be trusted to report on psychology in an unbiased way

Can you trust the American Psychological Association to be your only source for psychology news?

Is it just me or do you also have the perception that time and again news that is highly relevant doesn’t really show up in the APA Monitor or other APA publications (at least not until it shows up as an apology or something else)?

For example, it would be highly relevant and newsworthy to members of APA who didn’t have APA-accredited internships to know that one of psychology’s largest employers (probably the largest single employer) might now hire them and not require an APA-accredited internship. I’ll reference my June 24, 2016 blog post about the Dept. of Veterans Affairs now being able to hire psychologists who didn’t have APA-accredited internships if they’ve obtained ABPP. Amusingly, at the same time the VA also noted APA-accredited doctoral programs wouldn’t be the only type of doctoral program accreditation that they’d recognize; the VA will now also recognize and hire people from PCSAS accredited programs. I suppose this isn’t news APA necessarily likes.

Have we heard anything about this news from APA? Nope, not yet. For example, there is nothing in the September, 2016 APA Monitor about it despite the Monitor containing things which happened after the VA started being able to hire psychologists who didn’t have APA-accredited internships if they obtained ABPP.

I contend that you should probably also check out the National Psychologist and other sources of news if you want to know what is going on in the world of psychology. While the “new format” of the APA Monitory for September, 2016 may look glossy and fresh; APA itself can’t currently be trusted to provide you with unfiltered, unbiased news about psychology.