The Education Committee Chair(s) and the November Conference Chair are appointed by the President to serve for two years. Committee members come from the VAPS General Membership. The Education Committee’s goals are to promote educative psychoanalytic programs which reflect the broad range of interests of our membership. We gather suggestions and requests for programs and speakers and present these to the Executive Committee, which has final say regarding each proposal. VAPS is a multi-disciplinary group by training as well as psychoanalytic orientation and interests. In order for VAPS to remain vibrant in our small community, we aim for the offerings and speakers to come from a broad base. In recommending speakers we consider the psychoanalytic orientation of the speakers, their geographic origins, their gender and their reputation as effective presenters. In addition, we try to offer conferences in Burlington and Stowe to allow for ease of attendance for our members. We take the necessary steps to insure that our programs offer CEU credits for most of our members. Finally, we try to keep costs in mind. VAPS has been able to build a bank balance over the years that, with judicious care, has allowed us to ask speakers from considerable distance to come to our small state.
Overview of Education Committee Member Responsibilities:
1) Plan and organize the November Scientific Meeting.
2) Attend 3 to 4 Education Committee meetings per year.
3) Interface with other committees or Program Chairs (i.e., Applied, Ethics) when they organize a conference.
4) Offer a Members Forum for those members interested in sharing psychoanalytic concepts/perspectives with one another.
5) The Education Committee Chair(s):
- Write a report for the Annual Business Meeting, which includes two parts: (a) a summary of the prior year’s educational events, and (b) a financial report showing both expenditures and income for each conference
- Attend the Annual Business Meeting.
Serve on the VAPS Executive Committee, and attend all Executive Committee meetings, usually 4 to 5 per year.