There are many ways to become more involved in AADPRT. The key is to look for opportunities that speak to your passion. When you find one, volunteer and help. There is more than enough work to be done. The more involved you are, the richer our community becomes and the more we can collectively accomplish.
Mentors are fellow members of the AADPRT community who regularly attend meetings and have insights into being a training director or associate training director. They can be an invaluable resource for learning more about the organization and profession. Members with eight or more years of experience (2-3 years for Associate Residency Directors) can sign-up to be a mentor for colleagues seeking guidance. If you don’t yet have a mentor or would like to sign-up to be a mentor, please contact Member Co-chair Sallie DeGolia.
AADPRT members are represented by regional representatives serving a three-year term in one of seven physical regions throughout the county. Each region has two lead representatives, one from a general adult program and one representing sub-specialties. Representatives are responsible for disseminating information and gathering concerns of the membership throughout the year and during Regional Caucuses meetings held at the annual meeting. Summaries of each of these caucus meetings are presented to the Executive Council on the final day of the annual meeting. Serving as a regional representative is a terrific opportunity to meet Executive Council members and better understand the problems and challenges facing training programs throughout the country. Contact the Regional Representative Committee Chair to learn more about becoming a representative.
AADPRT committees and task forces are looking for volunteers to share their knowledge about a particular topic. A listing of the current committees, task forces, and caucuses can be found on the website under "About AADPRT" section at Committees, Caucuses, and Task Forces. Reach out and contact a committee chair.
We are all working to improve our training programs. Sharing what you have done that is innovative is useful to all of us. Don’t underestimate what you may have to share. It may seem like something obvious to you, but it may be just what another program needs.
Model curriculum: The Model Curriculum committee is seeking submissions of innovative, clear curriculum. Now with the Milestones Project, we all are looking to each other for ways to teach important ideas. Consider contributing the curriculum from your terrific course.
Poster session: A great way to share your ideas is through the poster session at the annual meeting. In talking to people about your work, you may find commonality that can lead to a workshop submission.
Workshop submission: Have a great idea for an annual meeting workshop and looking for fellow presenters? We encourage you to share your idea on the ListServ. It is quite possible that someone shares your idea or passion and would like to partner with you. If you are a first time presenter and think you would benefit from additional guidance, there are several avenues of support. Reach out to your mentor, send an email to an Executive Council member, or reach out to the Program Committee. AADPRT encourages collegial support so don’t be afraid to ask.
Have a great idea or a question about AADPRT and don’t know whom to ask? A good place to start would be the Annual Meeting Breakfast with Executive Council Members. This is an informal, relaxed opportunity to share a meal with Executive Council members and discuss issues of mutual interest. The Executive Council member may be able to point you to other members of the AADPRT community who share similar interests and concerns.
A quick way to learn about AADPRT issues and leadership, is to review the Executive Committee minutes and other group reports. Click here to view committee reports.
Regional representatives serve as a great resource to those looking to get more involved with AADPRT. Additionally, I am happy to talk with any of you about how to become more involved in our organization. Click here for a list of representatives in your region.
Becoming involved is an excellent way to prevent professional burn-out. Creativity and new ideas are emergent properties of groups and we all need this energy to stay excited about our work.