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Officer Positions & posting constitution (or starter kit)[edit source]

Hi, all, I was just looking at the descriptions, and I saw that the Media person is described as an elected position (I thought it was appointed instead?) and not part of the Exec. I thought that it was appointed (because we wanted a person with the right skills); but that may not be an issue with your age group. At professional societies, it is more rare for someone to have the social media savvy that you guys do. (I am a walking "Exhibit A"!). Also, given how our outreach is growing, and that it is one of the four rotations, I am wondering if it makes sense for it to be part of the Exec? Lastly, what do people think about putting our constitution as a page so that other people have an example if they wanted to start a club at their university? Do we want to have a "starter kit" or "go bag" available for people?

Looking forward to reading thoughts! Eyoungstrom (discusscontribs) 14:23, 22 September 2017 (UTC)


How to Get Involved[edit source]

Thanks for asking!

The short answer is “the more, the merrier!” Please feel free to jump in and make edits and suggestions.

I just read Brian’s column in the In Balance newsletter (nice one!), and I think that the Wiki projects can connect with all three priorities he described (improved website, improved listserv, and webinars). More on this at the end.*


Functions: We can think of the Wikiversity pages as a place to put resources and information. It is open, so it could be crowd sourced. Our members (and people from outside SSCAP) could make suggestions and additions.

It also can serve as a sort of forum for discussion (especially the talk/discuss pages). It doesn’t have all the functionality that Quora would, but it is much more interactive than a static web page.

Process: I think that a gardening analogy works well here. The role of SCCAP members will change some as the pages grow.

• Planting: We are at the stage of starting some pages and planting content that will be useful and attract members and attention. Key roles at this stage are generating content and outlines so that there is something worth visiting to attract attention. This is where we still are with most of our sets of pages.

• Blossoming: The pages are mature enough that they are getting traffic and additions and interactions from people besides the “gardeners.” The SCCAP role here shifts to pruning (tidying up content), weeding (addressing any misinformation or balancing any debates) and transplanting (moving content from one page to a different one). One way of doing this is to have interested people “watch” the pages (by adding them to the watchlist of one’s account, you get notified of changes when you log in, similar to Facebook). We could also consider more formally having “editors” listed for specific pages or sections (this is done on wikidoc.org, see here for example: https://www.wikidoc.org/index.php/Bipolar_disorder).

• Expanding the Garden: Once a set of pages is up and functioning as an ecology, we can be strategic or opportunistic about what other pages to add to the ecosystem. SCCAP leadership and members can set priorities. We have templates built, so it is easy to copy and paste an outline or “starter page.”


Content: We have learned that building pages attached to conferences is a quick way of adding content (rapid “planting”) in a format that is organized along a familiar framework. It also adds a lot of functionality to enhance the meeting. Our experiments so far have not quite gotten to the critical mass to transition to the “blossoming” stage where they are attracting a lot of new edits after the meeting, but they are getting visits. I think that we are getting close to the tipping point on the dissemination ogive curve of adoption. We have done this with the JCCAP FDF (our first and best example – go, Andy!), APA 2017, and the North Carolina Psychological Association meeting so far.

HGAPS is also building a cool set of pages around different topics (13 Reasons Why, portrayal of psychosis in the media, portrayal of eating disorders in the media, the microbiome and mental health, nutrition and mental health, creativity and bipolar disorder…) that will be ready for launching by the end of the semester (December roll out). (HGAPS is also on Facebook and Twitter – if you wouldn’t mind “liking” the Facebook group, that is a free reinforcement pellet!)

We also have some prototypes that we are working on for teaching-oriented pages, and also for research-oriented pages (using a primer on Receiver Operating Characteristic analysis as a prototype; we have plans for a set of pages and resources about meta-analysis as a next example.

These are in addition to the evidence-based assessment pages, which are still a work in progress, but are the most developed ecosystem we have built so far.

Next action: Everyone is invited to visit pages, leave a comment on the talk/discuss page, make suggestions, make edits…. It would be great to have people browse.

I will be proposing a way to scale things up at the Midwinter Meeting. I think we can start HGAPS chapters or editing teams at several institutions, and that will help reposition this so that it is clearly not a UNC thing, and it also creates an opportunity to specialize in particular areas (strategically expanding the garden).

  • Connecting Wiki to the Other Communication Networks:
  • Web pages – we can continue to add links to and from EffChTx and the SCCAP site pages and the Wikis. The shift to WordPress and GoFish makes it much easier for us to be agile on the SCCAP pages. The Wiki “gardens” can be an integrated part of the larger web presence (like parks around a planned community).

• Listserv: The listserv can be a way of feeding suggestions and content to Wiki pages. The Wikivesrsity pages in particular also offer a no-cost way to start some of the “threaded” discussions and anthologizing of ideas and resources while the committee explores other alternatives that may have even more features or functionality.

• Webinars: Wikiversity offers an excellent platform for posting materials related to the webinar and having continued interaction afterwards. It is purpose-built for that sort of “learning community” activity (although we would need to augment if we wanted quizzes, etc.). This idea is what Mian was alluding to in his initial email that started this thread.

Looking forward to continuing the conversation!

Farmer Eric & Farmer Mian-Li


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Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Psychiatry

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Adding Links to share via email, social media[edit source]

Here's the code to do it: {{Template:Share}}

Here's a link to an article explaining why Wikipedia hasn't embraced it (so we may want to be conservative about using them): Quora

Helping Give Away Psychological Science