We are grateful to you for your service to IPPA and the field of positive psychology!
IPPA’s five divisions play a vital role in advancing the science and research-informed applications, developing thought leadership and best practices for the field, and fulfilling our obligation to help members learn, connect and collaborate. Divisions help to bridge gaps between research and practice and share the findings of positive psychology with other professions, such as business management, education, healthcare, counseling and many more.
As a division leader, you play an essential role in leading volunteers, serving members, and advancing strategic efforts. We have developed this toolkit to give you tools and resources to help you succeed.
Take a moment to review the toolkit contents. You will find important policies and procedures for communicating with your members and engaging with outside groups, as well as several “How to” manuals detailing best practices to recruit strong volunteer teams and deliver engaging educational value.
If you ever have a question that is not addressed here, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
All the best,
Jenny Brennan, Director of Year-Round Programming
Johanna Lienerth, Divisions Program Manager
Public-facing Divisions Program webpage
View (or update) a roster of division leaders: 2019 Division Leadership Teams Contact Sheet
View (or update) the monthly calendar of meetings: Divisions Committee and individual division leadership team meetings
Submit news to the Monthly News Round-Up by emailing Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask for an update to the public-facing website by emailing email@example.com
Please see below “Engage Your Members” section to access IPPA’s webinar and meetings platform (GotoWebinar), conference call line (uberconference), reservation calendars, and your dedicated division email account!
Team-Building, Orientation, Governance
Division Officers (President, President-Elect and Secretary), serve 2-year terms that correspond with the World Congress.
Committee Leads (various program leads, communication, etc.) are appointed by the Division Officers with the approval of the Divisions Committee Program Director. These leads may serve 1 or 2-year terms.
All of your volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation and agree to the Member Code of Conduct before starting their terms. Please read below to familiarize yourself with IPPA’s expectations, including confidentiality, practitioner guidelines and conflict of interest.
Member Research & Strategic Alignment
All division activity is guided by IPPA’s mission, strategic aims, and division charters.
Key Activities to Deliver Value & Advance the Mission
Annually, Division Officers are required to provide an activity report for the previous year by March 1st. These reports are shared with the Board of Directors.
Annually, Division Officers, in coordination with IPPA’s Divisions Committee and the Director of Year-Round Programming undertake strategic planning to ensure that IPPA Divisions help advance IPPA’s mission and deliver continue to deliver steady member value and sustainable offerings to members year-round. The annual division activity proposal helps IPPA to anticipate volunteer, organizational and financial support needed for the coming year.
Please fill out both forms and return the below document by March 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Reference: Policies & Procedures
Training & Institutional Knowledge