Welcome to the first update from the Houston Conference Guidelines Revision Planning Commission (HCGRPC), which was formed earlier this year. Our role is not to revise the Houston Conference Guidelines. Rather, we are developing the process by which they will be revised, which will culminate in a conference to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, beginning September 12, 2022 (more on that later). That process will be a large group effort, and we’re excited to provide you with more info about the reasons for this effort, and how neuropsychology organizations – and possibly even you – can take part.
Brad Roper, Executive Committee Chair, HCGRPC
Why do we need to update Houston Conference Guidelines (HCG)?
HCG: What They Provided
Houston Conference Guidelines were developed based on a conference hosted by the University of Houston in 1997, with 40 delegates from various settings and neuropsychology organizations taking part. What happened in the conference is detailed in a full issue of the March 1998 edition of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. The resulting Policy Statement did several important things, such as asserting that training in
clinical neuropsychology should occur at all levels (i.e., doctoral program, internship, and postdoc) but that the intensity of training could differ across students. The Policy Statement also set the two-year postdoc in clinical neuropsychology as a required component of entry-level practice.
What They Don’t Provide
The HCG have served us well, as indicated by a survey conducted in 2010. However, there are three key factors that need to be addressed to update HCG:
Better Address Competencies: The HCG were developed before the development of more sophisticated ways of specifying competencies. Since then, there have been various efforts to address competencies through a modern perspective.
However, none of those efforts were undertaken as part of a consensus conference with a broader mandate. As such, one
goal of the conference is to incorporate a well-articulated competency-based approach to training.
Broadly Address Diversity: In the intervening 24 years since the Houston Conference, it has become increasingly apparent that
we must revise our educational and training guidelines to be applicable and relevant to a wide range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic contexts. As such, one goal is the integration of multiracial/ multiethnic/ multicultural issues within every training experience and competency.
Adapt to New Technologies: Technology continues to advance, and yet many of the methods and competencies of neuropsychology practice have changed little. As such, a goal of the conference is the incorporation of new technologies and advances in neuroscience, data analytics, and computer technology.
The conference has a name. Let the Logo Competition Begin!
The conference will be named the “Minnesota 2022 Conference to Update Education and Training Guidelines in Clinical
Neuropsychology,” which sometimes will be shortened to the “Minnesota Update Conference.” It will be held starting on Monday, September 12, 2022 on the campus of the University of Minnesota. We’re still working on the length of the conference, but we’re looking at 4-5 days. We need a logo for the conference and website (currently under construction – stay tuned for more info!), and we’re looking for submissions. Please email your logo submission to Amanda Gooding (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Madore (email@example.com) by December 1, 2021. The winner of the Logo Contest will be recognized on our forthcoming website, and on a future edition of this Update.
Who is on the HCG Revision Planning Commission?
The HCGRPC consists of 34 Commissioners from 17 organizations within clinical neuropsychology. In addition to Brad Roper as
Executive Committee Chair, six Subcommittee Co-chairs also serve on the Executive Committee, including Amy Jak and Doug Whiteside (Conference Program and Process), Veronica Bordes Edgar and Tony Stringer (Delegate Selection Procedures), and Amanda Gooding and Michelle Madore (Funding, Scheduling, and Logistics). Below is the full list of organizations involved and Commissioners representing them:
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
Anita Sim, Ph.D., ABPP and Anthony Y.
Stringer, Ph.D., ABPP
American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
Kathleen Fuchs, Ph.D., ABPP and Laura
Renteria, Ph.D., ABPP
American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
Nathan D. Glassman, Ph.D., ABN, ABPP and
John Meyers, PsyD., ABN, ABPdN
APA Division 40/Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
Amy Jak, Ph.D. and
Michelle Madore, Ph.D.
Asian Neuropsychological Association
Nick Thaler, Ph.D. and Alexander Tan, Ph.D.
Association for Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology
Nick Thaler, Ph.D. and Alexander Tan, Ph.D.
Association of Neuropsychology Students and Trainees
Emily Duggan, Ph.D. and Zach Resch, Ph.D.
Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology
Sakina Butt, Psy.D., ABPP and Doug
Whiteside, Ph.D., ABPP
Canadian Psychological Association, Clinical Neuropsychology Section
Kristina Gicas, Ph.D. and Brenda Spiegler,
Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Council
Amanda Gooding, Ph.D., ABPP and Brad
Roper, Ph.D., ABPP
Ethnic and Minority Affairs (SCN)
Lynette Abrams-Silva, Ph.D., ABPP and
Rebecca Avila-Rieger, Ph.D.
Hispanic Neuropsychological Society
Veronica Bordes Edgar, Ph.D., ABPP and Jose
Lafosse, Ph.D., ABPP
International Neuropsychological Society (Observers)
Celiane Rey-Casserly, Ph.D., ABPP and Ingram
Wright, Ph.D., DClinPsych
Society for Black Neuropsychology
Natalie Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP and Courtney Ray,
National Academy of Neuropsychology
Beth Arredondo, Ph.D., ABPP and Laura
Queer Neuropsychological Society
Sara Mason, Psy.D. and Kris Verroulx, Psy.D.
Women in Neuropsychology (SCN)
Melanie Chandler, Ph.D., ABPP and Rachael