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Knoxville Area Psychological Association

KAPA Policies


The Knoxville Area Psychological Association (KAPA) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. KAPA will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Continuing Education Coordinator in consultation with the members of the Continuing Education Committee.

While KAPA goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the convention staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the convention staff or an officer of KAPA. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant files a grievance either orally or in written format and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Coordinator will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.

2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the CE Coordinator will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the CE Coordinator will:

a. attempt to move the participant to another workshop or

b. provide a credit for a subsequent year's workshop or

c. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

3. If the grievance concerns a KAPA CE program, in a specific regard, the CE Coordinator will attempt to arbitrate.

Please contact KAPA CE Coordinator Jeanine Powers, PhD at to submit a complaint, or if you have additional questions.
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