Board Bombs – Stink of Failure Follows

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The stink of failure hangs heavy around the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).

Since 1954 the Association has had five goals. To promote Psychology in criminal justice in general and to contribute to teaching, treatment, research, and public policy on relevant issues in our field in particular. Here is my personal, formerinsider’s evaluation of the Associations scorecard since 2012

2012 New initiatives 0 Advances toward meeting goals – none

Conclusion: BOARD FAILED

2013 New initiatives 0 Advances toward meeting goals – none

Conclusion: BOARD FAILED

2014 New initiatives 0 Advances toward meeting goals – none

Conclusion: BOARD FAILED

2015 New initiatives 0 Advances toward meeting goals – none

Conclusion: BOARD FAILED

2016 New initiatives 0 Advances toward meeting goals – none

Conclusion: BOARD FAILED

2017 New initiatives 0 Advances toward meeting goals – none

Conclusion: BOARD FAILED

2018 New initiatives 0 Advances toward meeting goals – none

Conclusion: BOARD FAILED

(If the Board disagrees, let’s hear their case, not the weak sauce they put out recently!)

Not only does this scorecard stink, things are actually worse than they appear at first glance. The CE’s available free to members for many years have been eliminated. The IACFP newsletter, the very soul of the Association and the principal means of communicating with Association members, has disappeared into a miasma of promises, delays and excuses, and the Board has lost four legal rounds concerning domain name ownership (at who knows what cost), in a vain attempt to silence me and prevent me from communicating with you.

Who are the people responsible for the Association and its situation? The report card shows it’s been over half a decade now -when will it end? What has to be done?

Cherie Townsend has identified the following list of people as the current Executive Director and Board members responsible for the Association.

Javel Jackson, Psy, D., President

Frank Porporino, Ph.D., President-elect

Richard Althouse, Ph.D., Secretary

Diane Williams, M.B.A., Treasurer

Jim DeGroot, Ph.D., Past President

Melvin Hinton, Ph.D.

Silvia Martinez, J.D.

Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D.

Jeffrey Pfeifer, Ph.D.

J. Stephen Wormith, Ph.D.

Cheri Townsend, Executive Director

If we give the new Board members (toward the end of the list), the benefit of the doubt, having presumably joined the Board without complete access to relevant information but still in good faith,they may not be entirely culpable for the currentacrid odor of error hanging over IACFP. (Perhaps they are being told to just hold their noses.) Nonetheless, assuming the scorecard is true; they can hardly avoid the conclusion that the failures of the past are rapidly becoming their responsibility as the failures of the present. Inevitably, the smell on their vitas and reputationsmust soon follow. (I.e., “Weren’t you on the IACFP Board when . . . happened?”)

So, I urge these and any other Association Board members to protect yourselves by protecting the Association. Restore the free CE’s, restore the newsletter, be transparent, publish a budget, describe and explain the Board’s travel, liquor and entertainment expenses. Get a grip on what really must be done to determine how best to protect the Association’s reputation and its million-dollar assets, and how best to prepare the Association for the future.

Let’s stop the Board from the unconscionable dithering on progress and wasting of the Association’s money trying to silence its critics, and let’s make sure we all get down to the hard work of building an Association everyone can be proud of, one that doesn’t stink of failure.

The International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology website is now at MyIACFP.org