The SPA Annual Convention in March each year is well-attended and well-received by members and non-members alike. Following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions associated with the Annual Convention. We hope the information will assist you in understanding some of the “behind the scenes” considerations associated with the planning and execution of the SPA Annual Convention as we strive to give our members the best possible value for their time and money.
Where can I find information on the SPA Annual Convention?
Why are conventions sometimes in a downtown hotel and other times in the suburbs of a major city? Why do we skip some major cities?
Why do we seem to go to the same areas of the country and why are cities with warmer climates not considered each year?
There are many factors that impact how a city is chosen for the Annual Convention, and one major factor is that only major cities in certain parts of the country with a good deal of local pull bring in the kind of attendance needed to ensure that the convention pays for itself. Such cities/areas are San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and cities close to Washington, DC. Warmer climates do not guarantee high attendance, as the data we have collected reveals.
Why are coffee breaks limited?
Why are some of the meeting rooms so crowded?
How can I meet attendees during the Annual Convention in a casual setting as a newcomer?
Included in your registration are three receptions (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening) during the Annual Convention. Light fare is served along with a cash bar, and these receptions are the perfect opportunity for you to meet other attendees. Don’t be shy – join us – and any member of the Board will be happy to take you around and introduce you to other attendees. You can find Board members by looking for the Board ribbon attached to the nametag.
Why are workshops scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday morning, and Sunday?
The present schedule of starting with workshops on Wednesday, the Annual Convention running Thursday through Saturday (requiring the use of the majority of our meeting space), and workshops ending on Sunday, is the type of schedule that brings the best possible room rates for attendees. Using the amount of meeting space we require for the Annual Convention itself with any schedule other than Thursday-Saturday would be more costly.
Why are there a limited number of CE sessions offered during the Annual Convention?
Why do I have to stand in line to sign-in and sign-out of CE offerings, as well as complete an evaluation of the CE offering before I receive CE credit?
Offering continuing education credit continues to be a very important aspect of the Annual Convention. To participants, the process they must follow to get CE credit can be frustrating, as the lines are at times long to sign in or sign out (especially for the Master Lectures); there is little time to complete the evaluation; and sometimes in the rushed pace to go to the next session, CE certificates are not picked up. This process, however cumbersome, is a necessary part of the APA guidelines we must follow to maintain our status as an approved sponsor by APA. The sign-in sheets and course evaluations are kept on file in the central office, and copies of them are attached to an annual report to APA in August of each year, along with copies of our marketing pieces for the Annual Convention. The Annual Report is carefully reviewed, and if anything is out of order, SPA can be put on probation.
Yes, there are more automated systems to track continuing education and give us the necessary reports for APA, such as the system used by APA. We are presently looking into how SPA can automate some of these processes in the future within our restricted budget.
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