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ACCP Professional Leadership Development (APLD) Program

Overview

ACCP's Professional Leadership Development program is designed to provide members with an opportunity to learn leadership principles within the framework of ACCP governance through the perspectives of both elected leaders and staff. The year-long program will prepare participants for service as leaders within ACCP as well as the profession.

Click the play button on the video below to see a short message from Dr. Miranda Andrus, Program Director.

Next Call for Applications Opens April 1, 2023

Applications to the ACCP Professional Leadership Development Program for the 2023-2024 cohort will be accepted April 1 – June 1, 2023. The program begins with an in-person session during the 2023 ACCP Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, followed by interactive virtual sessions consisting of leadership topics and group discussions. The content is focused on ACCP core values and builds on established leadership principles, including texts used by the Board of Regents, which are reinforced and practiced through a mentored capstone project. The program is guided by the leadership of a director, faculty, and mentors who are experienced ACCP leaders and have held elected or appointed office, or represented ACCP on interprofessional collaborations and are recognized as leaders within the profession. Details on the program, including the schedule of activities, are available in the program syllabus.

The program is provided at no cost, but participants are responsible for obtaining the three books used in the program, as well as the costs associated with attending two ACCP meetings. Associate and full members of ACCP who have served in an ACCP leadership position (e.g., committee chair or vice-chair, PRN officer or committee chair, vice-chair, or lead, regional or state chapter officer or committee chair, vice-chair, or lead) or hold a leadership role in their workplace and are interested in pursuing future opportunities including elected or appointed office in ACCP are encouraged to apply.

The Professional Leadership Development Program application consists of a CV and letter of intent. Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or before August 1, 2023. For questions about the program or assistance with the application, please email accp@accp.com.

ACCP Professional Leadership Development Program Syllabus

The ACCP Professional Leadership Development (APLD) Program

  • Prepares participants to serve as leaders within ACCP as well as the profession.
  • Provides focused attention to a cohort of 10-15 individuals over the course of one year.
  • Begins with an in-person session during the ACCP Annual Meeting, followed by interactive virtual sessions consisting of leadership topics and group discussions.
  • Builds on leadership principles and ACCP core values which are reinforced and practiced through a mentored capstone project.
  • Is guided by the leadership of a Director, faculty, and mentors who are experienced ACCP leaders and have held elected or appointed office, represented ACCP on interprofessional collaborations, and/or are recognized as leaders within the profession.
  • Is provided without cost; however, participants are responsible for obtaining the books used in the course and the costs associated with attending two ACCP meetings.

Section 1 Creating a Leadership Foundation: Self-Discovery and Team-Building (weeks 1-8)

The first section begins with an in-person session to introduce participants to the program and provide them with the opportunity to network while discovering their strengths and areas for development. Subsequent virtual sessions will include a discussion of the leadership tools used by the ACCP Board of Regents.

  • Introduction and Program Overview*
  • Welcome from the ACCP President*
  • A brief history of clinical pharmacy and ACCP*
  • Team-building exercises using Strengths Finder 2.0/CliftonStrengths*
  • Panel discussion with ACCP founding members and early leaders
  • Group discussion of Good to Great, with an introduction to the book series and website
*presented in a special session during the ACCP Annual Meeting

Section 2 Leadership within ACCP: Structure and Governance (weeks 9-22)

The focus of section two is on ACCP’s history, core values, mission, and strategic plan. Participants will learn about ACCP’s responsibilities as a professional association, compare the focus and governance of the three Boards within ACCP, and review the process for creating a strategic plan.

  • Exploring ACCP Governance: A review of the mission, core values, and strategic plan
  • Panel discussion on the mission and strategic plan of the ACCP Foundation
  • Panel discussion on the mission and strategic plan of Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc.
  • Developing effective communication skills as a leader

Section 3 Leading Teams and Change Management (weeks 23-37)

The third section builds on the learnings in the first two sections to examine the traits necessary to provide organizational leadership and advance clinical pharmacy as a profession.

  • Establishing a high-functioning team
  • Negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • Panel discussion on leading in times of crisis
  • Group discussion of How to be an Inclusive Leader and ACCP’s DEI strategic plan
  • Panel discussion on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in professional associations

Section 4 Leading a Professional Association (weeks 38-52)

The final section will focus on the role of the participant in leading a professional association. Participants will discuss the differences in leadership in the workplace, associations, and community as a part of the process for developing the knowledge and skills needed to serve in leadership roles.

  • The importance of advocacy as a component of ACCP’s work
  • Panel discussion on the duties, responsibilities, and rewards of leadership in ACCP
  • Extending the frontiers of clinical pharmacy: Staying true to the mission of ACCP
  • Maintaining responsiveness to the membership
  • Panel on developing an individualized leadership path and setting goals

Session Schedule for 2022–2023 Cohort

AM = ACCP Annual Meeting
V = Virtual Meeting, Second and, when needed, fourth Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Central Time

Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4

October 15–18th - AM
November 9th - V
November 30th - V
December 14th - V

January 11th - V
February 8th - V
March 8th - V
March 22nd - V
April 12th - V

May 10th - V
May 24th - V
June 14th - V
July 12th - V
August 9th - V
August 23rd - V

September 13th - V
September 27th - V
November 11–14th - AM

Capstone Projects

The capstone projects will be related to the current ACCP Strategic Plan. Participants will be divided into groups of 4 to 6 people, based on the size of the cohort and the estimated time commitment for completion of the project. Each group will receive details on their project during Section 1, appoint a Chair and Vice-Chair, and establish a timeline for completion of their project. The group will work together to assign responsibilities and schedule meetings, similar to the processes employed by ACCP committees. Mentors may offer advice but are asked not to directly participate in the completion of the project. An interim report on the group’s progress will be due at the end of Sections 2 and 3. As with the ACCP committees, these reports will be shared with the Board of Regents for their feedback.

Required Readings

Participants will be responsible for completing several reading assignments prior to the scheduled group discussions: StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press), Good to Great by Jim Collins (Collins Business/HarperCollins Publishers), and How to be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.). Reading the other books in the Good to Great series (Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice) is encouraged but not required.

Completion of the Program

Participants are expected to attend the ACCP Annual Meetings at the beginning and end of the program, participate in the virtual sessions, and provide significant, sustained contribution to completion of the capstone project. Those completing the program will receive a certificate and be recognized at the Annual Meeting.