Beginning in February 1977, at an executive com­ mittee meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychol­ ogy, opinions concerning the need for a conference on training psychologists who serve children were voiced. Eventually, Section 1, Division 37, and other segments of APA were involved. Several meetings were held during the annual meetings of APA, Allan Barclay and I presented the conference proposal to the APA Education and Training Board, and, eventually, the conference was approv­ ed for sponsorship by the American Psychological Association. The American Psychological Founda­ tion supported several planning meetings of the first conference committee which was composed of Alan Barclay and June Tuma, co-chairs, Ted Blau, Alan Ross and Diane Willis.