President’s Welcome

Welcome to the official website of the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP). SCP is a division of the American Psychological Association. As a division of the APA, we share the goal of advancing psychology as a science and as a practice. SCP is a professional organization with more than 2,000 members and affiliates. If you are not already a member of SCP, I invite you to become a member and I welcome your involvement in the division.

SCP’s mission as an organization is to

  1. continue to define and promote the specialty of counseling psychology as the science and profession of psychology evolve and social issues change,
  2. bring together psychologists who specialize and/or have an interest in counseling psychology,
  3. advocate for counseling psychology within the field of psychology and in the public sphere, and provide leadership in all issues pertaining to the well-being and growth of counseling psychology,
  4. support, encourage, and promote diversity of member characteristics, work settings, roles and activities,
  5. promote the integration of science and practice and further evaluative, scientific and applied activities in counseling psychology,
  6. define, promote and support the education and training of counseling psychologists throughout the professional life span,
  7. establish and maintain standards of professional service offered by counseling psychologists, and
  8. promote the application of counseling psychology in the public interest.

Our success in addressing these purposes rests heavily on the work of SCP’s volunteer leaders—our Executive Board, our committee chairs and members, our task group chairs and members, our student affiliate organization—and the staff of our central office. Our efforts in these regards are apparent in our division journal, The Counseling Psychologist, and our blog, SCP Connect.

SCP currently has 14 Sections and 9 Special Interest Groups tailored for various interest topics in counseling psychology. I encourage you to browse their websites and join as many Sections or Special Interest Groups as you like, many of which have free memberships. SCP also has a Facebook page for more frequent updates of SCP activities. I hope you will make use of this means of communication and connection with SCP.

Students may join the Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS), our national organization for students in counseling psychology. SAS offers opportunities for students to become voting members on various levels of SCP leadership, from the Executive Board to various Committees and Special Task Groups. SCP also values the participation and contributions of early career professionals in all facets of the organization.

SCP is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of counseling psychologists through the awarding of Fellow status and through various awards for researchers, professionals/practitioners, and students. Please consider nominating colleagues or yourself by contacting the Fellowship Committee or Awards and Recognition Committee.
Thank you for your interest in counseling psychology and in SCP. I look forward to your joining us and participating in various committees and activities. Please contact me or any of our officers for questions, suggestions, and comments


Martin Heesacker, Ph.D.
President, Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of APA), 2016-2017