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Dr. Susan Whiston
Indiana University

Greetings From the SVP Chair

Welcome to the official website of the Society for Vocational Psychology (SVP), a section of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. I hope you will spend some time exploring our site. As members of SVP, we are aware of the diverse roles of work in peoples' lives and the reciprocal influence of work and non-work issues. Our purpose is to advance vocational psychology and career counseling/interventions by encouraging, promoting, and facilitating contributions to research, teaching, practice, and the public interest. We are committed to advancing the human rights of all women and men regardless of race, sexual orientation, class, nationality, ethnicity, age, disability, or religious orientation. As an organization of professional psychologists we are sensitive to the vocational and career issues unique to individuals from these various constituencies.

We are a welcoming organization that includes practitioners, researchers, and students. We operate by a consensus of our members. Our members are encouraged to be actively involved with SVP and we maintain a listserv in which our members regularly discuss topics related to vocational psychology. We host a biennial conference (information about past and future conferences can be found under the conferences tab) and we meet and sponsor symposia, presentations, and poster presentations at the annual American Psychological Association convention. Please join SVP (see the membership tab) if you are interested in vocational psychology and topics such as:

  • Helping people with work- or career-related issues
  • Best practices related to career counseling and interventions
  • Understanding career development
  • The effects of work on psychological functioning
  • The influences of unemployment or underemployment
  • Relational dimensions of work and the work-family interface
  • Multicultural factors and vocational development
  • Social justice and how work can help people achieve equality
  • International vocational psychology
  • Public policy related to career and work issues

Once again, welcome to our website! Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Susan Whiston, Chair
Society for Vocational Psychology

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