SCP Mission & Values

Mission

We cultivate a “home” for all counseling psychology professionals and affiliates to connect, to collaborate, and to coordinate efforts toward creating a more just and equitable world where ALL people and communities can thrive. Our members share a commitment to a holistic psychological perspective that is strengths-based, person- and community-centered, systems-oriented, contextually aware, multiculturally inclusive, socially just, and integrative of vocational and lifespan issues. We promote this perspective within the field of psychology and in the public sector through practice, research, education and training, advocacy, consultation, and leadership.

Values

SCP espouses a common set of specific values that guide our work. We believe in:

  1. Empowering people  to  improve  their  lives,  reach  their  potential,  and  move  toward self-actualization  by  building  upon  their  strengths;
  2. Promoting psychological  functioning  and  resilience  beyond  ameliorating  pathology  by using  effective  psychological  interventions  that  attend  to  development,  prevention, vocation,  and  health  across  the  lifespan;
  3. Considering context,  systems,  and  intersecting  social  identities  in  conceptualizing individuals,  communities, problems,  and  interventions;
  4. Conducting psychological  assessment  that  is  clinically  astute,  culturally sensitive, strengths-based,  and  contextualized;
  5. Fostering theory  and  research  that  rely  on  diverse  methods  and  approaches,  are contextualized  and  culturally  sensitive,  and  are  recognized  as  a  potential  tool  of  social change;
  6. Producing science  that  is  informed  by  practice  and  practice  that  is  informed  by  science;
  7. Emphasizing effective  education,  training,  mentoring,  and  supervision  as  fundamental  to promoting  the  values  and  future  of  the  profession;
  8. Engaging in critical self-reflection  to  foster  insight,  growth,  and  well-being  in  ourselves  and others;
  9. Centering marginalized  voices  in  respectful  and  intentional  communication  to  achieve shared  understandings  and  goals  for  the  society  and  the  profession;
  10. Addressing systemic  oppression  and  eliminating  health  disparities  by  engaging  in  social justice  advocacy  with  individuals  and  communities  that  have  been  stigmatized,  ostracized, marginalized,  or  ignored;
  11. Developing and  implementing  research,  practice,  training,  and  policies  that  are  culturally relevant  and  sensitive to  the  needs  of international  populations  and  organizations;
  12. Modeling ethical  understanding  and  decision  making; and
  13. Engaging in  and  modeling  leadership  that  is  learning-focused,  flexible  and  adaptive, collaborative,  multiculturally  inclusive,  contextually  sensitive, attentive to mentoring,  and responsive  to  the  needs  of  contemporary  organizations  and