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APA Represented at Conference in Jordan

The APA and the Jordanian Psychological Association signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agreed to continue regular communication and to cooperate on projects or activities “for the betterment of psychology and the public interest.”

By Merry Bullock, PhD

Last month, APA President Sharon Stephens Brehm visited Jordan to meet with officers of the Jordanian Psychological Association (JPA) and to participate as an invited guest at the Second Middle-East and North Africa Regional Conference of Psychology (MENA RCP2). During the visit, APA and the Jordanian Psychological Association signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agreed to continue regular communication and to cooperate on projects or activities “for the betterment of psychology and the public interest.”

The MENA RCP2 regional conference, held April 27th- May 1st, was organized by the Jordanian Psychological Association, under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) with co-sponsors the International Association of Applied Psychology and the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. Some 200 psychologists from a dozen countries in the region and several outside the region contributed to the conference's success with a lively program of pre-conference workshops, keynote addresses, paper presentations, workshops and discussion groups. The conference languages were Arabic and English, with simultaneous translation. The theme of the conference was “Psychology and Modern Life”. Its focus was on advancing psychology as a practice, as a science, and as a formally organized discipline within the region.

APA was presented with a striking gift of a plaque of the treasury at Petra by the Jordan conference organizers. This plaque is on display outside the executive offices at APA headquarters.Ψ