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APA and British Psychological Society Meet to Sign Memorandum of Understanding by Psychology International Staff

The group of presidents talked about priorities and many issues were raised during the meeting about crises across the globe and how psychology could play a role in alleviating world-wide ordeals.

by Psychology International Staff

This past April, Dr. Alan Kazdin joined presidents of several psychological associations as a special guest in Dublin, Ireland at the 2008 Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland. The event was historical in more ways that one - it was the first time that the BPS held its meeting outside of England, and it was the first instance, during an annual meeting, where the BPS and PSI had an opportunity to fully collaborate. Pam Maras, 2006-2008 President of the BPS, invited other presidents of national psychology associations from around the world to join her in a round table discussion about challenges within psychology.

“We has some great formal and informal sessions together where we shared problems in our field and discussed areas we could devote our attention,” stated Dr. Kazdin. “For example, requirements for licensing psychologists are controversial within a country and also very different between countries.” The group of presidents also talked about priorities and many issues were raised during the meeting about crises across the globe and how psychology could play a role in alleviating world-wide ordeals. “One of my presidential initiatives is bringing psychological science contributions to society,” Kazdin continued. “It is rather unfortunate that we do not have a venue for psychology at a global level or a world psychological association to talk about shared interests. It is one thing to recognize problems and another to actually act on them.”

In addition to conference events, APA and the British Psychological Society signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to work together to support the development of psychology in the interests of human health and welfare.