APA policy statements on topics such as ethics, health care reform, and LGBT issues.
Council Policy Manual
The Council Policy Manual is a collection of policy actions taken by the APA Council of Representatives from 1960 to the present. These are official APA policies, covering issues such as convention affairs, education, ethics, ethnic minority affairs, international affairs, practice and science.
APA Council of Representatives Directs Change in its Ethics Code to Prevent So-Called Nuremberg Defense
The APA Ethics Committee has said that no defense for torture will ever be acceptable within the APA ethics adjudication process.
APA Actions to Implement the Council Resolutions Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
The American Psychological Association (APA) has undertaken several actions over the past year to implement the APA Council of Representatives resolutions against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
APA responds to news on issues relating to psychology.
- Response to Concerns About Psychology’s Role in Detainee Torture
APA policy forbids enhanced interrogation techniques
Response to Article About Psychologists’ Role in CIA Torture Program
Nadine J. Kaslow PhD, writes letter to the editor regarding “Two psychologists’ role in CIA torture program comes into focus” in the Los Angeles Times
Response to Article About Psychologists’ Participation in CIA Interrogation
Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, writes letter to the editor regarding “Architects of CIA Interrogation Drew on Psychology to Induce Helplessness” in The New York Times
APA's response to "Chatting with a leader of the ‘ex-gay’ movement about converting some to heterosexuality"
APA's Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation Change drew its conclusions carefully
Letter from APA’s Farberman to Forbes’ editor
Response to George Will’s Column about Same-Sex Marriage
Donald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD, writes letter to the editor pointing out inaccurate and misleading assertions in Washington Post column
APA on Children Raised by Gay and Lesbian Parents
How do these children fare?
Stress is no laughing matter
Letter to the editor in response to the Washington Post coverage of the release of the “Stress in America” survey on too much stress.
APA Issues Clarification on Psychology Employment Data
APA responds to an NPR report about psychology employment and clarifies the data source, the number of psychology degree types, and the popularity of psychology as a major.
Cynthia Belar Response Letter to the New York Times
Letter to the editor in response to the New York Times magazine's article "Intern Gap Frustrates Clinicians in Training."
APA Response to Time Magazine Online Q&A With Alan Kazdin
APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, authors a letter to the editor in response to Time magazine's article "Q&A: Yale Psychologist Calls for the End of Individual Psychotherapy"
APA Response to New York Times on Psychiatry and Drug Therapy
APA CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, authors a letter to the editor in response to the article "Talk Doesn't Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy."
Op-eds contributed by leaders of APA.
The Victims of Immigration Policy: Children of Broken Homes and a Broken System
By Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, 2011 president of APA, and Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians for Human Rights.
Beyond Medicine: Addressing Broader Roots of Illness in Health Care Reform
By Norman B. Anderson, PhD, CEO of APA.
Saying it Again: Psychologists May Never Participate in Torture
By James H. Bray, PhD, 2009 president of APA.
Task force reports relating to children and families, sexual orientation, education and many more important topics.
Psychology of Immigration 101
Report of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. 2012.
Psychology as a Core Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Discipline
Report of the APA Presidential Task Force On the Future of Psychology as a STEM Discipline. 2010.
Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges
Report of the APA Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change. 2010.
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