News and updates supporting the policy actions taken by APA's Council of Representatives.
Interrogations and Ethics
Videotape All Interrogations of Felony Suspects, APA Recommends
Association adopts resolution aimed at protecting the innocent
Timeline of APA Policies & Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security
The American Psychological Association's position on torture is clear and unequivocal: Any direct or indirect participation in any act of torture or other forms of cruel, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited.
- Report on APA's Ongoing Efforts to Implement the Petition Resolution Policy
2008 APA Petition Resolution Ballot
In early June 2008, APA received such a petition with the required number of signatures of full members in good standing concerning the issue of whether psychologists may work in certain settings that involve the detention of individuals. In September, this measure passed by a vote of 8,792 to 6,157.
Health Care Reform
APA Response to Supreme Court Decision on Affordable Care Act
The American Psychological Association's response to the Supreme Court's decision is that the Affordable Care Act recognizes the importance of care focused on the whole person and delivered by interdisciplinary, community-based teams of health professionals, including psychologists.
Five Questions on Health Care Reform For James H. Bray, PhD, President of the American Psychological Association
APA believes that every American should have access to quality health care that includes mental and behavioral health promotion, screening and referral, prevention, early intervention, treatment and wellness services across the lifespan.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
- American Psychological Association Applauds President Obama’s Call to End Use of Therapies Intended to Change Sexual Orientation
APA Praises DOMA Decision as Victory for Science, Human Dignity
APA President Donald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD, said that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act was “a triumph for social science and recognition of the basic dignity of all American citizens."
American Psychological Association Applauds Prop 8 Ruling
Research shows that marriage provides numerous health and wellness benefits
Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Will Lift Heavy Psychological Burden, APA Says
Association lauds congressional action as Senate votes to lift ban
American Psychological Association Reiterates Support for Same-Sex Marriage
Governing council issues statement at annual convention
APA Report on Gun Violence Identifies Precursors and Promising Solutions
Behavioral threat assessment identified as most effective prevention strategy
APA Calls for Reduction of Violence in Interactive Media Used by Children and Adolescents
Research shows playing violent video games increases aggressive behavior and decreases helpful behavior; learning critical evaluating skills may reduce negative effects
The Council Policy Manual is a collection of policy actions taken by the APA Council of Representatives from 1960 to the present.