APA’s Commitment to Mental Health Recovery

Below are ways in which APA has demonstrated its commitment to the concept of recovery.

APA’s Advocacy for Recovery

The following highlights how APA is making inroads in impacting the mental health field through policy and systemic change.

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, commissioner, (PDF, 128KB) Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, testifies on Capitol Hill, March 26, 2014.


APA Resolutions

The following resolutions were passed by the Council of Representatives, APA’s highest governing body, and are now part of APA policy. Each resolution underscores the importance of using recovery-oriented principles and practices in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI).

APA Publications

Monitor on Psychology®, APA’s monthly magazine, has featured the following articles highlighting the use of recovery oriented principles. 

Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance

The Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance (TFSMI/SED) was established in 1994 by the Council of Representatives. Its members work to promote the role and training of psychologists in the treatment of these populations. The TFSMI/SED has been the driving force behind most of APA’s endeavors to promote mental health recovery within psychology.

Reporting to the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, the Task Force is responsible for developing APA’s Catalog of Clinical Training Opportunities: Best Practices for Recovery and Improved Outcomes for People with Serious Mental Illness (PDF, 534KB) and the Proficiency for Assessment and Treatment of Serious Mental Illness.