FPA Position Statements
FPA has charged the Social Justice Committee (SJC) with maintaining a pulse on social issues that impact the work of psychologists. The SJC seeks consensus in addressing and publishing position statements for FPA and more broadly the practitioners, graduate students, and clients/patients served by Florida psychologists. The SJC endeavors to remain true to positive social change and writes responses informed by peer-reviewed, evidence-based, and sound research.
Other entities within FPA may also submit position statements for consideration.
The FPA Board of Directors shall be responsible for deciding when and in what form such a public comment on policy should be made.
The mission of the SJC serves to increase awareness of and advocate for equality and justice among members and the community through:
- Promoting values of beneficence and nonmaleficence within the context of intersectional privilege
- Sharing accountability for demonstrating respect of individual rights and dignity with integrity
- Decreasing mental health disparities among marginalized population is Florida
- Increasing psychologists' cultural competence via educational opportunities
- Conducting and disseminating research with practical treatment recommendations to improve mental health outcomes for oppressed groups
- Enabling psychologists to understand the current cultural and diversity factors surrounding social justice issues and take appropriate action to voice their concerns
FPA Opposes Modification of the AP Psychology Course (August 8, 2023)
Freedom from School Violence (June 2023)
The Florida Psychological Association (FPA) supports the American Psychological Association’s recommendations for freedom from school violence through an evidence-based, public health approach.
Police Brutality (February 2023)
Understanding and Tolerance (May 2022)
Statement on Gun Violence and Hate Crimes Against People of Color (May 2022)
Statement of Opposition to Florida Draft Rule Banning Gender Affirming Care for Adolescents (November 2022)
Additionally, please see our previously released statement in collaboration with APA Division 44 below, where we highlight the psychosocial dangers of the outdated and poor quality research used by Florida Department of Health (DOH) to move forward with its ban on adolescent gender affirming care. Misuse of scientific information not only harms Florida’s LGBTQ+ population but also abuses the ethics of using scientific information for the benefit of people. Their ban clearly violates the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Principles of Medical Ethics as well as the APA Ethics Code.