Mission & Diversity Statements
The Florida Psychological Association (FPA) is a voluntary, member-based, professional organization comprised of psychologists. With over 1000 members, it is the largest professional organization for psychologists in the state of Florida.
The mission of the Florida Psychological Association shall be to:
- To advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health and human welfare
- To improve the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists through high standards of ethics, conduct, education, and achievement
- To increase and diffuse psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications; and
- To advance scientific interests and inquiry and the application of research findings to the promotion of health and public welfare.
FPA welcomes members of all faiths and religious backgrounds, people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, immigration statuses, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, physical or mental statuses, sexual or affectional orientations, or political beliefs. To this end, FPA commits to multiculturalism and to ensure on-going cultural competence and effectiveness as educators, researchers, consultants, administrators, policymakers, and practitioners. Additionally, FPA is committed to upholding the American Psychological Association Ethical Guidelines which make clear the importance of advocating for the culturally competent practice of psychology. We strive to:
- Create a positive environment that allows psychologists to learn and explore issues of stereotyping, prejudice and mistreatment of minority groups in order to increase cultural competence for all members of FPA; for this purpose, we pay attention to ensure that psychologists have access to and participate in specific diversity and cultural competence continuing education and experiential workshops at local, regional and state events.
- Uphold APA Guidelines that make it clear that we as psychologists must advocate for and protect the civil rights of others, which informs our commitment to engage in advocacy and psychoeducational commentary on social issues such as mental health care access for underserved populations, violence, and women's and minority issues.
- Address recruitment and retention of psychologists from diverse backgrounds as members of FPA in an on-going basis through the collaboration between our Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Diversity and Cultural Competence Committee, continuing education processes, and our regional Chapters.