SCP Mission & Values

(Archived 02/29/2024)


We cultivate a “home” for all counseling psychology professionals and affiliates to connect, to collaborate, and to coordinate efforts toward creating a more just and equitable world where ALL people and communities can thrive. Our members share a commitment to a holistic psychological perspective that is strengths-based, person- and community-centered, systems-oriented, contextually aware, multiculturally inclusive, socially just, and integrative of vocational and lifespan issues. We promote this perspective within the field of psychology and in the public sector through practice, research, education and training, advocacy, consultation, and leadership.


SCP espouses a common set of specific values that guide our work. We believe in:

  1. Empowering people to improve their lives, reach their potential, and move toward self-actualization by building upon their strengths;
  2. Promoting psychological  functioning and resilience beyond ameliorating pathology by using effective psychological interventions that attend to development, prevention, vocation, and health across the lifespan;
  3. Considering context, systems, and intersecting social identities in conceptualizing individuals, communities, problems, and interventions;
  4. Conducting psychological assessment that is clinically astute, culturally sensitive, strengths-based, and  contextualized;
  5. Fostering theory  and  research  that  rely  on  diverse  methods  and  approaches, are contextualized  and  culturally  sensitive,  and  are  recognized  as  a  potential  tool  of  social change;
  6. Producing science that is informed by practice and practice that is informed by science;
  7. Emphasizing effective education, training, mentoring, and supervision as fundamental to promoting the values and  future of the profession;
  8. Engaging in critical self-reflection to foster insight, growth, and well-being in ourselves and others;
  9. Centering marginalized voices in respectful and intentional communication to achieve shared understandings  and goals for the society and the profession;
  10. Addressing systemic oppression and eliminating health disparities by engaging in social justice advocacy with individuals and communities that have been stigmatized, ostracized, marginalized, or ignored;
  11. Developing and implementing research, practice, training, and policies that are culturally relevant and sensitive to the needs of international populations and organizations;
  12. Modeling ethical understanding and decision making; and
  13. Engaging in and modeling leadership that is learning-focused, flexible and adaptive, collaborative, multiculturally inclusive, contextually sensitive, attentive to mentoring, and responsive to the needs of contemporary organizations and