President's Welcome


Welcome to the official website of the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. We invite you to engage with and contribute to our amazing family of counseling psychologists and affiliates. Every day we strive to build a more inclusive, just, and equitable profession and ensure that our work is centered in liberation and healing to dismantle oppression in all its forms, uplift all communities who are marginalized, erased, and harmed, and transform our policies, structures, and practices so that we may all one day be free.

It is with humility and deep gratitude that I continue my leadership journey in the Society of Counseling Psychology which has always been my professional home and the foundation of my professional identity. I am proud to continue in the most recent leadership traditions of Anneliese Singh who inspired and challenged us with the vision of liberation as both a value and a practice and Mary O’Leary Wiley who reminded us of the importance of engagement and connection. I also look forward to working closely with the inclusive and brilliant leadership of President-Elect Shavonne Moore-Labbon. With the support of our Counseling Psychology family, I am eager to address the many challenges and opportunities that await us with the goal of highlighting our strengths and interrogating where we fall short in order to live up to our values and commitments.

The focus of my presidency is on TRANSFORMATION and my theme is:

TRANSFORMING COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY THROUGH CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND RADICAL CHANGE

My goal is to transform what we do and how we do it within SCP so we can create an inclusive and liberatory CP. There cannot be inclusion without change. Liberation cannot exist without critical consciousness and radical change and action. The purpose of inclusion is not to invite others to adopt or adapt to our norms and view of counseling psychology but rather to deconstruct the core of what we do (our assumptions, public norms, hidden culture) and transform with true engagement, involvement, and inclusion to rebuild our profession and association. Such efforts require that we transform our identities, perspectives, and practices. This presidential theme of transformation will be addressed through the following initiatives and STGs.

  • Transforming Counseling Psychology Curriculum and Praxis: to critically examine and deconstruct how various competencies, courses, and content are taught within CP training programs, and then re-imagine, dream, and reconstruct new and transformative ways to teach and train.
  • Transforming Who We Are: through Centering Indigenous People and Perspectives in Counseling Psychology, a group of indigenous counseling psychologists working together to dream and build a counseling psychology that includes and celebrates indigenous people and perspectives.
  • Transforming SCP Policies, Structures, and Practices: to work and collaborate with consultants, Jernigan and Associates, through the lens of uprooting anti-Black racism to assess, interrogate, and transform SCP policies, structures, and practices and engage in ongoing work through the CP and Everyday Reparations, a work group focused on increasing awareness of how to engage in everyday acts of reparations which will include a survey of Black CP and graduate students to assess harm and perspectives on their experiences in training and the profession.
  • Transforming & Strengthening SCP Sections: this STG will focus on transforming and strengthening how SCP Sections operate and connect with SCP structure.
  • Embracing Master’s Issues: this STG will address ongoing master’s issues within Counseling Psychology and continue to take on a leadership role with APA’s work with master’s programs.

I look forward to working with each of you this year, and even more importantly, I look forward to TRANSFORMING Counseling Psychology and SCP!

In solidarity,

Amy

Amy L. Reynolds, Ph.D.
President, Society of Counseling Psychology
(Division 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA)
Fellow, APA, Division 17
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