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Psychology for Europe - a new direction for EFPA

14 Jul 2011

At its meeting on July 9-10, 2011 in Istanbul, the General Assembly of EFPA had discussed the future of the federation and unanimously decided to choose a new direction that gives priority to serving Europe.

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Psychology for Europe – a new direction for EFPA

At its meeting on July 9-10, 2011 in Istanbul, the General Assembly of EFPA had discussed the future of the federation and unanimously decided to choose a new direction that gives priority to serving Europe. EFPA remains committed to the development of psychology as a profession, scientific discipline and field of education, but it will make greater efforts to put psychology at the service of society.

To this purpose it will bundle the expertise from the various fields of psychology and make proposals for preventing mental illness, intolerance and conflict, social exclusion, and other societal problems, as well as for promoting well-being and socio-economic development.

EFPA will devote more effort to establishing closer links with policy makers, both at the European and national level. In addition, it will promote the collaboration between psychologists in the various specialism of psychology, and work together with other professions.

The EFPA organization will also change. Standing Committees will deal with developments in various areas of psychology, such as psychology and health, school psychology, work & organizational psychology, psychology and ageing, traffic psychology, psychology of crisis intervention, and so on. Newly installed Boards will deal with overarching issues of scientific research, education, professional development, ethics, and psychological assessment, and prevention and intervention.

New are Consultation Groups in which experts from all over Europe will be involved in generating advise on specific issues such as ADHD, depression, bullying, healthy eating, safe internet, childrens’ rights, de-institutionalization, testing of car drivers, active ageing, and so on.

In all this, EFPA will closely collaborate with its member associations, which represent 300.000 psychologists in 35 European countries.

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