American Psychological Association ( Apa ) Essay

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American Psychological Association (APA) Abstract American Psychological Association is the leading scientific and professional body representing psychology in the United States of America. This paper will discuss the purpose, structure, function, mission, benefits and resources to the members and public at large. American Psychological Association was established in 1892 with 31nmembers and it grew rapidly after World War II. Currently, in the subfield of psychology APA has around 30 divisions and 130,000 members who include researchers, clinicians, consultants, educators and students. The purpose of APA is to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science. The strategic goals include increasing psychology’s role in advancing health and increasing acknowledgment of psychology as a science. The structure of APA includes an executive officer, administrative and business offices, information technology, publishing operation office and five directorates. The directorates include education, public interest, practice, public and member communication and science. According the official website of APA” it seeks to advance psychology as a science, a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare”. It also controls the use of word ‘‘psychologist’’ as a professional title. In order to have the title psychologists one has to have a doctoral degree in psychology from accredited university or professional
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