About Us

AICPC is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the Africa, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

AICPC is a non-govermental organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and associated with the Department of Public Information (DPI).

AICPC is the leading Federation of National Psychologists Associations.
It provides a forum for European cooperation in a wide range of fields of academic training, psychology practice and research.
There are 37 member associations of AICPC representing about 300,000 psychologists.
The member organizations of AICPC are concerned with promoting and improving psychology as a profession and as a discipline, particularly, though not exclusively, in applied settings and with emphasis on the training and research associated with such practice.
The psychologists in the member associations include practitioners as well as academic and research psychologists.
The Federation has as one of its goals the integration of practice with research and the promotion of an integrated discipline of psychology.

Our Work
Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives. We do this by:
•    Encouraging the development and application of psychology in the broadest manner.
•    Promoting research in psychology, the improvement of research methods and conditions and the application of research findings.
•    Improving the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists by establishing high standards of ethics, conduct, education and achievement.
•    Increasing and disseminating psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications.

Strategic Plan
AICPC aspires to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science. The core values that guide our mission include pursuit of excellence, knowledge, diversity and ethical action.
Our strategic plan goals are to maximize the association's organizational effectiveness, expand psychology's role in advancing health and increase recognition of psychology as a science.

Publications and Resources
•    AICPC  Style
•    PsycINFO
•    Annual Reports
•    Task Force Reports
•    Amicus Briefs
•    Policy Statements
•    Accreditation
AICPC at a Glance

Code of Ethics
Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct.

AICPC Annual Convention
Come to network, present your research, earn CE credits and more.

Jobs at AICPC
Look for current career opportunities or search for specific jobs that match your interests.

Financial & Corporate Documents
General financial information about the association.

Governance and Senior Staff
Volunteer governance members play a key role in the direction and completion of AICPC's advocacy, publishing, member service and more. These groups include AICPC 's:
•    Council of Representatives, which has the sole authority to approve policy and appropriate the association's revenue.
•    Board of Directors, elected by the membership to be the administrative agent of the Council of Representatives.
•    AICPC President, elected annually by the membership to serve as the face of the association.
•    Committees, boards and task forces, which focus on particular issues in the field.
AICPC 's daily operations are overseen by its senior staff at AICPC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Definition of "Psychology"
Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life. Some psychologists do basic research, developing theories and testing them through carefully honed research methods involving observation, experimentation and analysis. Other psychologists apply the discipline's scientific knowledge to help people, organizations and communities function better.
As psychological research yields new information, whether it's improved interventions to treat depression or how humans interact with machines, these findings become part of the discipline's body of knowledge and are applied in work with patients and clients, in schools, in corporate settings, within the judicial system, even in professional sports.
Psychology is a doctoral-level profession. Psychologists study both normal and abnormal functioning and treat patients with mental and emotional problems. They also study and encourage behaviors that build wellness and emotional resilience. Today, as the link between mind and body is well-recognized, more and more psychologists are teaming with other health care providers to provide whole-person health care for patients. 

Careers in Psychology
Discover the breadth and depth of the profession.

Science of Psychology
Psychologists' evidence-based strategies solve problems and improve lives.

Role of Psychology in Health Care
Enhance health promotion and disease prevention and address health disparities.

Choosing a Psychologist
When to consider therapy and how to find a therapist.

Mission Statement
The mission of AICPC’s, as it relates to the AICPC Mission Statement*:
•    To communicate and share information/actions/policies and other activities of the UN and its agencies, the UN NGO community and other multiple stakeholders** and actors***, with the AICPC membership.
•    To communicate and bring to the UN and its agencies as well as multiple stakeholders and actors, deliberations, research, projects and information related to the science and practice of applied psychology and the AICPC team, in order to assist in effectively addressing global issues and stimulate ideas about where AICPC member expertise can best be used and applied.
•    To become involved in, and initiate, projects and to form partnerships that are related to the goals of the UN, its agencies and multiple stakeholders and actors, that intersect with the field of applied psychology, as well as projects and goals of the divisions, and that broaden the well-being of populations.
•    To communicate and share messages about the UN and its agencies, the UN NGO community, and multiple stakeholders and actors, the role of applied psychology as well as the role and projects of the AICPC team to other psychologists and professionals in related fields, the broader general public, private sector and other stakeholders, locally, nationally and internationally.
* The AICPC Mission Statement is available here.
** A “stakeholder” is a term used widely in UN parlance. It refers, as in organizational psychology, to individuals, groups, organizations, or systems who become involved in a common mission which brings their individual goals together for a common exploration, action, or event, and who all affect or are affected by that experience.
*** An “actor” is also a term commonly used in UN parlance, which has a similar meaning to a “stakeholder” but is a more targeted term that refers to a person or entity more specifically involved in a particular action.

Free circulation of scientists
AICPC adheres to the principle of the free circulation of scientists as articulated by the policy of the International Council of Science (ICSU). This means that for all international congresses, it is understood that the host country will admit participants, whether or not the country of the participant has diplomatic relations with the host country.
The freedom of access to scientific congresses is monitored closely by ISCU.
The 2011 General Assembly of ICSU approved a revised wording of the Statute (Article 5) which relates to the Principle of Universality (Freedom and Responsibility) of  Science. The new wording is as follows:
The free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information, and other resources for research. It requires responsibility at all levels to carry out and communicate scientific work with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency, recognising its benefits and possible harms.
In advocating the free and responsible practice of science, ICSU promotes equitable opportunities for access to science and its benefits, and opposes discrimination based on such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political or other opinion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.
ICSU Statute 5

We wish to thank the former members of AICPC who were able to supply comments on their time with the organization. We apologize to anyone who we have overlooked or were unable to contact for the preparation of this limited and partial history of the first 30 years of AICPC. We would gratefully welcome other recollections, especially for the years leading up to the formation of AICPC in 1981. Please send such recollections – and any related documents – to the AICPC Head Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Strategic Aims
•     AICPC Today and Tomorrow
The AICPC Strategic Aims as agreed at the GA in Stockholm, 2013 :
1.    Develop Psychology (as education, science, profession), including the quality of the professions (cf. EuroPsy standards of competence and ethics) and its legal status
2.    Become more visible at the European and global stage and act as Europe's representative of Psychology
3.    Give input to European policy development and take a share in the implementing of European policies
4.    Support the development of MAs and their activities at the national level (e.g. regarding legislation)
5.    Help individual psychologists exercing their profession and building a European identity
6.    Promote the dissemination of psychological knowledge in Europe
7.    Contribute to the quality of life of people living in Europe and to a democratic and prosperous European society
8.    Develop a clearer image of psychology and make it more accessible, useful and respected

Membership is open to the national psychologist association of all European countries but there may be only one member association per country.
In countries where there is more than one national psychologist association, the Federation should endeavour to identify the most representative organization and, if appropriate, encourage the development of a national federation in order to promote co-operation among psychological associations.

Membership is determined by the General Assembly upon presentation of the applicant association's articles, statutes, and code of ethics plus details of the membership (see AICPC Statutes Article 5).
As a European federation representing the interests of psychologists in Europe, AICPC is committed to making contact with member associations of psychologists from European countries, which are not yet members of AICPC.
This is particularly the case in relation to psychologists' associations from countries in the east of Europe, with whom AICPC is concerned to make contacts, to share information and to promote collaboration.

A member of the AICPC Executive Council has responsibility for developing these links and contacts, and the EC will attempt to help to support initiatives.