The AICPC is the oldest international association of psychologists. Its official languages are English and French. Founded in 1920, it now has more than 1.500 members from more than 80 countries. Its mission is succinctly stated in Article 1 of its Constitution:
...to promote the science and practice of applied psychology and to facilitate interaction and communication about applied psychology around the world.
Most of the Association's work is achieved through its Divisions, Standing Committees, and Task Forces. The Divisions pursue the scientific concerns of AICPC members working in various sub-fields of applied psychology. In 2012 AICPC had recognized eighteen Divisions:
1. Division of Organizational Psychology
2. Division of Psychological Assessment and Evaluation
3. Division of Psychology and National Development
4. Division of Environmental Psychology
5. Division of Educational, Instructional and School Psychology
6. Division of Clinical and Community Psychology
7. Division of Applied Gerontology
8. Division of Health Psychology
9. Division of Economic Psychology
10. Division of Psychology and Law
11. Division of Political Psychology
12. Division of Sport Psychology
13. Division of Traffic and Transportation Psychology
14. Division of Applied Cognitive Psychology
15. Student Division
16. Counseling Psychology
17. Professional Practice
18. History of Applied Psychology
Standing Committees are concerned with aspects and recurrent problems which affect the Association as a whole. For instance, Committee on Membership Drive, Committee on Ethics, Committee of AICPC Activities in Developing Countries, Committee on Policy Orientation, Committee on fellowship procedures. Committee on ICAP bids, Committee on inter-associations relationhsips, Publications Committee, Finance Committee, ARTS, Constitutional Revision, AICPC Rewards
Psychology as a formal discipline is now well over 100 years old, having been recognised officially with the establishment of Wundt's experimental laboratory in Leipzig in 1879. The centennial was celebrated in 1980 at the International Congress of Psychology in Leipzig in honor of this great event in the history of psychology. The international movements in psychology are not far behind in age. From these movements three major general international psychological associations have sprung up and are still flourishing. They are also still sponsoring quadrenniel congresses or annual conventions, although until 1976 when the International Congress of Psychology was held in Paris, this was not always de case. These three international organisations are:
• International Congress of Psychology, sponsored by International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)
• International Congress of Applied Psuchology, sponsored by AICPC
• International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology, sponsored by International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
The AICPC or Association Internationale de Psychologie Appliquee (AIPA) is the oldest international association of psychologists. It was founded in 1920 as the International Association of Psychotechnology or Association International de Psychotechnique. The association was known by this name until it was changed to the current name in 1955 during the tenure (1953-58) of Clifford Frisby, who was the first non-French speaking president. Frisby, incidentally, was also a nonpsychologist; he was a business man and is the only such president to have served in that office in AICPC. He was the head of the once-great National Institute for Industrial Psychology in Great Britain which, in the 1920s, led the world in industrial psychology and vocational guidance.
The Association is responsible for organising the AICPC. The past congresses of AICPC, the city, country and year win which each was held and the name of the organizer of the congress are as follows:
Beginning with the IUPsyS Congress in Paris in 1976, AICPC Congresses started to be organized on a four year cycle.
The AICPC was organised primarily to establish contact and communication among psychologists on an international scale. For the first 50 years of its existence, the Association, although international in nature and in scope, was dominated by European psychology and psychologists. This fact is emphasized by noting who its principal officers were, where its congresses were held, and the nationalities of the organizers of those international meetings. While many Americans and other non-Europeans were members of the Association in those early days, they did not assume major leadership roles. Perhaps much of this was due to the earlier emphasis in psychology outside of Europe (particularly U.K. and France) on experimental and theoretical psychology rather than clinical, counseling and industrial psychology.
All of this seems to have changed with the Montreal Congress, the first to be held outside of Europe, and this trend has continued after congresses held in Kyoto: ICAP move from continent to continent.
AICPC encourages its members to uphold the highest ethical principals in their practice of psychology.
AICPC Committees, Task Forces, Coordinators, Liaisons, and Special Projects
Standing and ad hoc committees and task forces of IAAP are listed here. Click on the group's name to see information about its purposes and contact information. Coordinators, liaisons to other organizations, and any special projects are also listed. Any committees organized by Divisions are listed in their respective divisional web pages.