Founded in 1976, NCSPP is an organization composed of delegates from programs and schools of professional psychology.
As a training council responsible for the development of future psychologists, the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) is committed to social justice. From knowledge acquisition to competent practice, students are trained to be socially responsive to oppression, injustice and to lead social change that facilitates the dignity and humanity of vulnerable and marginalized populations. The killing of Black men at the hands of police, both before and after the murder of George Floyd, is a symptom of the historical legacy of oppression—and clinical psychology has been complicit in this legacy of oppression. We recognize our role in this pandemic of racism, stand in solidarity with Black and Brown communities, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Generations of communities of color, those who are LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and those of immigrant status have lived in silence in response to the violence perpetrated against them. In the face of ongoing threat to the lives of individuals in our communities, we cannot remain silent. ‘Silence equals Violence.’ In seeking true justice, silence must not only be broken, but shattered. Justice must not be granted, but a given.
Justice traditionally includes punishment. Yet, as our communities of color know far too well, when violence becomes the focus, justice is destroyed. We know the rebound effects of this narrow worldview. We will not tolerate it. We will demand more.
As psychologists trained in human behavior, we will not continue to be passive observers of injustice and its consequences.