An Advocacy Guide for Psychologists




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The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), through the collaboration of its Scientific Affairs, Professional Affairs and Public Information Committees, is pleased to provide you with Psychology and Public Policy: An Advocacy Guide for Psychologists. This guide is designed to encourage you toward greater political participation. Taking part in the political life of our country is a right and a privilege seldom exercised by most Canadians. The actions of the various levels of government in Canada have a profound effect on the personal and professional lives of us all. It is our hope that you will use this Guide to develop and maintain contact with your elected officials as a citizen and an advocate for psychological science and practice. The guide will show you how to do this — in a way that will not require you to learn all the subtleties of public policy-making or make it your full-time job. CPA maintains a vigorous and effective science and practice advocacy program, and your direct contact with your legislature and with Parliament as a constituent is a vital component of that program. Your special training and expertise uniquely qualify you to contribute to the development of public policy and to reshaping political attitudes for the benefit of the science and practice of psychology.

We hope that you will use the information in this Guide to support our shared goals. It is important that you coordinate your grassroots activities with our office to assure maximum effectiveness and complementary legislative strategies. You may also wish to consult CPA’s Working with the Media: A Guide for Psychologists. It is a user-friendly and rich resource of complementary information. Please contact us and work with us to enhance support for psychology.

Janel G. Gauthier, Ph.D.
President (1996-1997, 1997-1998)

John C. Service, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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