“If we desire a society in which men are brothers, then we must act towards one another with brotherhood. If we can build such a society, then we would have achieved the ultimate goal of human freedom”.

~Bayard Rustin, American Civil Rights Leader

The South Carolina Psychological Association (SCPA) stands against racism in all forms, as we acknowledge that racism can be both intentional and unintentional, can be institutional but also personal, and is pervasive throughout our society while often remaining unrecognized.  As psychologists, we recognize that racism is damaging to the mental health of individuals and has also contributed to the collective trauma of generations.  While some continue to view racism as a problem of the past that has largely been corrected over time, SCPA recognizes that the systemic effects of past and present racist practices and policies, from housing redlining to mass incarceration, continue to impact the youngest and most vulnerable populations in our country to this day.  SCPA further acknowledges how our history of slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow laws here in the southeastern United States served to dehumanize entire groups of people in order to permit injustice and atrocities to coexist with the social order of the time.  At this time, SCPA resolves to actively support practices, public policies and institutions that provide healing, promote change, create opportunities to people affected by racism, and seek to correct the socio-economic imbalance that has been racism’s legacy in our social structure.

SCPA asks our members to stand against racism in all forms and to commit to anti-racist action.  We strive to support individuals and communities who seek our help due to racial injustice and racial trauma. We resolve to promote education among ourselves as psychologists, as well as to our clients and the general public.  We encourage dialogues with governmental and community stakeholders and resolve to endorse public policies that seek to reverse the effects of racism.  Additionally, below is short resource list for anyone seeking help or information on racism, anti-racism and racial trauma.  Please contact SCPA directly if you are in need of a more in-depth list or specific resources. These efforts directly support the mission of SCPA to promote human welfare; foster high standards of practice, teaching and research; and make available to the public information regarding best practices in psychology.

Thank you for reading, your membership to SCPA and all that you do to help others in crisis and need.


South Carolina Psychological Association Board of Directors

Resource List:
1) Unpacking the impacts of structural racism on youth – webinar – through APA website


2) APA’s actions plan for addressing inequality


3) The Psychology of American Racism – Journal Article through APA website


4) Link to APA racism, bias and discrimination resources


5) Respectability.org – Fighting stigmas and Advancing opportunity https://www.respectability.org/resources/racism-unconscious-bias/

6) Racial Inequality Institute – https://www.racialequityinstitute.com/ourservices

7) Change.org

The South Carolina Psychological Association was formed to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting Human welfare; to foster and maintain high standards of practice, teaching, and research in the field of psychology; and to make available to the public information regarding psychology as a science and as a profession.

SCPA Helped Me Build My Career!

Deb Coleman, PsyD, Secretary of SCPA

After I obtained my Psy.D. degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University, I worked over twenty years with the Kentucky Department of Corrections (most of the time as a clinician and some of the time as an administrator) and in private practice. I have been able to see firsthand the benefits of having psychologists in varied work settings in society and the impact of individual, group, and family therapy. Retiring from my role as Director with the Kentucky Department of Corrections in August of 2017, I found myself wanting to return to my home state of South Carolina.  After my return home, I became involved in South Carolina Psychological Association. One benefit of membership for me is finding a meaningful sense of connection with others practicing in the field. Membership has allowed me to network with others on a local, state and federal level. The quality of trainings offered by SCPA is another benefit of membership. The trainings I have attended offered by SCPA have been professional and evidenced-based and have been conducted by local, state and nationally renown experts on topics that are pertinent and current.  I have found my membership with SCPA to be helpful in my professional transition back to South Carolina. I now have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for SCPA and I would encourage psychologists in any stage of their career to get involved.

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