Registered psychologists are outraged. Their sense of betrayal is palpable. How
could it happen that the governing body of the APS could deliver the injustice of the
two-tier system to its members? Worse, having delivered this livelihood destroying
system, what has been the APS response but a tepid acknowledgement of the ‘hurt’
it has caused?
The two-tier system is a consequence of two factors:
1. The dominance of clinical members on the Board;
2. Decision-making remote from and indifferent to the wishes of the majority of
If nothing changes, nothing will change.
All registered psychologists now have an opportunity to make a change.
1. Vote place RAPS representatives in the vacant Director positions;
2. Support the motion for a spill at the AGM;
3. Ensure that all new members of the Board are committed to responsive and
As I have written elsewhere:
Structural Reform: Psychological Community Forums
The current structure of Colleges, Divisions, and Interest Groups, creates division
and fragmentation. In this fragmentation of membership, the Board governs
independently. Psychological Community Forums (PCF’s) with registered members
local-community based would provide a unifying structure.
Psychologists practising in close proximity should be encouraged to establish a PCF with the following functions:
- Mutual professional support, discussion and referral;
- Informing their local communities of the benefits of psychology and publicising
- Promoting ethical psychological practices;
- Discussing policies and practices of the APS;
- Providing information to the APS about local concerns.
The APS should encourage PCF’s by:
- Submitting policy proposals for discussion and feedback
- Modifying policies and practices to align with recommendations from PCF’s.
This is one proposal for improved consultative processes. All registered
psychologists should support members of the Board who will be responsive to, and
advocate for the wishes of all registered psychologists. We must reform the APS.
Vote for RAPS directors
Spill the Board