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About the Association

The California Psychological Association (CPA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit professional association for licensed psychologists and others affiliated with the delivery of psychological services.

CPA was founded in Los Angeles in 1948 initially to work for the licensure of psychologists.  As the role of California psychologists expanded over the years, so did CPA. To more closely interact with the state legislature, CPA moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento in 1989, and has sponsored many legislative proposals that have resulted in greater access to mental health care services for the consumer and extended protection of the rights of psychologists to practice to the full extent allowed by law.

In addition to the role of advocate for the profession of psychology, CPA's members regularly provide free public service through programs such as its Public Education Campaign and its well-respected disaster response service. Additionally, CPA works closely with the media to provide timely and accurate information in order to demonstrate the positive role that psychology plays in our everyday lives.

California Psychological Association Mission Statement

(Adopted October 21, 2016)

CPA supports our members' professional interests, promotes and protects the science and practice of psychology, and advocates for the health and welfare of all Californians.

CPA Strategic Goals

(Adopted April 6, 2017)

  1. Increase awareness among all California psychologists about the services CPA provides to support members' professional interests.
  2. Increase public knowledge of the unique competencies psychologists offer.
  3. Continue to be a persistent and active voice on behalf of psychologists in the state legislature, with regulators, and with other relevant stakeholders.
  4. Continue to be an active voice on social issues impacting California especially where psychological science can contribute.

CPA Diversity Statement

(Adopted December 6, 2005)

In principal and in practice, CPA values and seeks a diverse membership. CPA treats all people with respect and without discrimination and promotes full participation irrespective of gender, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, language, or socioeconomic status. CPA implements and adheres to policies and procedures that discourage harassment and other behaviors that infringe upon the freedom and respect that every individual deserves.


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