How the American Psychological Association is Harming Society

Apr 3, 2024 by

by Jon Mills, New English Review:

When the American Psychological Association (APA) released its new strategic plan update report titled IMPACT in Action, it remained largely under the radar. But upon close inspection, the stated mission and strategic vision for the APA is the reiteration of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative “to make a positive impact on critical societal issues” (p. 4). Of course, the word “critical” is code for critical social justice (CSJ), and the APA Council of Representatives and Board of Directors make no attempt to disguise their progressive agenda to launch a mass “transformation” (p. 2) of the entire organization centering on social justice. In doing so, it has adopted CSJ policies, strategies, and procedures “as a lens through which APA would determine its priorities and view all of its work” (p. 2). What this means is the institutional wokeification of the entire organization, which in turn will (a.) dictate how psychology is viewed by the public, (b.) how it is taught in universities, and (c.) how the training of professional psychologists will be socially engineered following APA’s systemic policies and practices drenched in CSJ propaganda. And given that the APA’s ethical guidelines and code of conduct are adopted and mandated by regulatory bodies in all 50 states, failure to comply with its standards could land any psychologist in trouble with their regulatory board, including disciplinary action if they challenge such woke standards.

We should not be surprised that the APA Board of Directors set “budget priorities” (p. 2) to actualize its new strategic plan largely commandeered by its DEI division. When many states and publicly funded colleges are under scrutiny for its DEI policies on legal grounds that they unfairly discriminate against people based on identity or the color of their skin, the APA boldly calls its office “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” hence placing the emphasis on equity. What this dog whistle conveys is advocating equal outcome, not equal opportunity, for all. In fact, racial, gender, and decolonial ideology is so rampant and corrosive in the organizational governance of APA, that it recently issued a statement that merit-based hiring is potentially unfair. In other words, it prioritizes diversity over excellence.

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