It’s Time For The Psychology Profession To Unite

Posted with permission from the Australian Psychologist facebook group.

Sometimes in my darker moments I think I should have accepted that offer into a Master of Clinical Psychology. But more and more I have come to believe that my education and training has prepared me well for our present struggle and the fight for equality in our profession. I chose political electives in my undergraduate years and my psychology teachers were radical sociologists and unendorsed community psychologists.

What concerns me currently is the apathetic attitude of some of my colleagues. I fear they are a bit like Luxembourg during World War II, decidedly neutral in spite of the Nazi threat on their doorstep. Political apathy or neutrality does not help in this debate. I am reminded of a famous quote by Desmond Tutu; “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” All registered psychologists must decide for themselves what side they are on for the sake of our clients (which includes individuals, groups, organisations and communities). It is not an easy thing to consider the welfare of clients, the public, and the standing of the profession over our own self-interest, but it is the right thing to do and the honourable thing.

It is time for the psychology profession to reject notions of specialisation, superiority and inferiority, and unite together as one.

By James Caulfield