Statement from MPA Board of Directors on Charlottesville
The Maryland Psychological Association and its Board of Directors publicly condemn the bigotry and racial violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia and around the country. As psychologists, we actively seek to improve the mental health condition of all individuals. Our Ethical Code states under Principle E: Respect for People's Rights and Dignity:
"Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and consider these factors when working with members of such groups. Psychologists try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices."
The threats of physical and emotional violence used by hate groups in Charlottesville served to terrorize and intimidate those who value equality, justice and respect. Therefore, we see these events to be in direct opposition to our ethical principles.
We acknowledge that the Charlottesville community and our country have experienced a great deal of emotional and physical pain as a result of these events. We suspect that similar events will continue for the foreseeable future. However, we remain committed to supporting our patients and our communities, who are hurting during this time, and hope to be a place of support for those in need.
We also offer words of compassion to the members of MPA, who in their humanity, might be struggling to come to terms with how one group of individuals would actively seek to cause harm to others.
We encourage our members to take care of themselves and one another during this time. We are stronger as a whole, we will not let hate divide us.
Below are a few APA resources to help you and your patients cope during this challenging time. MPA is also in the process of revitalizing our Colleague Assistance Program (CAP). We'll have more information in the coming days.
Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror
Talking to kids about discrimination
How to help in an emotional crisis
Registration Open for Fall Continuing Education Workshop
MPA's Committment to Justice and Advocacy
The Maryland Psychological Association Board of Directors acknowledges the many colleagues who have been and/or have encountered clients, students, or colleagues who have been profoundly affected by the divisive events of the last several months in this country. The APA Code of Ethics states that we should work to, "minimize harm wherever it is unforeseeable and unavoidable". As psychologists, we not only advocate for the use of psychological science for the creation of policies that promote public good - particularly for those who, due to their identities, are disenfranchised and marginalized - but we do not stand idly by while science is misused or ignored to further marginalize disenfranchised groups. Click here for full statement.