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Our Commitment to and Implementation of Diversity Principles

In addition to our mission of promoting and enhancing the understanding and application of psychoanalytically informed thinking and practice, the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology is also committed to adhering to the multicultural guidelines and competencies as outlined by both the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers (* links to both may be found below).  Adhering to the principles of affirmative diversity, action, and inclusion, these guidelines uphold acceptance of and respect for fundamental human rights and differences across individuals and groups. These include, but are not limited to, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, and socio-economic status. We value all intersectionalities as they apply not only to ourselves as clinicians, but also as they apply to our clients and patients and to society at large. In light of our commitment as outlined above, CSPP makes a great effort to put these principles in context and action by:

Board & Membership:

● Striving to recruit and maintain a Board of Directors that reflects diverse backgrounds.


● Striving to recruit and retain members who represent a breadth of diverse backgrounds.


Training & Education:


● Providing clinical conferences and programs that examine diversity as it is referenced in current psychoanalytic thinking.


● Providing opportunities for members to engage in study groups that examine racialized experience.


● Providing support and mentoring for early career practitioners who represent diverse back grounds.


● Upholding CSPP diversity principles in all forms of CSPP’s electronic communications and social media.

● Promoting diversity training made available by community organizations.

Statement Condemning Acts of Xenophobia and Racism in View of The Coronavirus: 

CSPP strongly condemns the multiple instances reported in recent news of xenophobic and racist comments and acts directed against people perceived to be of Asian descent. Asian-Americans are a central part of life in this country. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is widespread, and at a time when all citizens need to unite and support one another, CSPP finds it deeply troubling that specific groups have become the targets of discrimination. CSPP stands against ALL forms of discrimination. As mental health providers, we understand the negative emotional, psychological, physical, and community impact caused by racism, by racist acts and by microaggressions. CSPP deems that a community that celebrates and welcomes differences (e.g. ethnicity, gender, race, socioeconomic status, religion, etc.) is stronger and healthier. We believe xenophobia and racism negatively impact everyone.

Below is the link to the Diversities Section of APsaA’s website.  The pulldown on that page (located on the top right-hand corner of the page), “Psychoanalytic Resources,” contains a database of articles on various diversities: 


* To read APA's guidelines: Click Here

* To read NASW's guidelines: Click Here


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