Learn more about the following 3 leading industrial-organizational psychology organizations:
1. The Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
Mission Statement: The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a division within the American Psychological Association (APA) that is also an organizational affiliate of the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS). The Society's mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology. Towards this end, SIOP:
• Supports SIOP members in their efforts to study, apply, and teach the principles, findings, and methods of industrial-organizational psychology.
• Provides forums for industrial-organizational psychologists to exchange research, insights, and information related to the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.
• Identifies opportunities for expanding and developing the science and practice of industrial-organizational psychology.
• Monitors and addresses challenges to the understanding and practice of industrial-organizational psychology in organizational and work settings.
• Promotes the education of current and future industrial-organizational psychologists.
• Promotes public awareness of the field of industrial-organizational psychology.
Division 14 of the American Psychological Association (APA) usually hosts an annual spring conference.
2. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Mission Statement: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a global human resources professional organization that exists to:
• Build and sustain partnerships with human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to address people management challenges that influence the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations and communities.
• Provide a community for human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to share expertise and create innovative solutions on people management issues.
• Proactively provide thought leadership, education and research to human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions.
• Serve as an advocate to ensure that policy makers, law makers and regulators are aware of key people concerns facing organizations and the human resource profession.
SHRM usually hosts an annual conference during the summer months. For information about our SHRM Student Chapter, visit our site on Connections or contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Catherine Gillies at email@example.com.
3. The Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP)
SCP Goals and Objectives: Society of Consulting Psychology members are contributing to the definition of consulting psychology and the methods used by consultants. Former CE Chair DeWayne Kurpius explained that consultation helps individuals and organizations "become more efficient and effective.” Consultants develop a climate for interdependent problem-solving, or they share their expertise in solving a specific problem. Later, Edgar Schein elaborated the process and systemic approach: "As the relationship between the consultant and organization evolves, the concept of who is the client comes gradually to be broadened so that the consultant may be working with individuals, groups, and organizational units at different times."
• Stimulating the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and consulting experience among psychologists.
• Encouraging high standards of consultation.
• Promoting psychological research and professional development in the area of consulting.
• Fostering cooperative relations with allied associations and with all APA divisions.
• Supporting the advancement of consulting psychology as a science and profession.
• Advancing multiculturalism, internationalism and diversity (e.g., ethnicity, race, disability status, age, sexual orientation, students, career stage, gender and international affiliates) in all matters within the Society, particularly as they relate to practice, training, and research in consulting psychology.
Division 13 of the APA has a variety of events and summit meetings, and usually hosts a mid-winter conference.
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