Advancing Afrikan Psychology.
Black/African Centered psychology is a dynamic manifestation of
unifying African principles, values and traditions. It is the selfconscious
“centering” of psychological analyses and applications in
African realities, cultures, and epistemologies.
Black/African Centered psychology is ultimately concerned with understanding the systems of
meaning of human beingness, the features of human functioning, and
the restoration of normal/natural order to human development. As
such, it is used to resolve personal and social problems and to promote
“If you are black and a psychologist or interested in psychology, then this is must! Get access to the greatest African heritage minds of all time”.
Black psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and their allies committed to this mission need an organisation to support this essential journey. Or else they will just practice Eurocentric psychology and concepts with a different coloured in face.
Do you want to optimise black people for the 21st century using the very best of African thought, practice and research in constant exchange with the contemporary world? Do you want the support of the village to manifest this vision?
Do you want to be part of an organisation that will spearhead community initiatives to bring African research based healing to the black community. Are you both of the people and for the people? Do you want understanding and support from warrior healers who both achieved and thrived despite contextual challenges? Do you want a safe space as black healers to discus your issues?
If so, sign up here’
The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by a number of Black Psychologists. They united to actively address the serious problems facing Black Psychologists and the larger Black community. Guided by the principle of self determination, these psychologists set about building an institution through which they could address the long neglected needs of Black professionals.
“In order for we as black people to be illuminated to reach the fullness of ourselves and transform to be the very best version of ourselves we can be, we need an organisation to advance African / black psychology in the UK”.
Their goal was to have a positive impact upon the mental health of the national Black community by means of planning, programs, services, training, and advocacy. Their objectives were:
- To organize their skills and abilities to influence necessary change, and
- To address themselves to significant social problems affecting the Black community and other segments of the population whose needs society has not fulfilled.
The Association of Black Psychologists has grown from a handful of concerned professionals into an independent, autonomous organsation of over 1400 members. This is the UK Chapter.
Founders of Abpsi 8 goals (Fairchild 2017)
- To enhance the psychological well-being of Black people in America and throughout the world
- To promote constructive understanding of Black people through positive approaches to research
- To develop an approach to psychology that is consistent with the experiences of Black people
- To define mental health in consonance with newly established psychological concepts and standards regarding Black people
- To create internal support systems for Black psychologists and students of psychology
- To develop policies for local, state and national decision making which affect the mental health of the Black community
- To promote values and lifestyles that support individual and collective survival and
- To support established Black organisations and aid in the development of new independent Black institutions to enhance our psychological, educational, cultural and economic situations.
Our Mission is to aid the psychological liberation of people of African ancestry throughout the world.
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