Social Action Members
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CHAIR: PAUL MARCILLE, PH.D. (Board Liaison; Paul Marcille, Ph.D.) --- Our mission is to harness the power of psychological science— including the knowledge, skills, and abilities of professional psychologists—to affirm and uphold the human rights of all. We believe that psychologists have an obligation to speak out against abuses of power, violence, and oppression in their many forms, and that psychological associations are well-positioned to facilitate psychologists' ability to do so.
We aim to identify and employ strategies for activating the potential of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association for this purpose and so that we may more effectively discharge our duty as outlined in the Preamble to the APA Ethics code, which states:
"Psychologists are committed to increasing scientific and professional knowledge…and to the use of such knowledge to improve the condition of individuals, organizations, and society. Psychologists respect and protect civil and human rights...they perform many roles, such as… social interventionist."
We will partner with communities directly impacted by violence and aim to uplift the often-silenced voices of those most impacted by violence within and outside of our profession. We are also committed to ongoing learning about how to effectively mobilize the resources of this professional organization to advocate for the health and human rights of all.