Psychology and Complementary Therapies

About Us

Terms of Reference:

This interest group is concerned with developing and nurturing professional links between psychologists and professional practitioners and researchers working in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

The broad aim of the interest group is to advance the interests of the profession of psychology generally, and APS members in particular, by active and productive communication with members of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine profession.

The interest group recognized that Complementary and Alternative Medicine is presently the most rapidly growing area of medicine both in Australia and globally and, like mainstream western medicine, has overlapping areas of interest and professional activity with psychologists.

Our mission, vision, values and goals:

Our Mission

The Psychology and Complementary Therapies (PsyCT) Interest Group actively promotes the understanding of recognized CAM modalities within, or “by”, the psychological profession. Educating psychologists on CAM enhances the psychologist's understanding of the medical treatment history of those clients who consult CAM therapists.

 

Our Vision

Our vision is to become a key player in the development of professional links between psychologists and CAM therapists, and an active participant in the development of APS policies relating to CAM.

 

Our Values

People

  • We respect the individual rights and dignity of all people, including the right of all people to choose their own approach to maintaining health and well-being.

Professional Relationships

  • Founded on professional respect and an open attitude towards alternative health care approaches, we are committed to developing mutually beneficial professional relationships between psychologists and recognized CAM therapists.

Progress

  • We challenge ourselves to continually improve our promotion of an understanding of CAM within the psychological profession, and encourage the integration of professional psychological practice within the CAM profession.

Our Goals

  • To develop and nurture professional links between psychologists and practitioners and researchers working in the field of CAM,
  • To advance the interests of psychology, and APS members in particular, by active and productive communication with the CAM community,
  • To develop links and encourage dialogue,
  • To explore commonalities and complementarity between psychology and CAM via discussion, information sharing and research partnerships,
  • To advise and contribute to the development of APS policies on CAM, and
  • To liaise with other professional groups.

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