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2018 APS Congress

The 2018 APS Congress will be held in Sydney from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2018


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Position Statements

APS Position Statements outline key recommendations based on psychological evidence about contemporary social issues, such as climate change, racism and gambling.

Gambling-related harm: Position statement

Position statement providing an overview of gambling-related harm in the Australian context and to position psychologists' responses to gambling-related issues.

Parenting after separation: Position statement

Position statement about parenting after separation and divorce, outlining roles for psychologists relating to prevention approaches to separation, conflict mediation, and social and practical supports for families in transition. 

Psychological practices that attempt to change sexual orientation: Position statement

Position statement on the use of psychological practices that attempt to change sexual orientation

Psychological tests and testing: Position statement

Position statement about the use of psychological tests and testing, including information about the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests and access to test data.

Psychological wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia: Position statement

Position statement providing recommendations in relation to refugee mental health and wellbeing within the Australian context.

Psychology and the natural environment: Position statement

Position statement outlining psychologists' commitment to understanding the reciprocal impacts of people and the natural environment, and the need to have substantive involvement addressing threats to sustainability.

Psychology’s role in environmental issues: Position statement

Position statement emphasising the urgency of climate change as a global problem with significant psychosocial and health implications.

Substance use: Position statement

Position statement outlining key contributions from psychological theory, research and practice to the understanding of substance use.

Mental health practices that affirm transgender people's experiences

Statement outlining recommendations on therapeutic responses which affirm a person's gender and challenge negative attitudes toward gender diversity

Psychologist involvement in torture and other inhuman treatment

Statement against psychologist involvement in torture and other inhuman treatment which condemns the use of such practices, and outlines the expectations of psychologists' conduct.

Psychologists in international emergencies

Statement to orient psychologists to effective disaster response contributions in international emergencies, based on international guidelines for psychosocial intervention.

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