The world of psychology is in upheaval since in July 2015, it was revealed via international news that the American Psychological Association may have been complicit with torture used in interrogations at places such as Abu Graib. How will this affect the mental health industry in the future? First, APA immediately notified all members what had happened, as revealed in depth in an analysis known at the Hoffman report. Several top office holders in APA retired early or stepped down from their positions and an internal investigation and house straightening began. I commend the APA leadership for tackling the situation immediately. I respect the organization, especially for developing several divisions within its working to advocate and support any and all who have been marginalized, abused, and yes, even tortured in the past. APA seems always to take immediate action to right wrongs. Back in 1947 under the APA Presidency of Carl Rogers, The Ohio State University psychology department temporarily lost accreditation for irregularities in research conduct. The university department readily earned back its accreditation. APA was fast to right the problem. Current problems include a holdover of abuse and marginalization of women and minorities of several types and APA will advocate until these situations end. Psychology is still a magnificent field to enter and I hope current news stories about interrogation terrors will not harm the field. No organization or country can watch all its members all the time, though Heaven knows, some try. When a problem emerges and an organization takes care of it, give them some respect. Thanks, and happy job seeking!
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