Bylaws of the Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance Section

Article I: Name and Purpose

The name of the Section shall be The Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance (SMI/SED) Section of the Division of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18) of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The purposes of the Section are to:

  1. Promote understanding of the etiology, nature, impact, and amelioration of SMI/SED among psychologists and the general public.
  2. Advocate for inclusion of appropriate education and training of psychologists with regard to the etiology, nature, impact, and amelioration of SMI/SED.

The Section works to achieve these purposes by:

(a) providing a forum for psychological information exchange especially with regard to SMI and SED;

(b) encouraging the development of psychological knowledge that is relevant to SMI and SED;

(c) communicating psychological knowledge relevant to SMI and SED through education and training;

(d) applying psychological knowledge through services to people with SMI and SED and their families, and the public;

(e) promoting workforce development of psychologists serving people with SMI and SED and their families;

(f) developing and maintaining standards that will enhance understanding of, and treatment for, SMI and SED;

(g) advancing psychology and psychologists in the public interest.