Bylaws

I. Name and Purpose

  1. The name of this organization shall be the Section on Women’s Issues in Rehabilitation Psychology, a Section of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (22) of the American Psychological Association (hereinafter may be referred to as the Section, the Division, and the APA, respectively).
  2. Consonant with the objectives of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and the American Psychological Association as expressed in Article 1 of their respective Bylaws, the purposes of the Section are to encourage, promote, and facilitate contributions by division members and other psychologists to the field of Rehabilitation Psychology particularly as they pertain to women, and to represent the interests of women to the Division within the APA and to external constituencies. Specifically, the goals of this Section are described under four major headings:

I. Professional Support:

  1. To bring together rehabilitation psychologists and other affiliates who specialize and/or have an interest in a broad range of women’s issues in Rehabilitation Psychology;
  2. To maintain a network of support for and a forum for sharing ideas and common experiences among rehabilitation psychologists and other affiliates who specialize and/or have an interest in a broad range of women’s issues in Rehabilitation Psychology;
  3. To promote, by mentoring and other means, the advancement of women in rehabilitation psychology who represent diverse races/ethnicities and cultures, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender expressions, physical and mental abilities, ages, religions, nationalities, and worldviews.
  4. To encourage, nominate, and support women for awards as well as their appointment and election to positions of leadership in the Division and the APA.

II. Education, Training, and Distribution of Information:

  1. To be instrumental in raising the awareness of a broad range of women’s issues within Rehabilitation Psychology;
  2. To define, promote, and support the professional education and training of rehabilitation psychologists and other affiliates who specialize in a broad range of women’s issues that are consistent with the Bylaws and Rules of the APA and Division 22;
  3. To cooperate with Division 22, other divisions (e.g., Divisions 35, 44, 45, and 51), and the APA as a whole, including those boards and committees (e.g., Committee on Women in Psychology) that are concerned with the education and training of psychologists who work with women from diverse populations and a with broad range of women’s issues;
  4. To work with other organizations (such as the Association for Women in Psychology) on a broad range of issues facing women in psychology and rehabilitation;
  5. To organize and promote meetings, sessions, and conferences pertaining to a broad range of women’s issues in Rehabilitation Psychology;
  6. To encourage the preparation and publication of technical and professional manuals, reports, guides, etc., pertaining to a broad range of women’s issues within Rehabilitation Psychology.
III. Scientific Affairs and Scholarship:
  1. To provide summaries of current knowledge and practice pertaining to diverse groups of women in rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, and psychology as a whole;
  2. To provide leadership in identifying cutting edge and other significant issues for research and publication pertaining to women and rehabilitation;
  3. To encourage research on a broad range of women’s issues by members and affiliates of the Section, Division, and other appropriate groups;
  4. To develop and implement new avenues for the distribution of scholarship in Rehabilitation Psychology pertaining to women.

IV. Professional Practice:

  1. To extend application of the knowledge and methods of the science of psychology to rehabilitation and women in health and welfare agencies, educational institutions, industrial or business enterprises, consulting, and private practice;
  2. To promote high standards of competence in the rehabilitation of women that take into consideration implications for working with diverse groups of women;
  3. To encourage the development of organizational patterns and administrative procedures that will facilitate gender-sensitive and multiculturally competent treatment of women clients, employees, students, and members;
  4. To formulate, refine, interpret, and promote practice standards and ethical principles and practices that are consistent with the Bylaws and Rules of APA and Division 22 for all psychologists who work with women.

V. Advocacy and Public Interest:

  1. To promote public understanding of a broad range of women’s issues in Rehabilitation Psychology;
  2. To increase public and professional awareness of a broad range of women’s issues in rehabilitation and diversity among women, including differences in races/ethnicities and cultures, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender expressions, physical and mental abilities, ages, religions, nationalities, and worldviews.
    3. To increase public and professional awareness of women’s unique experiences of bias and barriers within social and professional networks and the potential consequences of these on health, socioeconomic status, and vocational or professional advancement.