The Zimbabwe Psychological Association is a professional organisation representing Psychology in Zimbabwe. Recognised internationally, ZPA is committed to the transformation and development of Zimbabwean Psychology, to serve the needs and interests of all Zimbabwean people.
The association accepts psychological researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members.
The Zimbabwe Psychological Association provides a forum for discussion of professional matters through seminars or meetings.
A committee of the Association advises the Health Practitioners Council on professional training and registration and on other legal matters such as professional conduct and the use of psychological tests.
Definition of Psychology (According to ZPA)
Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life. Some psychologists do basic research, developing theories and testing them through carefully honed research methods involving observation, experimentation and analysis. Other psychologists apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations and communities function better.
As psychological research yields new information, whether it’s improved interventions to treat depression or how humans interact with machines, these findings become part of the discipline’s body of knowledge and are applied in work with patients and clients, in schools, in corporate settings, within the judicial system, even in professional sports.
Psychology is a doctoral-level profession. Psychologists study both normal and abnormal functioning and treat patients with mental and emotional problems. They also study and encourage behaviors that build wellness and emotional resilience. Today, as the link between mind and body is well-recognized, more and more psychologists are teaming with other health care providers to provide whole-person health care for patients.
The management and control of the Association shall be vested in a body known as the Council which shall comprise of no less than six members elected annually from and among the full membership of the Association
ZPA’s president is directly elected by the entire membership, and chairs both the Council of Representatives and the Board of Directors. During his or her term of office, the president performs such duties as are prescribed in the Bylaws, as are incident to the office, or as may properly be required of the president by vote of council or the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
The board is composed of five members-at-large and six officers — the president-elect, president, past-president, treasurer, and recording secretary.
Council of Representatives
The council is a large, diverse legislative body that has sole authority to set policy and appropriate ZPA’s annual income. It is composed of members ZPA divisions and the ZPA Board of Directors.
Boards and Committees
Much of ZPA’s work is done on a volunteer basis by the members of boards and committees. Boards and committees carry out a wide variety of tasks as indicated by their names, e.g., Ethics, Membership and Accreditation. Some boards and committees have specific responsibility for monitoring major programs, such as the directorates, the journals and international affairs.