Shimmasa Tanaka, President
Since its establishment in 1982, The Association of Japanese Clinical Psychology has been actively “engaged in a wide variety of endeavors, such as research, surveys, promotion, and public education, through cooperation among those working in clinical psychology, thereby contributing to the sound development of clinical psychology and enhancement of public mental health.” Among some 50 psychology-related academic societies in Japan, this association boasts the most members with a membership roll approaching 30,000 individuals.
We hold an annual convention to enable members to present and discuss research results, and to participate in lectures and symposiums on a wide range of topics. This convention attracts a large number of participants and generates lively discussions among members to the benefit of further development of clinical psychology. The results of research conducted by our members are published in the Journal of Japanese Clinical Psychology and Online Journal of Japanese Clinical Psychology and widely disseminated to help society at large to contribute to the development of clinical psychology. In addition, we provide opportunities for members throughout Japan to participate in active training and study sessions with a wide range of topics in activities related to their areas of research or practice.
Our members play active roles in the practice of and research on clinical psychology in their respective fields at various levels of society making important contributions to social well-being.
The main activities engaged by our members are as follows:
- Various research and educational activities at universities, graduate schools, research institutes, and academic research organizations.
- Practice and research with regard to issues such as student guidance; school counseling; psychological assessment; provision of support for school absentees; provision of assistance in cases of bullying; and provision of support for children and young persons with developmental disabilities to universities, schools, kindergartens, boards of education, and other educational organizations.
- Practice and research with regard to psychological assessment/therapy, psychological consultation, psychological rehabilitation, palliative care for patients with chronic diseases, psychological care for patients with HIV infection or cancer, and support for recovery from alcohol or drug dependence through medical institutions and healthcare facilities.
- Practice and research with regard to psychological assessment/counseling, psychoeducation, support for child-raising, support for children with disabilities, support for the elderly, and support for disaster victims through welfare facilities such as juvenile counseling offices, welfare centers for persons with mental and physical disabilities, and counseling centers for women.
- Practice and research with regard to issues such as differential findings and psychiatric evaluation based on clinical psychological assessment, support for crime victims, sex offender programs, profiling for judicial correction organizations such as family courts, police, juvenile classification homes, juvenile prisons, National Research Institute of Police Science, and contact offices for citizen judge mental health support.
- Practice and research with regard to psychological counseling for workers/employees in general, provision of advice and assistance to supervisory/managerial-level workers/employees and personnel/labor management staff, and counseling of employees on temporary retirement for returning to work through corporate and organizational health centers/psychological consultation offices, organizations providing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), mental health support centers, etc.
- Practice and research with regard to psychological support as part of emergency disaster assistance, psychological support for victims evacuated to temporary housing areas, and psychological support for persons working in victim assistance.
Utilizing these activities of our members, the association seeks to constantly advance research in the field of clinical psychology and thereby contribute to the enhancement of the mental health of both individuals and society in general.