The California Latina/o Psychological Association (CLPA) was created in 2003 as an organization to advocate for improved mental health services for diverse Latina/o communities. The association provides a networking venue for Latina/o mental health providers, scholars, students and professionals dedicated to the wellbeing of Latinas/os.
The CLPA continues to grow, building a social and professional network via consultation groups, student groups, seminars, and conferences that address a myriad of issues facing Latinas/os in California. A foundation in our effort is ongoing collaboration with national associations, colleges and universities, and public and private institutions. Through the collaborative effort of mental health professionals, students, statewide public officials and community members, the CLPA serves both our local communities and our statewide professional family of clinicians, scholars, and students. In this regard the CLPA advocates for the increased attention of Latina/o issues in the areas of research, clinical training, academic opportunities, and community education and the development of affirming public policy. This includes an emphasis on approaching research, training and the development of statewide legislation from a strength-based perspective, with a deep respect for the healing power inherent within our culture and in honoring the contributions of prior Latina/o mental health professionals across generations and borders.
The California Latina/o Psychological Association welcomes all those who are interested in Latina/o mental health issues, endorse the principles of the CLPA, meet the membership requirements, and who will be active in the development of the association. We encourage you to join us and to participate in building a more just and hopeful future for our communities.