NCPA STATEMENT ON SEPARATION & INTERNMENT OF CHILDREN FROM FAMILIES

June, 2018

The North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) is the membership organization that represents psychologists throughout North Carolina. NCPA’s mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. One goal of the Association is to provide a unified voice for psychologists from diverse backgrounds and work settings.

NCPA strongly supports the statement made by Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., President of the American Psychological Association, regarding the harmful impact on the mental health of immigrant children and families, who are fleeing violence in their countries by coming to the United States, only to be separated and interred. (http://bit.ly/2ll5ypZ)

Psychologists and other mental health professionals know that separating children from their parents often leads to anxiety and depression, as well as trauma, and can adversely impact child development and academic performance. Psychologists are bound by the APA Code of Ethical Conduct and these actions to separate children from their families is not consistent with ethical practices.

NCPA condemns the separation of children from families and urges President Trump and Congress to end this harmful, unethical practice and to respect family values by keeping families intact.

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