The Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) includes approximately 150 licensed psychologists, registered psychological assistants, and student members within Santa Barbara County.
Our Santa Barbara County Psychological Association is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and a group of committee chairs. The officers are elected by the general membership annually and are installed in office at an annual dinner meeting of the membership. The board meets on a monthly basis, and attendance is open to all SBCPA members.
Founded as a informal group in 1947, some Santa Barbara psychologists began to work within the community addressing local mental health problems and the broader spectrum of professional interests. In 1977 SBCPA became a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA), a state association of the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA is the national psychological association with over 159,000 psychologists, and SBCPA members follow the ethical standards and guidelines for professional practice set forth by APA.
The mission of SBCPA is to proactively represent, strengthen, and promote the discipline and practice of psychology within Santa Barbara County.
The specific purposes for which the SBCPA is organized are to: a). maintain high standards of ethical practice in the science and profession of psychology; b). provide instruction and dissemination of material in the public interest including, but not limited to, information relating to the field of psychology through publications, lectures or otherwise; c). facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among members of the profession; d). represent the science and profession of psychology to the public, governments, and information media throughout the County of Santa Barbara; e). offer collegial support to members.