The Kenya Psychological Association, which also uses the acronym KPsyA, is a scientific and professional organization of psychologists in Kenya. Its growing membership includes all branches of psychology such as Counseling psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Education Psychology and Industrial Psychology.
The aim of the Association is to advance psychology as a science and as a profession in Kenya.
The objectives for which the Association is established are:
- To advance the scientific study and professional practice of psychology and enhance the contribution of psychology to the promotion of the public welfare by encouraging the development of all branches of psychology; promoting research in psychology; promoting high standards of professional ethics, competence, conduct, education, qualifications and achievement amongst psychologists; promoting the dissemination of psychological knowledge through meetings, lectures, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications; advancing scientific interest and inquiry in psychology and all related areas of knowledge and practice;
- To arrange, provide for, or join in arranging and providing for the holding of conferences, national or international exhibitions, business and social meetings, lectures, classes and discussions on subjects of general and special interest to persons interested in psychology and also for the exhibition of any apparatus for psychological research, and the conduct and publication of experiments relevant to psychological research;
- To print, publish and circulate, gratuitously or otherwise, and to sell, lend, issue and distribute, gratuitously or otherwise, any papers, treatises, books, pamphlets, leaflets, newspapers, periodicals or communications made to the Association or documents relating to psychology, and any reports of the proceedings and accounts of the Association, and for this purpose to cause translations to be made of any such papers, treatises or communications as are in a foreign language, and to illustrate any of the publications as the Association may think expedient in connection with the objects of the Association or any of them;
- To lay down the requirements for membership of the Association, to maintain a directory of members with details of their names, addresses, qualifications, appointments and experience, and to regulate the practice of psychology by setting the criteria for practice and by registering qualified practitioners in a Register of Psychologists Practicing in Kenya
- To collect funds from membership fees, or donations; to keep proper account of such funds and to administer them in accordance with the Association's aims and objectives.
- To act as Trustee of any trusts established solely or principally for purposes similar or related to the objects of the Association;
- To promote ethical practice and suppress malpractice by and among psychologists, to settle all questions and decide disputes, questions of practice and questions of professional usage, etiquette and courtesy referred to the Association;
- To consider, initiate and promote improvements in and alterations to the law relating to psychology and cognate subjects and to oppose or support any law relating to psychology in Kenya and to do all things that may be expedient for such purpose;
- To consider and advise on any question of psychological policy referred to it for consideration by any group or member of the Association or any other body;
- To identify any arrangements with any Government or authority, supreme, municipal, local or otherwise, that may seem conducive to the Association's objects or any of them; and to obtain from any such Government or authority any rights, privileges and concessions which the Association may think it desirable to obtain; and to carry out, exercise and comply with any such arrangements, rights, privileges and concessions;
- In furtherance of the objects of the Association, to merge with any companies, institutions, societies or associations having objects altogether or in part similar to those of the Association and which prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their members to an extent at least as great as that imposed upon the Association.