Building the science of Psychotherapy

Building The Science of Psychotherapy
American Institute of Clinical Psychotherapists
Who We Are
The American Institute of Clinical Psychotherapists (AICP) is a scientific and professional organization that represents Psychotherapists and Educational Institutions Nationally as a Professional Certification and Educational Accreditation Agency.

For more than 50 years the American Institute of Clinical Psychotherapists (AICP) has been building the science of Psychotherapy through its professional Membership registration, Accreditation services and professional advocacy.

Mission Statement
The mission of the AICP is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychotherapy knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

The American Institute of Clinical Psychotherapists aspires to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing all areas of psychotherapy as a science, serving as:
  • A uniting force for the discipline.

  • The major catalyst for the stimulation, growth and dissemination of psychotherapy science and practice.

  • The primary resource for all psychotherapists.

  • The premier innovator in the education, development, and training of psychotherapy scientists, practitioners and educators.

  • The leading advocate for knowledge and practice informing policy makers and the public to improve public policy and daily living

  • A principal leader and global partner promoting knowledge and methods to facilitate the resolution of personal, societal and global challenges in diverse, multicultural and international contexts.

  • An effective champion of the application of psychotherapy to promote human rights, health, well being and dignity.

AICP Core Values
The American Institute of Clinical Psychotherapists commits to its vision through a mission based upon the following values:

  • Continual Pursuit of Excellence
  • Knowledge and Application Based on Methods of Science
  • Outstanding Service to Its Members and to Society
  • Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Ethical Action in All That We Do

Organizational Purposes 

The American Institute of Clinical Psychotherapists seeks to advance psychotherapy as a science, a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare. We do this by: 

  • Encouraging the development and application of psychotherapy in the broadest manner.
  • Promoting research in Psychotherapy, the improvement of research methods and conditions, and the application of research findings.
  • Improving the qualifications and usefulness of Psychotherapists by establishing high standards of ethics, conduct, education, and achievement.
  • Increasing and disseminating knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions, and publications.

Ethical Principles

Fidelity and Responsibility

Psychotherapists establish relationships of trust with those with whom they work. They are aware of their professional and scientific responsibilities to society and to the specific communities in which they work. Psychotherapists uphold professional standards of conduct, clarify their professional roles and obligations, accept appropriate responsibility for their behavior, and seek to manage conflicts of interest that could lead to exploitation or harm. Psychotherapists consult with, refer to, or cooperate with other professionals and institutions to the extent needed to serve the best interests of those with whom they work. They are concerned about the ethical compliance of their colleagues' scientific and professional conduct. Psychotherapists strive to contribute a portion of their professional time for little or no compensation or personal advantage.

 Psychotherapists seek to promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in the science, teaching, and practice of psychotherapy. In these activities Psychotherapists do not steal, cheat, or engage in fraud, subterfuge, or intentional misrepresentation of fact. Psychotherapists strive to keep their promises and to avoid unwise or unclear commitments. In situations in which deception may be ethically justifiable to maximize benefits and minimize harm,  Psychotherapists have a serious obligation to consider the need for, the possible consequences of, and their responsibility to correct any resulting mistrust or other harmful effects that arise from the use of such techniques.

 Psychotherapists recognize that fairness and justice entitle all persons to access to and benefit from the contributions of psychotherapy and to equal quality in the processes, procedures, and services being conducted by Psychotherapists. Psychotherapists exercise reasonable judgment and take precautions to ensure that their potential biases, the boundaries of their competence, and the limitations of their expertise do not lead to or condone unjust practices.

Respect for People's Rights and Dignity
Psychotherapists respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination. Psychotherapists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and welfare of persons or communities whose vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making. Psychotherapists are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status and consider these factors when working with members of such groups. Psychotherapists try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices.


Please see Membership page for Membership Requirements.

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