ICP Annual Conference will be held in Paris, France (13-15 July, 2014)

Welcome from the President, Dr. Tara Pir


The International Council of Psychologists (ICP) was founded in 1941. As the oldest and most prestigious international psychological organization, ICP has always been involved with many of the new and emerging issues facing the global community. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) announced as a Global Human Rights Emergency that people with mental disabilities around the world face discrimination, violence, and abuse in all aspects of their lives and that depression as a mental illness is on its way to becoming the greatest global burden of disease in the world, more than cancer.

As a response to this vital global health crisis, in my capacity as president of both IMCES and ICP, I have initiated the following and invite your support and participation. I developed a 20-member task force, including pre and postdoctoral psychology interns. We selected four areas of the world and identified many universities and institutions with research as part of their requirements and engaged their participation in our project.

As part of a stigma reduction campaign, I have also developed a survey designed to research stigma in the context of culture. Stigma has been recognized as a major barrier both locally and globally. Every year, one in four Americans is living with mental illness. Many will not seek help because of fear; fear of stigma and discrimination, fear of unknown and isolation, creating a disjoint between well intended, well trained professionals and those who need their help. Stigma has been acknowledged as a major obstacle to identifying mental illness and accessing resources.

We are living in a very transforming era, which is creating huge vulnerability and volatility and increased risk factor to the well being of individuals and families in the local and global levels. During my presidency, I am committed to working on these issues and I invite other professionals, as well as students and emerging professionals to join in these efforts by bringing your specific research skills and commitment to the wellness of our local and global communities.

Tara Pir, Ph.D.

aka Tahereh Pirhekayaty


Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES):  imces.org

International Council of Psychologists (ICP):  icpweb.org

ICP Upcoming Events

  • 28th International Conference of Applied Psychology (IAAP/ICAP) in Paris, 8-13 July


  • 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., August 7-10
  • ICP Meetings in Washington, D.C., 10-12 August 

We Invite

Your support on movement toward Mental Health Reform

Stigma & Discrimination Reduction Program

 We are committed to ending  STIGMA  associated with mental illness

For more information, download the Stigma Flyer Final

Stigma Flyer Final_ICP

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