Welcome to the Society of Vocational Psychology, a Section of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association!  While I have the honor of serving as a founding member of our Society which began in 1994, our roots began in 1987 when Mark Savickas established the Vocational Behavior and Career Intervention Special Interest Group. Mark’s vision was to create a place within our Division for comeraderie, support, mentoring.  Continuing in the legacy of Frank Parsons, our Society members continue to strive for social justice and inclusion by creating and validating career assessment tools, developing and implementing career interventions, programs, and services, and conducting research on how to support the career and workforce development of children, youth, and adults.


Our Society continues to be active.  Past SVP members who have served as Division 17 Presidents include Ruth Fassinger (2018-19), Nadya Fouad (2001), Rosie Phillips Bingham (1999), Bruce Walsh (1998) and Jo-Ida Hansen (1994).  In June 2018 we celebrated our 13th Biennial conference many of which have produced edited volumes and texts.

Career development is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally.  Within this surge of interest, we have a unique opportunity to provide leadership in psychology and society that promotes our varied and diverse research and practice interests in ways that continues to integrate career and vocational science, practice and policy. 


As a Society, our goal is to continue to be a source for collegiality and support for new ideas.  We have a unique opportunity to create collaborative research and practice networks that collectively advance the positive impact counseling psychology has in designing effective learning environments and communities.


Using new technologies, there is a growing opportunity for our Society to interact and share our work with one another.  Therefore, it is my intention that we continue to building on our previous initiatives related to:

(1) Finding ways of using our work to better inform public policy efforts,

(2) Making our work more visible to those in other disciplines, as well as to interested members of the general public,

(3) Strengthening our important international and interdisciplinary collaborations,

(4) Examining evidence-based practice and emerging theoretical perspectives; and

(5) Continuing to support our student colleagues in their development as vocational psychologists.

We should remain proud of our legacy and the many talented researchers and scholars that comprise our Society. And, as we move forward, I hope we will collectively embrace more ways to engage in collegial dialogue about our work as well as find new ways to cultivate leadership opportunities for members.

Scott Solberg, Chair
Society for Vocational Psychology