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International Psychology

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Doctor Elison Santos at the Pace University in New York

International Council of Psychologists

Since 2017, I have been a member of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP). In 2019, I was elected to serve as Director at Large, and I have remained a member of the Board ever since. The International Council of Psychologists, Inc., is entering its 80th year as a world-wide association of psychologists, including scholars, practitioners, and students, as well as those studying and working in related fields.

The International Council of Psychologists (ICP) as an organization is, in practice, a community of psychologists from all parts of the world who are focused on using psychological science and expertise to promote human rights, dignity, justice, and peace.  The ICP is a nexus where psychologists who often work alone or in small groups can meet and interact with others from other locations. Their activities include information exchange and sharing, supporting and working with one another, rejuvenating their interest and passion for their work, and learning with and from each other. The goal of this community is to make meaningful positive differences in the world and to help envision a more equitable and sustainable future.

In the past years I have had the honor to serve as a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights where we work with psychologists from different parts of the world to promote human rights through the psychological perspective. 

The GNPHR provides an independent global platform for psychologists concerned about human rights, by

    • promoting knowledge and discussion about the intersection of human rights and psychology among psychologists and psychology students;

    • promoting psychologists’ use of a human rights informed approach to psychology; in their research, practice, application, and consultation;

    • providing a bridge between the global community of psychologists and international human rights initiatives, practices and knowledge;

    • supporting psychologists confronted with human rights violations;

    • advocating for the improvement of human rights application, and for the support of victims of violations;

    • highlighting human rights activities, scholarship and achievements of psychologists from all parts of the world.

    • providing a global platform for psychologists concerned about human rights issues to learn, discuss and engage with human rights issues.

    • contributing to the evolution of the human rights landscape to serving all of humanity.

Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights

International Network for the Study of Viktor Frankl's Work

Over the past year, we have established an International Network for the Study of Viktor Frankl's Work in collaboration with professionals from various institutes worldwide. Logotherapy and Existential Analysis represent the third school of psychology in Vienna, following Freud's Psychoanalysis and Adler's Individual Psychology.


Research into the significance of meaning and purpose in life has seen substantial growth in recent decades, largely due to the contributions of Viktor Frankl (1905-1997). Throughout most of his life, from his days as a medical student, Frankl extensively explored the quest for meaning, applying his theories in diverse settings. He facilitated Youth Counseling Groups in Vienna before World War II, led the Department of Suicide at a psychiatric hospital in Vienna for four years, and even applied his insights within the confines of concentration camps during his internment. Additionally, he shared his wisdom through teaching engagements at prestigious universities worldwide and in his private practice as a Psychiatrist and Neurologist.


Our Network has brought together institutes and universities from numerous countries, including Brazil, the United States, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Austria, Great Britain, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Colombia, and others.

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