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The Swedish Association of Disability Psychologists

The Swedish Association of Disability Psychologists is a professional division within the Swedish Psychological Association. The division's purpose is to define and develop the professional role of the psychologist within the field of disability and habilitative services. Psychologists in disability-related areas see children, adolescents and adults with lifelong physical impairments and/or learning difficulties and work on their behalf to promote good quality of life.

Our aim is to focus on the relationship between the individual's circumstances and the possibilities (at individual, group, or society level), of reducing, eliminating, or compensating for barriers that stop people achieving their full potential, thus facilitating everyday life, providing possibilities for increased participation in the community, and furthering personal development while taking into account the whole situation of the individual.

The purpose of the division is to:

  • Support and encourage the professional interests of its members.
  • Encourage research and developmental work related to disability.
  • Distribute information externally and promote training at different levels within psychology, especially when related to disability.
  • Actively encourage cooperation between different groups of personnel within the field, or related to it.
  • Encourage contact between division members.
  • In its role as a working committee, with the authorisation of the Board of the Swedish Psychological Association, carry out surveys, formulate policy statements regarding issues that have been referred to the Association for consideration, and consider any other issues referred by the Board concerning disability in general and psychologists working in that field.
  • With the authorisation of the Board, represent the Swedish Psychological Association externally and make decisions regarding specific issues.
  • Liaise with other professional groups with an interest in the field.
  • Contribute to internal sharing of information regarding new methods, research, nominations, related books, and articles as well as reports from study visits.


For more information about the division, please contact the board: poms@poms.nu.



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