WSPA's Good Trouble Committee


Washington State's Psychological Association's (WSPA's) Good Trouble Committee Mission Statement

"My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, say something! Do something! Get in trouble! Good trouble! Necessary trouble! –   John Lewis

WSPA’S Good Trouble Committee was founded and inspired by these words of the revered late congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis, whose immense legacy informs and infuses our mission and vision. As psychologists and members of WSPA, we directly strive to recognize, respect, and uphold the value of all people, their perspectives, experiences, and ways of living, regardless of age, gender expression or gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental health status, religious or spiritual affiliation, sexual or affectional orientation, and political values and beliefs, among other facets of human diversity. We pledge to find good trouble by continuously recognizing and working to eradicate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, injustice, exclusion, and inequality that exist in ourselves, our organizations, and institutions, and their language, policies, and practices. Our vision for psychology, those whom we serve, our families, workplaces, and communities is one in which we actively seek, celebrate, and champion equal representation that contributes to human flourishing. We seek to cultivate and promote inclusion by engaging authentic, empowered, and full participation in the true sense of belonging. Ultimately, we strive to help create a more just, inclusive, vibrant world in which all humans are valued and respected, all voices are heard, and all people are free to lead healthy, fulfilling lives that realize their full potential.

By implementing thoughtful, practical, and innovative strategies, the goals of WSPA’s Good Trouble Committee are to:

  • Increase access to and value of the WSPA for members of marginalized groups and those who serve such groups by strengthening and creating pathways for involvement, retention, and full participation of diverse members and leaders of WSPA.
  • Increase the capacity of WSPA members to identify, resist, and subvert oppressive systems and policies in ourselves, our work, and the wider world.
  • Consistently engage in interrogation in order to decolonize our organizational and professional norms, policies, and practices.
  • Promote educational opportunities for psychologists, psychologists-in-training, and other mental health professionals that are consistent with our commitment to routinely and consistently include and incorporate all relevant issues related to diversity and equity.
  • Create a welcoming, supportive community for all members, including networking opportunities for psychologists and psychologists-in-training of diverse backgrounds.
  • Foster an atmosphere in which all members feel safe and can engage in what is at times difficult and challenging but meaningful dialogue in the service of improving our own exploration of bias and privilege. These conversations may include calling in and/or calling out each other as one way of interrupting bias and modeling these conversations in other contexts, and with other individuals and groups.
  • Engage in legislative advocacy and other advocacy efforts that aim to abolish all forms of prejudice, disrimination, exclusion, and inequality and aim to promote a more just, equitable world. These advocacy efforts include, but are not limited to the field/profession of psychology.
  • Create low-barrier strategies to gain feedback from participants and enact requested changes which serve to promote inclusion and empowerment for WSPA membership.
  • Increase the accessibility and equitability of psychological service to Washington State residents and beyond.

If you would like to learn more about the Good Trouble Committee, you are welcome to join our listserv to get updates about upcoming meetings and initiatives:

  1. Login to your WSPA account
  2. Select "Communications" from the Member Menu
  3. Choose "Message Boards" from the drop-down
  4. Opt-in to the "Good Trouble" message board

For additional information, please contact Dominika Breedlove ( dominika.breedlove@gmail.com), Lynda Kasky Hernández (drlyndahernandez@gmail.com), or Julia Mackaronis ( julia.mackaronis@gmail.com).

Our Diversity and Equity Resources page, for more information.