PSWC: About Us

The Academy's Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors Section, the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors, specializes in the provision of psychosocial services to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral care needs of persons affected by spinal cord impairment. Our members have the opportunity to work collaboratively with many of the finest leaders specializing in spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D), developing their own skills through active participation in the Academy. Organized and operated for scientific and educational, we provide the highest quality educational and training opportunities in SCI/D; promote the use of empirically-based psychosocial interventions; develop research and scientific inquiry into improving the quality of life for persons affected by SCI/D; and recognize credentialed health care professionals devoted to treating the psychosocial problems of SCI/D.


  • Establish standards of care for psychologists, social workers, counselors and mental health professionals working in the field of SCI/D.

  • Educational materials (for example, the Psychosocial Reading List, and make available issues of the SCI Psychosocial Process) for professionals and persons with SCI/D.

  • Participate in the Academy’s journal: The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.

  • Establish education, leadership and research opportunities and resources for trainees and early career professionals

  • Continue the Student Representative position as an ex-officio member of the Board.

  • Formally recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the field of SCI.

  • Provide a Mental Health/Biopsychosocial perspective for issues related to spinal cord injury/disorder and contribute within the Academy from our area of expertise and competence. In addition, to develop, foster and address specific interests of membership.

PSW Changes Name to PSWC
The Section of Psychologists and Social Workers (PSW) is excited to report that it has changed its name to “Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors (PSWC)” in order to better reflect its current membership and to encourage even more diversity in its future membership.