Renewal of subscription to the Irish Psychologist for PSI members on a reduced fee sign now

Regarding the recent decision to discontinue subscription to the Irish Psychologist for PSI members on a reduced fee.

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose this move by the society for the following reasons;

1. The Irish Psychologist, as the newsletter of the Psychological Society of Ireland, is an important contact and information point for all members of PSI. Access to the Irish Psychologist is the primary reason recent graduates become members of PSI. It is the only contact with the society for news, events, etc. related to the profession of psychology for those of us who have recently graduated and may not be working in a job directly related to psychology, who often feel isolated from both the society and the world of psychology.

2. We view this as an exclusionary measure, which we think should be avoided as people earlier in their careers often find it difficult to make connections and know what is going on.

3. We do not feel that this move is consistent with the spirit of Suzanne Guerin's comments relating to students and inclusion within the society in her first President Column.

4. We believe the purpose of a society is to support all members of the society, whether they are long established in their career, or just venturing into the world of psychology. The proposal to restrict access to the Irish Psychologist implicitly creates a two tier society, which privileges those already qualified and in the know and exiles those already unfamiliar and unconnected to the very fringes of the profession.

5. While the Irish Psychologist will be made available on the web, having access to a .pdf file is a qualitatively different experience than having access to a real life copy. The arrival of the Irish Psychologist through the post is a method by which those of us new to psychology feel connected to the society and the profession of psychology as a whole. Additionally it is of great benefit and usefulness to have a library of back issues available to look back on for personal i and career development.

6. The British Psychological Society does not restrict access to any of its membership publications (The Psychologist, Careers memorandum) to those on reduced rate memberships. Why can the PSI not provide the same level of value for money?

7. Those who paid reduced fees were signing up to a contract with them that included the PSI sending the Irish Psychologist and this move should have been put off until the start of the next financial year, therefore giving people time to review their situation.

8. The Irish Psychologist is in many ways more useful that the Journal and the Diary, so we would not have the same argument with not receiving them. Alternatively we would support the introduction of a means whereby those with reduced rates, could pay a small extra charge if they wished to receive the journal and the diary.

9. There was no discussion or consultation with members on a reduced fee with regard to this move. They gave no option to pay a surcharge/postage charge and thereby choose the status of membership.

10. We feel the proposed measure would lead to those at the beginning of their careers in psychology to withdraw from the society. People at the beginning of their careers are on significantly lower wages compared to the majority of fully registered psychologists and even the reduced membership rate can represent a significant investment. As stated above, the primary reason many such members join is to gain access to the Irish Psychologist. If this singular benefit is withdrawn, the motivation to become members of PSI will no longer exist for many.

We strongly believe that the proposed measure would be both negative for the society and negative for the development of psychology within Ireland. The primary purpose of the Psychological Society of Ireland is to promote the objective of advancing psychology as a pure and applied science in Ireland and elsewhere. The proposed measure, represents an exclusionary and undemocratic initiative, which is antithetical to the development of the careers of young psychologists within Ireland and is contrary to the published ideals and purpose of the PSI.

We call upon the PSI to revoke the measure which restricts access to the Irish Psychologist for those with reduced rate memberships.

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