Ordem dos Psicólogos

OPP organises the 35th Conference of the International School Psychology Association

International Conference of School Psychology 2013 in Portugal


The annual conference of the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) usually brings together about 400 school psychologists and researchers from the area, from the five continents, with the objective of promoting the sharing and discussion of essential issues and innovative studies related to the field of psychology.

The International School Psychology Association is an organisation which is officially connected to UNESCO, was founded in 1982, and is dedicated to the development and spreading of good practices in school psychology, promoting the interaction between professionals and academics in the development of the best solutions to support children and youths during their academic path, and focusing on the promotion of the development and quality of life of children worldwide.

To obtain the organisation of next year's conference, the OPP sent a delegation to the 34th conference of the International School Psychology Association, which took place from the 9th to the 13th of July, in Montreal, Canada. This delegation was made up of the Vice-President Teresa Carvalho and by members of the Local Organising Committee, Vítor Coelho and Raquel Raimundo, who presented the plans for the organisation of the 2013 conference. These plans were approved by the General Meeting of the Association. Therefore, the 2013 conference will be held in Porto, from the 17th to the 20th of July 2013.

The organisation of this conference, which was last held in Portugal in 1991, is an opportunity to share studies, experiences and good practices between professionals and researchers in the field of school psychology, in national and international plans. The OPP also hopes that this conference will be an opportunity to discuss, on a professional and political level, the intervention model and organisation of psychology services, and also issues such as the qualification for teachers of psychology in Secondary Education.