American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

The ABPP serves the public need by providing oversight certifying psychologists competent to deliver high quality services in various specialty areas of psychology. Board certification (awarding a certificate in a specialty) assures the public that specialists designated by the ABPP have successfully completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination designed to assess the competencies required to provide quality services in that specialty.

The American Board of Professional Psychology was incorporated in 1947 with the support of the American Psychological Association. The ABPP is a unitary governing body of separately incorporated specialty examining boards which assures the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of specialty standards and examinations by its member boards. Through its Central Office, a wide range of administrative support services are provided to ABPP Boards, Board Certified Specialists, and the public.

A Specialty is a defined area in the practice of psychology that connotes special competency acquired through an organized sequence of formal education, training, and experience.  In order to qualify as a specialty affiliated with the ABPP, a specialty must be represented by an examining board which is stable, national in scope, and reflects the current development of the specialty. A specialty board is accepted for affiliation following an intensive self-study and a favorable review by the ABPP affirming that the standards for affiliation have been met. These standards include a thorough description of the area of practice and the pattern of competencies required therein as well as requirements for education, training, experience, research bases of the specialty, practice guidelines, and a demonstrated capacity to examine candidates for the specialty on a national level.




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Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Welcome to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) Web site.  We are pleased to introduce you to the field of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology.  SIOP is the premier membership organization for those practicing and teaching I-O psychology.  While an independent organization with its own governance, SIOP is also a division within the American Psychological Association and an organizational affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science.

I-O psychology is a dynamic and growing field that encompasses workplace issues at the individual and organizational level. I-O psychologists apply research that improves the well-being and performance of people and the organizations that employ them.  This involves everything from workforce planning, employee selection, and leader development to studying job attitudes and job motivation, implementing work teams, and facilitating organizational change.




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The Jung Page

The Jung Page

Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey. His method of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop within culture as well. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.




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California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) is an independent professional organization of approximately 32,000 members representing the interests of licensed marriage and family therapists. It is dedicated to advancing the profession as an art and a science, to maintaining high standards of professional ethics, to upholding the qualifications for the profession and to expanding the recognition and awareness of the profession.

CAMFT is an independent, state professional organization and is not affiliated with any other organization (such as AAMFT) other than its chartered chapters in various locations throughout California.

CAMFT activities revolve around two interrelated themes: the advancement of marriage and family therapy as an art, a science and a mental health profession, and the advancement of the common business interests of its members.

CAMFT is your organizational advocate and representative. We monitor and work cooperatively with your regulatory board (BBS), the state legislature and others. We sponsor bills and get laws passed to benefit you and the public.

CAMFT like other professional or trade associations, is a special interest group. We believe that our special interests are good, both for us and for the public, and we are committed to actively and effectively pursuing those interests.

Take this opportunity to contribute to your profession. Show your commitment and invest in your future! Join with over 32,000 CAMFT members and help us carry on the work that strengthens the profession. If we are to continue to realize such benefits as insurance reimbursement, we must remain united. Joining CAMFT is truly a wise investment.




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PsychAlive: Psychology for Everyday Life

PsychAlive:  Psychology for Everyday Life

Our desire to discover who we are – why we feel and act the ways we do – is what leads us to a meaningful and vital existence. PsychAlive was created to assist you in this personal journey by providing a place where people can learn to take an active, introspective approach to their lives. The articles, blogs, videos, quizzes and interactive workshops featured on PsychAlive introduce visitors to sound psychological principles and practices, while offering an insightful means of coping with life’s everyday problems. The tools available on PsychAlive are designed to help people understand the emotional dynamics that operate within us and the limitations that restrict us in our daily lives. By helping us to recognize what’s at the core of our emotional struggles and to target the specific ways we limit ourselves, PsychAlive encourages us to understand and challenge the deeper issues that keep us from living a life that is as joyful, rewarding and meaningful as it could be.




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ISTSS: International Studies for Traumatic Stress Studies

ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma around the world. We are the premier society for the exchange of professional knowledge and expertise in the field.

Members of ISTSS include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, advocates, journalists, clergy, and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress.

ISTSS members come from a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings around the world, including public and private health facilities, private practice, universities, non-university research foundations and from many different cultural backgrounds.




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American Association of Suicidology

The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide.

We accomplish this mission by directing efforts to:

Advance Suicidology as a science; encouraging, developing and disseminating scholarly work in suicidology.

Encourage the development and application of strategies that reduce the incidence and prevalence of suicidal behaviors.

Compile, develop, evaluate and disseminate accurate information about suicidal behaviors to the public.

Foster the highest possible quality of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention to the public.

Publicize official AAS positions on issues of public policy relating to suicide.

Promote research and training in suicidology.

Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide and a variety of lay persons who have an interest in suicide prevention.

AAS, a not-for-profit organization, encourages and welcomes both individual and organizational members.




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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Between 7 and 12 Million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.

The AACAP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1953. It is a membership based organization, composed of over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

The AACAP widely distributes information here, and elsewhere, in an effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with them; advance efforts in prevention of mental illnesses, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents.

To support and advance child and adolescent psychiatry and those it serves, the Academy provides:

  • National public information through distribution of Facts for Families and research findings; and providing recognized professionals as spokespersons.
  • Government liaison and education to respond to national concerns over health care and social-economic issues affecting children both at the local and national level; and giving expert testimony on issues affecting children, in a effort to improve and expand psychiatric services to children.
  • Continuing medical education through scientific meetings and institutes high in quality and content.
  • Practice guidelines and systems of care documents to advance the quality of care.
  • An interface with managed care organizations to establish appropriate coverage for children and adolescents.
  • Collaboration with other medical associations through a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates and liaisons to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Cooperative support and representation to organizations, such as the National Mental Health Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
  • Promotion and support for research and training opportunities.
  • Continual review and development of training curricula for child and adolescent psychiatry training programs.
  • Medical student fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.



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