Association for Psychological Science

Association for Psychological Science

The mission of the Association for Psychological Science is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.

We are a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1988 to advance scientific psychology and its representation as a science on the national level. APS grew quickly, surpassing 5,000 members in its first six months. Today, 33,000 psychological researchers and their students in more than 80 countries, and spanning the entire spectrum of scientific, applied, and teaching specialties, are members of the Association.




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American Psychiatric Association

American Psychiatric Association

The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental illness, including substance use disorders, and their families; promote psychiatric education and research; advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and to serve the professional needs of its membership.

To promote the rights and best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of psychiatric services for mental illness, including substance use disorders. To improve access to and quality of psychiatric services. To improve research into all aspects of mental illness, including causes, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. To improve psychiatric education and training. To promote optimal conditions for practice and career satisfaction. To foster collaboration among all who are concerned with medical, psychological, socio-cultural and legal aspects of mental health and illness. And finally, to improve functioning of the APA in the service of its mission.




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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association

We discovered that problems do not happen all the time. Even the most chronic problems have periods or times when the difficulties do not occur or are less intense. By studying these times when problems are less severe or even absent, we discovered that people do many positive things that they are not fully aware of. By bringing these small successes into their awareness and repeating the successful things they do when the problem is less severe, people improve their lives and become more confident about themselves.

And, of course, there is nothing like experiencing small successes to help a person become more hopeful about themselves and their life. When they are more hopeful, they become more interested in creating a better life for themselves and their families. They become more hopeful about their future and want to achieve more.

Because these solutions appear occasionally and are already within the person, repeating these successful behaviors is easier than learning a whole new set of solutions that may have worked for someone else. Thus, the brief part was born. Since it takes less effort, people can readily become more eager to repeat the successful behaviors and make further changes.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy has taken almost 30 years to develop into what it is today. It is simple to learn, but difficult to practice because our old learning gets in the way. The model continues to evolve and change. It is increasingly taken out of the therapy or counseling room and applied in a wide variety of settings where people want to get along or work together.




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International Council of Psychologists (ICP)

International Council of Psychologists (ICP)

The mission of ICP is:  to advance the science and practice of psychology and to support the use of psychological knowledge to promote social health and justice;  to contribute to world peace and human rights for all peoples by helping to empower under-represented ethnic and culturally diverse groups;  to encourage global wellness through promotion and integration of health and mental health services globally, and to foster international professional development, networking, communication, mentoring and friendship among psychologists and allied mental health professionals and social scientists.




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American Association of Community Psychiatry

American Association of Community Psychiatry

The American Association of Community Psychiatry advocates and partners to implement resiliency and recovery oriented services while continuously improving systems for those we serve by influencing health and social policies to develop and sustain coordinated public health and clinical delivery systems that are aligned with compatible funding and payment methods, guided by principles of social justice and evidence-informed clinical practices, and supplied by a systems-ready workforce.

They also develop and disseminate knowledge and skills for effective and sustainable practices and systems to advance population health, influence health and social policies to develop and sustain coordinated public health and clinical delivery systems that are aligned with compatible funding and payment methods, guided by principles of social justice and evidence-informed clinical practices, and supplied by a systems-ready workforce.




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The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

 The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)
Black/African centered psychology recognizes: the Spirit that permeates everything that is; the notion that everything in the universe is interconnected; the value that the collective is the most
salient element of existence; and the idea that communal self knowledge is the key to mental health. Black/African Centered psychology is ultimately concerned with understanding the
systems of meaning of human beingness, the features of human functioning, and the restoration of normal/natural order to human development. As such, it is used to resolve personal and social problems and to promote optimal functioning.
Dr. Kevin Washington, current President of ABPsi, states:  “ABPsi values the Black mind and its expressions. We recognize that the mental well-being is a necessary aspect of optimal physical and financial wellness. We know that the various events of police brutality, political grand standing, environmental racism, and inequitable educational policies have a deleterious effect on the minds of Black people. We express that all such events are a Black Mind Matter. We are here for the restoration and elevation of the Black Mind and moreover we strive for the profound expression of humanity. We are that voice that states that Black Minds are not to be hampered because there is greatness within Black minds.



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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

AACAP partners with our members in advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels to improve policies and services for children and adolescents with mental illness. We work to educate policymakers and administrators about issues affecting child and adolescent psychiatry and children’s mental health and regularly engage our members on pertinent legislation and regulatory activities. AACAP continually develops resources for members to use as they communicate with policymakers about issues related to child and adolescent psychiatry and children’s mental health. Make your voice heard on behalf of children with mental illness! Through AACAP’s Legislative Action Center, you can take action on our current federal advocacy alerts, correspond with your members of Congress and the Administration, and contact your local media. And AACAP sends regular advocacy updates and action alerts to keep members updated on federal and state legislation and provide opportunities to get involved. Click here to read past updates and alerts.




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CHADD–The National Resource On ADHD

CHADD--The National Resource On ADHD

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information. Many people seriously misunderstood ADHD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with ADHD were often mistakenly labeled “a behavior problem,” “unmotivated,” or “not intelligent enough.”

ADHD is medically and legally recognized as a treatable yet potentially serious disorder, affecting up to nine percent of all children, and approximately four percent of adults.

Today, children with ADHD are eligible for special education services or accommodations within the regular classroom when needed, and adults with ADHD may be eligible for accommodations in the workplace under the Americans with Disabilities Act. CHADD is a success story, inspired by the desire of countless parents to see their children with ADHD succeed. From one parent support group in Florida, the organization grew dramatically to become the leading non-profit national organization for children and adults with ADHD.

The organization has a small national staff, which manages the day-to-day responsibilities, while its Board of Directors sets policy and oversees the organization’s well being. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association’s success by providing support, education and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters. Along with its growth in membership and reputation, CHADD has retained the passion and commitment of its founders.




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