Society for Community Research and Action

Society for Community Research and Action

Depending on one’s training, experiences, and preferences, community psychologists can work as educators, professors, program directors, consultants, policy developers, evaluators; and researchers in community organizations, universities, or government agencies to promote mental health and community well-being.We seek to expand “helping” beyond traditional psychotherapy to promote wellness.

We engage in action-oriented research to develop, implement, and evaluate programs.

We base our work on a scientific foundation to better understand the multiple influences of the social environment on health and wellness

We build collaborative relationships with community members, groups, and organizations to solve social problems.

We consult with and provide tools to organizations to build capacity to address social problems such as exploitation and victimization.

We analyze government, civic life, and workplace settings in order to understand and improve fair and diverse participation.

We fight oppression, work to reduce social inequalities, and work with marginalized people toward their empowerment.




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Society for the Study of Social Problems

Society for the Study of Social Problems

SSSP members are an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP. You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies. Many members are social scientists by training. Many teach in colleges and universities. Increasing numbers work in applied research and policy settings. Membership is open to anyone who supports SSSP’s goals.




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Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Founded in 2005 (incorporated in 2006), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) is dedicated to the advancement of functional contextual cognitive and behavioral science and practice so as to alleviate human suffering and advance human well being. This organization seeks:

The development of a coherent and progressive science of human action that is more adequate to the challenges of the human condition

The development of useful basic principles, workable applied theories linked to these principles, effective applied technologies based on these theories, and successful means of training and disseminating these developments, guided by the best available scientific evidence

The development of a view of science that values a dynamic, ongoing interaction between its basic and applied elements, and between practical application and empirical knowledge

Development of a community of scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners who will work in a collegial, open, self-critical, non-discriminatory, and mutually supportive way that is effective in producing valued outcomes and in exploring the additional implications of this work, and that emphasizes open and low cost methods of connecting with this work so as to keep the focus on benefit to others.

The Association welcomes professional, student, and affiliate members.




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Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Founded in 1936, SPSSI is a group of over 3000 scientists from psychology and related fields and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social and policy issues. In various ways, SPSSI seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems of the group, the community, and nations, as well as the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries.

SPSSI affords social and behavioral scientists opportunities to apply their knowledge and insights to the critical problems of today’s world.

SPSSI fosters and funds research on social issues through annual awards and programs of small research grants and disseminates research findings through its scholarly journals, sponsored books, specialized conferences, and its convention programs.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Society influences public policy through its publications and the advocacy efforts of its members, fellows, and staff.

SPSSI encourages public education and social activism on social issues and facilitates information exchange through its newsletter and electronic dsicussion groups.

The Society’s mission is extended to the global arena by a team of representatives who cover developments at UN headquarters in New York and Geneva. SPSSI has been represented at the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) since 1987. SPSSI serves as consultant to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

An independent society, SPSSI is also Division 9 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and an organizational affiliate of the American Psychological Society (APS). SPSSI members are not required to be members of APA or APS. We welcome the membership of anyone interested in the Society.




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Our Sponsor


Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

ADDA provides:
Virtual Support Groups to connect members with others who truly understand life with ADHD so they may share resources, information, and support.
The ADDA Conference is the largest live event of its kind dedicated to adults with ADHD. This Conference brings together adults with ADHD, their loved ones and the professionals who serve them in a unique event to connect with experts, professionals, researchers and most importantly, with other adults with ADHD.
An educational and supportive webinar series that provides information on executive functioning challenges and living successfully with ADHD. Each webinar is packed with helpful information and features expert coaches, psychologists, therapists, physicians, researchers, organizers, and educators.
A monthly newsletter featuring articles from ADHD experts and members who truly get it to provide subscribers with up-to-date information on topics related to ADHD as well as inspiring and motivational stories.
A voice to policy makers in Washington, DC regarding issues that directly impact adults with ADHD, such as reporting discrimination faced by students seeking accommodations for high stakes testing. ADDA is also the author of U.S. Resolution 390, unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate, establishing ADHD Awareness Day, now ADHD Awareness Month in the U.S. and spreading internationally.
Support for and facilitation of research on issues specifically impacting the adult ADHD community. ADDA needs your support to facilitate research on diagnosis and treatment options geared towards adults.




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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (CARD)

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (CARD)

CARD’s work includes:
Developing and disseminating materials. Our materials are available online and in hard copy.
Developing and distributing an online newsletter two times a year. On a monthly basis, we send our CARD Connector, an online blast with educational and informational content for folks on our mailing list.
Organizing and conducting local, regional and statewide training events. Each year, regional workshops are organized on topics of great interest to families and school personnel.
Maintaining an active website. Families and professionals often access the web to gather information. Our website links to information and resources about autism and related disabilities, provides a list of training events, and other valuable information. The website is updated on a regular basis. CARD-USF also distributes information through our Facebook page and Twitter.
Engaging in individual consultations. CARD-USF offers families and/or professionals strategies or information on best practices to increase skill development or address behavioral concerns by observing the individual in natural settings, and collaborating with the person’s team and family members to suggest appropriate services and supports. Once our staff has determined the individual needs of a child or adult with ASD, we may provide direct consultation in a home, school or community setting.




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Society for Research in Child Development

Society for Research in Child Development

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) was founded in 1933 to “stimulate and support research, to encourage cooperation among individuals engaged in the scientific study of child development, and to encourage applications of research findings”. Since then, SRCD has remained at the forefront of developmental science, providing leadership for the field amid changing scientific and social contexts. Throughout the decades, the Society has maintained its commitment to the developing child as the primary focus of scientific inquiry and to the use of that science to improve child, family, and community well-being across diverse contexts.

SRCD faces a rapidly changing environment. Technological advances, the growth of interdisciplinary research in developmental science, and increased opportunities for international collaboration open promising new avenues for scientific discovery and application. Capitalizing on these opportunities to forge an integrative developmental science, however, will require bridging disciplinary silos and national borders, and will require increased diversity in research foci and in the scientific work force. Changes in funding structures, university systems, and research processes will likewise require adaptation and innovation if the research is to remain strong and vibrant. To enable SRCD to address unfolding challenges and to take advantage of emerging opportunities for developmental science and its application, SRCD initiated a strategic planning process to identify future Society directions.




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American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)

American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) is a membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and integrated counseling, collaborative community based  services, training and education in order to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities. AAPC, founded in 1963, represents and sets professional practice standards for over 2000 Pastoral Counselors and 75 Pastoral Counseling Centers.

Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Certified pastoral counselors  are licensed mental health professionals who have also had in-depth religious and/or theological education or training. Clinical Services are non-sectarian and respect the spiritual commitments, theological perspectives and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client.

Membership in AAPC is open to individuals who embrace its mission and desire to increase their professional capacity to provide spiritually informed and integrated care. For those who wish to be certified one can go to the Membership Manual to view descriptions of the categories of certification and the related requirements. For members, AAPC offers vital continuing education opportunities; encourages networks for professional support and enrichment; facilitates growth and innovation in the profession; and provides both specialized in-service training and supervision in pastoral counseling.

 

 




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