Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

AGLP (Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists):

 

  • Publish a quarterly newsletter (free to members)
  • Publish the quarterly Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, the official journal of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and provide a free subscription for all full, associate, early career, and medical student members;
  • Conduct a full schedule of seminars and discussion groups concurrent with the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA);
  • Sponsor several awards honoring the accomplishments of people and organizations that contribute to the well-being of the LGBT community;
  • Sponsor social gatherings and a hospitality suite at the annual meeting of the APA and other psychiatric meetings;
  • Work within the APA to influence policies relevant to the lesbian and gay community;
  • Collaborate with other organizations of gay and lesbian physicians and mental health professionals;
  • Provide referral services for lesbian and gay patients;
  • Assist medical students and residents in their professional development;
  • Encourage and facilitate the presentation of programs and publications relevant to gay and lesbian concerns at professional meetings; and
  • Serve as liaison with other minority and advocacy groups within the psychiatric community.



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Survivors International

Survivors International was founded in 1990 by a clinician who felt compelled by a deep sense of betrayal by his own profession when he read a medical article about doctors’ and psychologists’ roles in designing and carrying out torture in many parts of the world. We grew out of this need to serve the population of refugees and immigrants who had survived torture and/or war trauma in their home countries. While the torturer’s aim is to destroy the victim by inflicting excruciating physical pain and terrifying mental abuse, the goal of Survivors International is precisely the opposite: to strengthen and rebuild a sense of self and trust in humanity. We are a multi-disciplinary network of professionals and volunteers from the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, public health, and human rights dedicated to helping those who have been affected by torture to pick up the pieces after all sense of basic trust has been lost. Through this network Survivors International provides necessary services to survivors at minimal or no cost. Survivors International also provides training programs for individuals and agencies working with refugees and immigrants to improve their understanding of the experience of torture and its psychological impact on the person, so that treatment interventions can be optimized.

Torture victims come to Survivors International because they are in pain for reasons that are unique to their torture. They do not feel physically well. Their joints hurt where they were hung from the ceiling; their muscles are sore where their legs were stretched; their noses are misshapen; and teeth are broken where rifle butts were taken to their faces. They have headaches, trouble sleeping, nightmares, and memories which flood their thoughts. These are the symptoms of trauma we wish to heal and ultimately eliminate.




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The Violent Death Bereavement Society

The VDBS helps survivors of those who have died a violent death in different ways.  They give and sponsor lectures for those who survive, give clinical intervention support to help those survivors, and they keep a list of counselors, therapists, and other trained staff who can help in this time of need.

They are also adept at keeping literature and resources for those who survive for grief and bereavement.




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Psyris

Psyris includes links to psychology information, psychology articles, and a referral directory, connecting the public with providers.




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Theravive

First conceived of in Sep 2006 and formally launched in 2007, we are a directory of independent counselors and clinics throughout North America that provide counselling and resources to individuals, couples, and families while upholding strong values. All of the counselors listed on our site have committed to upholding our core values in their practice.  We work with clients to resolve issues so that they can move forward with their lives and not be dependent on counseling for years to come. Clients are encouraged in a safe environment to discover how the presenting issues affect life, learn the important changes needed to be made, and with tools provided by the counselor, begin a new journey towards a brighter future; a more fulfilling life of purpose, meaning, and greater joy.




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