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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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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Alternative Considerations Of Jonestown & People’s Temple

Alternative Considerations Of Jonestown & People's Temple

Welcome to “Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple,” sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. This website is designed to give personal and scholarly perspectives on a major event in the history of religion in America. Its primary purpose is to present information about Peoples Temple as accurately and objectively as possible. In an effort to be impartial, we offer many diverse views and opinions about the Temple and the events in Jonestown.

We hope that visitors to the site will come away with an understanding that the story of Jonestown did not start or end on 18 November 1978.




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International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO)

International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO)

The International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) was formed in 1997 to promote the understanding, use and development of online communication, information and technology for the international mental health community. ISMHO is a nonprofit organization.

ISMHO conducts all of its official business via the Internet, as our board members (and membership in general) reflects a diverse, international makeup. Most of the active discussion of the organization is conducted on the Members-only mailing list and Board Forums. You must be a member in order to subscribe to our Members Discussion List and Board Forums or access it extensive, multi-year archive. The list archive serves as a valuable resource for researchers, clinicians, and anyone interested in the topic of online mental health.

ISMHO provides an online forum for students, teachers, researchers, practitioners and online mental health professionals to discuss current issues and collaborate on projects in the field of online mental health. Subjects which we discuss and about which we share our areas of expertise include current research and publications, standards for online practice, self-help resources such as online communities and forums, online counseling and psychotherapy, online peer supervision, education and training programs, international information and resources, business and technical aspects of online counseling, and online technology and applications.




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Association for Psychological Type International (APTi)

Association for Psychological Type International (APTi)

As the independent voice for psychological type, we seek to promote human understanding through the transformative power of type. APTi is a global membership organization committed to advancing the responsible, constructive, and ethical use of personality type through education, training, research, networking, and community.

The following are the core values for APTi:

High Standards – Serving as the standard bearer for psychological type.  Our standards serve as a beacon, lighting and enlightening our journey toward expertise.
Organizational Sustainability – Creating an enduring and sustainable organization.  Incorporating the best of our rich history, as we build and sustain our future as an organization.
Integrity – Aligning first with the mission and purpose of APTi over special interests.  We optimize first for the interests of our total membership base, and then maximize for the membership segments.
Honoring Differences – Embracing, leveraging and learning from our diversity.  More than just leveraging our diversity, we honor the gifts of each and all.
Community – Building knowledgeable and connected communities of type.  The heart of our organization is our community, and our commitment is to continually offer enriching and enlightening opportunities and experiences.
Global Transformation – Unlocking the transformational power of the gifts of type throughout the world.  We believe that our obligation to the world is to share the gifts of type and the possibilities that the gifts create for the world.




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Life After Hate

Life After Hate

Based on our own powerful narratives of transformation and decades of experience in the extreme far-right, we support schools, community groups, NGOs, and other organizations that have a desire to understand, teach, heal, prevent, and counter racism and violent extremism in their communities.

We are engaged in academic research, with reputable partners, to understand individual-level pathways into and out of extremism.  This understanding enables us to develop strategies and solutions to counter violent extremism in its many forms.

Through our program ExitUSA, we help radicalized individuals disengage from extremist movements and begin the process of deradicalization.  Our own unique experiences position us in the best place possible to understand the challenges and support needed to assist those who want to leave, or who have already left an extremist movement on their own.  We also support community practitioners (counselors, social workers, faith leaders, etc.) and families who are working with individuals who have the desire to change.




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International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations.

ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.

ICSA’s mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to:

Help former members of cultic and other high-control environments

Provide guidance and support to families of people involved in high-control environments

Educate the public about psychological manipulation and the harmful effects of high-control environments

Encourage, support, and conduct research to advance understanding of psychological manipulation and high-control environments

And Support helping professionals interested in this area.




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Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)

Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)

The Center for Applications of Psychological Type, CAPT, was founded in 1975 by Isabel Briggs Myers and Dr. Mary McCaulley, but the seeds of its creation were planted six years earlier when those two women met for the first time.

In 1968, Mary McCaulley, a psychologist then on the faculty of the University of Florida Department of Clinical Psychology, discovered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument in the Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook. She became fascinated with the Indicator and Jung’s concepts of type and began testing it with her students and clients.

Her growing interest in the MBTI instrument led Dr. McCaulley to contact Isabel Myers for information about a book mentioned in the MBTI Manual. The history of CAPT really began with the first conversation that took place between these two women. In the year that followed they corresponded regularly and were finally able to meet a year later in person.

The collaborative relationship between Mary McCaulley and Isabel Myers continued to grow over the next five years. It was during this time that they created the first computer scoring program for the MBTI instrument, conducted research studies of more than 3000 students, and developed the first training programs for professionals, teaching them how to use the Indicator.

By 1975, it became clear to both women that their growing type research and training programs warranted an educational center of its own—and the Center for Applications of Psychological Type was created. In its fledgling stage, CAPT began as a field office of the Medical Student Association Foundation, and four years later became an independent not for profit organization. CAPT has been located in Gainesville, Florida since its inception.

The MBTI instrument was originally published by Educational Testing Service (ETS). When ETS decided to no longer publish the MBTI instrument, it was important that another publisher be found. Mary McCaulley made contact with a psychologist at Stanford University, Jack Black, who had recently started a publishing company, CPP, Inc. In 1976 CPP became the new publisher for the Indicator. Today, the MBTI instrument is still published by CPP and has gone from a little known instrument to one that has gained worldwide acclaim.

CAPT has also flourished over the past thirty plus years, attracting a dynamic and devoted practitioner base, as the interest in and understanding of psychological type has grown. CAPT’s research data bank holds more than a million records from people who have taken the Indicator. The MBTI bibliography has more than 10,000 entries, and the Isabel Briggs Myers Memorial Library has developed into the largest collection of MBTI publications, dissertations and theses in the world.

Isabel Myers and Mary McCaulley met because of a shared interest in people, a fascination with the differences that make us unique, and a desire to understand how those differences can be used constructively to understand and appreciate others and ourselves. CAPT is committed to continuing the mission of these two extraordinary women—to learn more about and to teach the inherent value of our differences, those which make life, as Isabel Myers put it, “more amusing, more interesting and more of a daily adventure than it could possibly be if everyone were alike.”




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