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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The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)

ASPPB is the association of psychology licensing boards in the United States and Canada. Formed in 1961, ASPPB creates the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is used by licensing boards to assess candidates for licensure and certification. ASPPB also offers several mobility programs to assist in licensure of psychologists already licensed in another state, province, or territory, and also publishes materials for training programs and for students preparing to enter the profession.

Our mission is to enhance services and support its member jurisdictions in fulfilling their goal of advancing public protection by offering exemplary examination and credentialing programs, providing state of the art programs and services to all our stakeholders, serving as the source for the most current and accurate information about the regulation of psychologists and contributing to the critical consumer protection perspective in the on-going development of the profession.




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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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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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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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Beyond OCD

Beyond OCD

Beyond OCD,  the leading provider of consumer-friendly resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), works to increase public and professional awareness of OCD, educate and support people with OCD and their families, and to encourage research into new treatments and a cure.

We are a small organization with a big heart. A resource for individuals, families, mental health professionals, educators, clergy and the media across the country, we are dedicated to improving the lives of people who suffer with OCD.




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Creating Your Beyond

Hi! My name is Brenda Bomgardner. I am the founder of Creating Your Beyond, LLC  and your blog host. I started this blog, Creating Your Beyond, because I want to chat with you about moving beyond surviving towards thriving. I want to share my knowledge with you. Together we can discover a life you will love to live.

Do some of these statement sound familiar?

  • I have done the work!
  • When is it my turn?
  • I deserve and want more
  • What now?
  • Why me?
  • I am so done with this!
  • I am ready to get on with my life!
  • Where’s the joy?
  • It never changes
  • It’s always hard

Are you ready to find the answers to your questions? They are within you!

As far back as I can remember I have been curious about how people shaped their lives, or to put it another way, how people’s lives were shaped. I noticed some people had the answers and knew where they were going and how to get there. While others, seemed to be carried along by the currents of events outside their control not knowing how, when, where or why. Me, I was a mixture of both. I knew I wanted a successful career, a satisfying relationship and to be a loving parent. However, I did not know how to create the reality of my dreams.

My Journey

As a young adult I landed a job at a large retail company, began moving up the corporate ladder and started a family. I devoted myself to both my passions of family and career. Along the way I discovered my voice and learned about my personal power. In turn my life became mine to create and design.

With that revelation, I set out to create a life based on my personal values. I loved learning, so, I entered college in my mid-thirties. It was a  juicy endeavor of knowledge and books. Meanwhile, I was promoted from a retail management position to a recruiter in human resources. I worked as a recruiter for over 15 years. I  flourished and I felt satisfied.

At the same time I finished raising my two children and two step children. At this point I had an empty nest. Several years ago I decided it was time for me create another path. I desired a career where I could be of service to people in helping them design and create a life of their choosing. I decided to return to school. I earned a masters degree in counseling.

Today:
I am honored to work with adult survivors who are ready to create a life beyond loss. Creating Your Beyond is about you moving towards emotional wellness and personal growth. It is about you defining your values and finding a meaningful life. I will support you in discovering what opportunities exist for reconnecting with your inner wisdom and strengthening your human spirit. Together we can team up to collaborate at designing a life beyond loss. I will gently yet firmly support you.

Final Note:
Having created my path I continue to design my own destiny. Life for me is a spicy adventure filled with fresh experiences. Now I invite you to spice up your life. Come and connect with your creative vitality by realizing your own gifts




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Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that – prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation’s health.




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