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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National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works.  Members of the National Federation come from all walks of life. Emotional, behavioral or mental health needs cut across all income, educational, geographical, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. They are found among single parents and two-parent families and in birth, adoptive, and foster families.




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WellSpouse

WellSpouse

The Well Spouse® Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner.  We offer peer to peer support and educate health care professionals and the general public about the special challenges and unique issues “well” spouses face every day. To achieve this mission the Well Spouse® Association: coordinates a national network of Support Groups, facilitates a Mentor program, publishes a newsletter (Mainstay), hosts a website  with resources for coping and survival skills, which includes an on-line chat forum for spousal caregivers, organizes regional respite weekends and a national conference for caregivers, provides continuing support for members whose spouses have died, advocates on behalf of spousal caregivers and seeks out new initiatives to help caregiver spouses and their families cope with the emotional and financial stresses associated with chronic illness and/or disability.

 




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TED Talks Psychology

TED Talks Psychology

Welcome to TED TALKS PSYCHOLOGY a series of curated lessons derived from TED. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”. Speakers are selected for their originality, clarity of vision and insight into present problems. Many of their presentation conclude with optimistic suggestions for change.

The speakers are given less than 18 minutes to present their ideas in an innovative and engaging manner. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. Presenters include leading thinkers, innovators, scientists, and many Noble Prize winners.

TED TALKS PSYCHOLOGY was created by two university professors with over 90 years of professional practice and teaching to help psychology students and their professors see beyond the material (often dated material) found in their text books and tune in to some of the most cutting edge thinking and research currently going on anywhere on the planet.

They have taken TED talks and assembled them into specific topic areas within psychology. They have provided advanced organizers (or pre-thinking prompts) to engage student awareness. After viewing each talk, a series of higher level thinking questions are presented to stimulate critical thinking.




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Society for Community Research and Action

Society for Community Research and Action

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) – Community Psychology, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association – serves many different disciplines that focus on community research and action. Our members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals.Four broad principles guide SCRA: Community research and action requires explicit attention to and respect for diversity among peoples and settings; human competencies and problems are best understood by viewing people within their social, cultural, economic, geographic, and historical contexts; community research and action is an active collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and community members that uses multiple methodologies. Such research and action must be undertaken to serve those community members directly concerned, and should be guided by their needs and preferences, as well as by their active participation; and finally to change strategies are needed at multiple levels in order to foster settings that promote competence and well-being.




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International OCD Foundation

International OCD Foundation

The International OCD Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD, the Foundation has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders their family members and loved ones and mental health professionals and researchers. We have affiliates in 25 states and territories in the US, in addition to global partnerships with other OCD organizations and mental health non-profits around the world.

The Foundation aims to improve outcomes for individuals with OCD and related disorders by providing resources and support for those affected by OCD, including individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members, friends, and loved ones, promoting awareness about OCD and related disorders to the OCD community and the general public and increasing access to effective treatment through educating mental health professionals about evidence-based treatments providing a forum for professional collaboration and networking and finally, supporting research into the causes of and treatments for OCD and related disorders.




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American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

The ABPP serves the public need by providing oversight certifying psychologists competent to deliver high quality services in various specialty areas of psychology. Board certification (awarding a certificate in a specialty) assures the public that specialists designated by the ABPP have successfully completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination designed to assess the competencies required to provide quality services in that specialty.

The American Board of Professional Psychology was incorporated in 1947 with the support of the American Psychological Association. The ABPP is a unitary governing body of separately incorporated specialty examining boards which assures the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of specialty standards and examinations by its member boards. Through its Central Office, a wide range of administrative support services are provided to ABPP Boards, Board Certified Specialists, and the public.

A Specialty is a defined area in the practice of psychology that connotes special competency acquired through an organized sequence of formal education, training, and experience.  In order to qualify as a specialty affiliated with the ABPP, a specialty must be represented by an examining board which is stable, national in scope, and reflects the current development of the specialty. A specialty board is accepted for affiliation following an intensive self-study and a favorable review by the ABPP affirming that the standards for affiliation have been met. These standards include a thorough description of the area of practice and the pattern of competencies required therein as well as requirements for education, training, experience, research bases of the specialty, practice guidelines, and a demonstrated capacity to examine candidates for the specialty on a national level.




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