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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Providers Clinical Support System

Providers Clinical Support System

Training is designed to increase the knowledge base and clinical proficiency of prescribers and providers from diverse multi-disciplinary healthcare backgrounds. An on-line curriculum includes training materials expanded from Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) and Physicians’ Clinical Support System for Buprenorphine (PCSS-B) to include significant additional content such as: patient selection and matching with treatment setting (residential, outpatient program,  office-based) and specific medications (methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone); practical guidelines for detoxification (both outpatient and inpatient); implementing antagonist-based treatment, managing long-term maintenance on medications; transitioning from agonist- to antagonist-based treatment; managing substance use and co-occurring psychiatric disorders; treatment of individuals with co-occurring medical problems and chronic pain; treatment in specialized populations such as adolescents, elderly, pregnant women, and those involved in veterans and criminal justice healthcare systems .




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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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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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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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BDP Central

BDP Central

Being a borderline feels like eternal hell. Nothing less. Pain, anger, confusion, never knowing how I’m gonna feel from one minute to the next. Hurting because I hurt those whom I love. Feeling misunderstood. Nothing gives me pleasure. Wanting to die but not being able to kill myself because I’d feel too much guilt for those I’d hurt, and then feeling angry about that so I cut myself or take an overdose to make all the feelings go away.

Some assumptions about BPD may include:

I must be loved by all the important people in my life always or else I am worthless. I must be completely competent in all ways to be a worthwhile person.

Some people are good and everything about them is perfect. Other people are thoroughly bad and should be severely blamed and punished for it.

My feelings are always caused by external events. I have no control over my emotions or the things I do in reaction to them.

Nobody cares about me as much as I care about them, so I always lose everyone I care about-despite the desperate things I try to do to stop them from leaving me.

If someone treats me badly, then I become bad.

When I am alone, I become nobody and nothing.

I will be happy only when I can find an all-giving, perfect person to love me and take care of me no matter what.

But if someone close to this loves me, then something must be wrong with them.

I can’t stand the frustration that I feel when I need something from someone and I can’t get it. I’ve got to do something to make it go away.




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National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)

The Mission of NEA-BPD is to provide education, raise public awareness and understanding, decrease stigma, promote research and enhance the quality of life of those affected by Borderline Personality Disorder.

NEA.BPD works with families and persons in recovery, raises public awareness, provides education to professionals, promotes research, and works with Congress to enhance the quality of life for those affected by this serious but treatable mental illness.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychological and psychosocial disorder where people have extreme difficulties regulating their emotions. Problems include intense and volatile emotions (such as shame, anger, sadness or anxiety), chaotic relationships, impulsivity, unstable sense of self, suicide attempts, self-harm, fears of abandonment, and chronic feelings of emptiness.With effective treatment and support, data show that most people with BPD can make great progress, with important gains even in one year across a variety of problem areas. Many will no longer meet criteria for BPD. Similarly, data show that with help, family members also report big reductions in grief and feelings of burden, as well as an increased sense of mastery and family satisfaction. Over time, 80% of BPD sufferers reduce their symptoms.

 




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Dementia Is In The House

Dementia Is In The House

You’re here because someone you love, quite possibly one of your parents, suffers from an illness that differs from anything you’ve ever experienced. Other serious diseases, such as cancer, tend to affect patients physically; in that case it can be easier for you to see and understand the changes. But when the illness resides in the brain, everything is a mystery. Knowing what’s happening – and what you can do to help – can make a painful challenge in life a little easier.

It’s important to remember that while much confusion may surround the exact naming of your loved one’s disease, the label is far less important than the actions you can take to reduce your loss. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself and your family throughout this time.




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