American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders
Created in 1988, as an international credentialing body devoted to
establishing and upholding the highest standards for the provision of
treatment in the addictive disorders. Membership is comprised of
psychologists, medical doctors, nurses, social workers and counselors
from seven countries
American Academy of Pediatrics
an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of
optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all
infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
American Art Therapy Association a national, non-profit
association serving its members and the general public by providing standards of
professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the
field of art therapy.
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of
older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy,
founded in 1942, is the professional association for the field of
marriage and family therapy--represents the professional interests of
marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and
abroad--and leads the way to increasing understanding, research and
education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring
that the public's needs are met by trained practitioners.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
(Professionally Integrating Psychotherapy and Spirituality)
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists,
is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization whose
members share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality
and healthy sexual behavior.
American Association of Suicidology
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide.
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
sets national practice standards, issues an advanced-practice
credential, and publishes reference information about its
American Board of Genetic Counseling prepares and
administers examinations to certify individuals who provide services in
the medical genetics specialty of genetic counseling, and accredits
training programs in the field of genetic counseling.
American College Counseling Association
is a national organization for persons in higher education settings
whose professional identity is counseling and whose purpose is fostering student development.
American Counseling Association, founded
in 1952, is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization
that represents professional counselors in various practice settings
and is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.
1952-1983: It was known as the American Personnel and Guidance
Association. 1983-1992: It was called the American Association for
Counseling and Development.
American Dance Therapy Association was founded in 1966. ADTA works to establish
and maintain high standards of professional education and competence in the field
of dance/movement therapy." [Thanks to Kirsten Etnoyer, Seattle.]
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
(Dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it.)
American Group Psychotherapy Association
(Enhancing the practice, theory and research of group therapy since 1942.)
American Mental Health Counselors Association is the professional membership organization that
represents the mental health counseling profession. Clinical membership in AMHCA requires a master's
degree in counseling or a closely related mental health field and adherence to AMHCA's National Standards for Clinical Practice.
AMHCA State Chapters
American Orthopsychiatric Association
(The "ortho" is from the Greek "to straighten", and relates to the emphasis on the need for preventive and advocacy approaches to mental health.)
American Psychiatric Association is an organization composed
primarily of medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process
of becoming qualified, as psychiatrists. The basic eligibility
requirement is completion of an accredited residency program.
American Psychological Association
(A professionals membership organization for psychologists.)
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association is an organization of rehabilitation counseling
practitioners, educators, and students who are concerned with improving
the lives of people with disabilities.
American Society of Addiction Medicine is the
nation's medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians
and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism and other addiction.
American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, founded in 1942, is the pioneer membership organization in group psychotherapy and continues to be a
source for ongoing developments in group psychotherapy, psychodrama, and sociometry.
American Translators Association
Voting members are professionally engaged in translating, interpreting,
or closely related work.
Disorders Association of America is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to
informing the public, healthcare professionals and legislators that
anxiety disorders are real, serious and treatable--promoting early
diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders.
ARNPs United of Washington State, affiliated with ACNP
(American College of Nurse Practitioners)
Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences
specializes in licensure exam preparation and
continuing education, serving the mental health fields.
Association for the Advancement of Psychology
(Promotes psychology’s legislative agenda and works to fix some of the problems that managed care has created for psychologists and patients.)
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor [Formerly
known as the American Association of Therapeutic Humor] Members include an
international community professionals who incorporate humor and laugher into
their lives and work, people committed to humor and laughter, scholars and
researchers who study humor and laughter, and all who feel they would benefit
from the organization. AATH is the leader in providing evidence-based
information about current research and practical applications for humor.
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
seeks the advancement of counselor education and counselor supervision,
and the mastering of knowledge, skills, and competencies of its members
who work in guidance, counseling, and student personnel services in all
settings of society.
Association for Death Education and Counseling, dealing
with the study of--and counseling for--death and dying, including
understanding of the medical, psychological, and sociologic aspects
of the process of dying and death.
Association for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in Counseling,
a division of the American Counseling Association.
British Association of Therapeutical Hypnotists
claims to be the "oldest established organization specifically for professional hypnotherapists having been
formed in 1951" in the U.K. "to seek official and public recognition of qualified practitioners of therapeutic hypnosis."
British Stammering Association dealing with the condition known in the UK as stammering and elsewhere as stuttering.
Association for Counseling and Development,
a state branch of the American Counseling Association.
California Association for Counselor Education and Supervision,
a division of the California Association for Counseling and Development.
Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors, l'Association Canadienne des Conseillers en Genetique.
Center for Clinical Social Work, a national organization for all clinical
social workers in any practice setting and at all levels of
professional development. Clinical social work is the largest
provider of mental-healthcare and related forms of healthcare in the
Chemical Dependency Professionals of Washington State,
state branch of NAADAC
Clinical Social Work Federation (A confederation of 31 state societies for clinical social work.)
started in 2000 as a website that posted listings for clinical
members of the Seattle Counselors Association, the site now promotes
the wellbeing and counseling services of licensed psychologists,
licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family
therapists, licensed mental health counselors, all categories of
licensed associates and masters-level certified counselors who are
doing private practice counseling anywhere in the State of
Washington. [CounselingSeattle LLC].
Danish Association of Social Workers, a professional association and trade union consisting of nearly all social workers in Denmark. Web
site primarily in Danish. [Dansk Socialradgiverforening]
Delaware Mental Health Counselors Association, a state chapter of the AMHCA. Dormant
since winning the battle for licensure and third-party payment recognition, the organization is reactivating in 2005 to meet new challenges.
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