Resources for Mental Health Professionals
Psychology Trends and New Research
- Psychological Methods Discussion Group: This Facebook group is open to anybody who is interested in best practices in psychological research.
- The American Psychological Association (APA): The APA contains 54 divisions. Each division is about a specific psychology specialty or division. You can pay to join any of the 54 divisions. When you join you get access to journals, newsletters, and sponsored publications that contain information on the latest research and trends within your discipline.
- The Psych Show: Dr. Ali Mattu releases weekly videos on this YouTube channel about topics ranging from learning the parts of the brain, to providing counseling on overcoming phobias, to essential psychology books.
- APA 2019 Trends Report: This article from the APA offers information about 10 trends in the field of psychology that we can expect to see in 2019.
- ScienceDaily: This site provides information about the latest research discoveries and most recent news in science, health, and technology. Access the psychology category to find research related directly to your field.
Self-Care and Moral Support for Mental Health Professionals
- Creative Counselor Self Care: This article discusses the importance of self-care for mental health professionals and provides strategies for maintaining sanity when you provide care for others for a living.
- The Holistic Psychologist: This Instagram account from psychologist Dr. Nicole LePara provides tips on compassionate self-care and self-healing that are useful for everyone – not just mental health professionals.
- Documentation Support Group: Keeping up with your documentation can be exhausting. In this Facebook support group, commiserate with your peers and learn best practices and efficiency tips.
- Becoming the Organized Therapist: Another Facebook support group. In this group, you can talk with other mental health professionals about how to stay organized and minimize stress.
- Mental health isn’t specific to just one group; it’s something that everyone has but not all take care of. These articles explain and describe why some mental health professionals seek therapy – and why it’s okay.
Networking Resources for Mental Health Professionals
- LinkedIn: Create and maintain a LinkedIn profile to help you connect with others in the mental health field, find jobs, and follow news related to the mental health field. You can also follow accounts like The Psychology and Counseling Group to access the content they share.
- Networking with Ease: This article published by the APA contains networking tips for mental health professionals and students.
- Popular conferences for mental health professionals:
- APA Annual Conference: The APA conference occurs each year in a premier U.S. city and lasts several days. Each day of the conference is stacked with a variety of important topics and programs that have high relevance to psychologists.
- Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention: The APS annual convention helps psychologists and other professionals in the field improve their skills and knowledge, and learn about new research and trends in psychology.
Psychology Professional Organizations
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: The professional association for the field of family and marriage therapy. As a member, you’ll have access to job boards, professional magazines, continuing education, and more.
- Clinical Social Work Association: This professional group is for licensed clinical social workers. This group provides advocacy for issues and laws related to mental health social work. As a member, you’ll get access to their job board.
- The Association for Addiction Professionals: This professional organization provides education, resources, certifications, and a job board.
- American Psychiatric Association: This organization for professional psychiatrists has a mission to promote high quality care for patients with all types of mental illnesses and advance the field of psychiatry through research and legislation.
- The Association for Behavior Analysis International: ABAI provides resources that include events, jobs, journals, affiliated chapters, special interest groups, and a membership publication.
- The Association for Psychological Science: The APS’ mission is to advance scientific research across disciplines and locations.
- The American School Counselor Association: This organization is for school counselors at any level. For a small yearly fee, they provide members with a subscription to their bimonthly publication, access to webinars, and access to ASCA SCENE, which is a networking site that connects school counselors all around the country.
- The Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling: The ACAC is dedicated to making sure children and adolescents have access to mental health services, regardless of financial circumstances. This organization also acts as a network for counselors who work with children and adolescents, in addition to offering access to their biannual journal.
- The Association for Applied Sports Psychology: This organization provides support and networking opportunities for sports psychology professionals. They also offer certification for individuals that qualify.
Professional Development and Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals
- Cornerstones: Earn your required professional development hours through this provider of quality courses. Choose from online and in-person options.
- PESI: PESI, Inc. is a non-profit provider of approved continuing education courses to mental health professionals. They also provide educational products like DVDs, toys and games, and books.
- Selling the Couch: Get resources, chat with your peers, and learn about all aspects of starting your own private practice, from marketing through networking in this supportive Facebook group.
- The American Psychological Association: The APA is, once again, a tremendous help to psychologists at every education level. They offer hundreds of courses in an extensive variety of topics and issues, and members receive a generous discount.
- ContinuingEducation.com: This site offers CE courses for many disciplines, including psychology. Members receive a 50% discount on already low prices. Course topics include human trafficking, child abuse, and psychoanalysis, just to name a few.