report will show how the American Psychological Association, American
Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychology and Law
Society contribute to its members, society, and the field of psychology. Each
organization has its own purpose, function, mission, benefits, and resources
that are offered to its members and the public. These professional networks are
helpful in advancing the field of psychology through training, publications,
resources, and networking. Although some of these organizations are non-profit,
each organization requires dues be paid by its members, this monetary support
goes toward the functioning of these professional associations. Each of these
organizations have specific goals and objectives to fulfill its mission. These
professional associations have one thing in common, that is that they each work
to advance the field of psychology. While advancing the field of psychology,
these organizations help to improve the lives of people, thus improving society.
are many psychological associations dedicated to its members, the public, and
the advancement of the psychology field. Some of these networks include: The
American Psychological Association (APA), American Counseling Association
(ACA), American School Counselling Association (ASCA), Society for
Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the American Psychology and
Law Society (AP-LS). These professional networks offer valuable benefits and
resources to its members. These networks also provide training, discounts, and
professional networking to promote professional development and advance the
careers of psychologists.
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional
organization that represents psychology in the U.S. APA consists of a total of
more than 117,500 members, including, researchers, educators, clinicians,
consultants, and students (American Psychological Association, 2016).
The mission of the American
Psychological Association is to advance how psychological knowledge is created,
communicated, and applied to benefit society and improve the lives of people.
This mission is fulfilled by developing and applying psychology in a very broad
manner. The American Psychological Association promotes research in psychology
while improving the methods, conditions, and application of this research. High
ethical standards, conduct, education, and achievement are established by the
American Psychological Association to improve the usefulness and qualifications
of psychologists. Psychological knowledge is increased and disseminated through
meetings, contacts, reports, papers, discussions, and publications (American
Psychological Association, 2016).
The American Psychological
Association functions through volunteer work, advocacy, and many other ways while
promoting health, education, and human welfare. This organization provides
information on federal information and regulations that effect the psychology
field. The association dedicated to this advocacy is called the APA federal
action network. The APA Federal Action Network provides advocates with federal
updates and actions to assist in effective advocacy for the field of psychology
(American Psychological Association, 2016).
The American Psychological
Association benefits its members and society in a variety of ways. APA members
are a part of a community of researchers, practitioners, teachers, students,
and others who work to advance psychology. This is a global community which
provides professional connections and networking. Some of the popular benefits
offered to the members include a free one-year subscription to the magazine Monitor on Psychology, networking within
(and outside of) divisions, TOPSS lesson plans, and a variety of funding and
awards. The American Psychological Association also offers financial, business,
and insurance discounts (American Psychological Association, 2016).
Some of the resources offered to
members of the American Psychological Association include: high school
psychology lesson plans, letters of recommendation, authorship, crisis
management tools, and LGBT mentoring. Other tools include: early career, pre k-12th
grade educational material, psychological science webinars, and a variety of
other resources (American Psychological Association, 2016).
The American Psychological
Association also provides resources to the public. The psychology help center
provides disaster-relief resources, work and school, family and relationships,
health and emotional wellness, terrorism, health care and insurance resources.
These are just a few of the interest areas offered to the public (American
Psychological Association, 2016).
American Counseling Association
American Counseling Association (ACA) is a non-profit professional and
educational association with a mission of enhancing the counseling profession.
ACA was founded in 1952 and is the largest association which exclusively
represents professional counselors, in a variety of settings (private practice,
hospitals, mental institutions, etc.). The American Counseling Association is
made up of 20 divisions within its organization (American Counseling
The American Counseling Association’s
mission is to improve the quality of life within society. This mission is
accomplished by promoting development of professional counselors, advancing the
profession, and using it to encourage respect for human dignity and diversity.
The American Counseling Association functions
on the contributions of ACA members and other donors. This foundation gives
monetary support to those in the counseling profession through grants and
scholarships. Members are encouraged to become donors to the foundation
(American Counseling Association, 2016).
Membership benefits of the American
Counseling Association include: ACA insurance programs, professional liability,
life, disability, and dental, auto, home, and long-term care insurance. Members
enjoy discounts from: Bank of America, Choice Hotels, Elavon Merchant services,
Alvis and Budget car rental services, Office Depot, prescription costs, books,
and therapy sites. Members of the American Counseling Association can also
benefit from employment resources available through ACA. These services
include: use of job boards to seek employment, post resumes, receive customized
job alerts, use of career consultants, and resume/cover letter reviews.
Leadership development can be accessed through ACA committees, task forces, and
the ACA Governing Council. Each summer ACA hosts the Institute for Leadership
Training to encourage professional development (American Counseling
Resources available to the members
of the American Counseling Association include an electronic copy of the Journal of Counseling and Development
(24-hour access), 12 issues of Counseling
Today magazine. Other publications include e-News publications: School Counselors, Mental Health, Private
Practice, Community Agency Counselors, Counselor Educators, Counseling
Students, and New Professionals. Members of the American Counseling
Association can also access professional resources within the membership showcase.
Books for counselors across a wide range of disciplines are published by ACA
multiple times per year. E-books can be downloaded in a variety of formats.
Journals and magazines are available electronically. Clearinghouses are
available which allows educators to share educational syllabus, find/share new
ideas and practices with other professionals (American Counseling Association,
American Counseling Association offers public resources through the knowledge
center. The disaster mental health resources are: SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration) disaster distress helpline. This hotline
provided crisis intervention 24 hours, 7 days a week. This hotline can be
accessed by calling the toll-free number, or texting. This agency provides
psychological first aid, emotional support and referrals to behavioral health
services. The American Counseling Association also provide fact sheets for:
post trauma disaster stress, suicide assessment, grief reactions over a
lifespan, helping survivors with stress management skills, and intrusive memories.
Resources for sexual abuse and sheltering in place are also available to the
public through the American Counseling Association (American Counseling
School Counseling Association
School Counseling Association assists school counselors who promote academic,
career, social, and emotional development of students. These school counselors
help students successfully complete school and lead lives as responsible
adults. The American School Counselor Association promotes professional
development through publications and other resources (American School
Counseling Association, 2016).
The mission of the American School Counselor Association
is to be an agent for school counselors and encourage professionalism and
ethical practices. This mission is fulfilled through goals and objectives set
forth by the association. Information that is relevant to the profession is
made available in a timely, consistent manner. This information is used to
enhance the counselor’s skill level and professional development. The American
School Counselor Association initiates research within the profession, and
evaluate school counseling programs. These things are made possible through an
organizational structure and administrative functions that are maintained by
the American School Counselor Association.
Although ASCA is a non-profit organization, it
functions through funding provided by members, and other donors. This monetary
support helps the foundation create, implement, and distribute knowledge that
is vital to its members (American School Counseling Association, 2016).
Members of the American School Counselor Association
enjoy benefits such as the ASCA Scene. ASCA Scene is a professional networking
site which can provide help with problems or concerns, advice on products or
programs, and an online resource center. Members of the American School
Counseling Association can also earn professional development hours through a
webinar series on a variety of topics. These webinars can be viewed live, or
afterwards in the archives (American School Counseling Association, 2016).
offered to members include the Professional
School Counseling journal. This journal includes the most recent advances
in theory, research, practice, and techniques. The ASCA School Counselor magazine is also available to ASCA members.
This magazine includes practical information and solutions to common problems
faced by counselors. The ASCA Aspects
provides counseling resources concerning new projects, resources, and member
benefits. Other resources available to school counselors include state requirements
for school counselors and education resources for school counselors who wish to
continue education. This area identifies school counseling certification
options. The American School Counselor Association outlines knowledge
concerning the competencies that a counselor must possess, these competencies
include the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that play a vital role in the
school counseling profession (American School Counseling Association, 2016).
Public benefits and resources offered by ASCA include:
back to school tips for parents as it relates to counselors. These tips
include: school counselor responsibilities, how often and when to meet with the
school counselor, what challenges and concerns to address with the school
counselor, and how to identify resources and find solutions to problems with
the school counselor (American School Counseling Association, 2016).
for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
The Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) provides financial support to
advance the field of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology. Members and
other contributors can show tangible support for Industrial-Organizational
Psychology through this organization. These tax-deductible gifts are used to
enhance the practice and science of I-O Psychology; a field which promotes
productivity in the workplace. The Society for Industrial and Organizational
Psychology was established in 1996 and has since raised $3 million. Over
$300,000 was dedicated to awards, scholarships, and grants (Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2016).
The mission of the Society for Industrial and
Organizational Psychology association is to fund research which advances the
Industrial-Organizational psychology field. This foundation is based on a
structure which requires tangible support from donors and its members. This
tangible support is used to extend the outreach of the practice and science
involved in I-O psychology. SIOP functions through the advancement, scholarship,
incubator, and incubator/emerging issues funds. These funds are dedicated to
the advancement of SIOP. Term and endowed named gifts are funds of a specific
amount, for a specific award, project, or program; dedicated to a specific
person or institution (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology,
Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology offer its members
subscriptions which include: Industrial
and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. This is
the official journal of I-O Psychology. The Industrial-Organizational
Psychologist is a digital news publication which is published quarterly. Newsbriefs is a monthly newsletter
available electronically. Members can also subscribe to the members only SIOP
research access service (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology,
2016). Members of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology can
enjoy benefits of networking through: social media, the annual conference,
Leading Edge Consortium, media resources databases, committee volunteerism, and
the SIOP consultant locator service. Other benefits include discounts on the
annual conference registration fees, twenty percent off publications offered in
the SIOP store, a subscription for resume postings in the placement center, and
other grants, awards, and scholarships offered by SIOP (Society for Industrial
and Organizational Psychology, 2016).
members of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology can benefit
from the research and practice resources available through SIOP, which include:
white papers, webinars, advocacy in Washington, D.C., I-O teaching material,
salary surveys, partnerships with other psychological associations such as:
APA, APS, EAWOP, CPA, IAAP, and SIOPSA. Continuing education credits, social
media, YouTube videos, and the SIOP JobNet Placement Center are also available
to the members of SIOP (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology,
2016). Student members of SIOP can review graduate training programs, find
internships, mentoring programs, attend the Master and Doctoral Consortia, and
post resumes to the Conference Placement Center (by subscription) (Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2016).
Public resources offered by SIOP include recent I-O
articles, publications explaining what the I-O psychologist job entails, help
with finding I-O psychologists who specialize in specific topics, and press
release tips. This association also provides SIOP brochures: Becoming an I-O
Psychologist, how the profession maximizes organizational and employee
potential. Other brochures include brochures for organizations, managers, and
business people on how I-O psychology can help businesses (Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2016).
Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) uses basic and applied research to advance the
contributions of psychology to understand law and legal institutions. These
professionals promote education of psychologists in legal settings, and train
legal personnel in psychology matters. AP-LS has more than 3,200 members, and
is an interdisciplinary association concerned with psychology and law. AP-LS
provides financial support to students and professionals who research within
the psychology-law disciplines (American Psychology and Law Society, 2016).
mission of the American Psychology-Law Society is to advance well-being,
justice, and human rights through the practice of psychology in a legal context.
The American Psychology Law Society advances well-being, justice, and human
rights through the practice of psychology in a legal setting. The American
Psychology-Law Society foundation has committees which focus on specific
interests within the field. Grants are provided to students and professionals
who partake in psychology-law research.
functions through advocacy and promoting federal research funding. This
foundation requires its members to pay dues which helps with the monetary needs
to keep this organization functioning (American Psychology and Law Society,
AP-LS is a division within the American Psychological
Association and its members enjoy benefits from both organizations. These
members also enjoy resources such as publications: Law and Human Behavior (six times a year), the American Psychology-Law newsletter (electronic, three times a
year). AP-LS sponsors annual meetings, as well as programs available at the
American Psychological Association convention. AP-LS develops a course syllabi
and teaching material for its members. This organization conducts a survey of
career opportunities concerning psychology and law for perspective students or
current graduates. AP-LS studies special ethical problems in expert testimony
and survey women’s issues within the psychology and law professions. This organization
sponsors a science policy forum (American Psychology and Law Society, 2016). AP-LS has different categories of membership.
Psychologists who are associates/members of APA can join through that capacity.
Non-psychologists (such as lawyers and sociologists) who are not members of APA
may join if there is satisfactory evidence which supports individual
contributions to the field of psychology and law. Undergraduate, graduate, and
law students may join if they are enrolled in a social or behavioral science
program. This membership also contains a subscription to the Law and Human Behavior newsletter
(American Psychology and Law Society, 2016).
AP-LS offers public resources such as research
activities, topic specific articles, and research conducted by psychologists,
legal personnel, and others are available through the website. Education and
training available to psychologists and legal personnel are offered to the
public through the AP-LS website. These topics include graduate training
programs, a syllabus collection, and teaching resources (American Psychology
and Law Society, 2016).
These professional psychology networks, APA,
ACA, ASCA, SIOP, and AP-LS provide valuable resources for its members. These
resources can be used by students, counselors, and psychologists at different
levels of an individual’s career. The networking opportunities provided by
these organizations can help professionals connect with other professionals.
These professionals can assist with problems, share new ideas, and resources to
help professionals who help the public. These professional networks provide
many benefits for its members, the public, and for the advancement of the